Saturday, 14 February 2009

Weekly Geeks 2009-06: What's in a Name?



 What’s in a name?


For this week's edition of Weekly Geeks, we're going to take a closer look at character names. What are some of your favourite character names?

Go to Google or a baby name site like this one or this one, and look up a favourite character's name. What does their name mean? Do you think the meaning fits the character? Why or why not?
If you'd like, look up your own name as well and share the meaning.



I have two names and though i cant find a meaning for them – there are obviously many assumed meaning of the names.


Atticus – To kill a Mocking bird  - Harper Lee

   Small town lawyer, single dad and one of the most unforgettable character to live in my mind through my teenage years. he was the definition of a what a character should be.


I love this name, i have only met three people in my life with the name Atticus and they are true Atticus’ if i can say that. 



Attica is the region of Greece which contains Athens, the capital city. Today, the name is mainly known from the character Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Atticus was also the name of a number of ancient Greek philosophers and writers; it was also the name of an early Archbishop of Constantinople. Atticus recently broke into the 1000 most popular names in the US, and was ranked 767th in 2006. – Thanx Kerri


If you can find the actual meaning let me know?


The Blurb

'Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a Mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man's struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much...





Zadist  - Lover Awakened – J.R. Ward

Zadist - The tortured one who will never bond

Zsadist - The dark brother, skulking in the shadows with the freaky tattoo and the blood slave markings

Bad boy turn good or at least that what Bella 9His Love Like to think) – but this J.R. Ward creation losses none of his edge and lives up to everything that you think is name means.


The Blurb.

Even within the vampire brotherhood, Zadist is feared. Still bearing the scars from a tortured past, he is renowned for his unquenchable fury. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion-until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society.




My Name

My real name doesn’t have a meaning and it tends to bring out the weirder element of the net when i mention it.

However here goes – Jhayboy – Hey,  i love my parent, but this name was a challenge to get by with in school and it was a name to symbolize their love for me –so i love it – but it comes with it’s challenge.

Again for people who are gifted with finding the meaning of names – if you know what mine is let me know.


11 Speak To Me:

Kerrie on 14 February 2009 at 08:21 said...

Attica was the Greek city state with Athens as its capital. I've always thought Atticus was a male version of that name.
Have a look at
Seems that it is still quite a popular name. I thought it was popular name with the slave population which made its use in To Kill a Mockingbird rather ironic.

Erotic Horizon on 14 February 2009 at 08:26 said...

Thanks Kerri - I'll update this now.

Not much of a meaning there though - just where the name originated.

And To kill a Mockingbird was every and ironic at the same time


Miss H on 14 February 2009 at 11:39 said...
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Anonymous said...

That's very interesting, Kerry. How deliciously ironic!

I can't believe Atticus Finch completely slipped my mind when I was doing Weekly Geeks. He's one of the more memorable characters. Anyway, enjoyed reading your contribution, BlogOwner.

Dorte H on 14 February 2009 at 11:55 said...

I think Atticus is a great choice. To Kill a Mockingbird is a wonderful novel.

My own name may not be as difficult as yours, unless one knows what it means. My Danish name is Dorte, the same as Dorothea, meaning God´s gift. I think such a name can be a bit of a burden :)

gautami tripathy on 14 February 2009 at 12:41 said...

OMG! I forgot Atticus! Can't believe it!

Kytaira on 14 February 2009 at 22:15 said...

Most of the names I looked up because they are favorites weren't found. Tedra, Challen, etc. Shanelle says *pipe*. She's Tedra's daughter and the heroine of Lindsey's Keeper of the Heart. The meaning doesn't fit the character but the name is great!

My real name is Lynda. Means pretty. Guess that depends on the day. I use my daugher's name, Kytaira and that isn't found. Hardly surprising since it's partially made up. It's after a Dragonlance character - Kitiara. My husbands favorite character. He can't spell though so the i and a got switched. I switched the first I to a Y to match my name.

Maree on 14 February 2009 at 22:45 said...

Good choice! My favourite name from To Kill a Mockingbird was Scout; I named one of my cats that.
I can see why your name would be challenging to grow up with.
Happy Weekly Geeks :)

pussreboots on 14 February 2009 at 23:09 said...

I haven't read either book but the first one is on my TBR pile. My entry is here.

Erotic Horizon on 14 February 2009 at 23:27 said...

Thanks you all for stopping by and commenting.

Dorte learned over time that whatever the meaning of my name - I love it just because my parent gave it to me.


That's so cool but so funny as well about your daughter - the name is not only unique but sound lovely.

Ann and Gautami

To kill a Mockingbird is one of those memorable read, but after a while you kinda just move on - only because I was reviewing some old favourites why it was fresh in my mind.


While i love Scout as a character and Boo Radley - the name doesn't really stand out for me like Atticus - it was just the most perfect name for the character.


Try and get your hand on a copy - I thinks it's a free read somewhere on the net now - at one point it actually had cult status following, and it normally is listed on the literature syllabus in most school. One of the better books to Film transfer - Gregory Peck was a force to be reckoned with.


Erika Powell on 17 February 2009 at 00:11 said...

Atticus is a great name and a great character. I feel like some of the best names in literature aren't used anymore just like that one. And i really like that you have an unusual name. There were too many Erika's around when I was growing up.