“Your father, being clean besotted about you, must needs choose some fanciful name for you. Star-bright eyes you had, he said . . . and the starlight was bright on your face when I looked at you for the first time, so Stella it had to be, though the name don’t go well with Sprigg to my way of thinking.”

(Elizabeth Goudge, Gentian Hill, 1950)


“I’ve told you quite enough without unfolding the folly of my name…. it’s not the sort of name a fellow likes to take to school with him. Otherwise it’s original, and it’ll be a great asset to me in my musical career.”

(Lorna Hill, A dream of Sadler’s Wells, 1950).


“Sissy is not a name. Don’t call yourself Sissy. Call yourself Cecilia.”

(Charles Dickens, Hard Times, 1854)


“Yves and I went to a lot of trouble to find that girl a really distinguished name – Sophie’s lovely, don’t you think?”

(Judith Clarke, Al Capsella and the Watchdogs, 1980)


His father secretly despised the name of Samuel.

(Arnold Bennett, The Old Wives’ Tale, 1908)


Everyone in his family had always liked the fact that “Stanley Yelnats” was spelled the same frontward and backward. So they kept naming their sons Stanley.

(Louis Sachar, Holes, Bloomsbury, 1998)