With a new story idea taking up a lot of head space the last several days, characters getting fleshed out in my mind, I've started to consider names for them. What the characters look like to me stem from their story, and then names that suit their appearance start popping up. It's not always clear whether the characters names themselves or the names I give them define their characters. Either way, that name is vital to my being able to tell their story. Sometimes a name comes easily, sometimes not. When it doesn't, I search through my laundry list of names I've been collecting for years to see if any of them jump out and say Pick Me, Pick Me! A small fraction from that list are:
(German) Heta, Bettina, Lea) (Spanish) Macaria, Caridad, Trella, Liana, Chema Aitana (Italian) Antonia, Imogen, Phyllida, Viollet, Lurie, Viviana, Gabrielle, Amelia, Martine, Fenella, Milah, Adrianna, Agnese(French) Evonne, Ginette, Gianna, Geneva, Jeaunesse, Neva, Veva (Genevieve)
Rachael Merian, Rennie, Irina, Ilene, Sydney, Sonia, Shera, Rona, Reva Rissa, Neely, Margo, Dayna, Danice, Davina, Blaine, Tyna, Simone, Willa, Meriah, Taneya, Edda, Taya, Shirley Knott, Raleigh, Petra (Arabic), Dorothea, Lavinia, Teagan, Bevanne, Delaney, Delana, Augusta, Jadyn, Kadin, Carey, Riley, Alena, Breckin, Celestia, Alex, Janina, Garson, Mabry, Elodie, Jaren, Jayson, Phillada, Miranda, Liliana, Leomie, Evelina, Jill
(Spanish) Jorge, Gian, Montrel (Portugeuse) Alexio, Duarte
(Italian) Anton, Francesco, Giorgio, Pietro, Andrea, Vittorio, Alessandro, Tommaso, Valens, Lucan, Carlo, Gian, Nico, Maximus
(Scottish) Loren(Scand) Gunnar
Denys, Davis, Dayton, Stanton, Kenley, Fuller, Garrick, Gill, Garron, Derv, Reid, Webb, Reid, Lamar, Scovell, Ardon, Glade, Kendall, Van, Hart, Tanner, Hanley, Maxon, Grange, Miles, Barrett, Olwen, Boyd, Carwood, Marshal, Aiden, Russell, Lawrence, Dario, Leighton, Tucker, Chad, Sheridan, Rand
I also have a separate two-page list for last names. I like having lots of options.
Neither of those definitions applies to me. I'm the oldest of two girls and apart from my birth year, could not ever be classified as Little. Makes me wonder who the first Polly/Pauline/Paulina/Paul/Paulinus/Paulus was.
My parents at a 50th class reunion
"Ach!", he exclaims, wiping off the mess from his shirt with a piece of burlap. "She shall be called Brunhilda, (actually a name in this baby name book), for she will grow up to be an armed warrior!" (the definition of Brunhilda).
Have you read a book where you didn't agree with a character's name? If you could have a different name for yourself, what would it be?