Hallo there bookworms! I hope your Saturdays are going well! Yay to the weekend! I’ve seen people posts this topic and I wanted to get in on it! It looks like fun! What’s in a Name? There’s a lot of thought that comes into naming your child! For example, my parents thought I was going to be a boy so they wanted to name me after my dad, Angelino. Lo and behold come December, I was born and evidently not a boy haha so they feminized (is that a word?) his name to Anjeline and attached a version of my mom’s name, Nancy, to it. Henceforth and forevermore, I was named Anjeline Nance (another middle name and then last name). Yeah, I’ve got 2 middle names and my name is super long. You should see my driver’s license.
Anyway, before I was really into reading, I’d pick names that I thought would sound cool and all. Now, I’ve considered naming my kids after book characters — I’m also pretty big on middle names, considering I have two haha. My husband better be okay with it. If not, divorce! Ha! Just kidding. Before he marries me, he’ll know about this whole naming game! So here we go!
What’s in a [Baby’s] Name?
1. William James: This name comes to you from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. You really shouldn’t be surprised at this point that I’d name my child after the William Owen Herondale lol! I would change the middle name to James for Jem. I’ve always loved the name William and James but I love having this extra meaning behind it.
- William: determined protector, strong-willed warrior
- James: supplanter; I had to look up what that meant: to take the place of (someone or something); overthrow
2. Dorian Alexander: I had to. Dorian Havilliard from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I love him! The name Dorian never came to me when I thought of names but it’s just so appealing now! I’ve always liked the name Alexander and my favorite Alex comes from Delirium by Lauren Oliver
- Dorian: from the sea; tempestuous weather (interesting)
- Alexander: defender of the people, man
3. Maxon: My son will be the epitome of good with a name like Maxon! That name comes from The Selection by Kiera Cass. I never liked the name Max because of how simple it was, plus I had a dog named Max. I also didn’t like the longer versions of the name: Maximillian, Maxwell, Maximus, and so on. I really liked Maxon though!
- Maxon: tricky one to find but it’s an elaboration of Max meaning greatest
4. Nikolai Aleksander: Continuing with our princes, Nikolai comes to you from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo! I loved the name Nicholas but I like this version better. I also liked the name Alexander as I said earlier but I love when it’s spelled this way especially with how Nik is spelled. I just like how it’s spelled, this in no way means that I liked the Darkling haha
- Nikolai: victorious, conqueror of the people
- Alexander: defender of the people
- So this name is either conquering people or defending them haha
5. Ahren: Wow, it wasn’t until I got here that I realized that after Will, all my names are from princes haha. Anyway. Ahren is from The Heir by Kiera Cass. I really enjoyed his character, a lot more than his twin sister. But I just really like the name, no matter the spelling–except for Aaron because it reminds me of Aaron Carter (who remembers him?!) so no Aaron. I also like Arin, from The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.
- Ahren: eagle
- Arin: enlightened
- Aaron: exalted, strong
The girl names are harder because I always thought it was easier to name boys than girls haha. Even before the help of books, I had maybe 3 girl names that I liked.
1. Aelin: I love how exotic the name sounds! I also LOVE Aelin from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Hopefully my child will grow up as a kickbutt girl with this name haha. It’s a pretty powerful name in the book and I’d love my daughter to be strong, independent, and intelligent like her!
- Aelin: this name doesn’t really exist anywhere so finding a meaning was impossible, however here are some names and their meanings from which Aelin could have derived from
- Aileen: light
- Aylin: halo around the moon (I love this!)
2. Celaena: Just like numero uno, I LOVE Celaena from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I never liked the name Selena but I like it spelled Celaena haha. Weird, I know but the spelling makes it look so much better. I actually like the name Selene, too. So backup!
- Celaena: this was hard to find considering it too does not exist (thank you SJM!)
- Celaeno: (From SJM’s research when naming Celaena) dark one
- Selena: variation meaning moon goddess
3. Isabelle Sophia: I love this full name together, stealing it from the Isabelle Sophia that you find in City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (she has some good names! Haha). I love the nickname Izzy and the character was so fierce! I like that it’s not Isabella because it reminds me of Bella from Twilight so no thank you.
- Isabelle: devoted to God, God of plenty
- Sophia: wisdom
4. Lilac Rose: I haven’t read the book yet but Lilac is the main character from These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I don’t know how her character and her personality is but I like her name! I like Lilac or even Lily not Lila. Making the name a double flower, I love Rose as a middle name. I also liked with Celaena, too (Celaena Rose that is).
- Lilac: purple lilac flower
- Lily: purity, innocence, beauty, lily flower
- Rose: sweet, smelling flower;
5. Cecily: For my final name, I went with Cecily. She is Will Herondale’s younger sister from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. She’s like the female Will Herondale and it’s awesome! How cool would it be if I had a son and daughter and named them after these siblings haha! Cecily is the only version of the name I like — I’m not a fan of Cecilia
- Cecily: blind (hmmm, not my favorite meaning haha)
- Noah from the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin
- Liam from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
- Penryn from Angelfall by Susan Ee
- Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas