I’ll bet you don’t know, though, the names of the orphans before and after Oliver. Those poor things were christened Swubble and Unwin.
I’ve always wondered how a system like this would work if it involved real names, and not the fanciful things that Dickens loved. So, here you are …
Now, what I’ve done is simply take the most popular first names and surnames (in the US of today) and put them together, starting with A and ending with Z. To avoid alliteration, though, I’ve offset the first and last names by one letter.
Oh, there are also simply no decent boy names that begin with U and Y or girl names that begin with X. So, I’ve eliminated those, along with all surnames beginning with X.
|Boys First||Boys Last||Girls First||Girls Last|
So I guess that means that Oliver would probably have been Samuel Taylor, or perhaps Owen Phillips. Messrs. Swubble and Unwin? Ryan Smith and Thomas Underwood. Much better, don’t you think?
Please sir, may I have a better name?