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My Favorite Literary Names

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My Favorite Literary Names

Agnesina - Henry James, "The Awkward Age"
Aldonza - Cervantes "Don Quixote"
Alisande - Mark Twain, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"
Ambrosius - Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "The Idylls of the King"
Amoret - Edmund Spenser, "The Faerie Queen"
Anselme - Honoré de Balzac, "César Birottea"
Antonia - Lord Byron, "Don Juan" & Willa Cather, "My Antonia"
Aramis - Alexandre Dumas, "The Three Musketeers"
Ariadne - Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Legend of Good Women," Anton Chekhov "Ariadne," & Greek myth
Arkady - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
Athos - Alexandre Dumas, "The Three Musketeers"
Barrington - Anthony Trollope, "Phineas Finn"
Basil - Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
Beatrice - Dante, "The Divine Comedy"
Belphoebe - Edmund Spenser, "The Faerie Queen"
Britomart - Edmund Spenser, "The Faerie Queen"
Calixta - Kate Chopid, "At the 'Cadian Ball"
Camilla - Dante, "The Divine Comedy"
Cassandra - Elizabeth Stoddard, "The Morgesons"
Conrad - Lord Byron, "The Corsair"
Constance - Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Canterbury Tales" & Alexandre Dumas, "The Three Musketeers"
Célestin - Honoré de Balzac, "Cousin Bette"
Damian - Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Canterbury Tales"
Dmitri - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
Dorian - Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
Dorigen - Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Canterbury Tales"
Duessa - Edmund Spenser, "The Faerie Queen"
Dulcinea - Cervantes "Don Quixote"
Eglentyne - Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Canterbury Tales"
Enid - Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "The Idylls of the King"
Esmeralda - Victor Hugo, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
Ethelinda - Christopher Smart, "To Ethelinda"
Eudoxie - Ivan Turgenev, "Fathers and Sons"
Evangeline - Longfellow, "Evangeline"
Felician/Felix - Longfellow, "Evangeline"
Felix - George Eliot, "Felix Holt: The Radical" & Henry James, "The Europeans"
Fidelia - Edmund Spenser, "The Faerie Queen"
Fitzwilliam - Jane Austen, "Pride and Prejudice"
Florimell - Edmund Spenser, "The Faerie Queen"
Gareth - Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "The Idylls of the King"
Gerard - Anthony Trollope, "Phineas Redux"
Glencora - Anthony Trollope, "Can You Forgive Her?"
Gloriana - Edmund Spenser, "The Faerie Queen" (great book for names...many more, too)
Gretchen - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, "Faust"
Griffin - Anthony Trollope, "The Eustace Diamonds"
Griselda - Boccaccio, "The Decameron" & Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Canterbury Tales"
Honoria - Charles Dickens, "Bleak House"
Iseult/Isoud - Sir Thomas Malory, "Le Morte D'Arthur"

Lavinia - Charles Dickens, "Our Mutual Friend"
Lenore - Poe, "The Raven" & "Lenore"
Linet - Sir Thomas Malory, "Le Morte D'Arthur"
Léon - Gustav Flaubert, "Madame Bovary"
Macaria - Euripedes, "The Children of Heracles"
Malachi - Anthony Trollope, "Phineas Finn"
Matilda - Dante, "The Divine Comedy" & Anthony Trollope, "The Way We Live Now"
Medora - Lord Byron, "The Corsair"
Mercilla - Edmund Spenser, "The Faerie Queen"
Mordecai - George Eliot, "Daniel Deronda"
Nina - Anthony Trollope, "The Eustace Diamonds"
Nora - Henrik Ibsen, "A Doll's House"
Penelope - Jane Austen, "Persuasion"
Petra - Henrik Ibsen, "A Public Enemy"
Phineas - Anthony Trollope, several works
Plantagenet - Anthony Trollope, multiple works
Porfiry - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
Remarkable (f) - James Fenimore Cooper, "The Pioneers"
Rodion - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
Rodolphe - Gustav Flaubert, "Madame Bovary"
Rosamund - George Eliot, "Middlemarch"
Roswitha - Theodor Fontane, "Effi Briest"
Rowena - Poe, "Ligeia" & Sir Walter Scott, "Ivanhoe"
Roxana - Daniel Defoe, "Roxana" & Mark Twain, "Pudd'nhead Wilson"
Sagramor - Mark Twain, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"
Serena - Edmund Spenser, "The Faerie Queen"
Sibyl - Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
Speranza - Edmund Spenser, "The Faerie Queen"
Tanaquill - Edmund Spenser, "The Faerie Queen"
Thea - Henrik Ibsen, "Hedda Gabler"
Theron - Harold Frederic, "The Damnation of Theron Ware"
Thérèse - Charles Dickens, "A Tale of Two Cities" (tay-REHZ)
Tristram - Dante, "The Divine Comedy"
Tristram - Sir Thomas Malory, "Le Morte D'Arthur"
Una - Edmund Spenser, "The Faerie Queen"
Valentine/Valentin - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, "Faust"
Varia - Anton Chekhov, "The Cherry Orchard"
Verena - Henry James, "The Bostonians"
Veronica - Elizabeth Stoddard, "The Morgesons"
Winifred - Anthony Trollope, "The Way We Live Now"
Zoraïde/Zoraida - Charlotte Brontë, "The Professor" & Cervantes "Don Quixote"
Honestly, Shakespeare uses so many fine names that I simply don't want to write them out! Miranda, Beatrice, Lavinia, Malvolio, Silvia, Valentine, Florizel, Cressida, Conrade, Cordelia, Imogen, Helena, Orlando, Bianca, Rosalind, et al.

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