Is Your Namesake From A Book?

A recent post from Kate Evangelista’s Reads, Reviews, Recommends blog profiling Irish author Noel Farrell’s new book, Booker’s World, a story about a man dealing with a friend’s suicide during the Irish recession, reminded me of another bit of depressing Celtic literature, Leon Uris’ Trinity.

I was told at a very young age that I was named after the protagonist of Trinity, Conor Larkin. Admittedly, I have not gotten around to reading Trinity yet (So, I can’t actually say it is a depressing book, but the synopsis sure makes it seem that way. And I mean, the guy I was named after gets shot in the head, so that morbid detail doesn’t quite have me rushing to read it), but it’s on my list of books to read and hopefully I’ll get around to it this year.

Despite Conor Larkin’s tragic (and hopefully heroic) death in Trinity, I’ve always enjoyed my name. I like having something off the beaten path that reminds me of my Irish roots. I have to thank my parents for not naming me something like Drake Chesterfield or Chet Porterhouse (I apologize to all Chesterfields and Porterhouses, I’m sure they’re great names, just not for me).

What about you? Were you named after a literary character? If so, which one? Was there a literary character you wished you were named after? Do you plan on naming any of your kids after characters from books? If you plan on naming any kids/pets after characters from Twilight, how deep of a hole are you digging for them? When will the terrible, terrible repercussions for what you’ve done finally set in? When they reach middle school? High school? College?

5 comments to Is Your Namesake From A Book?

  1. Kayleigh says:

    I wasn't named after a character but my name (Kayleigh) is a bastardisation of the gaelic word Ceildh which is a social event, sort of like a dance. My dad's Irish, but because we lived in Australia mum thought it was too cruel to expect teachers and classmates to ever pronounce my name right if it was spelt correctly, so she spelt it more phonetically (also inspired by the song Kayleigh that was famous at the time by Marillion). Funny thing is, even this spelling gives people a hard time! It's nice to have such a strong connection to my Irish roots though.

    I probably will name my kids after literary characters or writers but I'd never go with anything too out there because I know how hard having a 'difficult' name can be. My kids will probably be named things like Alice, Lily, Harper, Hunter etc names that aren't rare or crazy but mean something more to me.

  2. Kate Evangelista says:

    Aww, warm and fuzzies inside my chest. 🙂

  3. Nina B. says:

    I was definitely not named after any book character, but a couple of years ago, I found out that I have a book namesake, Nina Bermudez from The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson. I got a copy of that book for the simple reason that one of the characters was named after me. Good thing I loved the story too 😀

  4. Conor says:

    @ Kayleigh – I always thought Kayleigh was one of the coolest names possible. I envy such a cool moniker.

    @ Kate – Your site is great! I plan on keeping up with it regularly.

    @ Nina – That's really neat to stumble on that later in life. I'm glad it did not disappoint!

  5. Kayleigh says:

    Thanks Conor! I like it too but 13 year old me used to hate having to sound it out for people every 10 minutes! I don't really get why it was so hard for people, I even spelt it K-Lee for awhile to make it easier!

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