My friend and I were talking about names during a Biology lecture, and I decided to do a thing where I would list names that I liked inspired by certain themes, like books or mythology or science. Just thought it would be fun, and maybe if you were looking for a name for a pet or something this post could help. I’m not gonna do girl and guy names separately; it’s gonna be a mishmash of names.
1) Sorrel (Sarah Rayne, A Dark Dividing)
A bit of a morbid one, I suppose, but in the book, Sorrel is one of a pair of conjoined twins (Viola and Sorrel) born in 1900 who were sold to a “freak show” by their father. She was named Sorrel after the plant woodsorrel, and I always thought it was a very lovely-sounding, unique name. I associate it with images of the English countryside and clean air and bicycles.
2) Pip (Charles Dickens, Great Expectations)
While I wouldn’t necessarily name a child Pip, I think it’s an adorable name for a pet (a mouse/hamster/rat?) and a great nickname, especially for someone called Phillip (which is Pip’s actual name in the novel). Pip is an extremely flawed character- in fact, I found him hard to like, but through the novel, the reader kind of watches him grow and mature from an innocent child to misguided young adult to a sadder, but wiser man, and you end up loving him anyway. It’s an interesting journey.
3) Daenerys (George R. R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire)
Many people will probably be familiar with the name of Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons. She tames dragons. She’s amazing. Boom. Plus you can nickname someone with this name Dany which is really cute too.
4) Elinor and Marianne (Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility)
Two sisters, polar opposites, best friends. They go through a lot in the novel, and they go through it together. I think it would be nice for sisters, or even two pets who live together (for some reason, goldfish come to mind).
5) Kane (Rick Riordan, The Kane Chronicles)
Surname of the Kane siblings. They’re vessels for the Egyptian gods and goddesses, and their parents are Isis (kind of the queen goddess and supposedly the mother of every pharaoh) and Osiris (god of the dead/underworld). Cool stuff.
6) Nico (Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson)
Son of Hades. Need I say more?
6) Zosia (William Styron, Sophie’s Choice)
One of the main characters in the novel. She’s called Sophie, and her Polish nickname is Zosia. She’s a Polish concentration camp survivor, and is characterised as vivacious, sweet, funny and kind, but also extremely broken. It’s a highly interesting character. It’s pronounced Zoe-sha, which I think is very pretty.
7) Nemo (Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea)
No, this isn’t a Finding Nemo reference. Captain Nemo was the mysterious captain of the Nautlius, a gigantic submarine that sails all around the world. He is extremely knowledgeable about the ocean, and has renounced living on dry land in favour of living in the sea. Cute name for a pet, not so much for a human.
8) Scout (Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird)
Inquisitive, tomboyish narrator of one of the best novels ever written. We see the world of racism in a small town in 1960s America through her eyes.