“I think it so ugly.”

“It’s the prettiest name in the Bible, and the name most fit for poetic use. Who does not remember Rachel weeping for her children?”

“That’s the idea and not the name. Ruth is twice prettier and Mary the sweetest of all.”

(Anthony Trollope, Rachel Ray, 1863)


“John! It do sound lackadaisical. What I call womanish. But perhaps it’s for the better. We have such a lot of Jacks… Perhaps you wouldn’t like not another name of that sort. . . . There ain’t another John about the place as I know. I never knew a John down a mine – never. We’ll try it anyhow.”

(Anthony Trollope, John Caldigate, 1879)