In an essay on Charles Dickens' "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," in the Journal of American Name Society , I added an endnote to the effect that the name of the celebrated teenage crime unraveler, Nancy Drew, may derive from Dickensian sources: a conflation of the heroine's name, Nancy, from "Oliver Twist" along with Drood from the mystery novel bearing that surname.
Fleissner, Robert F.
"Whence the Name of Nancy Drew?,"
Word Ways: Vol. 27
, Article 24.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol27/iss2/24