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  1. #1
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    Exclamation Irish characters' names

    Genre of Story: Semi-historical (not quite sure what it's called, so just read on)

    Time Period/Location: circa 1920s, Co. Mayo, Ireland
    Brief Plot: A girl, whose Irish parents moved to America, returns to visit her great-grandmother, while standing up against the British soldiers and learning to love her stepmother.
    Character 1:

    Character Description: 12-year-old girl with curly reddish hair and hazel eyes—shy and diffident but grows more courageous and opinionated.
    Who named the character: Both her parents were extremely proud Irish and gave her a traditional Irish name.
    Immediate family: she's an only child and her mother died when she was two; her father has a job that requires traveling, so she lives in America with a governess.
    Already Considered (if relevant): Mairead

    Don’t Suggest These Names: No unisex names or surnames.

    Anything else?: I also need a last name—Irish, but not something very obviously Irish like Murphy. I’ve considered Magillicuddy.

    Character 2:
    Character description: old woman in her 70s, great-great-aunt of Character 1—fiercely loving and defiant—gray-haired with sharp gray-blue eyes.
    Don’t suggest these names: Same guidelines apply.
    Anything else? She’ll have the same last name as Character 1, so their first names should have the same general feel.

    Character 3:
    Character description: old woman in her early 80s, sister to Character 2 and great-grandmother of Character 1—snow-white hair and hazel eyes—more understanding and patient than her sister.
    Don’t suggest these names: Same guidelines apply.
    Anything else? See Character 2.

    Character 4:
    Character description: young woman about twenty-eight, stepmother to Character 1; loving and anxious to please, but slightly awkward. She’s also Irish, from Belfast.
    Don’t suggest these names: Same guidelines apply.

    Anything else? I could also use a first name for Character 1’s father. He barely appears in the story so he’s a very minor character.

    Thank you so much and sorry for the long post.
    Last edited by caritas; June 16th, 2014 at 06:53 PM.
    Credo.
    Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
    Enwrought with the golden and silver light,
    the blue and the dim and the dark cloths
    Of night and the half light,
    I would spread the cloths under your feet;
    but I being poor, have only my dreams;
    I have spread my dreams under your feet;
    Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

    William B. Yeats:
    He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven


    John Dermot Cecilia Niamh Austin Paul Orla Juliet Cian Benedict Maeve Rosalie George Peter Lucy Fionnuala

  2. #3
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    I tried to find out what names were popular in 1910s Ireland, but I couldn't find anything substantial. I couldn't find any information on popular names in 1850's
    or 1840's Ireland, so I'm not completely sure if my suggestions are appropriate for when your characters would've been born.
    Character 1:
    Roisin(row-sheen)
    Aoife(ee-fa)
    Fionnuala(I'd spell it Finola, but if her parents are proud Irish people they might stick to the original. Maybe they'd call her Nola)
    Niamh(Neve)
    Eilidh(Aylee)
    Meabh(Maeve)
    Orlaith(Orla)
    Una/Oona
    Aisling(Ash-ling)
    Sadhbh(Sive, like five)

    Character 2:
    Moira(moy-ra)
    Aine(awn-yeh)
    Eithne(Enya)
    Caoimhe(Keeva)
    Orlaith

    Character 3:
    Aisling(I don't know of many traditional Irish names so I'm going to repeat a few)
    Caoimhe
    Meabh
    Muirgen(mur-in)
    Sinead(shin-aid)
    Aine

    Character 3:
    Aisling
    Ailis(ay-lish)
    Eilis(eye-lish)
    Eilidh
    Meabh
    Sadhbh
    Laragh(Lara)
    Fionnaula
    Niamh

    Father:
    Finn
    Beacan
    Cian(Key-an)
    Declan
    Eamon(ay-mon)
    Finbar
    Finnian
    Keir
    Killian/Cillian
    Liam
    Lorcan
    Malachy(I believe the Irish pronunciation is mal-a-key)
    Niall
    Seamus(shay-mus)
    Rory

    I'm not sure what type of surname you're looking for. Murphy seems to be pretty common in Ireland, but it is the Anglicized spelling. Magillicuddy seems to be more authentic, but when immigrants came to America the authorities seem to have had a tendency to Anglicize their surnames.
    Here are some websites with Irish surnames:
    http://www.ireland-information.com/h...shsurnames.htm
    http://genealogy.familyeducation.com...e/origin/irish
    http://www.from-ireland.net/irish-surnames-a-z/
    http://surnames.behindthename.com/names/usage/irish
    Last edited by jayden101; June 11th, 2014 at 07:14 PM.
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  3. #5
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    Thank you, those are very helpful suggestions. I will definitely check those websites when I get a chance.
    Credo.
    Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
    Enwrought with the golden and silver light,
    the blue and the dim and the dark cloths
    Of night and the half light,
    I would spread the cloths under your feet;
    but I being poor, have only my dreams;
    I have spread my dreams under your feet;
    Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

    William B. Yeats:
    He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven


    John Dermot Cecilia Niamh Austin Paul Orla Juliet Cian Benedict Maeve Rosalie George Peter Lucy Fionnuala

  4. #7
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    I would like to suggest Cunningham or Campbell for the surname. Campbell is very common in Ireland but isn't instantly recognized as so here in the
    US. It wouldn't be as obvious as my fave Irish surname which is O'Malley.

  5. #9
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    Thanks for the suggestion!
    Does anyone know anything about the surname Burke? It's the name of an Irish martyr whose story I like and I'm also considering using it. Does
    anyone know if it's heard in Ireland?
    Credo.
    Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
    Enwrought with the golden and silver light,
    the blue and the dim and the dark cloths
    Of night and the half light,
    I would spread the cloths under your feet;
    but I being poor, have only my dreams;
    I have spread my dreams under your feet;
    Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

    William B. Yeats:
    He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven


    John Dermot Cecilia Niamh Austin Paul Orla Juliet Cian Benedict Maeve Rosalie George Peter Lucy Fionnuala

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