Standing the test of time

nameFor the past few days I’ve been discussing names for the symbols they are.

I’m a writer of romance  but I’m also a reader. What romance reader isn’t familiar with names like Darcy and Heathcliff? I know if I saw those two names in print, my mind would make an instant association to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and to Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.  An author can’t do better than create a character that stands the test of time as well as Darcy and Heathcliff have. It’s no small feat to inspire an instant association between the character’s name and the literature they’re found in.  It shows that not only is a memorable storyline necessary, our character names matter too. Would those two heroes be as well-known 201 and 169 years later if they’d simply been named Dan and John? 

In the realm of literature, what other names inspire immediate connotation in your mind? I clearly see each literary work when I see the names below. Test yourself. What do you see?

Ahab    Ashley   Atticus    Moll    Uriah   Americus    Ichabod    Jane   JeanValjean
Cosette    Hermione   Daisy  Rhett    Nancy    Scarlett    Scout    Katniss    Antonia
Sethe    Sherlock   Tristan  Frodo  Holden   Porthos   Lara   Toby   Holly   Luna  Fern Anastasia  Aragorn  Harry  Celie  Novalee  Hester  Stella  Lemuel  Yuri  Jo  Juliette  Hannibal   Tristam   Heidi   Augie   Dorian   Elinor   Emma   Blanche   Watson  Humbert  Lysander   Kizzy   Ebenezer   Huckleberry   Desdemona    Tess    Algernon   Robinson
Galadriel   Natty   Pippi  Inigo  Ishmael   Caspian   Horatio   Pollyanna   Roxanne   


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Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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12 Responses to Standing the test of time

  1. Memorable names make a real difference in remembering a story, I find. I’ve enjoyed your posts on names this week.

  2. rosgemmell says:

    Definitely agree about how much of a difference a name makes – and glad to see I could identify a large percentage of those mentioned!

  3. I could pick out a fair bunch of the names, too, though there were a few that stumped me. But I was a history major, not a lit major. Interesting to see Harry and Katniss in the mix. I think both of those series are going to end up being classics. Marvelous books that will stand the test of time.

  4. linuxjim says:

    Sorry, I guess I’m just not on the same wavelength. Yes, those are two memorable names: Heathcliff is a comic strip about a cat, and Darcy is a detective who works with a Forensic Sorcerer in an alternate timeline where magic is possible (in books by Randall Garrett).

  5. melissakeir says:

    I’ve never read Jane Austin and yet I know those names. But unique names is sometimes a double edged sword for me like Hermione from Harry Potter. I was sure I didn’t read it right during any of the times I read the books but I didn’t care, I just put “H” in my head and read on.

  6. I love writers who can forge new names and make them believable. I never met anyone called Humbert or Katniss, or any Macbeths or Romeos. The names instantly conjure the characters. Interesting post!

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