Old-Fashioned Names from "Anne of Green Gables"
Recently the internet was buzzing about the newly tarted-up cover for Anne of Greene Gables, the beloved children’s novel about our favorite red-headed orphan (or maybe tied with Little Orphan Annie). Lovers of the book were up in arms about the modern blond teen pouting on the cover of this reprint, but we just thought it was nice to see one of our dearest childhood books in the news. Big fans of the Anne books will remember that Anne herself was a naming afficianado--she started out as Ann but first asked to be called "Cordelia" and when that is refused by her foster mother, Marilla, she insists on adding an –e ending so her name stands out.
The name change could actually be considered an inside joke from the author Lucy Maud Montgomery (who went by Maud). The author also intended for her book about a feisty heroine to stand out from other stories of orphans named Ann, apparently popular trend at the time.
For fans of old-fashioned names, the book is a treasure trove of girls’ names you might want to consider:
Anne – Though Anne Hathaway’s omnipresence may have made you thought otherwise, nickname Annie has actually outpaced the original
Diana – Despite Jack and Diane and Sam and Diane, Diana is the more popular version of this name, as Diane has been out of the top 1000 for almost ten years
Jane – Jane has seen a slight rise in popularity of late
Josie – After a peak in the 1910s, Josie has been climbing steadily
Marilla – A nickname drawn Amaryllis, it may be a dark horse for parents who want a twist on Mary
Minnie – The Mickey and Minnie connection may be too strong to bring this name into the 21st century
Do you like any of these Green Gables names? What are your favorite names from childhood books?