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If you could name your (hypothetical or otherwise) child a name of a character from a book (and the world promises not to make fun of them for it), what would it be?

Asked by Simone_De_Beauvoir (38975points) January 26th, 2010

Personally I’d name the kid d’Artagnan from Dumas’ The Three Muskeeters or Phaedrus from Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Oh and I love the name Medusa.

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trailsillustrated's avatar

scheherazade- but I ended up naming her after another favourite

casheroo's avatar

I know a d’Artagnan…a little girl. There’s a food vendor in the area by that name, so that’s what I always think of when I hear the name.

My husband and I always joked we’d name a child Circus McGurkus.

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@casheroo what’s wrong with calvin?

Likeradar's avatar

Olivia, from the Olivia series of children’s books. I just love that little pig, and think she has great qualities for a child. Luckily, Olivia is a totally do-able name

Snarp's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir To answer for @AstroChuck, it’s from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

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zephyr826's avatar

I love Jo, from Little Women, but Josephine is such an old-fashioned name.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@J0E ha, no, I love that

Likeradar's avatar

@zephyr826 Yeah, but the nickname Josie is adorable

janbb's avatar

Fitzwilliam Darcy!

(My oldest son is Colin and he does have dark lashes all around his eyes. He never had a problem until Co-lin Powell came along.)

drClaw's avatar

Holden as in Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye

AstroChuck's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir- Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

casheroo's avatar

@jmah I thought of Scout as well. :)

@Simone_De_Beauvoir I think the child might get made fun of. Plus, I’ve suggested it to my husband, and he does not like it. It stinks that when you make a baby with someone, you have to consider their feelings when it comes to naming the baby grumble grumble.

TheJoker's avatar

Hmmmm…. perhaps Cloverfield or maybe Xenomorph.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I think Atticus would make a great name.

casheroo's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities Ahh, my husband dislikes that name and I really like it.
@mcbealer Same with that one! Silas Matthew is what I wanted to name our next boy, but I got the ax on that one.

Snarp's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities Atticus is pretty cool. Wonder if I could get away with that? (I’ll have a new baby soon and we haven’t settled on a name, so I’m watching this thread closely for ideas). Still wonder if Huckleberry would be too cruel.

shego's avatar

Aretimis I just love that name for a little boy and of course Shego for a girl.

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Dr_Dredd's avatar

Arwen. I’ve just always liked that name.

wildpotato's avatar

Rusty, as in Dr. Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture. Then I could say“Hello, Rusty!” all the time.

Dr_C's avatar

Aragorn, or Obi-Wan. But seriously… I want to give my kid the middle name “Danger” but the missus won’t let me. (We’re not having kids just yet.. but I like to plan ahead).

Snarp's avatar

@Dr_C I’ve always wanted to do that. My wife just thinks I’m joking.

frigate1985's avatar

My daughter as Lyra cuz I always find that name rather sweet and like the way it sounds. My son, well, being a Transformers fan, I wouldn’t mind calling him starscream or Optimus Prime :D

frigate1985's avatar

It would be hilarious to say,
“Optimus Prime! Pack your bag and don’t miss the bus!”

Seek's avatar

I am doing just that.

My first daughter will be named “Morgan” and my son born after her will be “Arthur”. ^_^

frigate1985's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr and maybe the baby would be called Merlin :D

Seek's avatar


If I get to a third son, he will be “Conor”, after Conor MacNessa, the King from the CuChulainn legend.

I can’t convince my husband it would be a good idea to name a kid “Aragorn” or “Faramir”, sadly.

casheroo's avatar

@Snarp We don’t have a name for our baby either.

frigate1985's avatar

@Seek_kolinahr. Ohhhh I’m a big fan of the Lord of the Rings too :) Why didn’t he get convinced? I think Gandalf works but it’s be too old-sounding :D I liked Bilbo cuz it’s kinda cute and reminds me of those short funny men at Hobbiton

frigate1985's avatar

Hang on, I think I should opt for Smeagol and Gollum.
if they see the Lord of the Rings, I’m running away from the house…

janbb's avatar

@frigate1985 We called our sons Thing 1 and Thing 2 on many an occasion!

elizabethmae's avatar

I used to really like the name Edward. I still do, but I don’t want Twi-moms swooning over my baby.

frigate1985's avatar

@janbb lol Thing 1,2? How did they react?

scotsbloke's avatar

Rachel (after Rachel in Bladerunner – gawd she was georgous)
Love Jean-luc too

Foggy Clegg and Compo if they were triplets!

janbb's avatar

@frigate1985 It was usually when they were going too crazy to hear much of what we were saying!

nebule's avatar

‘Archimedes’ the Owl I love that owl… from ‘The Sword In the Stone’

aiwendil's avatar

@frigate1985 Ever read His Dark Materials… Lyra Belacqua.

I love the name Bronwyn, I think I originally read it from a fantasy novel, but since then, I’ve met a girl with the name.

On a side note, I love the girl names Althaea and Sanne.

janbb's avatar

@aiwendil I know a Bronwen (spelt with an “e”.) It’s a Welsh name. It’s a beautiful name, whether with a “y” or an “e.”

Snarp's avatar

@aiwendil I used to date a girl named Bronwyn.

aiwendil's avatar

@janbb I think I prefer the y, maybe because my siblings and I all have y’s in our names. xD Alyson, Madelyn, etc) But, it is a lovely name. The boyfriend seems to disagree though.

Seek's avatar


Who stole my name? I’m “Alyson”, too. ^_^

kevbo's avatar

There must be a fictional character named Buckshot.

aiwendil's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I did! My name’s Alyson. :D

shadowofdeath's avatar

Aria(not that i got the name from a book it just happens to be in eragon)

life_after_2012's avatar

Azreal – he is one of batman’s many allies.

OpryLeigh's avatar

Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

Allie's avatar

I’m with @jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities. I like Atticus. (And Scout too, @jmah.)

I’m going to name my first son Rufus.

Sampson's avatar

Without reading the above answers… Well, most of them. There’s a lot.

I always liked the name Cain, as in the murderous brother.

Or Bokonon would be a fun name.

J0E's avatar

@Sampson Dude, Cain is a pretty sweet name. People should start bringing back biblical names. I’ll name my son Zachariah, and no, you can’t call him Zack.

Sampson's avatar

@J0E I think that it would be more popular if it didn’t have such awful connotations.

Zachariah’s too long. But if memory serves, it’s Zach Galifianakis’ full first name, so yes.

lonelydragon's avatar

Rose of Sharon (Grapes of Wrath). I also like names from ancient Greek history, like Democritus, Diocletian, and Hypatia, but the poor kids would never hear the end of it if I used those names.

@snarp Unfortunately, Brad Paisley has already beat you to that. His son is named William Huckleberry.

absalom's avatar

Hikaru Genji.
Ash Ketchum.
Tyrone Slothrop.
Mucho Maas.

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YARNLADY's avatar

I already did, and nobody laughs at them, they love their names.

casheroo's avatar

Alia was the girl in Dune, correct? I’ve always loved the name, and the spelling..but the singer ruined it for me.

absalom's avatar

Oh, and my favorite : Isaac (Ike) McCallister.

@YARNLADY: What are the names? (If that’s okay.)

frigate1985's avatar

@aiwendil yeah I’m a huge fan :D

Seek's avatar

I’ve been thinking about this, and I have more!

Kwisatz Haderach
Leto Atreides
Vladimir Harkonnen

Snarp's avatar

OK, so the wife is not opposed to Atticus, but no decision has been made. The potential exists that @jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities will have named my baby. Not sure how I feel about that. I’m even thinking of Finch as a middle name. Will keep you posted.

Seek's avatar


If it’s any consolation, I think “Atticus” is an awesome name. Of course, I also seriously considered naming my son “Aragorn Haldir Mitchell”.

Snarp's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I’m really pushing for it, it’s my favorite of our list of potential names, I just don’t know if I can stand knowing it came from @jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities ;-).

janbb's avatar

@Snarp Maybe it came from one of his more public facilities?

frigate1985's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Even Haldir? Oh my, you must be a huge fan :D havnt seen many people who actually remember that name :) And almost nobody remembers Grishnakh, Gothmog, Sharku, Celeborn(was that the name?) etc.

Seek's avatar


I’m impressed that you remember Grishnakh! And it’s “Sharky”. And yes, it was Celeborn (the Silver-Haired, if you want the translation) who was Lady Galadriel’s consort.

I’m sad that in both versions of LotR that made it to video, the makers completely left out Tom Bombadil and Goldberry. I love that strange old dude.

Dr_C's avatar

How about Elminster?

janbb's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I loved Tom Bombadil.

frigate1985's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr From months of playing the Gameboy version of the Lord of the Rings ma’am :D They got all the names of heroes :) They call the Warg chief “Sharku” hmmm

Seek's avatar


“Sharky” is the name Saruman takes on when he and Wormtongue raid the Shire. That’s what I thought you were talking about.

Macaulay's avatar

– with love and squalor.

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