Colin Clive as Dr. Frankenstein (left) in the 1931 "Frankenstein"

Origin: Latin
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Victor"
Pronunciation: VIK-tur
Other forms: Viktor, Victorius, Victorinus, Victoria

I admit I like names that are subtle whenever it comes to what they are honoring, whether it be family members, places, or like this one, holidays. Victor is a name I can definitely see coming back into style, it is classic, with a just a bit of Gothic flare. It origins are Latin, and, as you may have guessed, it means "victor". It was a popular name among early Christians, and was the name of three popes.
Victor Frankenstein (or, if you're a fan of James Whale's "Frankenstein" you are familiar with Henry Frankenstein) is a name most people know, though many believe that Frankenstein is actually the name of the Doctor's creation. The monster is never given a true name, it is just known as "Frankenstein's Monster". Born in Naples, Victor is the son of Alphonse Frankenstein and Caroline Beaufort, who died of scarlet fever when he was young. He has two brothers, Ernest and William, and eventually marries his cousin Elizabeth Lavenza.

Victor wishes to discover the Elixir of Life, and is interested in the work of Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, and Albertus Magnus. Though after seeing lighting strike a tree, he abandons these pursuits for chemistry, and becomes obsessed with creating life in inanimate matter through artificial means. Eventually, he succeeds, but is horrified by it's actions. He abandons it and the monster goes on a quest fueled by vengeance. This brings about the death of William, who is killed by the monster, although their servant Justine is blamed for it. The creature wishes for Victor to create a female companion, which he agrees to, but destroys it, terrified of the thought of a race of monsters. Because of this, the monster kills Elizabeth on their wedding night. Victor goes after the monster, who travels to the Arctic, but fails in killing it, as he contracts severe pneumonia. Upon finding out about Victor's death, the monster vows to commit suicide, and leaves.


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