What if I were a noble lady in medieval England, what could have been my name?
So off to google my fingers went, and badaboom, I came across this quiz:
What’s your noble British name?
After a few tries where I got at least 2 Curtises, 3 Hastings, 2 Irvins, 1 Melville, 4 Pumphreys, 1 Coryton, 1 Quartermaine, 2 Pearsons, 2 Nunneleys, 1 Tetley, 2 Wingfields, 1 Harmsworth, 3 Spencers, and 2 Ironsides, I stopped to admire the ones that had a nice ring to them (all the names start with the title *ahem* “Lady“):
- Clemency Stella Hillgarth
- Davina Montagu Drummond
- Caroline Audrey Warburton
- Lucy Ruby Lyttleton
- Patricia Elvira Beresford
- Isobel Celeste Teakle
- Caitlin Hermione Fry
And these could be twins in some story:
- Patience Marcia Somerset
- Phyllis Violet Somerset
- Ethel Frances Wyndham
- Helen Anne Wyndham
Hmmm…now this sparks another question:
How do writers come up with names for their characters? Do they also visit “What’s your X name?” quizzes like I did or mull over that for days or weeks or do they consult friends or family or do wonderful names visit them in their sleep?
Looks like I’m not the only one wondering about this. Here’s a few on the subject:
- How Do Authors Select Character Names
- Tips for Writers on Naming Fictional Characters
- How to Come Up with a Good Name for your Book Character
- Book Character Names – How Do You Dream Them Up
- Library Thing: Choosing Names for Characters
- Name that Character! Ten Tips on Choosing Names
So my dear readers, I throw the question back at you:
If you’re writing a story, how would you come up with names for your characters?
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