Name of the Month: Leia and Brendon

Writing is hard work, but perhaps the most stubborn part can be picking a name for our characters. We have to create stories and personalities, you would think picking a name would be the easiest part? Am I right?

I happen to have a great devotion to names after a bit of personal history with my own. Names can not only be beautiful but they can be meaningful, not just in what they literally translate into, but also the people or characters in the world that have bored them. So, let’s get started. Girls first!

Girl Name: Leia

You’d have to be living under a rock if you’ve never heard this name. Princess Leia of the Star Wars franchise has made this name a legend.

When I first researched this name I was disappointed to learn that the name was Hebrew and translates into the word “Weary.”

But Princess Leia is hardly anything but “weary.” Did George Lucas choose this name because of some original plan he had for Leia, or was it just a choice made with no regard to the meaning. It hardly fits and you might wonder why I brought it up at all. To prove one thing. Names can transcend beyond their humble meanings. If you were to give your character this name you would doubtlessly be considering only as a Star Wars tribute and the representation of Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia.

And that’s ok. There are many names that, if you were to look up the meaning, you would find only a  reference to an historical figure that bore the name, not the meaning of the name itself. And that perhaps is even more powerful.

Boy Name: Brendon

An Irish name that means “Prince.” A name that I myself frequently use as a placeholder for my characters – afterall it’s better than saying PRINCE everywhere in the first draft. Used it recently in my current work in progress The Mana Runner, and, haha, for good or bad it is now stuck in the story. I literally can think of no other name for my character.

 

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Name of the Month: Elvina and Juwan

Writing is hard work, but perhaps the most stubborn part can be picking a name for our characters. We have to create stories and personalities, you would think picking a name would be the easiest part? Am I right?

I happen to have a great devotion to names after a bit of personal history with my own. Names can not only be beautiful but they can be meaningful, not just in what they literally translate into, but also the people or characters in the world that have bore them. So, let’s get started. Girls first!

Girl Name: Elvina

Pronounced: “el-VEE-na”. Meaning: (multiple) elf, blond, noble friend, lively. Variations include: (male) Alvina from Russia, Elvia from Italy, Elvira from Gothic languages. Depending on which nationality you choose changes the name.

Not a very common name, but I think it is very beautiful. I can’t help but think of an energetic princess whenever I hear this name. Probably that true friend type you would find as a side character – part of the action, but not quite in the spotlight. For the nickname I can help but want to call her “Vi”.

Boy Name: Juwan

Meaning in Hebrew: god is gracious, just. Also it features as a female Muslim name that translates as “perfume.”

Not a very popular name at all, which seems to be the theme this month. I happened across it in my 2016 Baby Names book. Pronounced “ju-WAUN”. Sources seem to vary about its originality, but most seem to agree that it is purely American – one of those randomly created names. Because it is rare there is little information on which nationalities use it, but again most sources agree with African-Americans.

Regardless, I can’t help but think of a Muslim jeweler. One of those people with their own store filled with beautiful rings and bracelets. I put him in a suit and tie every time. It’s a name that I hope gets a little more notoriety and I would love to come across anyone that has this name.

Name of the Month: Alyssa and Hugh

Writing is hard work, but perhaps the most stubborn part can be picking a name for our characters. We have to create stories and personalities, you would think picking a name would be the easiest part? Am I right?

I happen to have a great devotion to names after a bit of personal history with my own. Names can not only be beautiful but they can be meaningful, not just in what they literally translate into, but also the people or characters in the world that have bore them. So, let’s get started. Girls first!

Girl Name: Alyssa

Meaning: Rational. Derived from the alyssum flower. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a variant of Alice, but there are many variants that the two names do hold similar.

I would recommend using this name for those characters that are very straight forwarded and no nonsense. The sort that whittles down a problem effectively and efficiently and is generally too stubborn to listen to any others.

Boy Name: Hugh

German Meaning: Intellectual in spirit. The etymology of this name is vast with many famous people – yes, and actors (Hugh Laurie). There are a few variations. Hugo and Huw is at the top. Ugo is also another. According to Wikipedia Aodh and Ùisdean, two Gaelic names, are often translated into Hugh just on the principal of sound but with no real etymological reason (I will point out that Wikipedia is the only source I’ve ever read this on – take that as you will).

I once named a ghost character Hugh as a funny pun because he was supposed to be the brains of the outfit. Honestly, it’s for those know-it-all characters – and probably those know-it-alls who really don’t know it all. (I often imagine that the one kid in the yellow pajamas in the animation Polar Express is named Hugh.)