Fictional Characters I’d Name My Daughter After

by Madeleine Rex

Isn’t this a fantastic topic? I’ve robbed it from Audrey. I have definitely spent time contemplating this. After all, I’m a girl – it’s natural to daydream about baby names. Even more importantly, I’m a reader – so it’s natural to adore fictional characters to the point of ridiculousness. Hence, this post.

Fictional Characters I’d Name My Daughter After:

Anne Shirley from the Anne of Green Gables series. I actually plan on naming a girl after her. I absolutely love everything about her and love everything about the series and love everything about the people and have I mentioned I love her? See? I adore her to the point that I’ll throw punctuation and sentence structure right out the window. This is serious stuff.

Macy from The Truth About Forever. If I were being more literal here, all the names would be from books written in the 1800s. I love the old-fashioned ones. However, Macy is one of the more modern names that I really like. It’s unique and has a short-and-sweet quality to it that appeals to me. Plus, The Truth About Forever is an irresistible book.

Another name I absolutely want to use for a child someday! It’s short for Caroline, and I first came across it when attempting to read Shirley by Charlotte Bronte. I’ve loved the two other books I’ve read of Charlotte’s, but I couldn’t seem to get through this one. All the same, great and unusual name!

Margo from Paper Towns by John Green. Need I say more? Isn’t the name “John Green” synonymous with “never-ending amounts of awesomeness” by now? What? No? That’s not in your thesaurus? Well, they’re synonymous in my scrambled brain, and Margo is awesome by association. Plus, it’s a neat name.

Astrid, the wild flapper from Bright Young Things. There’s also a girl named Astrid on one of my favorite TV shows, “Fringe,” and they’re both inspiring, entertaining, and absolutely lovable.

Honorable Mentions (the following are great characters but have names I’m not crazy about): Andi (Revolution), Alex (Revolution), Rhine (Wither), Francesca (Saving Francesca), Frankie (The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks), and Mia (If I Stay/Where She Went).

I would certainly read any posts similar to this one, should any of you decide to write one! If you do, let me know in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Happy Apocalypse!

11 Commentsto “Fictional Characters I’d Name My Daughter After”

  1. Anne! I love that name, along with Lina and Astrid. Margo + John Green = pure awesome! xD Love the post and the names you mentioned! Happy Apocalypse to you too! 😛

  2. Hey! I called Caroline, and therefore have dibs on Lina!

  3. Great post. I'll give it some thought. I picked my own pen name from Outlander. I have 2 sons, however, so I may have to do a boy version. Thanks.

  4. Awesome post! I've stolen the trope from you –

    Macy and Margo are lovely, but I think I prefer your honorable mentions, Andi and Rhine. I tried to think of a John Green name for my list, but couldn't – though Miles came very close.

  5. This is actually how I picked my daughter's name, by going through characters that I liked. Ironically, she isn't named after my favorite book character (Jessica Darling from the Jessica Darling series by Megan Mccaferty), but my favorite television character Olivia Benson from SVU. M

  6. Dude, I totally got Astrid from Michael Grant’s Gone series, you know — the cool brainy girl? 🙂 But I loved Bright Young Things too — and old names! Great choices, Madeleine 🙂

  7. Oh, I remember Astrid from Michael Grant's Gone series, you know, the cool brainy girl? 😀 But I really liked Bright Young Things too. I like Rhine and Mia too! Great choices, Madeleine 🙂

  8. I like this! I do like the name Astrid, it's definitely unique (: Aaaand Andi. Gotta love that name.

    I took this little example too, woohoo! And I GOT THE FEEDBURNER SUBSCRIBE BUTTON! 😀

  9. As a person with a unique name, let me interject that it might be wise to think also of how unusual names strike the mental-palate– any mental palate. First, unusual names always need repeating and explaining to the mind of the new acquaintance. People need to be able to "grip" the usual name in a way that they can be sure, for instance, that they even heard you correctly. For example, I am Marni, not Marty, Mardy, Marjie, Marli, Carli, or Marcy.

    A child with an usual name has to be able to explain the name in a way that doesn't constitute a mark against them. Every introduction involves a little story or just recognition of the name. I tell people that "Marni" is Hebrew for "to rejoice" (it is, not that this had anything to do with the selection of my name, but this is the shortest discussion that I am most-likely to be able to insert in order to get the conversation on to something less inane than my own name).

    It is the "explaining" requirement that makes an usual name chancy. I once told someone that I would have loved to name a son after Teancum, a hero of the Book of Mormon. My male friends finally told me not to ever, ever do that. The boy would have to try to explain himself against a sea of other memory-cues provided by the new-acquaintances, all of whom will have low minds as all children do at age 6, 8, or 14. That's why we call them "childish." The name sounded bad in the teenager's rhyming chest and the spelling was absolutely deadly.

    So, put to the teenage requirements, Astrid will become putrid. Rhine will become whine. Andi and Francesca may annoy just because people won't be able to spell them, Macy will become Lacy (and that will go downhill, in a way that Lina also could sink).

    Anyway… as a person who actually has an usual name and is very familiar with the strange conversational vicissitudes this engenders, my only advice (not that you really asked) is to *think carefully* about real application of a very unusual name upon a baby.

    I have loved my own usual name.

    I know others who haven't.

  10. How did everywhere that I wrote "unusual" become "usual"? That seems like something that spell-check couldn't have mangled (and I didn't even use spell-check).

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