There’s a lot you can do with a name like Amelia. You can play with it, sure, is what you think I’m going to say. Make it cute (Amy), or cuter (Millie), complaining (Meelie), or French, I guess, like the movie (Amelie). You can step right into that name, is what I mean, and walk around. Swim with it or spill it on your shirt. Whisper it over like a sad, soft ache, or bark it out aloud like a mad, manic message: camellia, come heee-re, a-million, ah murder you, ye-ah.

(Jaclyn Moriarty, Dreaming of Amelia, Macmillan, 2010)


If you say “Alicia” quickly it sounds just like a well-behaved sneeze.

(Diana Wynne Jones, The Merlin conspiracy, Collins, 2003)


Agatha Mary Clarissa was named after her mother and grandmother, the name of Agatha, she believed, being added by Clara … as a result of a suggestion made on the way to the christening. (One of Clara’s favourite novels was, moreover, Miss Mulock’s Agatha’s Husband.)

…. As her publisher told her in 1920, it was an unusual and therefore memorable name.

(Janet Morgan, Agatha Christie, 1985)


“What a fine name the hero of that story had,” she said aloud. “If I were a man I would wish my parents had called me that.”

(1001 Arabian Nights adapted by Geraldine McCaughrean.)


It is a simple name… And simple names are always the most attractive.

(Mrs Henry Wood, East Lynne, 1861)


My wife’s name, I’m afraid, is Aurora….. A woman’s name ought ideally to steal over one, and not come up like thunder out of China ‘cross the bay.

(Peter de Vries, The tunnel of love, 1954)


Some water-side heads, which (like the water) were none of the clearest, harboured muddled notions that, because of her dignity and firmness, she was named after, or in some sort related to, the Abbey at Westminster. But Abbey was only short for Abigail, by which name Miss Potterson had been christened at Limehouse Church, some sixty and odd years before.

(Charles Dickens, Our Mutual friend, 1864-5)


“Must a name mean something?” Alice asked doubtfully.

”Of course it must,” Humpty Dumpty said . . . . “My name means the shape I am . . . With a name like yours, you might be any shape, almost.”

(Lewis Carroll, Alice Through the Looking Glass, 1871)


He… gloried in the name of Alisdair Angus McTavot. A splendid fellow, … he detested the name Alisdair and would allow no one to use it in his presence.

(Stephen Lawhead, The Iron Lance, 1998)

Alexis (m)

“You needn’t think I’m going about calling the fellow by a silly name like that, because I’m not.”

(Georgette Heyer, No Wind of Blame, 1939)

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