Help for Names with MEANING
OK, so in case you're wondering, this post is for a whole other story idea.
I've been thinking for a few weeks now about my main character's name: Caulfield Eileen Owens (she's a girl.)
At first, she didn't have a surname, but then I decided to make her the brother of an already existing character of mine, because they had the same skin colour, and I didn't think up any family history for him yet.
I wanted a reason for Caulfield to have such an unusual first-name.
I came to the conclusion that she would be named Caulfield after Holden Caulfield. (Because I also felt I kind of needed a reason for them sharing part of their name.) She was named Caulfield because her mother was depressed before and during this time, and she felt it was a fitting name connection for her child.
She will have two brothers. (One a year younger than her, the other four or five years younger.)
Her middle name is for her grandmother.
I'm asking about a couple of things:
1) Do you see an appropriate connection with the mother suffering from depression, and so naming her daughter Caulfield, for Holden Caulfield? I'm going to start more research this weekend.
2) I'd like some imput and suggestions on her brothers' names.
Names I Considered Before I Thought About Name Meanings:
Drew (this is the name of their father, so it has some meaning in the story)
Desmond (I don't know why I thought of this)
Miles (doesn't work too well, because I have another really important family where all of the kids' names are also words -- purposely, of course)
Names I Considered After I Thought About Name Meanings
Dakota *this was the lone-family history brother's name before I put him in the family (I would find it very helpful if you could supply as many name-origins as you know on this name, so maybe I can find a reason for using it) *it would be strange for the elder kids to have name meanings, but the third to not, so this is the trend I'm going for
Phoenix for the third, as in "rebirth," because the mother would have become happier by his birth.
Allie (Holden Caulfield association again, Allie being Holden's dead brother)
I'm thinking of having the grandfather's name being Dakota, so then it would be is middle name, and he could go by it instead, because I'm kind of stuck on Dakota now. (I've called him this for two years now.)
If you could supply background meaning to any/all of the names listed above, that would be great.
I'm thinking Caulfield, Allie and Phoenix fit best. Your thoughts?
Suggestions also appreciated. :) I'm open to all names with appropriate meanings, from name origin, all literature, etc.
Thu, 11/08/2012 - 5:01pm