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April 22nd, 2013 07:36 PM #1
Need Names from Jane Austen's Time!!
I am writing a book that's set in the 1800's England and the setting would be out of a Jane Austen!
Currently obsessed with Jane Austen and kinda always have been!
My MC family's last name is the Sweet.
Esther Naomi Sweet - main character
George Isaac Sweet
Matthew Benedict Sweet
Louis Uriah Sweet
Simon Gabriel Sweet
Mr. Benedict Sweet
Mrs. Caroline Sweet
plus the family dog & cat: Chester & Minny
But I'm stuck with names for minor characters? I have the people but they don't have any names.
I need old, victorian-ish names for men, women and children!
It would be super helpful! thanks!
I would like to hear how you like the names i've already chosen.
Last edited by periwinkle; April 28th, 2013 at 12:14 AM. Reason: Amazing feedback!!~Nora
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April 22nd, 2013 07:53 PM #3Member
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Not all of your names ring true for me at the moment
maybe it's just me, but Morgan and possibly Levo jar a little bit for me.
Try this list of Georgian names
April 22nd, 2013 07:54 PM #5
These are from a book of mine which lists the most popular names of the 1700s:
Girls: Mary, Elizabeth, Ann, Sarah, Jane, Margaret, Susan, Martha, Hannah, Catherine, Alice, Frances, Eleanor, Dorothy, Isabel, Grace, Joan, Rachel, Agnes, Ellen, Maria, Lydia, Ruth, Deborah, Judith, Joanna, Marjorie, Jenny, Barbara, Bridget, Lucy, Eliza, Nancy, Emma, Charlotte, Dinah, Sally, Harriet, Caroline
Boys: John, William, Thomas, Richard, James, Robert, Joseph, Edward, Henry, Samuel, Francis, Charles, Daniel, Benjamin, Edmund, Matthew, Peter, Nicholas, Christopher, Abraham, Jonathan, Philip, Michael, Hugh, Joshua, Anthony, Ralph, Andrew, David, Roger, Alexander, Laurence, Nathaniel, Walter, Timothy, Martin, Luke
As for the names you already have I think they're generally fine, but Rosemary, Chester and Morgan seem to stand out. In all my years of doing family research, I've never really come across these names pre-1850s. That's not to say they weren't used, it's just they weren't very common at all. Also, George Chester looks like the odd one out because he doesn't have a biblical name, yet his siblings do.
Good luck with your writing
April 22nd, 2013 08:21 PM #7Senior Member
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April 23rd, 2013 12:42 PM #9Junior Member
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This is a really useful list of names around the late Georgian/Regency period. As you can see, there wasn't a lot of variation, especially for women.
Rebecca is okay for a girl, and Susannah, but as that link points out Old Testament names weren't generally used by the upper classes. So it depends on what class your family belongs to, as well.
Be very careful and err on the side of conservative, because if anything pulls people out of a historical story it's anachronistic names. They WERE all called Jane and Mary, it's just how it was.