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?