From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting

  

by Natalie Babbitt

Character Clues

Character Analysis

Names

Shmoop lucked out on this one, because Natalie Babbitt did the work for us, spilling the beans on what her characters' names mean. We'll let her take the wheel for a minute:

In most of my books, the characters' names have secondary meanings that the reader doesn't have to know. In Tuck Everlasting, Winnie's last name—Foster—means "forester." The name Tuck came from a thesaurus and an old dictionary. I wanted a name that meant life and was only one syllable. When I looked it up in my old dictionary, I found that tuck meant life. (Source.)

So the names aren't necessary to understanding the book, but they're definitely an added bonus. Icing on the cake, we'd say.

Sometimes the lack of name can be telling, too. Most importantly in Tuck Everlasting, we don't know the name of the man in the yellow suit. Check out our "Character Analysis" of the slime ball to find out why.

Advertisement