The Loquacious Bibliophile

Confessions of a bibliophile and aspiring authoress


Unique Names

Need some inspiration for unique names? Here’s a few of my favorites!

{What’s In a Name?} Lysander

I fell in love with this name when I was introduced to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream many years ago and I haven’t ever quite been able to get it out of my head.  I have yet to find the perfect character for the name, but I would love to–and when I do, I won’t hesitate to use the name!

In case I’ve not mentioned this before, my favorite letter to be able to stick into a name is y.  Why this is, I can’t tell you, but it’s been true for quite some time.
This name has an ly in it, which is another favorite of mine!

Favorite letters?  Favorite combinations of letters?  *shakes head*  You know you’re a writer when….

– Lysander –

Origin:  Greek

Meaning:  Liberator


What do you think of the name?  🙂

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{What’s In a Name?} Bree

~ Bree ~

Origin: Irish

Meaning:  Strength or exalted one

Irish names fascinate me, and this lovely girl’s name is no exception!  I’m not usually a fan of names that are so short, but I like the sound of this one.

My favorite use of the name in literature is the name of a place in The Lord of the Rings, and the only other reference listed here that I’m familiar with is the name of a horse in C.S. Lewis’ The Horse and His Boy (another lovely book!).

As much as I enjoy Brie cheese, I wouldn’t dare change the spelling–that would just be cruel.



{What’s in a Name?} Oliver

This name is a splendid one, I think!  🙂  A cute little name that I can’t help but think would perfectly fit a good-natured, if mischievous, child….  The female counterpart, Olivia, is also lovely.

– Oliver –

Origin:  Latin

Meaning:  Olive tree

It’s been popular in England for some time, but is gaining popularity here in the US–which makes me happy, because I’m fond of it!

Notable (in fiction books) Olivers include the main character in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and Oliver Wood in the Harry Potter series.


{What’s In a Name?} Amethyst

The origin and meaning of this name are both rather obvious, but that’s okay!  🙂

I’m not quite sure how it came about, but I’ve found myself intrigued by this name recently!  Amethysts (the birthstone for February) as the gem they are are also quite beautiful.

I like the name so much that I rather recently gave it to a fairy in a RP!  I was so creative (:P) and did things like giving her hair that’s really dark…but will seem purple-ish in the right light.  XD
It’s held up, too; so it’s not just good in theory…in this instance, at least!


{What’s in a Name?} Aurora

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty is…quite possibly my favorite Disney movie!  (Prince Philip doesn’t just show up and get the girl!  He kills a dragon for her!  Plus “Once Upon a Dream” is a splendid song.)

The movie’s main character goes by more than one name, but I prefer this one!

~ Aurora ~

Origin:  Latin

Meaning:  Dawn

(The meaning, I believe, can be attributed to a Roman goddess of sunrise and her tears that wound up as dew on earth.)

The name can also be a reference to the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) but it will always remind me of Sleeping Beauty first!

Amusingly enough, if it wasn’t quite so difficult to say, this might have been my name!  😀


{What’s in a Name?} Maximilian


Welcome to a new category of posts!  Names can be unique and wonderful and I want to highlight some of those here.  Beginning with…


Yes, it sounds pompous and way too fancy…but I rather adore this name!  (The kids that I babysit and I have a bit of a running joke with it; they’re not fond of it!  😀 )

– Maximilian –

Origin:  Latin

Meaning:  Greatest

(‘Cause, ya know, it didn’t sound all full of itself to begin with!)

I have read two books that feature Maximilians.  The first that I read was about Maximilian Morrel in The Count of Monte Cristo; he isn’t a main character, but his story seems to take up quite a few pages, if I remember right.  He is in love with a young woman named Valentine (I see what you did there, Dumas); theirs’ is basically a Romeo and Juliet type of story–but with a happier ending!  🙂

And then there’s Maximilian de Winter, from Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.  He is a much more important character than Monsieur Morrel.  He is a forty-two year old widower who meets and (not soon after) marries the main character of the book (whose name we never learn).  I thought that Alfred Hitchcock’s representation of him in the movie was perfect; like he saw my mental picture as I read!  Maxim to his friends, and Max only to the mysterious Rebecca, he is very debonair, if a bit prone to temper tantrums.

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