“Nice and short, and not sentimental.”

“Yes, I like that . . . And not so ordinary these days as Mollie, for instance.”

(Elinor M. Brent-Dyer, Jo Returns to the Chalet School, 1936)


She named the infant ‘Pearl’ as being of great price – purchased with all she had, – her mother’s only treasure!

(Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet letter, 1850)


“It’s a silly name, I always think, so old-world and full of homely virtue and that sort of thing.”

(Dorothy L. Sayers, Whose Body? 1923)