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All About Dahl

roald-dahlAlthough this post is somewhat late the 13th of September was Roald Dahl Day. A day in remembrance and celebration of a truly remarkable author, an author dear to my heart. I grew up reading his children novels, all of them favorites especially Matilda and The Twits. The first introduction was Esio Trot and the love grew from there. And I still read his stories today, particularly the short ones.

But that is enough adoration today, this blog is about names of course!

(This list is by no means complete as it only features some of the names from his children novels).

Alfie -A diminutive of Alfred (from Old English Ælfræd) meaning “elf counsel.” (Esio Trot)
-An Ancient Roman name meaning “great” or “venerable.” (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator )
-Derived from German brun meaning “brown.” (The Witches)
Charlie -A diminutive of Charles (from Karl) meaning “man.” It could also mean “army, warrior.” (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
-A diminutive of Daniel, a Hebrew name meaning “God is my judge.” (Danny, the Champion of the World)
George -Derived from the Greek name Georgios meaning “farmer.” (George’s Marvellous Medicine)
James -English form of the Latin name Iacomus meaning “supplanter, holder of the heel.” (James and the Giant Peach)
Magnus -A Late Latin name meaning “great.” (Matilda)
Willy –A diminutive of names like William and Wilhelm meaning “will, protection.” (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator)

Agatha -Latinised form of the Greek name Agathe meaning “good.” (Matilda)
Felicity -From the English word felicity meaning “happiness.” (Fantastic Mr Fox)
Georgina -Feminine form of George, see meaning above. (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Hortensia -Feminine form of the Roman family name Hortensius meaning “garden.” (Matilda)
Lavender -From the English word for the aromatic purple flower. Lavender is a symbol of love and devotion. (Matilda)
Matilda -From the Germanic name Mahthildis meaning “strength in battle.” (Matilda)
Mildred -From an Old English name meaning “gentle, strength.” (James and the Giant Peach)
Sophie -The French form of the Greek name Sophia meaning “wisdom.” (The BFG)
Veruca -This was a name created by Roald Dahl. It was taken from the name of a type of wart otherwise known as the plantar wart. (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)



3 comments on “All About Dahl

  1. waltzingmorethanmatilda
    September 17, 2013

    Happy Roald Dahl Day for the 13th! I too have many happy memories from my childhood reading his stories. He had a great gift for names, I think.

    Love Bruno, Magnus and Alfie for boys; Matilda, Lavender and Sophie for girls.

    • namingthefishes
      September 23, 2013

      He did have a gift for names! A few of these names it seems are quite popular now too. Perhaps inspired?

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