“But my first name is Thomas. Painfully prosaic.”

(Agatha Christie, The Body in the Library, 1941)


There was a small part of Tiffany’s brain that wasn’t too certain about the name Tiffany. She was nine years old and felt that Tiffany was going to be a hard name to live up to. Besides, she’d decided only last week that she wanted to be a witch when she grew up, and she was certain Tiffany just wouldn’t work. People would laugh.

(Terry Pratchett, The wee free men, Doubleday, 2003)


Tulip struck me as a curious name for a woman, but real pretty when you come to think of it.

(Sylvia Waugh, The Mennyms, 1993)


“Has it ever struck you what a ghastly name Theodora is? Enough to make any girl hit the ceiling.”

“Isn’t there a possible ‘short’ we could use? Let’s see – Theo – Dora – Oh, no, I think not! ‘Theo’ isn’t so bad. Or what about ‘Ted’? That’s pounds better! I wouldn’t call a dog I liked ‘Theodora’, but ‘Ted’ has a tang to it.”

(Elinor M. Brent-Dyer, Theodora & the Chalet School, 1959)


Could a Tallulah settle for anything less than a lifetime of glamour and exciitement?

(Rose Wilkins, So super starry, Macmillan, 2003)