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    Question Help? Names meaning Dream, Sleep, Vision, etc.

    My main character needs a name with a meaning related to sleep, dreams, resting, visions, etc. I would like the name to be a family name but that was before I realized how few names there are that actually have one of these meanings. So I need help ANY suggestions are gladly welcomed! Preferably easy to pronounce or has a simple nickname would be lovely. My character is an 18 year old girl with a very distinctive family that goes back a long way. Her last name is "Sanders". I've already written a good chunk of the book but still don't have a name.

    Names I've found:
    Imena
    Aisling (pronounced ASH-ling, ASH-lin or ash-LEEN)

    Thank you All!!

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    Darsha - to see, to perceive, to have vision
    Darshana - worthy of seeing
    Sibley, Sibyl, Sybella - seer, oracle
    Ramla - divination
    Roya, Ruya - dream, premonition, vision
    Isleen - related to Aisling
    Nidra - the goddess of sleep
    Pasithea - wife of the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos, and one of the Graces

    I think Aising sounds like a good fit, though.

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    Thank You so much for your suggestions, I've really taken a liking to Sybil (a different spelling) Nidra and Aisling (nickname ASH)

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    Aisling/Aislin/Isleen (really like this one)
    Sybella
    Marzena-polish names meaning 'dreamed one'
    Narcissa: Feminine form of Latin Narcissus, meaning "numbness; sleep."
    Chelem-Aramaic, meaning dream
    Dromena-Dutch, means dream
    Penelope-Greek, means Dream Weaver
    Sovanna-Cambodian, means golden; dream
    Winta-Amharic, means dream gift

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    Sanders is a good choice since the Sandman is a well known character related to sleep.
    What about instead of a name meaning sleep you used a name that has a connection to sleep or dreams.

    For example, Joseph in the Bible had several prophetic dreams.
    Sigmund - for Freud who wrote a famous book on dreams
    Gregor - for Franz Kafka's character in Metamorphosis
    Alice - for Lewis Caroll's character who dreamed her experience
    Van - for Rip Van Winkle
    etc.
    Olivia/Livia/Livy/Liv : Thessaly/Darah/Bethel : Noelle/Eve
    Benedict/Eli: Jude/Zane: Luke/Darius : Levi/Phineas/Calvin


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