Baby Names Inspired by Narnia


The Chronicles of Narnia is a much beloved book series by many people around the world. Author C.S. Lewis (whose real name was Clive, though he often went by Jack), chose names for his characters that ranged from classic to adventurous. I know that some of his more unique choices are sometimes favored in the naming community. I hope you enjoy these names. 


*I would like to note, though, that the research for this article was done the best of my ability. These meanings and orgins may or may not be the ones that C.S. Lewis intended when he wrote some of these characters, they're just existing possible origins and meanings.

*Also, some spoilers are included.


Girls

Lucy
English
"light"
Ranked #62 in 2014

Lucy is a charming little name that I've written about several times. It' the epitome of simple and sweet. I'm glad to see that it's been in the top 100 for the past five years. Of course, Aslan is the main hero in the Narnia series. He's the Savior of Narnia. However, when it comes to humans, Lucy's the real hero, not because she's a great warrior, but because she has faith and she's brave enough to act on what he believes.

Susan
Hebrew
"lily"
Ranked #851 in 2014

Of all the related names (Suzanne, Suzana, Susannah), Susan is the only one still the the top 1000 and its decline is slower than expected. Personally, I much prefer the name Susannah. When we last see Susan in the final book, she is in a rather tragic place. 

Jill
Latin
"youthful"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Jill is another adorably sweet name. It was last in the top 1000 in 2000. Longer form Jillian is still in the top 500 but it too is declining. If you're looking for a cute classic that's not likely to be duplicated in her kindergarten class, Jill would be a great choice. Jill Pole goes to Narnia alongside Eustace in the later books.



Polly
Hebrew
"bitterness"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Polly is a spunky classic that originated as a nickname for Mary. Molly, another old-timey nickname for Mary, has never been outside of the top 500, while Polly has been left behind. I think Polly is very cute and lots of fun! I'd love to see it used more often. Polly Plumber is one of the first humans to see Narnia in The Magician's Nephew


Aravis
French
"great eagle"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Aravis is a name that I haven't come across outside of the Narnia series. I had to do quite a it of digging to find a possible meaning and the best I could find was "great eagle". I don't know if it's the meaning that C.S. Lewis intended or if he had an intended meaning. Aravis in the series is royalty in a kingdom called Calormen. She's a hero in The Horse and His Boy and is mentioned in The Silver Chair and appears in The Last Battle.

Jadis
French
"long ago"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Jadis is the true name of the White Witch, the most famous villain of the Narnia series. As cool as this name sounds, it's the only name on this lit that I wouldn't recommend. I just wanted to feature it because of it's intriguing sound. From the research I did, "long ago" was a potential meaning, though it could also come from a Persian word meaning "witch". Either one is appropriate for the character. If you like the sound of Jadis, I'd recommend Jade or Jada instead.


Boys

Peter
Greek
"pebble"
Ranked #204

Peter is a biblical classic that's still doing pretty well for itself. I don't know any kids named Peter but I'd love to meet one! Peter Pevensie of the Narnia series shares many similarities (good and bad) to the apostle Peter in the Bible. 


Edmund
English
"fortunate protector"
Not ranked in the top 1000 for 2014

 Edward has regained popularity but Edmund is still languishing outside the top 1000. Edmund certainly has a distinguished feel to it and would make a very handsome choice. In the Chronicles of Narnia, Edmund starts out making wrong decisions but is redeemed by Aslan.


Caspian
Nordic
"white"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

It was hard to find information on the name Caspian. It is a place name here on earth (the Caspian Sea) and though its meaning is disputed, the primary meaning that I found for it was white. Another possible meaning that was presented was "swarthy". Though it is rare, I believe Caspian is usable and Cass makes a very accessible nickname. In the books, Caspian is a valiant prince, then king of Narnia.


Digory
Cornish
"stout and firm"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Digory is a rare name indeed but one of my favorites from the Narnia series. It could be a fresh alternative to Gregory. Digory is the magician's nephew in the book of the same name and is one of the first humans to see Narnia. As an older man, he's the professor who owns the wardrobe in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Shasta
Sanskrit
"praised"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Shasta has a very fun and interesting sound. The meaning "praised" is a great one. Shasta is one of the main characters in my favorite book in the series: The Horse and His Boy. An unfortunate drawback to this name is it is also the name of an off-brand soda. Though if you can overlook that association, Shasta is very spunky.

Aslan
Turkish
"lion"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Aslan is the Savior in the Narnia series, the Jesus character. He even mentioned that he was known by another name in our  world. As far as using Aslan as a name, it's a very unique choice but if you're a big fan it might be the name for you! I think it might be a really nice middle name. 


There are more names in the series, of course, but these are some of my favorites. I hope you enjoyed them too! Tell me which ones are your favorites in the comments!








The Chronicles of Narnia series are wonderful and engaing books to share with the whole family! If it's not already a part of your library, you might think about adding to your family's collection!





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