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Literary Sisters – Add one!


There are many delightfully named literary sisters. I love looking at sibling sets in novels and crawling into the author’s name-nerd brain. Let’s look at four wonderful, well-loved sibling sets of sisters and imagine what we would name another sister to each literary family.

The March Sisters
Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women
Margaret “Meg”, Josephine “Jo”, Elizabeth “Beth”, Amy
How classy are the March sister’s names? It is widely assumed that Amy is short for Amelia, though never explicitly stated in the novel. I love a good nickname and Margaret, Josephine, and Elizabeth all lend themselves beautifully to an array of nicknames. So for fun, what would I name a fifth March sister? I would choose Samantha “Sam.” Samantha is another long and lovely classic name that can easily be shortened to Sam. Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, and Sam it is for me. What name would you add? Other names I considered that I think would fit in well with this set include Catherine, Charlotte, and the author’s own name, Louisa.

The Ingalls Sisters
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House Series
Mary, Laura, Caroline “Carrie”, and Grace
The Little House sister’s are unique to this list as the books were based off of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s real life sisters. Mary, Laura, Caroline “Carrie”, and Grace all have very wholesome, sweet sounds to them. So, what would I name a fifth Ingalls girl? Anna was the first name that popped into my mind. Anna is simple, sweet, and could potentially be shortened to Annie, which I think would suit this set well. What would you name a fifth sister? Other names I think would work well are Emily, Hannah, or Susanna.

The Bennet Sisters
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine “Kitty”, and Lydia
I could (and may) do a blogpost on Austen’s sibling sets. The five Bennet sisters, Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine “Kitty”, and Lydia all have very classic names. Austen loved repeating names in her novels and so I pulled name inspiration from her in choosing Anne to be the sixth Bennet sister. My mind races to imagine what she would be like. Other names repeated in Austen novels that could work in this sibling set for me would be Louisa, Margaret, and Marianne. I’d love to read your pick for this set of iconic sisters!

The O’Hara Sisters
Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind
Katie Scarlett “Scarlett”, Susan Elinor “Suellen”, Caroline Irene “Carreen”
Frankly, my dears, the O’Hara sisters have some pretty fun names! I think its neat that none of them go by their given names, but rather their middle name or a smoosh name. So we have Katie Scarlett “Scarlett”, Susan Elinor “Suellen”, and Caroline Irene “Carreen”. I looked at Scarlett, Suellen, and Carreen and immediately wanted another C name to balance out the two S’s. So my choice would be Cora Isobel “Corabelle.” I also considered the given first names; Katie, Susan, Caroline and thought Eliza, Rebecca, and Julia would work well as well. What name would you add to this fiery sibling set?

I’d love to hear you weigh in on these sister names and add your own additions to these timeless sets!


Names of the Bennet Sisters

bennsistersI grew up watching film adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels with my Mom long before I could read them.  I love literature, period pieces, and classic names.  One of my favorite sibling sets is that of the Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice.  All five of these names are classy, beautiful, and usable.

jbennJane is the eldest of the Bennet sisters. She’s kind, shy, and sensible. I’ve always thought of her as a sweet character.
An English name, Jane means “God’s gracious gift”. One of my least favorite name sayings is “plain Jane”. Jane is a simple, classic, beautiful little name. As a fan of Austen, I also like that Jane reminds me of the author. Austen used the name Jane in several of her stories.

lizzebenElizabeth, also known as “Lizzy” or “Eliza” is the protagonist in Pride & Prejudice. She’s intelligent, witty, and one of the most beloved literary characters.
Elizabeth is the epitome of a timeless name. It worked in 1813, when this novel was published, and it was the 10th most popular name for girls last year. Elizabeth is a Hebrew name, meaning “pledged to God”. I love all the potential nicknames that stem from Elizabeth.

marbennetMary is the plain sister. She’s often off by herself and probably the least memorable of the five sisters.
An important name in the Christian faith, Mary is Hebrew, meaning “bitter”. There are many lovely names that come from the name Mary, such as Molly, Mae, and Mariel. There are also tons of beautiful variations of Mary in other languages.

Catherine “Kitty”
kittybennettKitty is a silly, frivolous young woman. she’s often giggly and imitating her younger sister, Lydia.
Catherine is a classic Greek name, meaning “pure”. There are numerous literary and historic women named Catherine. There are also many popular variations and nicknames to this classic. Kitty has youthful, playful feel, fitting for this Bennet sister.

lydia bennetThe youngest, least sensible, and headstrong on the Bennet girls is Lydia. The only thing that I don’t like about this name is that I associate it with this self-absorbed character.
Lydia is one of my favorite names. Greek, meaning “woman of Lydia”, Lydia has been climbing back up the charts in popularity. It’s a lovely name with a Victorian feel that easily lends it’s to the cute nickname, Liddy.

P.S. I also love the name Bennet

Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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