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July 9th, 2014 09:07 PM #1
Name opinions and name list request
I have been writing my first mystery novel. I finally decided it would be fun to write something I would love to read. So one standard country house murder taking place between the first and second world wars coming up.
My main character and her great-aunt are both called Lavinia. They insisted and nothing I have said has changed their minds. Do you all think this is okay? The younger Lavinia I call Vinny in my head - could I use this as a nickname in the book?
I would love some interesting suggestions for both Vinny's generation and her mother's generation. British, upper class...So far I have names like Mary, John and James as fill ins but need something firm by the time I finish.
Thank you for all your help. Planning the entire murder was more intuitive than naming everyone.
July 10th, 2014 05:31 AM #3
I think that having two characters with the same name is fine- as long as you refer to Lavinia the younger as Vinny, otherwise it will be incredibly confusing (not in a good way either).
Magdalen / Magdalene, Diana, Bianca, Viola, Henrietta, Alma, Alba, Alva, Elva, Eloise, Minerva, Athena, Zelda, Alberta, Lillian, Geneva, Silvia / Sylvia, Rosemary, Rowena, Margaret (nn Margo / Margot?), Augusta (nn Gussie?), Ursula, Morwenna, Olympia, Electra, Clemency, Galatea, Allegra, Isadora, Dorothea, Frances, Araminta, Arabella, Constance, Agatha, Agnes, Tabitha, Pearl, Opal, Esther, Evangeline, Cecilia, Cecily, Caroline, Zinnia, Josepha, Josephine, Sebastienne, Severine, Clementine, Cordelia, Cornelia, Cressida, Leonora, Lenore.
Dominic, Donovan, Desmond, Vivian, Tobias, Abraham, Remus, Roland, Edmund, Abner, Ephraim, Emmanuel, Ignatius, Ariel, Bernard, Gerald, Basil, Franklin, Clifford, Simon, Silas, Hawthorne, Enoch, Absalom, Frederick, Amos, Barnabas, Peter, Albert, Alfred, Howard, Hector, Harold, Rupert, Rufus, Charles, Isidore, Andreas, Cadmus, Castor, Pollux, Demetri, Theophilos, Wilbur, Cyril, Cecil, Erasmus, Aristotle, Augustin.Mary Valentine, Tabitha Prairie, Aphra Bram, Vesper Opal, Frances Dove, Shalom Galilee, Easter Paloma, Joan Pepper, Yuki Camellia, Susanna Mercy, Dossie Gardenia.
Morris Noble, Abraham Lou, Enzo Raphael, Obadiah Dove, Dossie Beacon, Zebedee Shalom, Roland Basil, Francis Gardener.
July 16th, 2014 09:25 AM #5Senior Member
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I agree with @nooshi. Vinny is a great nickname, something that would stick in my head after I've closed a book.
Here...I'll try to avoid repeats:
Girls: Eleanor, Eleonora, Primrose, Abitha, Henrietta, Theodosia, Mercy, Josephina/Josephine, Geraldine, Charlotte, Vera, Verity, Beverly, Rosemary, Genevieve, Arlene, Felicity, Evangeline, Elizabeth, Madeleine, Victoria, Adelaide, Matilda, Scarlett, Annabel, Eliza, Rosalind, Luella, Alice, Ruby, Albertine, Winifred, Edith, Aurelia, Miranda, Florence, Lottie, Dahlia, Saffron,
Boys: Rufus, Rupert, Wilfred, Algernon, Albert, Alistair, Harrison, Arnold, Henry, Hugh, Hugo, Peregrine, Leopold, Arthur, Reginald, Monty, COrmac, Fergus, Caspian, Absalon, Ramses, Montague, Egbert, Beauregard, Herman, Eleazer, Fitzwilliam, Humphrey, Octavius,