“I never knew anyone of that name . . . but I did mean a christian name. Yes, it is rather unusual, I think.”

(Agatha Christie, Nemesis, 1971)


“I ask you? …. Who on earth but an American would call a child Virgil? And with a name like Smith!”

(Anne Perry, Resurrection Row, 1981)


It occurs to me that Vienna would make a pleasant name for a girl who likes dancing to the tunes of the Blue Danube suavity. It would suit a waltzing girl better than Australia’s Matilda.

(Ivor Brown, A Charm of Names, 1972)