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July 18th, 2012 11:28 AM #6
Oh and as for the painting I saw that inspired me...It was actually a painting of a character who would be a main secondary character andn ot the princess. It was a painting of the character I'm calling Eve and when I saw her...I knew I had to write a story for her but she is a sad and withdrawn character and not fit for the main role, although she plays an important one. I have the image saved on my computer and look at it often as insperation.
July 20th, 2012 01:14 PM #8
Would still love some more suggestions and opinions as I haven't found "the name" yet.
July 20th, 2012 01:24 PM #10Member
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Ah, I was so close, but no moon names! Hmm...I'm not sure of the words that mean what I'm thinking of, but maybe the meaning behind her name should reinforce her individuality. If she's always thought of in terms of the moon goddess or as an illegitimate royal child, her chosen name would reflect her worth. So maybe something referring to an interest or a personal characteristic, or even her value in itself.
Some random names, their meanings, and their language of origin:
Reika - lovely petal (J) (I just thought this one looked/sounded interesting)
Hisa - enduring (J) (Liked the strong meaning, not the sound)
Ling - clever; intelligent, spiritual (C)
Xin Ling - soul (C*)
Haneul - sky (K*)
*starred words are translations, so no promises on usability as names
The things I looked up were in the category of Eastern Asia, but if the commoners use English word names, you could always switch to English if nothing is sticking. Maybe she rejects the naming system used for the Imperial Family. But my vocabulary isn't working for me right now, and I can't think of the English words I'm thinking of, if such words even exist. If you liked Shen's meaning, maybe Spirit itself could work as a name. After all, you already have people named Smoke, Burn, and Snapdragon.
This attempt didn't feel very helpful, although I had fun thinking stuff up. That's all I've got for now, so good luck!Edmund Antonio - Lucas Alexander - Theodore August
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July 20th, 2012 01:42 PM #12
I'm a little confused, are you looking for a word name for your character, or an Asian one?
The moon is often connected with water and the tides, that could be a new direction. I also like the thought of going for a more generic light reference. Amaya is a Japanese name that means 'night rain'. I think it would be very suitable as a subtle reference to how she was concieved, thinking of the rain as a link between the moon and her mother. Also found Japanese Gina (gee-naa) which means 'silver'.
For a word name, maybe just Rain or Tide or River or Zenith for when the moon is at it's highest. With Zenith, she could call herself Zia, which is the Hebrew version of the Arabic Ziya meaning 'splendour, light, glow' for yet another moon connection. Ziya is a boys name, but I don't think that's a problem
I also hae to mention that I love Snapdragon, I'm so happy to seee you mention it! ^^ I recently created the most whimsical of sibsets with boys Snapdragon and Foxglove and girls Meadowsweet and Pennyroyal.
Last edited by dearest; July 20th, 2012 at 01:52 PM.Resident Norwegian, feel free to ask any questions regarding lovely Norse names and such! I'm more than happy to help ^^
Export ready Norse names for your consideration: Ellisiv + Audrun + Disa || Alvarin + Tollef + Bo
- Samson + Bastian + Clement + Alasdair + Prosper + Quinlan + Ignatius + Pascal + Orion + Iskandar + Peregrine + Crispin -
- Oleanna + Verbena + Rosamund + Betony + Eglantine + Lilivere + Doveva + Amabel + Everild + Ondine + Emerence + Anaïs -
July 20th, 2012 04:14 PM #14
periwinkleblue I enjoy all the suggestions. Anything I like that doesn't work for the heroine of my story can go into a name bank of names for other characters. Anyway, I understand your vocabulary not working for you. Mine does that to me all the time.
dearest a lot of great suggestions I like Rain and Tide. Zenith is great and ironically I just heard the name Zia the other day for the first time and loved the meaning. For some reason it didn't even cross my mind though to consider it for my novel. I will definitely have to think those over. They are some great suggestions and I appreciate them all!
Also, I'm glad you like Snapdragon. It's such a fun one to use. Snapdragon, in my story, is a very old woman and a Healer. She's a fiesty, snappy old thing and people don't mess with her. I can't wait to write her. In my head, she's already a great character.
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