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Saturday, December 10, 2005

A Rose by any other name

Some questions from Terry McLaughlin--

I recently found out I'm going to be a grandmother for the first time. Awwww... Okay, now back to blog business.

One of the first topics that popped up after the big announcement was the baby's name. Something from the family? Something Irish? Traditional? Modern?

We writers get to choose our characters' names, and it's A Big Deal. Some of us adopt pen names, which is An Even Bigger Deal. Parents choose their children's names, which is The Biggest Deal Since Sinatra Played Vegas. Names are powerful things, aren't they? Full of meanings and layered with contexts and filtered through our life experiences, all wrapped up and tied with a big identity bow.

So, here's the questions part. What are some of your favorite names? Names you've picked for your characters? Memorable names of characters you've enjoyed? Clever names for pets you've known? How did you choose your children's names? What name would you have chosen for yourself, if you'd had that chance?


At 2:26 PM, Blogger Trish Milburn said...

OMG! I CANNOT believe you're going to be a grandma. That's just wild, but congrats.

Names -- For some reason, I've always liked a lot of names that start with "E" -- Erin, Ethan, Emily. Also like the name Gwen.

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Jennifer Smith/Ila Campbell said...

My mom still gets a kick out of the fact that the "professional" name I was going to use was Jae -- because I ended up living in Korea and that's a very common name here. Well, it was exotic and different in Michigan back then!

Since I write romances set in Scotland, I have a Celtic names book I go through. I take the names from Scotland and mess up the spellings to make them appropriate for medieval times.

I'm writing my first contemporary, so I've started choosing names for that. The secondary characters all have surnames from my highschool, so that's like a fun game!

My favorite hero's name was Gavin. I almost named my son that, but in Chinese letters his full name would have meant: Gold House Poor. VERY bad luck. I also liked Mia for a girl, but it meant "abandoned child" in Korea.

In that way, we were very limited naming our kids. I wanted names that would fit both Korea and America, which meant it could have only 3 syllables (including surname!). Also, certain sounds were not permitted at the end of boys names because it made them sound like girls. So we had a list of ten possibilities for girls and about 3 for boys. They ended up being Donna Kim and Jason Kim. (The Donna working really well because it's my maternal grandmother's name and my paternal aunt's middle name.)

Wow, that was almost a blog entry in itself!

At 6:41 AM, Blogger MaryF said...

We took months to decide on a name for our son. If I ever have another boy, he will be William. He's the hero of my favorite book.

A girl, I don't know.

At 7:39 AM, Blogger Jill Monroe said...

Terry - for the first few years of writing, I'd use the names my husband rejected. That's how my first (sold) book got Annabelle.

Still never sold the Arianna book!

And congrats on becoming a grandma - that is awesome.


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