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December 3rd, 2013 08:52 PM #1
What impressions do you get from these names?
Hi, I'm Diyena, I'm new, and I'm probably doing this wrong. Nevertheless...
Instead of asking if my characters' names match their personalities, why not just find out what kind of people you all think they'd be suited to and see if it matches?
I'm just going to list a bunch, so feel free to weigh in on however many you'd like, in however much detail you want. For now, they're all female. Thanks!
Lavender Donna Clark
Corinne Blanche Heinz (called Cory)
Lisa Martinette Turpin
Spica Emilie Polyneux
Eugenia Hagar Wilson
Azalea Marie Potter
Rosemary Anne Potter (called Romy)
Daisy Helen Brusselles
Charlotte Hyacinth Yates (called Chip)
Glenna Alice McPhail
Ione Atalante Bouchard
Anita Dolores Pinkstone
Violet Constance Adams
Christabel Hannah Stainwright (called Christy)
Valeria Samantha Burke (called Val)
Susannah Regan Fawley
Margherita Danae Lakwijk (called Rita)
Alice Francine Bright
Elodie Phédre Marsay (called Elo)
Miriam Yocheved Harel
Jean Renata Schuler
Selena Jemima Hale (called Lena)
Dorothy Cerise Flanagan (called Dot)
Velocity Vivian Vinas
Jamie Laura Guldbrandsen
Sonia Lana Roper
Evangeline Ling Hill (called Evy)
Karen Marjorie Hurley
December 3rd, 2013 10:32 PM #3
Secondly, I'm going to copy and paste something I said to another user in the past because I think it might be helpful in this situation too
"I can't actually see a way for you to gain anything useful from this thread; I mean, I could do what you want and give you a 'gut reaction' which to me would be an image of the person I know with the name e.g Charlotte has black hair, dresses in a Gothic style, has a girlfriend and is into anime and cosplay but I don't see how that would be helpful in the slightest.
Names don't come ready made with a life plan for the person wearing them; calling someone Sarah does not guarantee them blue eyes and blonde hair even if all of the Sarah's I know happen to look like this. If my parents had decided to call me Dawn instead of Karen I'd still have turned out exactly the same.
Now, if on the other hand you told me that all of these characters are in fact Vietnamese prisoners of war then the names wouldn't even be remotely appropriate and I could tell you that. Context is everything. Without it, I can give you no constructive advice."
Maybe give us some story details? We have 'fill in the blank' forms in the guidance thread if you need some pointers regarding what sort of information is helpful to know!
Last edited by renrose; December 3rd, 2013 at 10:34 PM.~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.
Aira Rose ___, Eleni Fiorella Charlotte, Sylvia Sayuri Noor,
Merit Eleanora Adelaide, Clover Elodie Seraphine, Bridie Scarlett Viola,
Marguerite Cecilia Iris, Eilidh Clara Valentine.
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December 3rd, 2013 10:58 PM #5
I like many of these names! It's late, so I'll elaborate on them individually tomorrow!
Lisa Martinette Turpin is really cool, but there's a minor (really minor) character in Harry Potter whose name is Lisa Turpin! She's in the same year as Harry and is a Ravenclaw. Nevertheless, I really like the sound of it!Caroline • 21 year old brazilian writer/law student.
Realistic names for future children:
Clara • Beatriz • Alice • Antonia • Marina • Luisa • Cecilia
Tomás • Raul • Bento • Santiago • Vicente
PS: As a portuguese speaker participating in the forums to improve my English, I kindly ask you all to correct me if I make any spelling/grammar mistakes. I will truly apreciate it!
December 4th, 2013 01:04 AM #7Senior Member
- Join Date
- Aug 2010
Rich, snobby, cliquey: Cory, Lisa, Spica, Susannah, Ione, Elo, Evy.
Next rung down (the nice girls who are popular with everyone else): Lavender, Azalea, Romy, Daisy, Evelyn, Rita, Jamie
Kind of boring girls whom nobody notices much and are just there to make up the numbers: Glenna, Anita, Christy, Val, Lena, Alice, Nnenna, Lucrece
Geeks: Eugenia, Violet, Miriam, Jean, Dot, Sonia, Karen
Rebels: Chip, Velocity
December 4th, 2013 01:04 AM #9
Thanks, both of you!
Caroline - Heh. My Lisa actually is the Lisa Turpin from Harry Potter. I'd forgotten she was a canon character. I feel silly. Actually, all but three of these are HP characters (mostly my originals) but I'd hoped no one would pick up on that. Ah, well.
Renrose - I agree with everything you said, BUT I still think I can get some useful information from this thread. A person's name influences the way others treat them throughout their lives, shaping their personality to some degree. Additionally, a name definitely tells you something about the parents who chose it; a girl named Prudence will probably be raised in a completely different environment than an identical girl named Phoenix. Mostly, though, I just want to know what associations people have with my characters' names, so I can take them into account while writing. It's always good to know whether people will know how to pronounce "Lakwijk" or snicker at "Christabel." Besides, if nothing else, the eerily accurate or hilariously inaccurate answers will be fun.
Edit: Calou - Thanks! A lot of those are actually fairly true.
Last edited by diyena; December 4th, 2013 at 01:11 AM.