Inspired by Carol's THE TOP 10 CHARACTERS (AND LITERARY FIGURES) THAT I'D NAME MY CHILDREN AFTER I thought that as I was obviously feeling negative at the time and could only come up with names I wouldn't call my children (Bella, Jacob and Edward) I'd run with the idea and post my own top 10 here.
And so, in no particular order, I give you .......
- Eeyore : No, you're right. No matter that he is my favourite literary donkey of all times it would be cruel of me to call a child this.
- Philippa : After? You guessed, one of my favourite writers of historical fiction, Philippa Gregory.
- Lily Rose: As a girl I loved reading of the adventures of The Family From One End Street by Eve Garnett and soooo wanted to be like Lily Rose whose good deeds didn't always turn out quite as she planned.
- Arwen : (Meaning Noble Maiden) The most beautiful of the last generation of High-Elves in Middle Earth. Named for Husband dearest whose favourite book is JRR Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings. Well, we couldn't exactly name them Bilbo or Gandalf.
- Mitch : For Mitch Albom who wrote The Five People You Meet In Heaven which is one of my all time favourite books.
- Charlie : From the novel Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes as so many of the issues raised by Charlie's story are close to my heart.
- Charlotte : One of my favourite names plus I love Charlotte's Web by EB White.
- Ellen: Another of my all time favourite books is Ken Follett's The Pillars Of the Earth, Ellen is my favourite character. A healer who relies on her instincts and education, her independent spirit and certainty about the validity of her own lifestyle keep her from being broken by those who think her evil.
- Dorian: Dorian as in 'the' Dorian of Oscar Wilde's The Picture Of Dorian Gray? Yes, that Dorian. A bit of an odd choice I know BUT I think the whole premise of the book should act as a reminder to those who come to believe that beauty is the only worthwhile aspect of life.
- Michael: In honour of Michael Cooper who wrote The Pebbles Go To Town which was the first book I ever bought.