Is Columbine usable?
I'm currently planning a novel about 6 sisters who all have unusual flower names starting with C. I have to admit, half the fun of this story is the names. ;)
Chamomile (15) "Mila"
Carnation (13) "Cara"
Chrysanthemum (12) "Thea"
Columbine (10) "Bee" (Goes by her full name at school)
Camellia (2) "Mellia" (Usually doesn't go by a nn though)
Clematis (2) "Clem"
They have a dog named Clover. :)
When I was Googling pictures of all the different flowers, I found that the Columbine school shooting is the first thing that comes up. (I had never heard of it, probably because I was a baby when it happened. Yes, I'm that young...) Does that make the name unusable, even in a work of fiction? Would the kind of parents who name their kids Chamomile and Chrysanthemum just not care? I have no sense of the importance of the event, unfortunately, so I just don't know.
If I really can't pull it off, the only other name I have on my list is Calendula (I considered Cassia and Calla, but I don't think they quite fit). The name itself fits her like a glove, but I can't think of a nn I like (Not Callie). Bee is just so perfect for her. She's outgoing and busy, but she's also little, and tends to get brushed aside by her older sisters. And I like that the name is not quite as name-y as the rest, which causes her to avoid using it with her friends. I'd love it if I could come up with another flower name with a B in it, but at the very least I need a timilar nn for whatever I do use...
Tue, 10/27/2015 - 8:25am