So we know I’m not HAVING kids, at least not in this universe. But if I did, I’ve got some names picked out. And for full disclosure, I actually picked names for my kids when I was a kid, myself (about age 10). Yes, even 10-year-old Beth was a giant dork.
Characters I Wanted to Name My Kids After When I Was 16:
Dashing, historic characters! France! A name so impossible to spell, my child would hate me for decades! Clearly, this choice was entirely about the romance, not the practicality.
Yep, I was totally going to name my son Atreyu. Because apparently I wanted my children to suffer through learning to spell their names, and have to correct everyone’s prononciation for the rest of their lives. Man, I’m a mean mom.
So technically it’s spelled Fyedka (still a horrible mother), but in my head I’d decided it was spelled Fietka. Until a high school teacher pointed out to me the definition of ‘fiat’, and how someone might mistake my son’s name for a word, and I began to see that maybe I’d gone TOO dork. But I still love the male characters who are intellectual dreamers.
Does anyone else remember The Adventures of Sinbad? Maeve was everything I wasn’t: sexy, magical, romantic, powerful, sassy, a hawk-mistress, and Celtic. I wanted to be her, but since I couldn’t, I decided my daughter could.
After I started playing Dungeons and Dragons, I fell in love with the concept of a Bard, wandering the ways, keeping an oral history, inspiring others. It was the budding novelist in me, maybe, channeling my inner desire to be a storyteller. At least Gabrielle is easier to spell!
Characters I Would Name My Kids After Now:
River, for my daughter. And she could have not one but TWO amazing female characters (from scifi, no less) to have as her namesake.
For my son: Rory. Because he’s an amazing male character. And his nickname could be Roar. And if he’s transgender, his name would still work for a woman. Also, it’s easy to spell. I think of everything!
One of them is going to be named after a favorite Shakespeare character. I’m going with Viola, which I think is a lovely name (and instrument).
There’s probably something wrong with me that I’d name my son after such a broken fictional character (book Amos > TV Amos). But I can’t help myself. Also, it’s a family name, that was so blech to me until I got hooked on this amazing scifi series.
This one’s gonna have to be a middle name, but a cool one. At least for this Austen dork.
What about you? Have you had character-inspired names picked out for future kids (whether or not you plan to have kids)? Am I the only one who did this before puberty hit (and up into high school)??