What’s in a Name? by Cynthia Thomason
I obsess over names. Character names, children’s names, pet names. I think the moniker a person or animal is stuck with through an entire book or lifetime should be well thought out and chosen with an eye for accuracy, honesty, and longevity. In surfing the Net the other day I came across an article at centredaily.com listing the most popular girls and boys names so far for 2014. Here are the top tens: Girls: Imogen, Charlotte, Isla (Isla?) Cora, Penelope, Violet, Amelia, Eleanor, Harper, and Claire. Boys: Asher, Declan, Atticus, Finn, Oliver, Henry, Silas, Jasper, Milo, and Jude. When I was debating the name for my own son many years ago, I came up with many creative and unusual choices, all of which my husband quickly vetoed. In desperation, I said, “Why don’t we just name him John?” My husband liked it and so it was decreed. No wonder I try to be more creative with my character names.
I have numerous naming references/books. I can tell you what a name means, what country of origin it is, how popular it is, etc. And still I never seem to be satisfied. I’ve often changed a character’s name midway through a book. Just wonder if any of you are as fixated on names and I am. Have you ever regretted any name you’ve given a child or a pet? How many times have you been completely delighted with a chosen name? How about your own name? I am a Cynthia. My mother saw Elizabeth Taylor in a movie with that name as the title a week before I was born and knew she was going to name me after that charming and beautiful teen character. Well, I’m no Elizabeth Taylor, but my mother was happy nevertheless.
I think this is such a fun topic that I’m going to choose a name at random and send the commenter a free copy of my May release, A SOLDIER’S PROMISE. If your name is unusual, I promise to spell it correctly on the mailing label.