Cordelia of Green Gables.

Imagine if Marilla had indulged her young charge of such a fancy. Anne with an “e,” might never have come to be. At least, not in today’s iconic capacity.

And what a shame that would have been since Anne fits her “to a T. Or should [it] be E?” says the Anne of Green Gable’s Blog in its post What’s In A Name?

Names matter a great deal. Knowing this to be true, it’s no wonder our heroine said, “I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”

Which divinely beautiful name will you choose?

 Name Meaning Note

Anne

Full of grace With an “e”

Avonlea

River by a field A town with a lake of shining waters, lover’s lane, and white way of delight.

Blythe

Cheerful, happy Surname of Gilbert who makes one’s heart very blithe indeed.

Barry

Fair-haired  A family of kindred spirits.

Charlie

Free man Schoolhouse friend Charlie Sloane carried a torch for Anne similar to Gilbert. He even proposed.

Cordelia

Heart The name Anne liked best.

Diana

Divine, heavenly A bosom friend with raven hair.

Evelyn

Hazelnut Victorian actress Evelyn Nesbit inspired L. M. Montgomery as she created the character of Anne.

Emmeline

Little rival A student of Anne’s at Kingsport Ladies’ College.

Fred

Wise Best friend to Gilbert Blythe, husband to Diana.

Gable

Triangular-pitched roof Significant for Green Gables, a place with plenty of scope for the imagination.

Gilbert

Bright pledge  No one has ever regretted calling a girl a vegetable so much.

Halifax

Holy field Inspiration for the city of Kingsport where Redmond College is located.

Ingleside

A fireside  “It isn’t too old a house … too old houses are sad. And it isn’t too young … too young houses are crude. It’s just mellow. I love every room in it. Every one has some fault but also some virtue … something that distinguishes it from all the others … gives it a personality.” – Anne Blythe

Jane

A woman Quiet friend who wed a millionaire.

 Josie (Josephine)

May Jehovah add  A wish-washy young lady who simply won’t be liked.

Katherine

Pure  An educator who learns a great deal from Anne.

Lucy

Born at dawn  For author Lucy Maud (without the “e”) Montgomery.

Marilla

Shining sea A kindred spirit after all.

Matthew

Gift of Yahweh Once bought 20lbs. of brown sugar.

Moody

A farmer Friend to both Anne and Gilbert. Moody Spurgeon MacPherson studied to be a minister like his namesakes.

Prissy

Ancient A classmate of Anne’s and pet student of Mr. Phillips.

Queen

Female ruler Popular for the Queen Anne’s Lace of Prince Edward Island, but also  Queen’s Academy, where many Avonlea student studied.

Rachel

Ewe  No truer friend to Marilla.

Ruby

Red A beauty of Avonlea who was friends with Anne, Diana, and Jane.

Shirley

From the white meadow Ann(e) Shirley has a very bad temper.

Stacy

Productive A teacher who explained to Anne that “tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it.”

Titian

A brownish orange red hue Term for red hair, a life long sorrow as you well know.

Violet

Violet The souls of good amethysts

Walter

Rules the people Anne’s biological father, a teacher who died of fever

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