“You seem fond of [your name] in speaking it so decisively, Gabriel Oak.”

“You see, it is the only one I shall ever have, and I must make the most of it.”

(Thomas Hardy, Far from the madding crowd, 1874)



She had always wanted to be a boy and would never answer if she was called Georgina. So everyone called her George.

(Enid Blyton, Five Run Away Together, 1944)


“Don’t let them call me [Gwizzie]! It’s almost worse than ‘Grizzle’ which some people insist on. I’ve always been Gri-zelle – emphasis on the last syllable – and I object to anything else.”

(Elinor M. Brent-Dyer, The Chalet School Reunion, 1963)


“His name is George… How peculiar.”/ “I don’t see anything peculiar about it.”

(Malcolm Saville, Lone Pine Five, 1949)


Her mother had called her Gabrielle, but Miss Balfour thought that too French and fanciful.

(Elizabeth Goudge, A City of Bells, 1936)