Zephyr

“Her godparents or whoever wished it on to her should have been guillotined!”

(Elinor M. Brent-Dyer, Jo to the Rescue, 1945)

Jacynth

“She’s got a pretty name. It’ll do for my collection – I’m collecting pretty names.”

(Elinor M. Brent-Dyer, Three Go to the Chalet School, 1948)

Grizel

“Don’t let them call me [Gwizzie]! It’s almost worse than ‘Grizzle’ which some people insist on. I’ve always been Gri-zelle – emphasis on the last syllable – and I object to anything else.”

(Elinor M. Brent-Dyer, The Chalet School Reunion, 1963)

Polly

“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)

Theodora

“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)

Robin (f)

“She was always called Robin from her baby days because she was round and chirpy and robin-like.”

(Elinor M. Brent-Dyer, Jo to the Rescue, 1945)