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Beyond Anne

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Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Green Gables novels bring back warm childhood memories for me. I believe these books positively impacted my imagination as well as my naming style.  I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the title character, Anne Shirley, and her insistence on spelling her name Anne, with an ‘e’.  “But if you call me Anne, please call me Anne with an ‘e’.” Let’s explore some of the rich and wonderful names for girls that Montgomery used in this series!

Cordelia
I have to start with the name Cordelia as it inspired me to write this article. Underwhelmed with her own sensible name, Anne requests to be called Cordelia. Cordelia has a bit of an unknown meaning.  It may be a Celtic name meaning daughter of the sea, or a Latin name meaning heart. A personal favorite of mine, there are many lovely nickname options for Cordelia, such as Cora or Delia. At 993 in popularity, Cordelia is a familiar, but still underused name choice.

Sybil
Sybil is a Greek name meaning prophetess. According to an ancient Greek legend, the sibyls were women that prophesied at holy sites. Sybil peaked in 1919, though it has dropped significantly, used by only 86 girls last year. Audiences were reintroduced to this lovely, understated name as it was used by the admirable youngest Crawley sister on Downton Abbey. Sybil in the Anne of Green Gables series is affectionately called “Dovie.”

Aurelia
My love of the name Aurora often makes me overlook the stunning and grand Aurelia. If you are looking for an Aurora alternative, Aurelia is a mirror in beauty, and less commonly used. Aurelia is currently Number 832, whereas Aurora sits at 116. That said, Aurelia was one of the most rapidly-rising names in 2013. The name of many early saints, Aurelia is a feminine form of the Latin Aurelius, meaning golden or gilded.

Esther
The Biblical Esther was a heroic Jewish queen in the Old Testament that saved her people from obliteration. Esther’s original Hebrew name was Hadassah. A Persian name meaning star, Esther peaked in 1913, though it is still wearable ranking at Number 203. As a lover of nicknames, I love that Essie, Estee, Etta, and Tess could all stem from Esther.

Theodora
Theodore is all the rage right now, rising 150 spots just in the last five years. If you’re worried about the recent spike that Theodore has made, you may want to consider the less popular, feminine variation, Theodora. A Greek name meaning gift of God, Theodora has a sophisticated old world charm. Robbie Williams used the name Theodora “Teddy” Rose for his daughter born in 2012.

Blythe
Blythe is a surname in the Anne of Green Gables series that makes for a fresh and spirited first name. Blythe comes from an Old English surname meaning happy and cheerful, a wonderful meaning to bestow upon a child. A rarely used virtue name, 167 girls and 9 boys were given the name Blythe last year. Perhaps the most well-known bearer of this name is actress Blythe Danner.

Muriel
Muriel is derived from a Celtic name meaning bright sea.  There are forms of the name Muriel in Irish, Breton, and Scottish Gaelic languages.  Muriel peaked in 1922, but dropped off the charts in the mid-1960s.  Last year only 30 girls were given the first name Muriel.

Flora
Flora is a sweet, chic, vintage name prime for a comeback.  Nora and Cora have both had recent dramatic leaps in popularity, could Flora be next? Flora peaked in 1902 and was given to just 167 baby girls last year.  A Latin name meaning flower, Flora is a Roman goddess of flowers and springtime.  You may also recognize Flora as the name of one of sweet fairy-godmother’s in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

A few more beautiful names from this series include:

Avonlea
Charlotta
Clarice
Cornelia
Hester
Jamesina
Lavendar
Laurette
Louisa
Marilla
Mirabel
Myra
Pearl
Persis
Philippa

What are your favorite names from Avonlea?

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Anne of Green Gables Name Series

One can’t get over the habit of being a little girl all at once
~ Anne Shirley

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Greetings, my bosom friends!

This week I am celebrating my love of the Anne of Green Gables book series by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  Anne Shirley is one of my favorite literary heroines.  She is funny, brave, vibrant, witty, and intelligent.  Anne is dynamic and strong character for girls of all ages to look up to.  I’ve never been as bold or outspoken as Anne, but I definitely think we both have vivid imaginations and a thirst for knowledge. Perhaps I’m more of a mix of Anne and Diana.

I will be discussing names from the first six books in the Anne Shirley series over on my youtube channel.  So many warm memories came flooding over me while I was combing over these character names.  It was as if I’d unlocked a hidden treasure box from my childhood.  I wish I could magically transport myself to Avonlea and share a cup of tea with Anne and Marilla.  One day I will visit Prince Edward Island.  I’ve romanticized this beautiful place and look forward to having a sweet childhood dream come true.

My Favorite Names from the series:agg

Alice
Aurelia
Celia
Charlotte
Cordelia
Elizabeth
Esme
Gilbert
Jack
James
Jasper
Josephine
Julia
Kate
Levi
Owen
Rose
Ruby


My favorite characters from the series:
* One of my favorite characters is  Emmeline Harris. She was the film Anne of Avonlea but did not appear in the book series.

diAnnaAnne
Charlotta the 4th
Diana
Dora
Elizabeth
*Emmeline
Fred
Gilbert
James (Jem)
Jane
Josephine (Aunt Jo)
Katherine
Lavendar
Marilla
Matthew
Muriel (Ms. Stacey)
Rilla
Ruby
Stella

Irresistible & Interesting names in the series:

Aldengables
Avonlea
Blythe
Cordelia
Cyrus
Eben
Flora
Gable
Harriet
Jonas
Lavendar
Lennox
Lisette
Malachi
Minerva
Minnie May
Perry
Philippa
Silas
Valentine
Winnie

I hope you will check out my youtube channel where I talk more about these names & many more – http://www.youtube.com/user/tulipbyanyname
I’m also currently obsessed with Pinterest and have a board dedicated Anne Shirley – http://www.pinterest.com/tulipbyanyname

Kindred spirits are always welcome here!
~Meagan