Reality TV Snow White

When I'm not lurking on the name forum, I like to write.

As a back-from-vacation short story exercise, I'm reimagining a fairy tale taking place in the age of reality TV. Snow White, in fact.

What do you think would be the name of a modern-day Snow White who ends up as a Big Brother contestant (i.e. with the seven dwarves in the house)?

I guess I'm looking for a creative spelling kind of thing: Snowe? Snowella? Snowflayke? Something not terribly classy, although I would emphasize that I'm not trying to mock my character here, although it is meant to be light-hearted and sarcastic. At the moment I've just called her Uniiique, but would like something that plays with the original.

I may or may not name the seven dwarves, but if anybody has ideas for them, I'm also interested!


September 2, 2015 11:11 AM

Nevada ('snow-capped') comes to mind; it's a placename, so I think it fits with the slightly downmarket vibe you're describing.

Behind the Name claims Eira is a name derived from the Welsh word for 'snow'. Ditto for Lumi in Finnish and Yuki in Japanese. Dunno if any of those could be worked into your story.

For the dwarfs, all I can think of is the seven deadly sins (since virtue-names are almost all feminine, and I don't think you want to rethink the story *that* much, do you?): Lux, Gul, Avar, Ace, Ira, Invi, Super. (These are based on the Latin vices: luxuria, gula, avaritia, acedia, ira, invidia, superbia.) Or check Wikipedia for what other treatments of the story have named the dwarfs (everything from Dopey, Sneezy, etc. to days of the week to letters of the Ogham alphabet).

September 2, 2015 11:36 AM

Nevada is GREAT! Thank you! Do you think I should kreative-ize it a bit? Nevadah or Nevaada maybe? Eira, Lumi and Yuki are all quite nice names, so not really giving the vibe I was looking for.

Your names for the seven dwarves are genius again. I wouldn't mind rethinking the dwarves' gender, but let's face it, reality TV is more about the 7 deadly sins than virtues any day.

I'm excited to get back to it now; thank you so much!

September 4, 2015 4:37 PM

Nevadeh? Like Nevaeh with a D :).

I think having the seven dwarves named for the seven sins is kind of brilliant. Slotho, Horne, Rathbone...others?

ETA: Nevaddeh--Heaven with double-Ds! (Sorry, my mind seems to be in the gutter...TGIF).

September 5, 2015 4:20 AM

I was thinking Nevahda, "because it's haven spelled backwards", except it's actually 'ad haven,' which kind of works for someone whose evil stepmother is the television set. Or is that too convoluted? ;) Love the heaven with double ds thought nedibes!

September 3, 2015 8:01 PM


September 4, 2015 4:33 PM

Another place name option: Albany, a mash-up of Alba (white) and Ebony (hair as black as). If you could get red as blood or red as a rose in there somewhere, that would be great, too.

September 4, 2015 7:45 PM

She needs a middle name, right? Albany Rose White. Or if that's just too easy, there's Rhoda.

For some reason, "blood" just doesn't occur in names -- the only example I can think of is the Hungarian literary invention Gyöngyvér, which was constructed as a mashup of gyöngy 'pearl' plus testvér, which means 'sibling' but is literally test 'body' plus vér 'blood'. Pearls are white, so Gyöngyvér would work for a Snow White name -- but only if you were writing in Hungarian, because the name is basically unpronouncable for English speakers. (

September 13, 2015 6:54 AM

I was thinking of the meaning of "Snow White" being like "pure" and so I thought Chastity might work?