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What's in YOUR name? Did you know names actually mean something? Well of course you did, why else do we call our cranky co-worker "Mr Grinch", or label our mopey next door neighbor "Eyeore". Every name has a connotation, whether we realize it or not.
When my husband and I named our children, we tossed around the standards, then the crazy faddish names that hit the top ten list every year - "Neveah" being the new popular female name. ("Heaven" spelled backward. See? Meanings). We finally settled on a pretty name -- well, we though it was pretty. My daughter's name means, "Growing in God's Graciousness". Let's hope she does 'cause she sure inherited a massive dose of Mommy's sassiness. My son's name means, "Defender of the Weak". So far for a five month old he successfully leveled a drop kick on our cat, so perhaps he has defense mechanisms.
Did you know your favorite authors have to be careful what names we pick? (Don't you love how I said "we" and included myself in "favorite authors"? lol). I've learned a lot in story telling, and names MEAN something. A hero named "Horace" doesn't scream -- super duper hotty. Sorry. Nope. A heroine named "Gertie" doesn't spring to mind a confident heroine I can believe in. Sorry, Gerties of the world. A man named "Jayden" in a historical isn't believable. A heroine named Star in a historical might work if they're in a questionable industry, but isn't probably the first pick for a modest, temperant young lady.
How does the name sound in comparison to other characters? I had Jeremiah and Hezekiah in my first chapter. Aside from being extremely Biblical in nature and a bit Old Testament -- the "iahs"got a bit redundant. Quickly. Too many names starting with the same consonants can get confusing. Right readers?
There's a lot that goes into a name when writing a book, when naming a child, when considering that perfect nickname for your co-worker. Mine is "Unterdrucker" - German, for "The Oppressor" - yes, he's our regional manager :)
My name means "I Love" - it's French -- correctly spelled it would be J'aime. We dropped the apostrophe-thingy and went for English. But my mom said I always lived up to my name. I've loved life and everything in it passionately. I must be French. Wait. I am. Go figure.
So what's in YOUR name? How do names touch your life? Best name in a book that you've read lately?
And to make things more exciting -- we want to introduce ANOTHER BOOK DRAWING to kick off our blog this week! :) YEAH! Anne and I realize you're not ALL historical lovers, so this is our Mix-It-Up Pack:
- Diagnosis Death, by Richard Mabry
- Inescapable, by Nancy Mehl
- Wings of a Dream, by Anne Mateer
And it wouldn't be complete without a pottery-style coffee mug, some coffee samples and decaf tea just in case you need some hot liquid at ni-nite time.
Enter to win by leaving a comment and the drawing will take place next Monday, October 8th! Continental US only.