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Story and Other Literary Names

Story and Other Literary Names
Picture Credit: Lori Grieg/ Flickr.com

Last week's post on Jenna Elfman has us taking a second look at the name of her son, Story Elias. Shared by Minnie Driver's son Henry Story and by Storey, the daughter of folk-rock singers Elizabeth Mitchell and Dan Littleton, Story has never cracked the top 1000 baby names, but it sounds like names that have. (Stella and Tori, or perhaps Stone and Cory.) It is also a surname name.

Story is a word name that manages to be reassuringly familiar yet also romantic. As "an account or a recital of an event or series of events," a story is ta narrative we might encounter in the news, on TV, or in chatting with a friend.  Yet a "story" is also a "romantic legend or tradition": an account of the past.

What other literary names have celebrities chosen? We thought first of Soleil Moon Frye's daughter Poet, but Poet is, strictly speaking, a profession name (like Sailor, Sawyer, or Thatcher). Much closer is Sonnet, a rhyming fourteen-line poem and a baby name shared by celebrity babies Sonnet Noel Whitaker and Sonnet Beatrice Butterfield.  And author Rebecca Woolf named her daughter Fable. She chose the name, she writes on her blog, "for the morals of great stories told and those yet to be..."

What other literary form names have you come across? Which would you use? 


(Photo Credit: Lori Grieg http://www.flickr.com/photos/lori_grieg/1534642298 )


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October 8, 2009 11:32 AM
By Lane

How about Sestina? Villanelle? Haiku? Novella?

October 14, 2009 2:00 AM
By Maddylin (not verified)

I know a woman named Page, who named her daughter Story. I'm not sure of the spelling, but that is how their names were pronounced. It was the source of many jokes about them, but actually it was kind of cute.

September 17, 2014 6:36 AM
By Catherine. (not verified)

I know a woman named Novelette.

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