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  1. #1
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    Need character naming help!

    Starting out on a new story and I need help with names. I have some ideas but I'd love to see what you can come up with.

    Takes place in 1908 – England

    Narrator: 17, green eyes and dark brown hair. She is youngest child of a wealthy English family. She’s generally wise beyond her years but she can have a tendency to daydream. She always feels a little out of place wherever she goes. I’m thinking of a very charming and unique vintage name for her. A nickname is important. My first thought is Araminta, nn Minty.

    Distant Cousin: 18, green eyes and light blonde hair. Classic old money East Coast American girl. She has two sides to her: the idealist and the vixen. She can see the good in people and manipulate it at the same time, just depends on how she’s feeling that day. I’d like her name to have a heavier, darker feeling. Veronica, maybe?

    Love interest: 20, navy blue eyes and light brown hair. He is half French and half English, also quite wealthy. He comes off as very cold and reserved. He’s a mysterious newcomer to the social circle and I think his name should reflect the mysteriousness. Mystery and subtle warmth all wrapped in one would be amazing.

    Middle and last names would be really appreciated as well. Thank you so much!

  2. #3
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    Try.

    Main character-
    Margaret "Margie"
    Lillian "Lil"
    Coralie "Cora"
    Lucrece "Lucy" -Means wealth
    Marianne "Anne"
    Mallory "Lory"
    Vivienne "Viv"

    Distant cousin-
    Rosalie
    Beatrice
    Eleanor
    Colette
    Genevieve
    Pauline
    Valerie

    love interest-
    William
    Freddie
    Lawrence
    Patrick

    last name-
    Beaumont
    Bellamy
    Leclerc
    Lafevre
    Olivier
    Tobias
    Travers
    Severin
    Royce
    Last edited by miranda082; July 20th, 2013 at 01:42 AM.
    miranda, writer
    history enthusiast/buff and self-proclaimed fangirl


    rafael • adrian • emmett • aaron • jared
    raynor • niccolo • richard • philip


    ingrid • sybil • evelyn • amalia • cosima
    helena • leonor • blanche • florence

  3. #5
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    I concentrated on the half French half English guy as - to me - the girl's names could be anything. His is the one that seems to matter as, in 1908, it's probably going to fit his heritage.

    My first thought was something double barrelled (like Jean-Pierre but not as common) that hinted at both his nationalities but still rolled well as a whole.

    French Names:

    Benoit
    Bastien
    Clemont
    Etienne
    Emile
    Gaspard
    Florian
    Isidore
    Pascal
    Remy
    Yves

    English Names: (that also work in French)

    Luke/Luc
    Ben
    John/Jean
    Paul
    Lewis/Louis
    Philip/Philippe
    Mark/Marcel
    Peter/Pierre
    William/Guillaume

    Combos:

    Paul-Etienne
    John-Benoit/Jean-Benoit
    Yves-Philippe
    Ben-Gaspard/Benoit-Gaspard
    Louis-Pascal
    Luc-Bastien
    Clemont-Pierre
    John-Isidore/Jean-Isidore
    Guillaume-Emile
    Remy-Philippe
    Florian-Marcel


    Try here for French surnames: Behind the Name: French Surnames


    I think my favourite combo is Jean-Benoit Duval.
    Last edited by renrose; July 19th, 2013 at 07:56 AM.
    ~Boys~

    Jory Leander Atticus, August Eli Benedict, Casimir Mordecai Stewart,
    Edmond John Meirion, Horatio Ethell Emery, Bram William Jasper,
    Julian Remy Charles, Vasiliy Lochlan Michael.


    ~Girls~

    Aira Rose ___, Eleni Fiorella Charlotte, Sylvia Sayuri Noor,
    Merit Eleanora Adelaide, Clover Elodie Seraphine, Bridie Scarlett Viola,
    Marguerite Cecilia Iris, Eilidh Clara Valentine.


    Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.

  4. #7
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    For the Narrator, I think any of these names would be great: Victoria, Amelia, Madeleine, Rosalie, Mirabel, Annabel, Aurelia. They all can have nicknames.

    The Distant Cousin's names could possibly be Christina, Vanessa, or Windsor-- I looked on your favorite girls names and I like this one. I also think your first choice, Veronica, would be perfect. A nickname for her could be Vee or Ronnie.

    For the Love Interest, I came up with Rhys, Daniel, Finnegan, Malik, Landon, Maxwell, James, or Madden. Good luck with your book!

  5. #9
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    Love Interest (I'm doing this first, so I don't forget my name ideas):
    First:
    Jett
    Sawyer
    Parker
    Middle (something more classic):
    Thomas
    Elliot
    Sorry, I have absolutely no idea for a last name. Probably something more French, depending on if his mom is the french side of the family, or if the dad is.

    I will come back to you later on the other ones, I don't have any ideas right now.
    “I read books when I was a kid, lots of books. Books always seemed like magic to me. They took you to the most amazing places. When I got older, I realized I couldn't find books that took me to all the places I wanted to go. To go to those places, I had to write some books myself.”
    ― Pat Murphy, The Wild Girls

    "Like everyone else, I am going to die. But the words – the words live on..."
    ― J. Michael Straczynski

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