I recently wrote a short story about two girls named Emily and Dakota, names which fitted them both perfectly The problem? This story takes place somewhere in the early 20th century, not, as the names might suggest, the 21st.
I'm actually not concerned about Dakota's name. There's a backstory for it which is very important to her character, and which I think fits well with the time period. The problem lies in the name Emily: while it was common at that time, it's even more common now, and when combined with Dakota, it totally obscures the period feel, and makes Emily's brother Arthur nn Art the odd name out.
I ended up changing her name to Evelyn nn Evvy before turning it in (it was written for a writing program I attended this summer), but I don't really feel like it fits her. Emily is just so right for her. But it just really doesn't work with the story...
A brief character description:
Emily is 16 years old, and from Boston, where she's grown up as a proper young lady, and that's the life she loves. However, she has recently gone to visit her brother Art and his daughter Dakota, who are living, at the moment, in the desert near Santa Fe, where Art is doing geological work. She is rather frail, and completely unused to this sort of life, and the story centers primarily on an incident where she gets lost and passes out from the heat. At the same time, she wants to be like Dakota, and to be able to stand this way of life. She's intrigued by her new experiences, and struggles to fit them into the very different worldview she's grown up with. She's also very loving and gentle, and her biggest reason for wanting to stay where she is is just to spend time with her family.
Any and all name suggestions are greatly appreciated. I generally prefer light and airy names for her (Evelyn isn't quite light and airy enough, which is the primary reason I don't quite like it for her. Emily is near the border, but fits), especially ones that begin and end with vowels, but that also make the time period very clear.
Thank you so much!
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 5:42pm