Naming

“It’s my opinion children shouldn’t be named at all. They should be nameless till they grow up, then choose their own names.”

(L.M. Montgomery, Magic for Marigold, 1929)

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Emily

“Your mother thought Emily the prettiest name in the world – it was quaint and arch and delightful.”

(L. M. Montgomery, Emily of New Moon, 1923)

Marguerite

An absurdly long name for so small a girl. Aunt Martha always calls me Marguerite with an accent of strong disapproval. She does not like my name but she gives me the full benefit of it.”

(L. M. Montgomery, “A Sandshore Wooing”, 1908)

Jacob

“His father obstinately continues to call him Jacob and the boy himself has a perfectly unaccountable preference for the vulgar name.”

(L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea, 1909)

Yvonne

“I think Yvonne is such a romantic name.”

(L. M. Montgomery, Magic for Marigold, 1929)

General – On Names and Naming

Proper names are poetry in the raw.
(W.H. Auden)

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“I think people make their names nice or ugly just by what they are themselves… Living so that you beautify your name, even if it wasn’t beautiful to begin with … making it stand in people’s thoughts for something so lovely and pleasant that they never think of it by itself.”
(L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea, 1909)

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The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.
(Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, 1964)