1900s Character Names
Soooo, since the story I've been working on for months has reached a standstill, I'm working on short stories to keep my mind busy. I'm on a roll with one, but I've managed to plan the whole story without much thought to character names. Help, please? :)
It's set 1900-1910. The more I plan it, the more I see parallels with Jane Eyre. Basically, man of the house runs off with the children's nurse in the end :p
- The leading guy, Mr Chapman, 35. Need a strong name for this chap who's put up with a lot of cr@p in his life. Sam, David, Andrew? Nothing feels right :/
- His wife, Mrs Chapman, 33. Increasingly distant, cold, unfeeling. Slightly mad. Ultra religious.
- The daughters, 12, 10, 9. A nasty and malicious bunch.
- The 'Jane Eyre' nurse, 29. She's not a plain Jane though. A feisty young lady.
If you get a feeling for names for any of this lot, please share! Thank you :)
Sounds cool! Jane Eyre bugs me, so this sounds like a better version of it!
Mr Chapman: Frederick, Walter, Sidney, Reginald, Lewis, Maurice, Douglas
Mrs Chapman: Mary, Edith, Ruth, Harriett, Myra, Mildred, Lydia
Florence, Margaret & Isabella
Emma, Maud & Agnes
Constance, Charlotte & Catherine
Margery, Rosetta & Theresa
Susannah, Rebecca & Elizabeth
Dorcas, Kezia, Sybil, Effie, Thirza, Polly, Olive, May
I'm not checking for doubles, so if there are some, they are seconded!
- Leading man: Roland, Oscar, Edmund, Gregory or George. Or something surname-y, like Hendrick or Fairchild.
- Wife: Ruth, Victoria, Virginia, Eva, Evelyn, Mariah
- The daughters: Helen/Helena, Eva, Imogen, Grace, Gertrude, Willa
- The nurse: Katherine (goes by something else like Kitty), Theresa/Tess, Anna, Louise/Louisa, and, if she's from a really poor, odd background, I think Pepper might suit :) (Obviously she's going by Miss [lastname], so most anything could work without being obvious)
Haha, I cried the last time I read it ;)
Originally Posted by ottilie
Mr Chapman - Alasdair
Wife - Mary Alma / Mary Eustacia (In my mind her name was something else before, something a little more frivolous and as she became more religious she renamed herself like nuns do)
Three Daughters - Henrietta, Josephine and Philomena.
Nurse - Caroline (Caro) or Eleonora (Leo)
- The leading guy, Mr Chapman, 35. I think something like Albert, Arthur, Alfred for him. I don't know, I just see him as an Al for some reason.
- His wife, Mrs Chapman, 33. Increasingly distant, cold, unfeeling. Slightly mad. Ultra religious. - I agree that she might have renamed herself Mary after the mother of Jesus. Mary Grace, Mary Ann, Mary Elizabeth.
- The daughters, 12, 10, 9. A nasty and malicious bunch. - If the mother's ultra religious I could see them having virtue names. Felicity, Verity, Grace, Constance, Virginia etc. Or names from the Bible - Ruth, Elizabeth, Sarah, Mary etc.
- The 'Jane Eyre' nurse, 29. She's not a plain Jane though. A feisty young lady. - I'd call her something pretty common and unassuming, but give her a nickname that brings out her feistiness. Catherine nn Kitty, Elizabeth nn Lizzie, Ann nn Annie, Philippa nn Pippa, Margaret nn Maggie etc.
Thanks guys :D I've got them all named but one.
Mrs Chapman is such a Ruth! Would've been a Mary, but for me the name is tied to lovely little Mary Lennox from the Secret Garden.
The girls have become Esther, Maud and Phyllis. Didn't want anything to frilly. Most biblical names were too 'goody two shoes' for me.
Nurse is Anna. I like that it's common and unassuming but lively as well.
Mr Chapman is my undecided. He's either an Alfred or a Frederick :/ It'll come to me at some point.
Thank you again! Just got to get started on my writing now :)