The Women of Fantasy: Context-Free Femininity
Is there a universal feminine sound? I mean really universal, even in worlds with multiple suns or silicon-based life forms?
Imagine you can invent an entire world from scratch. You're free to create its climate and geography, its plants and animals, its cultures and history. You can imagine it as a single isolated community, or a multi-planetary world with all manner of sentient beings. To a few of those sentient beings, you'll grant unique personalities, life stories, secrets, ambitions...and names.
This is the extraordinary freedom of the world-building fantasy writer or filmmaker. Realistically, though, human writers with human audiences tend to follow conventions of the human world. Most characters are recognizably "people," in the flavors male and female. How do they express those sex identities, in name terms?
To find out, I compiled a top-40 list of female fantasy character names. I'll explain my criteria and methods a little later, but for now let's go straight to the names.
The Female Fantasy Forty
Does that list tell us anything? I think it does, and I'll share my thoughts in the next post. In the meantime, feel free to share yours -- and fantasy buffs, feel free to wrack your brains about where each of those names came from.
Done thinking? On to part two of female fantasy character names!