Have you chosen the name of their child (or pet) based on an author or a character from your favorite novel? Perhaps you've used a creature, a place, a term, or other artifact of literary fame.
It's not really that surprising. It's both an homage and a telltale sign. I've often agonized over finding the perfect name for a character in a story. It's often the same with parents as we chose the name a child will have for the rest of his/her life (unless the child decides to legally change it).
Not all parents who select names like Alice, Emerson, Byron, Harper, Homer, or Anna have thought about the literary connections. Some of us do, however, consider the literary dimension. So, what factors did you consider when you chose your child's literary name?
With every book that comes out, there's the ripple effect of popular names, derived from novels like Twilight, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or The Great Gatsby (yeah, the movie will likely make the character names popular again).
- We are drawn to the character.
- We like the character traits.
- We love the place or time when something has happened.
- We're just book geeks (and want to create a literary personification of a character, place, or creature).
Thus, the name (or some derivative thereof) is further perpetuated.
Some book geeks even name their kids, pets or cars after book titles or bits of literary trivia. What better way to put our love of literature on display, and make it an even bigger part of our lives?!?