So after much thought (I am serious about giving this child the best name that Steven and I can possibly decide on), we have three criterion for the name. It has to have 1. a beautiful heritage and/or 2. a beautiful sound to it and 3. mean something beautiful.
My brain works in lists, so I've made a plethora of them in those weird moments when you don't really have to do anything, but only have like two minutes of down time (waiting in the grocery line, waiting for Sunday school to start, blowdrying hair with one hand and list-making with the other).
This first list is a list of all of the literary names that we love:
1. Valentine. After Valentine Wiggin from the Ender's Game series. This is one of my all-time favorite books. I've read Ender's Game at least a dozen times and I pretty much stalked the author until he answered all of my questions about the psychology of the characters when he came to my school for a writing forum. I love Valentine. She's so loving and kind but also bold and willing to do what has to be done for the good of everyone. I'd love for our daughter to be named after her - especially since I want to name one of our future sons "Ender", but Steven isn't so on board... so it'd be nice for our family to have some EG representation.
Downside: I can't stand the nickname 'Val'. Ugh. But we could call her 'Valen' instead, which is cute.
2. Scout. After Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. I just love her and identify with her in so many ways. She's so innocent and sweet. She sees things so clearly because she's so young, and I want our girl to grow up with a very clear understanding of right and wrong. Plus Scout is just so dang cute!
Downside: People might make fun of her for having such a boyish name.
3. Briony. After Briony Tallis in Atonement. I love this story. I love how Briony totally screws up everything and then has to go through heck and lots of pain to really realize how horrible she is and then try to fix things - and still, they don't get fixed. It's so tragic and sad, but also a good reminder to always be honest. And I think it is just a beautiful, beautiful name.
Downside: I don't really want my daughter reading this book. Cause the truth is, it's not very appropriate at times. Embarrassing to admit that one of my favorite books has some questionable scenes at the beginning, but it's the truth.
4. Blythe. After Gilbert Blythe in all of the Anne books (Anne of Green Gables, etc). Because I was in love with him my whole childhood and would love for my girl to love these books as well.
Downside: I don't think there is one.
5. Scarlett. From Gone with the Wind. It's just such a beautiful name.
Downside: I can't stand her. I don't think she ever really redeems herself for being such a snot.
Thoughts? And if you don't mind sharing, will you comment with some of your favorite literary names?
(Disclaimer - I might steal)