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Narnian baby names

Postby wintercoatsandfurtrees » 23 Sep 2009, 06:28

I am pregnant with my second child and have been considering baby names...as you do. I already have a girls name but am having lots of trouble picking one for a boy. I LOVE the name Caspian - I think it is beautiful and strong and reminds me of Narnia whenever I hear it but my husband thinks it's too "pompous". As it's his child too I thought I should honor his opinion but cannot think of a name that compares!

We named our first born son Zen as we wanted to have a boy who's name meant "peace". We still love this name but it has cornered us a bit - we can't really call the next one "Bill" or "Jack" or anything traditional or that will make Zen too weird next to his siblings, but on the other hand, I don't want names that are too outlandish and bizarre or we'll just look like a looney family.

What to do. I discovered your site by accident when I was googling "c.s. lewis names" and am very intrigued (and a bit forlorn to discover only now the original published order having read the CoN many times in many orders but never in that one!). I still like the idea of naming my next boy a Narnian or at least Lewis name for two reasons. One as a tribute to my favourite author, but also because all the names he uses for his male characters are wonderful and powerful and telling. Just what I like. ANYHOO, any suggestions would be very much appreciated!
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Re: Narnian baby names

Postby LucyP » 23 Sep 2009, 20:14

Maybe uh... Reepicheep? :lol: :lol: just kidding.

Lets skim through the Narnia boy names:
Reephicheep :lol:
Caspian (You already said no on that one)
Nikkabrik :rolleyes: (Not sure what you think on that one)
Diggory
Aslan
Tumnus
Bree

I bet this did not help one bit!
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Re: Narnian baby names

Postby carol » 26 Sep 2009, 09:43

Have you thought of simply, "Lewis"?

If you really want a Narnian name (and you don't object to the Telmarine line) then there's a succession of kings...

Caspian, Rilian, Tirian,...

Or how about something Archenlander? Cor, Corin, Dar, Darin, Lune...

You could use "Aslan" since it means Lion in several languages - and I have seen it used as a name.
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Re: Narnian baby names

Postby ainulindale » 27 Sep 2009, 02:16

Oooh, what fun! How about...

Emeth?

Ramandu?

Elwin Ransom? :smile:

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Re: Narnian baby names

Postby wintercoatsandfurtrees » 20 Oct 2009, 10:33

Oooh thank you!! Lots to consider... :??: :thinking: :toothy-grin:
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Re: Narnian baby names

Postby Dan65802 » 22 Oct 2009, 00:54

We named our son Samuel after the boy who heard the voice of God (but with a nod to Samwise Gamgee).

His middle name is Edmund, for although Peter is heroic, we are all Edmund.

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Re: Narnian baby names

Postby LucyP » 22 Oct 2009, 01:19

Dan65802 wrote:We named our son Samuel after the boy who heard the voice of God (but with a nod to Samwise Gamgee).

His middle name is Edmund, for although Peter is heroic, we are all Edmund.

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Ohh, that is a nice quote you have going there, Dan! About the Edmund one.

Samwise Gamgee is who I have an obbsession over. Where would Middle Earth be without Samwise Gamgee? :read: MUST. GET. LOTR. BOOKS. SOON. SO. I. CAN. OBSESS. OVER. SAMWISE. GAMGEE. EVEN. MORE!!!!!!!!!

***Edit: I decided I should have at least one name suggestion. Ummm..... I can only thing of LOTR names.... -sits for hours thinking of a name- :thinking: OHH!! how about.. No I already suggested that one. I have four!! Lucy, Edmund, Susan, Peter!***
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Re: Narnian baby names

Postby Dan65802 » 22 Oct 2009, 13:22

I was just reading about someone this morning who named their son Stryder. I thought that was pretty cool.

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Re: Narnian baby names

Postby LucyP » 22 Oct 2009, 13:45

Dan65802 wrote:I was just reading about someone this morning who named their son Stryder. I thought that was pretty cool.

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Wow. Maybe someday I'll name my son Aragorn! :lol: Just kidding. Stryder is cool, but I wouldn't want that as my name.
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Re: Narnian baby names

Postby rusmeister » 01 Nov 2009, 19:21

Dan65802 wrote:I was just reading about someone this morning who named their son Stryder. I thought that was pretty cool.

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Hi Dan! (wave)
I have a completely different reaction - I don't think it 'cool' at all. If you're up on Chesterton (or even Lewis's) attitude toward tradition, you might understand why.
It's about the modern fashion of being proud of throwing tradition out the window. About the value of what our ancestors have tried to pass down to us (and that we now practically spit on). About the deep and important meaning of names. Children are not people to experiment on - and expect their thanks for it. It's about the difference between naming your kid "Faith" or "Sophia" and naming her "Arwen" (or "Gandalf").

To echo Lucy, I'd ask, "Why wouldn't you want that as your name?" And next, "Why would you want to give a name to another that you would not want yourself?"

The Eastern (Christian) tradition of naming children after saints honored on the day of their birth avoids these problems. The names are recognized, honored, and have established meanings that are worthy of living up to.

"Tradition means giving a vote to most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man's opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man's opinion, even if he is our father."
Chesterton, Orthodoxy, Chapter 4, "The Ethics of Elfland." http://www.cse.dmu.ac.uk/~mward/gkc/boo ... y/ch4.html
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Re: Narnian baby names

Postby LucyP » 02 Nov 2009, 19:49

rusmeister wrote:
To echo Lucy, I'd ask, "Why wouldn't you want that as your name?" And next, "Why would you want to give a name to another that you would not want yourself?"



:stunned: I said "Just kidding" meaning I would not give that name to anyone. I said that purely jokingly. Stryder is a cool name, with or without the LOTR reference. But, I wouldn't like that as my name because it is a boy name.
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Re: Narnian baby names

Postby Dan65802 » 03 Nov 2009, 19:52

I wouldn't mind the name Stryder. It's a lot better than my first name (which is not Dan). I like the idea of naming a child after someone (fictional or real) who exhibits the qualities you find valuable and want to see exhibited in your own child as they grow. This is why we named our son Samuel Edmund.

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