For example, Hope is named after a real person. When I was pregnant the summer before my freshman year of college I had to read a book called Alicia: My Story for an introductory college course. The story detailed the life of Alicia Appleman-Jurman, a Jewish girl who survived Nazi occupied Poland. Her entire family was killed in front of her, she starved, was imprisoned, but never gave up hope that there was a purpose for her life. She survived WWII and spent the post war years (she was 16 at the time) smuggling Jews to Israel and caring for war orphans. I had spent that summer before college feeling sorry for myself and wondering how I could accomplish the seemingly impossible task of raising a baby by myself. After reading Alicia's story, I had a renewed appreciation for life, hope, and courage. I picked the name Alicia Hope for my daughter and I pray that she will always be hardworking, courageous, and kind.
Atticus is a name that, hopefully, will inspire my son to be brave, kind, and just. At one point in the novel Atticus tells Scout:
"Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do."
I want my Atticus to persevere in the face of adversity and do what is right despite opposition, roadblocks, or popular opinion.