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December 24th, 2012 01:10 AM #1
Having a little trouble with the right name
I know there's a writer's corner but it doesn't get much traffic and since I'm trying to get some writing done I was hoping for a little help if you berries don't mind
I need a name for a main character's longtime personal maidservant. At the beginning of the story she has fallen very ill and her daughter has taken her place as Amadahy's maid. The maidservant has been like a mother to Ami her whole life. She started out as her wet nurse and nanny and later, after difficulties birthing one of her children she is no longer able to have more and so she cannot provide wet nursing services anymore she spends a short amount of time as a house maid but Amadahy requests her as her personal maid and so she really spends most of her life with her. Ami trusts her more than anyone and loves her a great deal.
She is small and swarthy with thick black hair barely streaked with silver despite her age and lively black eyes (sort of gypsy like in coloring, appearance etc.) She is wise, serene, peaceful, strong (almost guru like, if you will). She is descended from an ancient race of fierce desert nomads. Her grandmother was kidnapped and taken as a slave four generations ago. Her grandmother's wisdom, stories, and traditions (so far as she knew them when she was taken) were passed down secretly. While she is technically still a slave she is viewed with respect among other slaves and servants and is generally referred to by most of the staff and even the household as a servant. Her unwavering loyalty has bought her daughter's (albeit low class) freedom and one of them now serves as Ami's maid.
I need her to have a short name, no more than three to five letters at the most (I really want a three letter name though) and one to two syllables. The two daughters relevant to the storyline are Isa and Ula.
December 24th, 2012 01:33 AM #3
December 24th, 2012 01:53 AM #5Senior Member
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My first thought when reading your description of the character was the name Nenna. I think it has the uni-cultural sound and to me sounds like a faithful and affectionate caregiver.
Alo (Hopi, "spiritual guide")
Isi (Choctaw, "deer")
Sani (Navajo, "the old one")
Leal (French, "faithful")
Nomsa (Zulu, "caring one, faithful")
Wafi (Arabic, assoc. w/faithfulness)
Wila (Hawaiian, "loyal")
Ilo (Nigerian, "joy")
Zoa (from the Greek root,"life")
December 24th, 2012 02:12 AM #7
Exotic and short, I'll tackle it ^_^
Eda (means "tiny flame")
Het (light from the sun)
Do you like any of those?Mother, Hellenic Pagan Priestess, and Resident Greek name expert ^_^
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December 24th, 2012 11:49 PM #9
peanut I like Isi but I feel like it's to close to her daughter Isa. I also like Wila, Ilo, and Zoa (I really like the sound of Zoa!)
dantea I like Ita but again I'm afraid it's really quite close to Isa. I like Rin and Xia, too and I find Bala and Chay both kind of interesting.
Blade I like Onna but I have a friend named Ona and so that might be weird.