“It is not a name as I could wish any one that I had a respect for, to call me by; but there may be persons that would not view it with the same objections. – I don’t know why.”

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


There is a name I never heard before; what language is it, and does it rhyme with oily or mealy or Kelly or early or truly?

(C.S. Lewis, Letters to Children, Collins, 1985)


“She is the captain of the Amazon pirates, and when she’s a pirate her name is Nancy.”

(Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons, 1930)