Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Victor

Colin Clive as Dr. Frankenstein (left) in the 1931 "Frankenstein"


Origin: Latin
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Victor"
Pronunciation: VIK-tur
Other forms: Viktor, Victorius, Victorinus, Victoria

I admit I like names that are subtle whenever it comes to what they are honoring, whether it be family members, places, or like this one, holidays. Victor is a name I can definitely see coming back into style, it is classic, with a just a bit of Gothic flare. It origins are Latin, and, as you may have guessed, it means "victor". It was a popular name among early Christians, and was the name of three popes.
Victor Frankenstein (or, if you're a fan of James Whale's "Frankenstein" you are familiar with Henry Frankenstein) is a name most people know, though many believe that Frankenstein is actually the name of the Doctor's creation. The monster is never given a true name, it is just known as "Frankenstein's Monster". Born in Naples, Victor is the son of Alphonse Frankenstein and Caroline Beaufort, who died of scarlet fever when he was young. He has two brothers, Ernest and William, and eventually marries his cousin Elizabeth Lavenza.

Victor wishes to discover the Elixir of Life, and is interested in the work of Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, and Albertus Magnus. Though after seeing lighting strike a tree, he abandons these pursuits for chemistry, and becomes obsessed with creating life in inanimate matter through artificial means. Eventually, he succeeds, but is horrified by it's actions. He abandons it and the monster goes on a quest fueled by vengeance. This brings about the death of William, who is killed by the monster, although their servant Justine is blamed for it. The creature wishes for Victor to create a female companion, which he agrees to, but destroys it, terrified of the thought of a race of monsters. Because of this, the monster kills Elizabeth on their wedding night. Victor goes after the monster, who travels to the Arctic, but fails in killing it, as he contracts severe pneumonia. Upon finding out about Victor's death, the monster vows to commit suicide, and leaves.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Collection of Names Taken from Evil Queens

Tilda Swinton as Jadis in "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe"
I have an admission to make. I love evil Queens. I've always liked the villains, both male and female, and often find them to be more interesting, especially when it comes to storylines. Some of these aren't exactly Queens, but do fit into the archetype. So here is a list of names, taken from evil Queens from literature, television, movies, and real life.

Regina - Once Upon a Time
Grimhilde - Snow White
Isabella - Isabella 1st of Spain
Claudia - Snow White: A Tale of Terror
Arpazia - White as Snow
Elspeth - Snow White: The Fairest of Them All
Jadis - The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Narissa - Enchanted
Dorothea and Hekatah - The Black Jewels Trilogy
Bathsheba - The Bible
Ravenna - Snow White and the Huntsman
Ivi - Fairest
Anne - Snow: A Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Rodmilla - Ever After
Alice - The Grimm Brother's Snow White
Clementianna - Mirror Mirror
Athaliah - The Bible
Maleficent - Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent
Cersei - Game of Thrones
Beryl - Sailor Moon
Levana - The Lunar Chronicles

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Names for the Family Who Collect Books


Ink well from studiostewaretshoppe on Etsy
For the family that has every first edition of every book ever. For the family who has a two story library and whose parents are majors in English. For the family who have a quaint book shop on the corner called, "The Ink Spot". I am sure, as you have guessed, this family uses names from literature, or names taken from authors or poets.


Black Cat Edgar Allan Poe poster by TheGeekerie

Girls:
Alabama (Save Me the Waltz)
Juliet (Romeo and Juliet)
Briony (Atonement)
Sylvia (Sylvia Plath)

Fig (Man of My Dreams)
Anna (Anna Karenina)
Lorca (Federic Garcia Lorca)
Pecola (The Bluest Eye)
Beatrice (The Divine Comedy)
Esme (For Esme - with Love and Squalor)
Cosette (Les Miserables)
Sidda (The Ya-Ya Sisterhood)
Lux (The Virgin Suicides)

Abra (East of Eden)
Lorna (Lorna Doone)
Thomasin (Return of the Native)
Clemency (The Battle of Life)
Daphne (Daphne Du Maurier)
Bella (Our Mutual Friend)
Towner (The Lace Reader)
Oriane (Remembrance of Things Past)
Arwen (Lord of the Rings)

Miniature books by bagusitaly on Etsy
Rosa (The Mystery of Edwin Drood)
Cecily (The Importance of Being Earnest)
Zuleika (Zuleika Dobson)
Malta (Bleak House)
Edith (Edith Wharton)
Vianne (Chocolat)
Poe (Edgar Allan Poe)



Nenna (Offshore)
Una (The Faerie Queene)
Angelou (Maya Angelou)
Lucy (A Room with a View)
Placida (Chronicle of a Death Foretold)
Titania (A Midsummer's Night Dream)
Flavia (The Flavia de Luce Books)
Marin (A Book of Common Prayer)
Isadora (Fear of Flying)
Ossie (Swamplandia!)
Estella (Great Expectations)
Amy (Little Dorrit)
Vida (The Thirteenth Tale)
Ernessa (The Moth Diaries)
Flora (Cold Comfort Farm)
Beatrix (Beatrix Potter)
Annabel (Annabel Lee)



Boys:

Joss (Jamaica Inn)
Ozias (Armadale)
Reuven (The Chosen)
Hawthorne (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
Sebastian (Brideshead Revisited)
Klaus (A Series of Unforunate Events)
Kafka (Kafka on the Shore)

Roderick (The Fall of the House of Usher)
Tristram (Tristram Shandy)
Ishmael (Moby Dick)
Keats (John Keats)
Corin (As You Like It)
Dorian (The Picture of Dorian Gray)
Zooey (Franny and Zooey)
Utah (Under Milk Wood)
Bram (Bram Stoker)
Maurice (Maurice)
Wilde (Oscar Wilde)
Simon (The Spiderwick Chronicles)
Jupiter (The Gold Bug)
Abelard (The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao)
Misha (Absurdistan)
Cyril (A Passage to India)
Austen (Jane Austen)
Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights)
Oliver (The Adventures of Oliver Twist)
Jolyon (The Forsyte Saga)
Eugene (Our Mutual Friend)
Forster (E.M. Forster)
Algernon (The Importance of Being Earnest)
Peter (Peter Pan)
Gilbert (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall)
Oscar (Oscar and Lucinda)
Caspain (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Edward (Big Fish)
Rudyard (Rudyard Kipling)
Ashley (Gone with the Wind)
Percy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)


*Ink well avaliable for purchase here
Poster avaliable here
Miniature books avaliable here

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Maleficent

Origin: English
Gender: Female
Meaning: Possibly "evil-doer"
Pronunciation: muh-LEHF-ih-sent
Other forms: N/A

The name of the evil fairy (yes, she is a fairy!) in "Sleeping Beauty". I'm not sure on the meaning of the name; one source says it means "evil-doer", and it is close to the word "malevolent" as well. Maleficent is capable of shape-shifting as well as just plain ol' black magic, she can transform into a huge dragon or a floating light that resembles a will-o'-the-wisp.
I've gotten tons of hits on this post, which really surprises me. I'm pretty sure it even started before the 2014 movie with Angelina Jolie came out.
In it, she is portrayed as more of an anti-hero than villain, and it is her who breaks the curse, instead of the prince, after she grows to love her over the years. It does have a surprisingly soft, feminine sound, and maybe the movie will redeem it, but I think it would probably still be best suited for a cat, or maybe a rat?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Raven



Origin: English
Gender: Unisex
Meaning: The name of a bird
Pronunciation: RAY-ven
Other forms: Ravenna

I'm so excited that it is finally October! Halloween is my favorite holiday, and ravens are perfect for the season. The word "Raven" comes from the Old English hræfn. Ravens are extremely intelligent, and are highly playful. Juvenile ravens are the most playful of all bird species, and even make their own toys out of twigs! They are depicted many different ways throughout many different cultures. In Sweden, ravens are thought to be the ghosts of murdered people, and in Germany, they are believed to be the souls of the damned. In the Tlingit and Haida cultures, the Raven was a trickster and creator God. In Norse mythology, Huginn and Muninn, are Odin's ravens that fly all over Midgard and bring back information to him. Ravens are on the Coat of Arms for the Isle of Man, and the Baltimore Ravens are a national football league, with a raven mascot named Poe.

Raven is a much more popular name for girls, though I think it sounds fresher for boys.