Molly

August 4, 2014 § 7 Comments

ORIGIN:
Like “Polly“, a diminutive of “Mary“.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Maille, Malle, Manon, Moll, Molle, Mollie, Pol, Pola, Poll, Pollie, Polly, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
Molly, an old serving-woman who works for the Ridd’s, in Lorna Doone, by R.D. Blackmore (written in 1869, set in the 1670s-1680s).
Molly, the cook in the Crawley-Sharp household, who little Master Rawdon loved because she “crammed him with ghost stories at night, and with good things from the dinner”, in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
Molly Barnet, “a hospital nurse with a heart”, in The Harvester (1911) by Gene Stratton Porter.
“Major” Molly Elliston, whose determination to keep a promise helps save a garrison, in “Major Molly’s Christmas Promise” from Nora Perry’s A Flock of Girls and Boys (1895).
Molly Gair, a resourceful and diligent young lady, in “Molly Gair’s New Dress”, from The Youngest Miss Lorton, and Other Stories by Nora Perry (1889).
Molly Grue, the “drab” who knows quite a lot about unicorns, in the fantasy novel The Last Unicorn (1968) by Peter S. Beagle.
Molly Jameson, Ruth’s aunt, who has borne all that she can bear, in The Harvester.
Molly (Maria) Mirvan, Evelina’s dearest friend, with whom she enters into London society, in Evelina, or, The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World (1778), by Fanny Burney.
Molly (Mary) Porter, a shopgirl Anna Winslow helps in “May Flowers”, from A Garland for Girls, by Louisa May Alcott, 1887.
Molly Price, one of the guests the Lambert children invite for dinner, in “The Thanksgiving Guest”, from A Flock of Girls and Boys.

WRITERS:
– Molly Childers (1875-1964), Irish activist and writer.
– Molly Holden (1927-1981), English poet.
– Molly Ivins (1944-2007), American writer, political critic, and humorist.
– Molly Kazan (1906-1963), American dramatist and playwright.
– Molly Keane (1904-1996), Irish novelist and playwright.
– Molly Lefebure (1919-2013), English writer.
– Molly Elliot Seawell (1860-1916), American historian and writer.
– Molly Weir (1910-2004), Scottish actress and memoirist.

Polly

August 4, 2014 § 3 Comments

ORIGIN:
Variant of “Molly“, a diminutive of “Mary“. Sometimes used as a diminutive of “Pauline“, “Paulette”, etc.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Moll, Mollie, Molly, Paula, Pol, Pola, Poll, Pollie, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
Polly, one of the Lexington girls clamoring to partner with Rab at the Silsbee country dance in Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (written in 1943; set during the years leading up to the American Revolutionary War, 1773-1775).
Polly (Mary) Clapp, daughter of the Sedley’s landlord, who bestows on Dobbin the nickname “Major Sugarplums” owing to his habit of bringing gifts for all at every visit to the house,  in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
Polly Branghton (sometimes called “Poll“), the youngest child of Madame Duval’s (and Evelina’s) cousins, the crude, ill-mannered Branghton clan, in Evelina, or, The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World (1778), by Fanny Burney.
Polly Green, the nurse’s daughter passed off as the child of Sir John Belmont, in Evelina, or, The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World.
Polly Moore, daughter of a chandler’s-shop woman, who Madame Duval uses as an example of how much life in Paris can “improve” a young lady, in Evelina, or, The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World.
Polly Price, a generous little girl who learns about Valentines in “Polly’s Valentine” from Nora Perry’s A Flock of Girls and Boys (1895).
Polly Snowe, one of Farmer Nicholas’ three lively, comely daughters, in Lorna Doone, by R.D. Blackmore (written in 1869, set in the 1670s-1680s).
Polly Talboys, a village girl who lives near Queen’s Crawley, in Vanity Fair.

QUOTATIONS:
– The nursery rhyme “Polly Put the Kettle On“, published in 1797: “Polly put the kettle on, / We’ll all have tea.”

Clement

August 2, 2014 § 1 Comment

ORIGIN:
English version of the Latin “Clemens” or “Clementius”, meaning “merciful” or “gentle”.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Clem, Clemens, Clemente, Klement, Klemens, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Clement William Sheepshanks, Earl of Southdown, brother to Lady Emily and Lady Jane Sheepshanks in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
– Sir Clement Willoughby, the insistent rouge (perhaps the original “NiceGuyTM”) who forces his attentions on Miss Anville, in Evelina, or, The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World (1778), by Fanny Burney.

AUTHORS:
– Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863), American theologian and poet.

Jack

August 2, 2014 § 13 Comments

ORIGIN:
Diminutive of “John“, from the Hebrew meaning “Jehovah has been gracious.” Used during the Middle Ages as slang for “man”; hence “jack-of-all-trades”, etc.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Jackie, Jackin, Jacks, Jacky, Jak, Jake, Jakey, Jakie, Jakin, Jaks, Jankin, Jax, Jenkin, Jock, Jocko, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
Jack, a worker and Jansen & Co., Paper Manufacturers, in “In a Rag-Bag”, from The Youngest Miss Lorton, and Other Stories by Nora Perry (1889).
Jack Blackball, who promises to look after young Master Rawdon while at school, in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
Jack Brooks, Laura’s older brother, who sneers at her new friends until he learns to judge them better, in “Esther Bodn”, from Nora Perry’s A Flock of Girls and Boys (1895).
Jack Coverly, a forward young fop who is a good friend of Lord Merton, Lady Louisa’s fiancé, in Evelina, or, The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World (1778), by Fanny Burney.
Jack (John) Elliott, Edith’s cousin, who Dolly embarrasses herself in front of, in “Dolly Varden”, from The Youngest Miss Lorton, and Other Stories.
Jack Fahrway, Eddie’s brother, also a friend of the junior George Hurstwood, in Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie (published in 1900; set 1889-1890s).
Jack Jingly, the giant woodsman who is second-in-command to the outlaw chieftain Captain Cully, in the fantasy novel The Last Unicorn (1968) by Peter S. Beagle.
Jack Moody, Tom Moody’s son, in Vanity Fair.
Jack (John) Reed, one of Jane’s spoiled, mean-spirited cousins, in Jane Eyre, 1847, by Charlotte Bronte.
Jack Richards, Anna’s brother, in “An April Fool”, from A Flock of Girls and Boys.
Jack Roden, the Englishman who decides to try raising horses at Caryston Hall in Virginia, in Virginia of Virginia, written by Amélie Rives in 1888.
Jack (Johnny) Rosenfeld, a florist’s delivery boy who lives down the alley near the Page’s house, and who works his way up to the position of chauffeur for Palmer and Christine Howe, in K. by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1914).
Jack Spatterdash, subject of one of Rawdon’s sporty stories in Vanity Fair.
Jack Stirthepot, a local chair-mender, who is suggested to (and summarily rejected by) Keren Lemon as a possible husband, in “The Farrier Lass o’ Piping Pebworth” (written in 1887, set circa 1600), from A Brother to Dragons, and Other Old Time Tales (1888), by Amélie Rives.

WRITERS:
– Jack Anderson (1922-2005), American author, columnist, and journalist.
– Jack Beeching (1922-2001), English poet.
– Jack Bickham (1930-1997), American author.
– Jack Black (1871-1932?), pen name of an anonymous American author with great influence on the later Beat Generation.
– Jack Brooks (1912-1971), Anglo-American lyricist.
– Jack Caddigan (1879-1952), American lyricist.
– Jack Cady (1932-2004), American author.
– Jack Chalker (1944-2005), American author.
– Jack Clemo (1916-1994), English poet and writer.
– Jack Cope (1913-1991), South African editor, novelist, poet, and short-story writer.
– Jack Davies (1913-1994), English actor, editor, producer, and screenwriter.
– Jack Davis (1917-2000), Australian activist, playwright, and poet.
– Jack Douglas (1908-1989), American humorist and writer.
– Jack Dunphy (1914-1992), American novelist and playwright.
– Jack Finney (1911-1995), American author.
– Jack Foner (1910-1999), American historian.
– Jack Gelber (1932-2003), American playwright.
– Jack Germond (1928-2014), American author, journalist, and pundit.
– Jack Hemingway (1923-2000), Canadian-American conservationist and writer.
– Jack Henley (1896-1958), American screenwriter.
– Jack Higgins (b. 1929), pen name used by English author Harry Patterson, who also published under the pen names “Hugh Marlowe”, “James Graham”, and “Martin Fallon”.
– Jack House (1906-1991), Scottish broadcaster and writer.
– Jack Jevne (1892-1972), American screenwriter.
– Jack Jones (1884-1970), Welsh miner, novelist, playwright, and politician.
– Jack Judge (1872-1938), Anglo-Irish entertainer, lyricist, and songwriter.
– Jack Kahane (1887-1939), English publisher and writer.
– Jack Kent (1920-1985), American cartoonist and children’s book author and illustrator.
– Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), American novelist and poet.
– Jack Kirby (1917-1994), American comic book artist, editor, and writer.
– Jack Lindsay (1900-1990), Australian editor, translator, and writer.
– Jack London (1876-1916), American author, journalist, and social activist.
– Jack Micheline (1929-1998), American painter and poet.
– Jack Natteford (1894-1970), American screenwriter.
– Jack Rosenthal (1931-2004), English playwright and screenwriter.
– Jack Schaefer (1907-1991), American author.
– Jack Sendak (1923-1995), American children’s book author.
– Jack Spicer (1925-1965), American poet.
– Jack Trevor Story (1917-1991), English novelist.
– Jack Townley (1897-1960), American screenwriter.
– Jack Vance (1916-2013), American author, who also published under the pen names Alan Wade, Ellery Queen, Jay Kavanse, John van See, and Peter Held.
– Jack Whittingham (1910-1972), English critic, playwright, and screenwriter.
– Jack Woodford (1894-1971), American author.

QUOTATIONS:
– Classic nursery rhymes such as “Jack and Jill“, “Jack Sprat“, “Jack Be Nimble“, and “Little Jack Horner“. Probably the most popular boy’s name for nursery rhymes. Used for nearly every man jack of them.

Betty

August 2, 2014 § 4 Comments

ORIGIN:
Diminutive of “Elizabeth“, meaning “oath of God”.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Bess, Bessie, Bessy, Bette, Beth, Betsy, Bette, Bettie, Bettina, Betty, Bettye, Buffy, Let, Lettie, Letty, Pet, Pettie, Tess, Tessie, Tessy, Tetty, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
Betty, Madame Duval’s housemaid at her residence in London, in Evelina, or, The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World (1778), by Fanny Burney.
Betty, Mrs. Jennings’ servant, in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (set between 1792-1797, published in 1811).
Betty Flanagan, the Irish maid-of-all-work who finds employment with the Sedley’s post-fall, in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
Betty Martin, a housemaid who aids and abets Becky Sharp and Rawdon Crawley in their secret courtship in Vanity Fair.
Betty Muxworthy, a bitter old serving woman who works on the Ridd’s farm, in Lorna Doone, by R.D. Blackmore (written in 1869, set in the 1670s-1680s).

WRITERS:
– Betty Friedan (1921-2006), American activist and writer.
– Betty Smith (1896-1972), American author.

Tom

July 30, 2014 § 5 Comments

ORIGIN:
Shortened form of “Thomas“, Greek form of the Aramaic for “twin”.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Tam, Thom, Toma, Tomas, Tommie, Tommy, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
Tom, Maggie Bradford’s cousin, who calls her a “chit of a girl”, in “May Flowers”, from A Garland for Girls, by Louisa May Alcott, 1887.
Tom, one of the servants at Randalls, in Jane Austen’s Emma (1815).
Tom, one of Susy’s brothers, whose kite-flying she finds distracting, in “Susy’s Dragon”, from The Youngest Miss Lorton, and Other Stories by Nora Perry (1889).
Cousin Tom, who teases Molly Gair about her love of fine dresses, in “Molly Gair’s New Dress”, from The Youngest Miss Lorton, and Other Stories.
Tom Branghton, the loutish son of Madame Duval’s (and Evelina’s) cousins, the crude, ill-mannered Branghton clan, in Evelina, or, The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World (1778), by Fanny Burney.
Tom Cinqbars, subject of one of Rawdon’s sporty stories in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
Tom Colt, the “young pup” who hopes to steal Alice away from Jim, in “The Tragedy of the Unexpected”, from Nora Perry’s The Tragedy of the Unexpected and Other Stories (published in 1880, but set in the 1870s).
Tom (Thomas) Creighton (b. 1843), Jethro’s older brother, who, at just 18 years of age, runs off to join the Union Army, in Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (1964; set during the American Civil War, 1861-1865).
Tom Drinker, one of Johnny’s acquaintances, an apprentice at one of the shops on the wharf, in Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (written in 1943; set during the years leading up to the American Revolutionary War, 1773-1775).
Tom Eaves, a city man full of gossip about Lord Steyne, in Vanity Fair.
Tom (Thomas) Faggus, the roguishly charming highwayman whose relation to the Ridd family gives them both prestige and trouble, in Lorna Doone, by R.D. Blackmore (written in 1869, set in the 1670s-1680s).
Tom Fleming, Ally’s uncle, who ought to have paid more attention, in “Ally”, from Nora Perry’s A Flock of Girls and Boys (1895).
Tom Grieves, the handyman who works for the Gilbreth family in Cheaper By the Dozen (1948) and Belles on Their Toes (1950), written by Frank Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.
“Doctor Tom” (Dr. Thomas Harrison), who specializes in mending children’s hurt limbs, in “The Story of Little Syl”, from The Youngest Miss Lorton, and Other Stories.
Tom Joy, Berry’s brother, who fortunately takes after his father, in A Little Country Girl (1885), by Susan Coolidge.
Tom Lloyd, Marge and Elsie’s cousin, an amateur artist, in “The Egg-Boy” from A Flock of Girls and Boys.
Tom Marin, a neighbor from Rose Hill who comes to help the Creightons with their barn-raising, in Across Five Aprils.
Tom Moody, Sir Huddleston Fuddleston’s huntsman, in Vanity Fair.
Tom Posky, one of the soliders of the regiment in Vanity Fair.
Tom Raikes, one of Becky’s more forward conquests, in Vanity Fair.
Tom Raymond, Will Wentworth’s good-natured chum, in “That Little Smith Girl” from A Flock of Girls and Boys.
Tom Rivington, friend of the Gray girls and Berry Joy, George Rivington’s brother, in A Little Country Girl (1885).
Tom Stubble, a young ensign under Capt. William Dobbin’s command in Vanity Fair.
Tom Tufto, a relative of Sir George Tufto’s in Vanity Fair.

WRITERS:
Try this link for a starter list of writers named “Tom”.

QUOTATIONS:
– “Tom” and “Tommy” are fairly common names used in nursery rhymes such as “Tom, Tom, the piper’s son
– In “Tom, Dick or Harry“, a song from the 1948 Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate by Cole Porter, Bianca and her suitors sing of her eagerness to wed: “I’m a maid who would marry / And would take with no qualm / Any Tom, Dick or Harry, / Any Harry, Dick or Tom. / I’m a maid mad to marry / And will take double-quick / Any Tom, Dick or Harry, / Any Tom, Harry or Dick!”

John

July 30, 2014 § 16 Comments

ORIGIN:
The Anglicization of “Johannes”, which is the Latin form of “Ioannes”, the Greek version of the Hebrew “Jochanan”, meaning “Jehovah has been gracious”.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Eoin, Evan, Ewan, Gianni, Giannino, Giovanni, Hankin, Hans, Ian, Iain, Ioannes, Ivan, Jack, Jackie, Jackin, Jacky, Jan, Janko, Jannick, Jean, Jeannot, Jenkin, Jens, Jo, Joan, Jock, Johan, Johannes, Johnnie, Johnny, Jon, Jonas, Jonel, Jonny, Joop, Jovan, Juan, Juanito, Nino, Sean, Shane, Shawn, Yan, Yannick, Yochanon, Yon, Yvan, Vanya, etc. So, so many variations.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
John, the Gray’s stableman while in Newport, in A Little Country Girl (1885), by Susan Coolidge.
John, a coachman who helps Captain Mirvan and Sir Clement pull their highwayman prank on Madame Duval, in Evelina, or, The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World (1778), by Fanny Burney.
John, the manservant at Thornfield (and later, Ferndean), in Jane Eyre, 1847, by Charlotte Bronte.
John, a house-servant at the Elliston’s, in “Major Molly’s Christmas Promise” from Nora Perry’s A Flock of Girls and Boys (1895).
John, one of Sir John and Lady Middleton’s children, in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (set between 1792-1797, published in 1811).
John, a local boy Robin went to school with, in The Door in the Wall (written in 1949 and set sometime between 1327-1377), by Marguerite de Angeli.
John-go-in-the-Wynd, a minstrel who befriends Robin and escorts him to Sir Peter’s castle, in The Door in the Wall.
John-the-Fletcher, who was supposed to take Robin to Sir Peter’s for training, in The Door in the Wall.
Big John, the ambulance driver at the hospital, in K. by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1914).
Captain John, the honest and amiable hero of “Water Lilies” from A Garland for Girls, by Louisa May Alcott, 1887.
John (b. 1919), the tenth of the dozen Gilbreth children whose upbringing is related in Cheaper By the Dozen (1948) and Belles on Their Toes (1950), written by Frank Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.
John Abdy, whose father was clerk to Mrs. Bates’ husband, and who goes to Mr. Elton to ask for relief from the parish in caring for the old man, in Jane Austen’s Emma (1815).
Sir John Belmont, who marries and afterwards rejects Caroline Duval, compelling her to leave their daughter, Evelina, in the care of the kind Rev. Mr. Villars, in Evelina, or, The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World.
John Birch, the local farmer who is arrested for harboring the rebel, Major Wade, following the Monmouth Rebellion, in Lorna Doone, by R.D. Blackmore (written in 1869, set in the 1670s-1680s).
John Blackmore, a ne’er-do-well local to Queen’s Crawley in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
Sir John Buckskin, who canes Becky’s traveling companion, Major Loder, for cheating at cards, in Vanity Fair.
John Coney, a real-life master silversmith mentioned in Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (written in 1943; set during the years leading up to the American Revolutionary War, 1773-1775).
John Churchill Crawley was Sir Pitt’s grandfather in Vanity Fair.
John Robert Creighton (b. 1837), Jethro’s oldest brother remaining at home, “more impatient, quicker to anger” than his beloved brother Bill, in Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (1964; set during the American Civil War, 1861-1865).
Sir John de Bureford, Robin’s father, who is away at war, fighting with King Edward III against the Scots, in The Door in the Wall.
John Dashwood, the greedy, selfish older half-brother of Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret, in Sense and Sensibility.
John Thomas Dawson was the father of Sir Pitt Crawley’s second wife, Rose, in Vanity Fair.
John Elliott (called “Jack“), Edith’s cousin, who Dolly embarrasses herself in front of, in “Dolly Varden”, from The Youngest Miss Lorton, and Other Stories by Nora Perry (1889).
John Eyre, Jane’s uncle, who spends years searching for her, in Jane Eyre.
John Faggus, Tom and Annie’s little boy, named for his uncle and godfather, the goodly John Ridd, in Lorna Doone.
John Fleming, Ally’s uncle, who realizes he hasn’t been understanding enough, in “Ally”, from A Flock of Girls and Boys.
John Fry, a longtime servant at the Ridd farm, known for being lazy and prone to dishonesty, in Lorna Doone.
John Fry, his son, whose warts compel his cowardly father to seek the help of the local witch, Mother Melldrum, in Lorna Doone.
John Green, parish clerk near Millcote and Thornfield, in Jane Eyre.
John Hancock, a real-life historical figure, the richest man in Boston, who figures into the story of Johnny Tremain.
John Horrocks, Sir Pitt Crawley’s butler and right-hand man in Vanity Fair.
John Johnes, First Baron Helvellyn, father of the Hon. Joan, who marries Lord Steyne’s son, George, in Vanity Fair.
John Jones, a rich gentleman from Llandaif who inherits Watchett Grange after the Countess of Dugal’s death at the hands of the Doones, in Lorna Doone.
John Paul Jefferson Jones, a guest of Lord Steyne’s who spreads Becky’s fame far and wide in an article he writes for his American newspaper, in Vanity Fair.
John Knightley, the second of John and Isabella Knightley’s three sons, who takes after his mother, in Emma.
John Krescott, who is, with his twin brother Alan, included in the “irregular” kids at Lily’s school, due to their having been born prematurely and continuing to be undersized, in Sleeping Arrangements, by Laura Cunningham (published 1989, set in the 1950s).
John Kriszinski, Sheila’s twin brother, in Sleeping Arrangements.
Mr. John Knightley, a rather anti-social young man; George Knightley’s younger brother, who lives in London with his wife Isabella, who is Emma Woodhouse’s older sister, in Emma.
John Lambert, whose unfortunate financial advice leads to a rift in the family, in “The Thanksgiving Guest”, from A Flock of Girls and Boys.
John Lovering, who holds the mortgage to much of the De Whichehalse property, in Lorna Doone.
Sir John Middleton, a relative of Mrs. Dashwood, a friendly, likeable sportsman who finds no greater pleasure in life than to play the host at Barton Park, in Sense and Sensibility.
John Moreland, one of Granny Moreland’s sons, in The Harvester (1911) by Gene Stratton Porter.
John Odam, the English pottery-maker who marries the Italian nursemaid Benita after she is stranded in Exmoor by the Doone’s attack on her employer’s coach, in Lorna Doone.
John Pimlico, a “friend” whose marriage draws comment on the tendency of old ladies to cry at weddings, in Vanity Fair.
– Sir John Redhand, a gentleman gossiped about in Vanity Fair.
John Reed (sometimes called “Jack“), one of Jane’s spoiled, mean-spirited cousins, in Jane Eyre.
John Ridd (sometimes called “Jack” or “Johnny“), the large and deliberate yeoman who is the narrator and hero of Lorna Doone.
John Ridd, young John’s father, who is murdered by the Doone’s, in Lorna Doone.
John Runninghorse, Lily’s first college boyfriend, in Sleeping Arrangements.
John Saunders, a local silversmith Miss Bates talks of taking her mother’s broken spectacles to, were it not for Mr. Frank Churchill’s kind attentions, in Emma.
John Sedley, Amelia’s father in Vanity Fair.
John Scroggins, Sir Pitt Crawley’s second keeper, in Vanity Fair.
Dr. John Simson, who does not believe in ghosts, but is shaken by a mysterious juniper bush, in “The Open Door” (1881), from Stories of the Seen and Unseen by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant.
Sir John Trenyan, Lord Robert and Lady Margaret’s uncle, in “A Brother to Dragons” (written in 1886, set in 1586), from A Brother to Dragons, and Other Old Time Tales (1888), by Amélie Rives.
Squire John Whichehalse, who helped capture the rebel Major Wade, an act the fair-dealing Exmoor locals can’t approve of, in Lorna Doone.
John Willoughby, the handsome and charming Casanova who courts Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility.
John Wybern, Esther’s artist uncle in “Esther Bodn”, from A Flock of Girls and Boys.

WRITERS:
John Bonett (1906-1989), pen name of English mystery author John Hubert Arthur Coulson, who often published jointly with his wife, Emery.
– John S. Browning (1907-1977), pen name of American science fiction author Robert Moore Williams, who also wrote under the pen names “E.K. Jarvis”, “H.H. Hermon”, “Robert Moore”, and “Russell Storm”.
– John Bunyan (1628-1688), English Christian writer and preacher.
– John Anthony Devon (1911-1983), pen name of Cornish biographer, historian, lecturer, novelist, poet, and professor Robert Payne, who also used the pen names “Howard Horn”, “Richard Cargoe”, “Robert Young”, and “Valentin Tikhonov”.
John L. Carter (1880-1959), English author and playwright who published under the pen names “Compton Irving”, “Compton Irving Carter”, and “J.L.J. Carter”.
– John Donne (1572-1631), English poet and cleric.
– John Keats (1795-1821), English Romantic poet.
– John Locke (1632-1704), English philosophical writer and “Father of Classical Liberalism”.
– John Masefield (1878-1967), English Poet Laureate and author.
– John Milton (1608-1674), English poet and polemicist.
John Neal (1793-1876), American author and critic who also published under the pen name “Jehu O’Cataract”.
– John Ruskin (1819-1900), English writer, critic, social thinker, and philanthropist.
– John Steinbeck (1902-1968) American author and Pulitzer Prize-winner.
– John Philip Thackray (1938-2002), English journalist, poet, singer, and songwriter who published under the pen name “Jake Thackray”.
– John van See (1916-2013), pen name of American author Jack Vance, who also published under the pen names “Alan Wade”, “Ellery Queen”, “Jay Kavanse”, and “Peter Held”.
– John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), American Quaker poet and abolitionist.
– John Wyndham (1903-1969), English science fiction author.

QUOTATIONS:
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Elizabeth” (published in 1873, but set in 1701-02; from Tales of a Wayside Inn, Part the Third: The Theologian’s Tale) tells the love story of John Estaugh (1676-1742) and Elizabeth Haddon (1680-1762), with her servants Joseph and Hannah as supporting characters, and John himself described thusly: “. . . a young man, a stranger, John Estaugh, / Moved by the Spirit, rose, as if he were John the Apostle, / Speaking such words of power that they bowed our hearts, as a strong wind / Bends the grass of the fields, or grain that is ripe for the sickle. / . . . Youthful he was and tall, and his cheeks aglow with the night air; / . . . with staid and quiet behavior . . . / . . . ‘When the Lord’s work is done, and the toil and the labor completed / He hath appointed me, I will gather into the stillness / Of my own heart awhile, and listen and wait for his guidance.’ / . . . Meanwhile John Estaugh departed across the sea, and departing / Carried hid in his heart a secret sacred and precious . . . / And on the First-Day that followed, he rose in the Silent Assembly, / Holding in his strong hand a hand that trembled a little, / Promising to be kind and true and faithful in all things.”

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