“I have a horrible feeling that [my first name is] Lancelot.

“Good God!” said Archie. “It couldn’t really be that, could it?”

(P. G. Wodehouse, The Indiscretions of Archie, 1921)


“How could anyone call a helpless little baby ‘Lionel’?”

(Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, The Winter Journey, 1997)


“It is an easy, liquid name; not soon forgotten.”

(Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, 1849)


“It’s as common a French name as can be.”

(Ngaio Marsh, Last Ditch, 1977)


She was the youngest of eight sisters, who formed part of the family of a poor engraver, and who, in the absence of any mere money qualifications, were all rich alike in the ownership of most magnificent Christian names. Mrs Blyth was called Lavinia-Ada; and hers was by far the humblest name to be found among the whole sisterhood.

(Wilkie Collins, Hide and Seek, 1854)


…There is something homespun about the name of Luke…

(Grace Hamlin, Classic Baby name book, Penguin, 2001)


Lauren. Now, there’s a name! It sounds like sunlight sparkling on cool water. You’d just have to grow up beautiful with a name like that.

(Gill Lobel, Hazel, Not a Nut, Orchard, 2004)


“That is the name. I wish young ladies had not such a number of fine Christian names. I should never be out if they were all Sophys or something of that sort.”

(Jane Austen, Persuasion, 1818)