Am Hesitant on my Choice
A couple of years ago, I created a character who I named Dakota.
However, now that I am actually planning to use the character in a story, I realise it doesn't really fit the time he was supposed to be born.
Another name I considered for him was Noah, a name which fits equally as well, if not better, for the character, & fits his birth year (early 2000s), much better, I find.
Here's the problem: I've been calling him Dakota for so long, I feel like I can't really go back on my choice now, or at least it doesn't feel *right* to go back on my choice.
Dakota feels like *his* name... but I know Noah could also become *his* name, IF I can get on board. (I feel like I WANT Noah to be his name, but can't commit to it...)
I also like Dakota's meaning: "allies, to be thought of as friends", (which also fits with the story very well), more than Noah's meaning: "rest, comfort."
I am seriously considering moving Dakota to the middle spot for the character, (no surname yet), to preserve the name for him, in part.
But I can't help thinking, there are many kids in a class with names which are not *popular*, or don't fit the *trend*... so this shouldn't be a problem... BUT I still feel like it is a problem...
My friend's first reference was Dakota Fanning. She said the name sounded too girly... So now I'm seriously taking that into account, too, (even if I disagree.)
I guess I just need some advice on what to choose: Dakota or Noah.
I am not interested in alternatives. (Sorry!)
Fri, 02/15/2013 - 4:24pm