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  1. #1
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    Strong female name with historical/mythological roots?

    I'm writing a story with a teenage heroine who has a kinda sorta hippy mom. Right now her name is Chrysanthemum Bellona, but I want her to have a second middle.
    It's hard because it needs to be really uncommon-not in the top 1000- cant start with a C, B, or D-dislike the matchiness or theme in a name- be a flower, or Roman, or a goddess, because of Bellona being the roman goddess of war.
    Besides that, it must also have significance. Chrysanthemum is because it's her mom's favorite flower, and she wants her daughter to stand tall and beautiful like the flower. Bellona is because she was the Roman godess of war, and the mom wanted her to be fierce and chase after what she wanted.
    I would use the name of another godess, like Artmeis or Athena, but A. Those are a little too well-known and B. I don't want it to be two goddess names in a row. The problem is, girls usually are getting rescued, not doing the rescuing, and her mother is a feminist type charecter so that won't work.
    I was considering Andromeda with the moral of teaching her to live among the stars, and then I realized she didn't do much of anything in the myth.
    So, it's pretty tricky. Anyone have any ideas for what I could use?

  2. #3
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    What about Phoenix? Mythical and strong, but still with a hint of feminine flair.

  3. #5
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    Does it need to be from a myth, or are you good with historical characters, too?

    Joan - as in Joan of Arc. Maybe you could use Jane too, isn't it related?
    Boadicea - okay, maybe not. But google her. She's awesome.
    Ariadne - She basically saved Theseus' life in Crete. Then he abandoned her on the way back home, but yeah.
    Isis - In Egyptian mythology, the goddess Isis' husband Osiris got murdered by his brother, who shut him in a coffin and threw it in the river. It took her years, but Isis eventually managed to track the coffin again, after practically searching the world, and she was able to resurrect him. I always liked that fact that never gave up on him, not even when he got murdered AGAIN.
    Morgana - King Arthur's creepy older step-sister. Sure, she was evil, but was hardly a damsel in distress, right?
    Sorry. These names are harder to find then I thought

    Anyway, take look over here - http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/rulers.html. Hope I helped!
    "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will spend it's whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein.

    14, writer (http://www.wattpad.com/user/arboretum), and obsessed with names since forever.

    Plucky Heroines - Lyla, Waverly, Caroline, Lucy, Linnea, Early, Arielle, Ariadne, Felicity 'Fliss', Livienne, Ketura 'Kit', Laura
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  4. #7
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    Something short and stark might work best given the length of Chrysanthemum Bellona: Truth, Lux, Star, Skye, all have the kind of aspirational feel you're looking for.

  5. #9
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    Hmm, it's another "A" name but Atalanta was considered the best warrior of her age. Nyx, goddess of night, sounds great in the combo. Vashti and Esther were strong women of the Bible.
    Amedeo Enjolras Aristotle Leonardo Archer Olivier Mischa Liam Caspian Benedict Theodore Fitzwilliam
    Rosalie Evangeline Mirabelle Ophelia Alice Elisabeth Stella Titania Artemis Cicely Margarethe Thalia Astrid

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