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Today’s list: Characters after which I would name my children. Strangely enough, I’ve had this list in my head since I was in middle school. Well, I’ve had a list, not this exact one — but several names have always been on it, no matter the rearranging.
I love strong people (especially women), and I have a healthy dislike of social convention. I admire a man with a sense of humor and a naughty streak a mile wide.
1. Jane (Jane Eyre) – Jane is a favorite of mine because beneath her frail exterior beats the heart of a lioness. I’d love to grant my daughter a bit of that strength — the bravery to leave a man when he lies, and the kindness to forgive him and help him when he needs it most.
2. Elizabeth (Pride and Prejudice) – Impertinent, quick-witted, intelligent. Loves a good joke, and truly understands her sister, taking care of and teasing her by turns.
3. Esther (The Bible) – The epitome of bravery. She came unbidden before King Xerxes, when it meant certain death. And all to try and save her people. One of my favorite Biblical stories — I would wish for my daughter to be brave and do what she knows is right.
4. Thursday (Thursday Next series) – Totally kickass. Need I say more?
5. Richard (Heat Wave) – The one guy on my list. Intelligent, witty, silly when he needs to be, and very clever. I’d like my son to be these things.
6. Shana (The Elvenbane series) – Shana (full name Lashana) rises from the ashes of banishment to lead her people to freedom from their Elven oppressors. She’s whip-smart, can read minds (for real), and is brave. She makes mistakes, but she learns from them and uses those lessons to her advantage. Plus she has a dragon for a brother!
7. Artemis (Greek Mythology) – I’ve always felt connected to Artemis, for some reason. She’s the protector of young girls, the goddess of the hunt, wilderness, wild animals, and watches over women who are giving birth. She’s often depicted wielding a bow and arrow. Artemis is a great combination of strength and gentleness, love and lethality. I’d want my daughter to have Artemis’ strength and care for innocents.
More than what I appreciate in a character, the traits exhibited by the individuals on this list comprise the characteristics that I would want my children to have: strength, bravery, humor, and an unerring sense of right and wrong. If I were going to have children, these are the things I would want for them.
For whom did you name your children? If you don’t have any yet, what would your list look like?