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Tuesday’s post about the Victorian-style Tylney Hall Hotel reminded me of a list of Victorian-era names that I’ve had bookmarked forever.
The list was created by amateur genealogist G. M. Atwater as a resource for writers. It contains names and name combinations that were commonly seen in the U.S. from the 1840s to the 1890s. Below is the full list (with a few minor changes).
Which female name and male name do you like best?
Source: Victorian Era Names, A Writer’s Guide
A reader named Angela is expecting her second baby (gender unknown). She sent me a lot of helpful information, so I’ve broken it down into main points:
- The baby’s middle name will be Patrick (if a boy) or Josephine (if a girl).
- The baby’s surname will start with P.
- She and her husband like the name Abigail, but it may soon be taken by friends.
- They also like the name Caleb, but the initials CPP sound like “see pee pee.” They want to avoid names and initials that invite teasing.
- Ideally, the first name will be something that can be shortened to a nickname.
- Angela likes “literature or movie referenced names.”
- Angela’s husband likes “uncomplicated English or Christian names (he’s Adam…his brothers are Benjamin and Noah).”
Their first son is named Hayden Adam.
Here are the names I came up with, along with a few literature/film references. Ladies first:
Charlotte (Gilman; Bronte)
Shirley (Anne; Temple)
And now the gents:
Eliot (T.S.; George)
James (Henry; Joyce)
Sinclair (Upton; Lewis)
William (Faulkner; Golding)
Do you like any of the above? What other names would you suggest to Angela?