I’m reading Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild for the first time. Naturally, I’m intrigued by the names. In the first chapter we meet the main characters as babies – Paulina, Petrova, and Posy – and learn how they got their names.
What are you naming your characters?
If you don’t know the answer to that question, you may want to check out my Character Naming Resource Guide:
I gathered all these resources together to save writers time. The guide includes:
- Links to handy websites
- The best name books
- Character naming advice
- Character name quizzes on each page
Let me know what you name your characters and why. Good luck, writers!
Happy naming ♥ Amanda
This weekend I watched Meet the Romans (it’s available on Amazon Prime if you’re a member). Loved it! The fabulous Mary Beard is a great host and I love how she focuses on the daily life of average people. If you ever go to a museum with me, I’ll drag you to the exhibit that… Continue reading Mary Beard’s “Meet the Romans”…and Their Names
My gift to you this Thanksgiving? Pilgrim names. Doesn’t sound exciting? Trust me, the Pilgrims had some awesome names. Today, I bring you the list of passengers on the Mayflower. Sure there are 3 ELIZABETHs, 5 MARYs, 6 EDWARDs, 7 WILLIAMs and a whopping 13 JOHNs, but there are some one-of-a-kind gems here, too. Boys… Continue reading Name Ideas for Thanksgiving Babies
I’ve been listening to the totally engrossing podcast Phoebe’s Fall from the Sydney Morning Herald. It’s about the tragic death of Phoebe Handsjuk. I highly recommend it, but beware that it may be difficult material for some to hear. If you liked NPR’s Serial, then you’ll like this one. I look for interesting names wherever… Continue reading A New Nickname for Anthony
Are You Watching Westworld? I’ve watched the first three episodes of HBO’s new show Westworld and I’m hooked. As soon as I saw that the main character’s name was Dolores, I knew that the character names might reveal some hidden clues about the show. Dolores means “lady of sorrows,” so this was a huge glittery… Continue reading Westworld: The Hidden Meaning Behind the Character Names
Between being excited that Season 2 of Poldark has started last night on PBS and desperately wanting to take a Viking Cruise, I found myself needing to learn more about the name Demelza. I’m not the only one, right? Here’s what I learned… the name Demelza comes from a Cornish place name – Demelza, in… Continue reading Poldark Fans! Let’s Talk about the Name Demelza
It’s no surprise that soon-to-be parents won’t always agree on everything, no two people could. But what do you do when you can’t agree on a name for your baby? Here are three ideas for how you can get on the same page about baby names: MAKE TWO LISTS OF NAMES: Both parents should separately… Continue reading 3 Ideas for What to Do When You and Your Partner Disagree Over Baby Names
We can thank Ancient Rome for a lot of cool things: aqueducts, roads, early forms of newspapers, bound books, and our calendar is even based on the Julian calendar. They also gave us some pretty cool names. All old things become new again, so maybe it’s time to resurrect one of these ancient baby names.… Continue reading Ancient Roman Baby Name Ideas
I don’t know who the best baker will be (No spoilers…), but I’m crowning Flora as the baker with the most trend-setting name. There was a time when Flora would have sounded very out-of-date, but today it has that charming antique quality so many parents want. SOME NAME FACTS It has a lovely meaning – FLORA… Continue reading And the winner of The Great British Baking Show Season 3 *NAME EDITION* is … Flora!