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Thread: Dystopian Names?!
August 20th, 2013 04:48 AM #1Junior Member
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I'm currently writing a dystopian/post-apocolyptic novel about a girl who lives in a world where a huge disease has either killed or infected almost everyone. The government has taken precautions to secure quarantine zones were the uninfected can live without fear, but then the girl gets kicked out from one of these quarantine zones into the wild. She meets a guy (obviously) and together they uncover some secret government conspiracy (obviously).
All I need now are a FMC name and a MMC name.
FMC: I currently have her name as Lily, except no. 1 I don't think it suits her much and no. 2 I want her to have a cool nickname. She is pretty tough but still sort of naive. She is brave, smart and values and is loyal to her family/friends. I'm kind of basing her on Beatrice/Tris Prior from Divergent, but mainly because of the name. I want her to have a fairly normal name from nowadays (Like Beatrice) that can have a cool nickname (Like Tris). I was thinking Ari from either Aria or Ariana, but then I'm worried people will just associate her with Aria from Pretty Little Liars or Ariana Grande.
MMC: The only idea I have at the moment for his name is Felix, but it doesn't suit him much. He is tough and is afraid of letting anyone close to him because he's lost so much. He is fairly masculine, but still has that slightly gentle side. His name should be something fairly dystopian because something happened in his past where he wanted a fresh start and stuff, so he chose a new name.
ANYWAY, I've been looking for names for these characters forever; that's how I found this website (which is amazing). I also wouldn't mind some other sort of dystopian nicknames that suit peoples personalities like Rat or Stick and things. ALL SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREATLY APPREACIATED!!!!!!!!!!
August 20th, 2013 02:21 PM #3Senior Member
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FMC: Hmm, I once had a Christina nn Ristie in a dystopian. I'm assuming this is what you're looking for. Here some ideas:
Elizabeth - Lilibet (you can incorporate Lily here), Elspeth, Lizbeth, Liza
Ariadne - Ari, Ria (just as an alternative to Aria/Ariana)
Eleanor - Lenore
Genevieve - Neva, Neve, Vive, Viva
Virginia - Ginny, Via
Cecilia - Cilia (sill-ee-uh)
Valeria/Valerie - Valer (like Valor, which means bravery), Ria, Vale
Margaret/Marguerite - Margo, Garet, Guer (like "guerre": war in Spanish), Rita
Claudia - Clau (prn. claw)
Mary - Mare
Celeste, Celestine - Lestor, Lest
Sylvia - Sylvie, Syl, Silver
Marcelle/Marcella - Mace
MMC: Abraham nn Abe, Cain, Anton, Milo, Oliver, Vincent, Ben, Lucas, Simeon, CarverAmedeo Enjolras Aristotle Leonardo Archer Olivier Mischa Liam Caspian Benedict Theodore FitzwilliamRosalie Evangeline Mirabelle Ophelia Alice Elisabeth Stella Titania Artemis Cicely Margarethe Thalia Astrid
August 21st, 2013 04:14 AM #5
August 21st, 2013 07:01 AM #7Junior Member
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I still want to have my FMC nn as Ari/Ria, but I'm not sure about Ariadne? I like all your MMC names, but I've grown attatched to Felix and I'm starting to imagine him as a Felix. But thanks for the suggestions. Also I really liked Carver and I might use it for another character.
And as for the all the other names suggested I liked Astrid and I think I'll use that. I could still use some more nn for the other chracters, like Rat, Stick, Zip... you get the idea. Thank you for your suggestions!!!
August 21st, 2013 09:09 AM #9Senior Member
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Hmm, names that can nn to Ari or Ria:
Ariel/Arielle/Ariella NN Ari
Maria/Marina/Marianne/Marianna nn Ari or Ria
Rianna/Rhianne/Rhiannon nn Ria
Victoria nn Ria
Caroline nn Aro (close to Ari)
Harriet nn Arri (or even Ria but it's a bit more of a stretch)
Valerie nn Ria
Hilary nn Ria - in fact any name ending in the -rie sound could nn Ria - Mallory, Eleri etc.
And for what it's worth, the name Ari wouldn't bother me. I don't watch Pretty Little Liars and have no idea who Ariana Grande is, but I don't think it's too close to either unless your character is very similar in terms of looks or personality to either of the others.
And Felix means 'lucky', so it could be that he chose his new name ironically because his life had been full of bad luck in the past - guessing the plot from the line where you say he lost so much, anyway.
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