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  1. #1
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    Charys Ilona? And love interests?

    Been trying to come up with a name for this character: she is 18 years old, red hair and green eyes, wants to be a musician but is struggling with how to get there..... Also ends up getting caught between two potential love interests, sort of the bad-boy and the boy next door......
    For the girl I really like Charys Ilona, not sure on surname though.... I'm also still open to suggestions on her first/ middle name, but I would like it to be something beautiful and unique.
    As for the boys, I have no idea what to name them really. The bad-boy type (although he's not very bad) is from Ireland, has long hair and an earring, plays guitar... The other guy is a bit of a nerd, skinny, wears glasses, known the main character since kindergarten and now they're roommates.....
    Any thoughts or suggestions would be much appreciated!

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    I'm not familiar with either of your MC's names, and both sound to me like they'd belong in a fantasy novel. I think for her first name a nice 'I' name would work, like Iona, Iolanthe, Ianthe, Ismene, Ismay, Ione, Ivory or Iris. Charys sounds very invented to me, and that'd distract me from the story, particularly if it's in third-person and we're hearing it every third word. If you're committed to a name similar to Charys, at least try Carys, an established name. Carys Ione sounds much better than your current alternative.

    For the bad-boy, I think a subtly Irish name would do the trick (nobody named Aoibheann or Tadhg). The first thing that popped in my head was Cormac. It's Irish, and has kind of a long-haired, guitar-playing, roguish feel. Other names on the list are Liam, Ronan, Finn, Callum, Sean, Rory, Conor and Shane.

    For the nerd I thought something along the lines of Simon, Theodore, Hugh, Arthur, William, Benjamin, Frederick, Thomas, John, Laurence, George, James, Leonard, or Christopher.

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    Charys is just another spelling of the Greek name Charis, and I know a few people named Charys actually! It's quite an old name....
    Ilona is also an old name, I think it's Hungarian?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyorke59 View Post
    Charys is just another spelling of the Greek name Charis, and I know a few people named Charys actually! It's quite an old name....
    Ilona is also an old name, I think it's Hungarian?
    I apologize! I am familiar with Charis, but for some reason didn't connect it with the variant spelling. I'd still considering changing Ilona, only because it's very different stylistically then Charys/Charis and two foreign names might confuse the reader a little bit.

    What do you think about the boys' names?

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    For the bad-boy, I do like Cormac, Ronan, Finn and Rory...
    And for the nerd I like Arthur, Frederick, and Christopher.

    As for the middle name Ilona, I am completely open to changing it... any suggestions there, though?

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