But alas! She was very plain and her name was Bridget . . . Nothing therefore could be expected from her . . .

(Jane Austen, “Love and Freindship” 1790)


“There is nobleness in the name of Edmond. It is a name of heroism and renown – of kings, princes and knights; and seems to breathe the spirit of chivalry and warm affections.”

(Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, 1814)


“That is the name. I wish young ladies had not such a number of fine Christian names. I should never be out if they were all Sophys or something of that sort.”

(Jane Austen, Persuasion, 1818)