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  1. #1
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    Help with naming my character

    So, I need help naming the four characters of my story: my main character, her single adoptive mother, her best friend/love interest and his widowed uncle.

    The main character is a girl, the lost daughter of the Sea King who finds out that she is a mermaid sent to seek protection aboveground. She is of about thirteen/fourteen years of age. She is somebody with a lot of spunk, rather tomboyish, impulsive and generally doesn't care what other think of her. She has chestnut-brown, shoulder-length hair and gray eyes. I originally wanted to name her Cordelia, nn Cory, or Miranda, nn Mira (EDIT: maybe Mia would also work) ... but I don't know which one sounds better... help?

    Her mother is thirty years of age and lets her daughter call her by her first name.

    Her best friend/love interest, unlike the main character, is much shyer and is less impulsive than her. He has black hair and sea-green eyes. He's also a merman. I don't really want him to be called a "modern-sounding" name like Rebel or Zac, but more of a vintage, unusual and quaint name, because (in my opinion) merpeople's names should be unique-sounding.

    The widowed uncle of the best friend/love interest is a little eccentric and messy. He is of about forty years of age. Again, I feel that his name should be quaint and old-fashioned, like something that an eccentric old man could be named.


    P. S. It would be nice if the meaning of the name matched the characters' personality
    Last edited by rubymoss; July 17th, 2013 at 08:43 AM.
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    If the adoptive mother is 30, that would make her only 16/17 when the MC was born - I'm not sure on adoption laws but I'm pretty sure you have to be at least 18 in most countries - though I guess if the MC was adopted later in childhood it could work.

    Cordelia nn Cory fits a bit better - girly name with tomboyish nickname.

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    Girl: I think a sea-related name would work extremely well, both for your context and her character.

    Maris means 'of the sea,' and this can be altered to Marisa/Marissa
    Meredith might mean 'Sea lord,' and it is also a boy's name in Wales.
    Moana means 'deep sea.'

    From your choices I like Cordelia, nn Cory.

    I'll need a bit more info on her mother...? I get the personality you're going for, but from your plot summary her 'mother' lets her call her by her first name because she isn't actually her mother. (wild guess?)

    For the boy,

    Dylan means 'great tide'
    Hadrian just fits him, so I'm throwing that out there. Derived from a city that was the namesake of the Adriatic Sea.

    Old man

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    Victor
    Harvey
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    Lindon
    Lloyd

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    Miranda ・13 ・Fangirl ・Author
    Writer ・Student ・Game of Thrones


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  5. #9
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    Main Character:
    I love the nickname Mira! What about Mirella, Mirena or Marina.
    Tallulah nn Tali means "leaping water"
    Maren
    Moira means "star of the sea"

    Mom:
    These are some popular names for 30 years ago
    Jamie
    Vanessa
    April
    Natasha
    Victoria
    Jennifer
    Stephanie

    Love Interest:
    Edmund nn Eddie
    Frederick nn Freddie
    Oscar
    Silas
    Archer or Archie
    Orson
    Vincent

    Uncle:
    Charlie
    Alfred
    Seymour
    Harvey
    Augustus
    Francis

    Hope I could help!

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