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A Is for Atticus: Baby Names from Great Books Paperback – August 28, 2008
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Lorilee Craker is the entertainment writer for The Grand Rapids Press and has interviewed Jessica Simpson, Donald Trump, Ray Romano, Randy Jackson and Jeff Probst. She lives in West Michigan with her husband and three children.
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Addendum: I also purchased Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana: What to Name Your Baby Now and it has a nice list of about 50 names for girls and 52 names for boys from Shakespeare. It also has a "Brit List" with 60+ names for girls and ~50 for boys from the "annals of British literature," as well as dozens of other really fun lists. Unfortunately, it is from 2006 - but it's only 7 bucks and eligible for Amazon's 4-for-3 promotion - so its well worth it.
There are just not great books out there for literary-name inspiration. A is for Atticus is an interesting take, and perhaps the best book out there that tries to provide this type of guide. That said, the book is not as comprehensive as I had hoped (not much Dickens, for example). What I need is a memory jog for lesser characters from great books (Of course I can remember Hester Prynne, but who else was in The Scarlett Letter? Anyone with an interesting name?).
I have turned instead to more general encyclopedias of characters from literature for inspiration, and may have more luck there. Imaginary People is one I have purchased, but it is basically a dictionary. What I really want is a compilation of the "Character List" section from every book in the Cliff Notes library, but alas that does not seem to exist (yet).
Would be grateful for someone to write a book / compilation like this, in the meantime A is for Atticus is an interesting read with a few gems.
This one does not have a long list of names, but it has enough, and her commentary is delightful! Some unique (but not yoonik) ideas, and several fun lists, like "mod middles."
A great names book, though I would recommend it as a secondary name book. If you're only going to buy one, you'll probably want a wider selection.