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    Why would the older sons have Biblical names and...

    Why would the older sons have Biblical names and not the younger? Did the mother die in childbirth? And that's why there's the disconnect?

    Germanic names were trending because of the royal...
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    You can check out my blog from several years ago...

    You can check out my blog from several years ago on Catalan names. There are some lovely ones.
  3. Thread: Malachy?

    by miloowen
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    Just use Malachy. It's a traditional...

    Just use Malachy. It's a traditional Irish/Gaelic name and it fits. Some readers may mispronounce it, but how many readers do you think actually know how to say the names in War and Peace? If...
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    I'm impressed with the naming in honour of...

    I'm impressed with the naming in honour of liberal Enlightenment figures -- Voltaire, Mozart, Garibaldi. Wow. Then you can certainly guess the faiths of some of the parents -- Baruch Ash (for...
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    On the meaning of Maryam/Miriam, whereas Miriam...

    On the meaning of Maryam/Miriam, whereas Miriam is Hebrew and Maryam is Aramaic/Arabic, there is this idea that "Mary" and "Miriam" are the same name, which I would argue that perhaps they are not. ...
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    Bianca Laura Rosa Leonora Violetta Lucia...

    Bianca Laura
    Rosa Leonora
    Violetta Lucia
    Chiara Luisa
    Maurizio Lorenzo
    Bruno Lionello
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    I consider writing to be my art, but if you are...

    I consider writing to be my art, but if you are talking about the visual arts....I am mostly a fan of painting, and I have favourite museums and favourite artists and favourite paintings. As the...
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    Leith, Lev, Lachlan, Laurence, Lior, Lion, Leif,...

    Leith, Lev, Lachlan, Laurence, Lior, Lion, Leif, Lenox
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    Many of the students I've had from Texas have had...

    Many of the students I've had from Texas have had slightly unusual names, often for Texas towns.
    What about Layne or Tyler?
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    with working dogs one syllable names are best. ...

    with working dogs one syllable names are best. my first border collie was Babe (a very typical border collie name; her owner/breeder was a sheep farmer from Scotland) and my second was May. Rupe...
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    Poll: I'd go with Harvey, it's such an eccentric and...

    I'd go with Harvey, it's such an eccentric and sweet name and currently rising on the charts in the UK.
  12. stay strong, Rollo. Prayers are with you.

    stay strong, Rollo. Prayers are with you.
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    In my own novel, I have killed a character who...

    In my own novel, I have killed a character who was well-liked by my readers and loved by my protagonist. Her death however is necessary as it is the chief trauma of my character's life and will be...
  14. Thread: eye-ree-na

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    I know of ir-reh-na, which is Scandinavian and...

    I know of ir-reh-na, which is Scandinavian and German. Personally I dislike the English version of the name -- with "eye" -- and prefer either the French or Scandinavian. And I love Irina.
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    Without Her -- Harry Nilsson You Would Have...

    Without Her -- Harry Nilsson
    You Would Have Loved This --Tarja
    Un bel di, from Puccini's Butterfly, Victoria de los Angeles
    This is All I Ask -- doesn't matter who sings it, gets me every time...
  16. My children are Caitlin and Thomas but it wasn't...

    My children are Caitlin and Thomas but it wasn't because of the poet, lol. Just a funny coincidence.
    My daughter's middle name is Louisa, because of Christina Stead's The Man Who Loved Children.
    ...
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    Yes, Purim is the holiday based on the story of...

    Yes, Purim is the holiday based on the story of Esther, the only Jewish holiday not found in the Torah.
    Yes, I've attended a Purim masquerade as well as Purimspielen -- although more when my...
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    Happy Purim! Chag sameach!

    While many people are celebrating St Patrick's day, there are lots of us who are celebrating the bravery of Esther (Hadassah) and her cousin Mordechai.

    I've been writing a story about Purim and...
  19. Are we really using a word like "gypped" on this...

    Are we really using a word like "gypped" on this forum? Do we "jew" people down as well? Just curious.
  20. Thread: Pseudonyms

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    As a former editor and current agent, you discuss...

    As a former editor and current agent, you discuss this with your publisher first. Your publisher usually decides or helps to decide on whether you should use a pseudonym are not, as there are legal...
  21. Well, in my fantasy novel the main character was...

    Well, in my fantasy novel the main character was Giles --which means aegis. Then one of the great heroes in American history was Giles Corey, who refused to give innocent names to the witchhunters...
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    Not all Americans are idiots, geographically...

    Not all Americans are idiots, geographically speaking. Some of us speak several languages and have lived all over the world, including (in my case) Canada. That having been said, I find it...
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    I've read Ender's Game maybe two or three times...

    I've read Ender's Game maybe two or three times now, as well as all the rest of the books in the Ender and Bean sagas. I'm a fan of Scott as a writer but I feel badly about how different he is now...
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    Since we don't know anything about these...

    Since we don't know anything about these characters other than what they look like, I don't know.

    You have to remember, and this is coming from a professional writer, that it was the parents of...
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    I just think of the wonderful baritone Gordon...

    I just think of the wonderful baritone Gordon McRae, so going back to the A's is probably a good idea.

    Hewes Hallam or Hallam Hewes. You've got this actor thing going with Holden (William Holden)...
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