Name for a female character

I'm writing a book called "Saving the wild" and it's about a girl who's been raised by animals after she gets lost in the wilderness during a family trip when she was little, she's a teenager when the book starts. 


About the girl: She's 15 years old with brown hair and green eyes, she doesn't remember her life before being raised by animals because she was to young. 

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January 10, 2016 12:36 AM

Are you trying to come up with her real name, or what she calls herself?

Her real name could be absolutely anything. If you have some idea of what kind of names you're looking for, that would help.

If you're trying to figure out what she calls herself, that's harder... Chances are that if she grew up completely isolated from humans, she's not going to have any kind of speech at all, and no concept of names. But if somehow she does... I would choose something from one of the following categories:

1) Names of things around her: Sun, Moon, Star, Leaf, Fawn, Bee, Flower, Cloud, Daisy, Bird...

2) A word that describes her: Happy, Crazy, Different One (Because she's not an animal), Girl...

3) The sound of whatever animals she lives with, or a combination of their sounds (Can be hard to transliterate): Howl, Hiss, Hoot, Grr,  Woof Woof Aaoooo, *bird call*, Who who ...

4) A random series of sounds: Ang, Mag, Bah, Kanni, Romie, Duga, Loli, Rokiah, Bonz...

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January 10, 2016 2:46 AM

What kind of story are you going for (adventure? comedy?)?

OK, I'm not an expert on people who have been raised by animals, but I think the girl may not even need a name. (I'm assuming that animals don't have names for themselves, which might just be wrong.)

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January 10, 2016 10:58 AM

You probably want to time your character's disappearance so it's around age 3 or 4, when she would have developed a fair amount of language but when most episodic memories would be lost in childhood amnesia (that's the psychological term for how older kids and adults can't remember their early childhood; it's sometimes also called infantile amnesia). Traumatic events can extend this period, so it could be as late as 6 or 7, when she would have a lot of language, and still have plausibly lost her memory.

At 3 or 4 she would know her own name, but might not be able to pronounce it, or might primarily use a nickname. This isn't episodic memory, so her knowledge of her name might well persist (along with some language and things like how to use a spoon) even after she forgets other aspects of her pre-wilderness life.

As the other posters pointed out, this name could be anything, depending on what you're going for in the story--she could be Emma, a pretty easy to say name, or Woah because she couldn't say Lauren, etc. One possibility is to look at the top 100 names from the year when she would have been born to get some ideas.