Dear Future Husband, we can vote on this. Love, Em.
I saw this on someone else’s blog, and at first I thought it was silly, but then I started thinking about it, and – well, here’s the result.
After all, it’s pretty obvious that I would contemplate doing this, isn’t it?
In alphabetical order:
- 1. Antony after “Mark Antony” from William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra
I will not nerd out about Shakespeare, I will not nerd out about Shakespeare –
Antony might not be our main focus in Julius Caesar, but he’s a wonderfully written character. I’ve loved this character ever since I read Julius Caesar in Mrs. Terri’s Language Arts class in the tenth grade. (The fact that I thought Marlon Brando was rather attractive as Antony might have helped the 15 year old me appreciate the character all the more.)
2. Blythe after “Gilbert Blythe” from Lucy M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series
[A]ll pioneers are considered to be afflicted with moonstruck madness. (Anne of the Island)
I’ve said before that I love the character Gilbert Blythe, but I don’t love the name “Gilbert.”
However, Blythe is nice, and it means “joyous,” so that’s good. I think it would make a good girl’s name, or maybe a boy’s middle name.
3. Cal or Caleb after “Caleb Trask” from John Steinbeck’s East of Eden
Everyone should read EOE, and if you can’t get through all 601 pages of it, then watch the film. James Dean is extraordinary. Yes, the novel is full of allusions to the Genesis accounts of Adam, Eve, Cain and Able, and yes, Cal is a Cain-like figure, but he’s so terribly likable. I just thought he was a beautiful character.
4. Catherine after “Catherine Morland” from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey
[I]f adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.
We will not call her “Cathy.” Ew. All I’d ever think about is that silly comic strip.
5. Edmund after “Edmund Pevensie” from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia
“But who is Aslan? Do you know him?”
“Well — he knows me,” said Edmund.
(The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)
Hands down favorite character C.S. Lewis ever wrote. He’s brilliant.
6. Keats after poet John Keats
You speak of Lord Byron and me; there is this great difference between us. He describes what he sees, I describe what I imagine. Mine is the hardest task.
Dear Future Husband, a tip: I really like John Keats. If you want to win me over, read his poetry and letters.
And yes, I’d seriously consider this as a first name. Don’t judge: I discovered last week that one of my grandfather’s uncles was called Holmes Harris. Yeah, that’s right – Holmes. I could have included that in this list.
7. Lucy after “Lucy Pevensie” from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia
I think—I don’t know—but I think I could be brave enough. (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)
The name “Lucy” means light, and she’s another fantastic character by Lewis.
8. Royal after “Royal Wilder” from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series
Obscure character choice? Yes, indeed, because I love both of the Wilder brothers, but I’m not mean enough to name my son “Almanzo.”
9. Scout after “Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch” from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.
Who doesn’t love Scout?
10. Wendy after “Wendy Moira Angela Darling” from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan
‘For Wendy?’ John said, aghast. ‘Why, she is only a girl!’
‘That,’ explained Curly, ‘is why we are her servants.’
I know some people think that Wendy is a bit bossy, mothering, and annoying. Sounds like the ultimate big sister to me.
Judging from this list, I expect my future children to be intellectual, curious, adventurous, loyal, and concerned about their fellow man.
Oh, that’s a lot a pressure on me, isn’t it?
Oh, and the four names I would like to give my children but never will because I couldn’t possibly be that mean to them? Benedick from William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Dickon from Francis Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, Holmes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, and Huck from Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I taught high school – I know what type of nicknames my children would end up having if I gave them these names. And if I didn’t know, I have heard what Benedict Cumberbatch’s classmates used to call him, (WARNING: that clip is funny but NSFW) and I just can’t do that to someone. (Granted, “Benedict Cumberbatch” is a very weird name, but…)