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September 30th, 2013 04:08 PM #1Senior Member
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Looking for a Striking Name for a Strong-willed Heroine
I'm having a really hard time renaming this main character. In my head, she's been one name for years. But I've decided to "save" the masculine version of her name for another story, as it's a lot harder for me to come up with boy names than girl names... Except in this instance. I have plenty of ideas, but can't narrow them down.
The character is a young woman, very headstrong, somewhat distant emotionally, a bit on the promiscuous side (not in that she doesn't have "self respect"; she just likes men and doesn't like strings). She loves her friends, but is less keen on romantic attachments. She's very secure in herself. Think feminist without being overly "involved" in activism. She's pretty and eye-catching, but not beautiful, and is fairly flirtatious and very confident. Her parents are both of Irish descent (though she's American) but an Irish name is not at ALL a requirement.
I like the idea of a not-so-common name for this girl. Mythology connections are cool. Any name that starts with a C, K, or B is not an option because of reasons. I think the name should either sound like she is--strong, brusque, caring underneath the surface--or the opposite of what she is--over the top feminine, "damsel"-sounding, if that makes sense. I also like obscure nature names.
What I've circled around quite a bit:
Marin: I've always loved this name, and I like that it's feminine without being intensely so. However, one of its meanings is "of the sea", and as the heroine and her mother both have strong oceanic connections, it seems too on the nose. Also, it could be seen as something of a spoiler, going with the nature of the story.
Tamar: Love the Biblical heroines in connection to this name, particularly Tamar of Judah. I also love the "hard" sound it has. Tamar sounds like a ballsy girl to me.
Ophelia: Goes with the over the top feminine thing. However, the nature of Ophelia's death and her literary connections may be too much?
Hadley: I really like the Hadley Hemingway connection (I like subtle associations with famous, strong women) and it's feminine without being TOO feminine.
Audrey: Feminine but short and not too flowery.
Wren: Short, nature-y, a little unisex. It's cool.
What do you guys think? Any new suggestions?
October 1st, 2013 06:51 PM #3
Last edited by compassrose; October 1st, 2013 at 07:04 PM.Margaret:
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October 3rd, 2013 08:22 AM #5Irene; Name lover in her twenties; single; Languages student by day, writer by night.
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