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Where do they get there names from?

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NanKate Wed 06-Sep-17 21:46:15

The names of some of the detectives in fiction are so weird.

Cormorant Strike
Hercule Poirot
Tuppence Beresford
Endeavour Morse

Can you think of some ?

NanKate Wed 06-Sep-17 21:47:03

Sorry grammatical error THEIR

Cherrytree59 Wed 06-Sep-17 23:57:07

Ebenezer Scrooge

FarNorth Thu 07-Sep-17 00:38:18

Is Hercule Poirot a strange name for a Belgian?

absent Thu 07-Sep-17 06:12:41

FarNorth No, but it might be for a Frenchie.

I have always had a great fondness for Tom Stoppard's Foot of the Yard.

absent Thu 07-Sep-17 06:13:28

Why is my post pink?

Imperfect27 Thu 07-Sep-17 06:42:24

I remember hearing somewhere recently that nobody knows where Thomas Hardy got the name 'Bathsheba' (Everdene) from (Far From the Madding Crowd). Racking my brains for other unusual female names, but haven't woken up yet - but sure there must be many!

BlueBelle Thu 07-Sep-17 06:43:35

Because it's your post ...... it's been like that since the BIG EXCITING forum changes

MawBroon Thu 07-Sep-17 08:05:36

I read this and assume Hardy with the upbringing of his age would have been more than familiar with the story and the characters?
"Bathsheba is One of the Most Beguiling Characters in the Bible
Whether or not theirs is a classic love story, David and Bathsheba share a powerful bond.

yggdrasil Thu 07-Sep-17 08:06:13

Bathsheba is in the bible. The one David did the dirty on Uriah for.

MawBroon Thu 07-Sep-17 08:06:45

I think it is Cormoran not Cormorant BTW
Still pretty strange!

Imperfect27 Thu 07-Sep-17 08:08:33

Oh silly me re Bathsheba! grin

Greyduster Thu 07-Sep-17 08:28:33

Zaphod Beeblebrox.
Pussy Galore, and Xenia Sergeyevna Onatopp - Bond villainesses!

lemongrove Thu 07-Sep-17 08:40:13

I think that fictional detectives have always had strange names to make them memorable:
Sam Spade
Dirk Gently
Jack Frost
Sherlock Holmes

Maggiemaybe Thu 07-Sep-17 08:51:12

I've only read one of Kathy Reichs' books because of the name Temperance Brennan. I could live with that, but the shortening to Tempe jarred every time I saw it. How is that even pronounced- Temp, Tempy, Tempay?

FarNorth Thu 07-Sep-17 09:09:03

absent confused Poirot was Belgian.

The name Lorna was invented for Lorna Doone.

mcem Thu 07-Sep-17 09:54:40

And JM Barrie invented Wendy for Peter Pan.

ninathenana Thu 07-Sep-17 11:56:10

I worked with a Wendy about 10 yrs ago who at the time was in her mid 60s. I thought it odd that an older lady was called Wendy blush
PP first published 1911

Christinefrance Thu 07-Sep-17 17:16:48

I think Endeavour was a Quaker name. I have a friend called Friendship for the same reason.

callgirl1 Thu 07-Sep-17 17:33:08

Harry Hole
Hieronymous Bosch

MawBroon Thu 07-Sep-17 17:37:40

Two answers I have heard
1) place names . Anybody remember Widmerpool in Dance to the Music of Time? (It's on the way to Nottingham)
2) real people -friends (and possibly people who have got up their noses) or in return for a charity donation or even once as a raffle prize!

Ultimately Dickens was the past master of inventing names which came to illustrate their character. Scrooge, Mr Squeers, Dotheboys Hall Mr Gradgrind,

MawBroon Thu 07-Sep-17 17:39:31

Hieronymous Bosch?

His mum and dad got there first.

MawBroon Thu 07-Sep-17 17:41:13

One of his most famous works.

callgirl1 Thu 07-Sep-17 22:47:11

He`s also a police detective in books by one of my favourite authors, Michael Connelly, but he prefers to be called Harry.

MawBroon Fri 08-Sep-17 05:08:47

I know, I love them. Here Connelly explains why he chose the name.