This question is actually about a story I wrote several months ago, which included a large family. At the time, I knew the names I gave to the kids didn't really go together, but I didn't think it was that much of a problem. Then the other day I took another look at the list of names, and I had to laugh. Some of them go together well, while others are definite outliers, but I'm having a hard time figuring out exactly which names can stay, and what to replace the rest with to give them a more consistent feel.
This is the list of names (in age order):
Desmir nn Des (b)
Mira (Can't actually remember where she fits in, but she's older than Nairoba)
This family does live in America. The other characters in the story have very normal names.
My thoughts on each one:
Desmir: I'm not particularly attached to the name, but I do like that it starts with a D (I feel like he should have a D name, though I couldn't say why) and I love the nickname Des. I'd like him to keep a nickname with the same feel.
Mira: I like her name, and I think it fits in better than some of the others with the other names, but I'm not attached to it. In my first draft her character was actually a friend named Katie. I would like it if she keeps a relatively normal name though, to reflect her laid back personality.
Katriana: I'm more attached to her name than to any of the others, because she's a much more important character than any of the others. If I did change her name it would probably be to something like Katharine, or Karolina.
Nairoba: Yes, I know, it's horrible. I like to make up names to fit my characters, but then end up going back later and wondering what in the world I was thinking. I'm probably going to change it to Nyla or Naomi, unless I can think of another name with a bit more flair -the whole reason I picked the name Nairoba originally. I'm still hashing out my feelings for Natasha -I don't tend to love names with sh's- and Natalia, both of which go well with Katriana.
Tacia: Her name was originally Tatiana, but I changed it so it would go better with Aria, Lia, and Mira. Now I'm thinking Tatiana might actually be a better choice. On the other hand, she and Aria are nothing but filler characters, and I'm seriously considering taking both of them out, or at least not mentioning their names.
Aria: Not attached at all. While I love the name Aria, I really dont care about the character. Her only function is to take up space between Nairoba and Lia.
Lia: I like the name for her, but I think it would work better as a nickname -Lilia, Liliana, Natalia, Juliana... If I did change her name, I'd rather something short and sweet, or something with a short and sweet nickname. She's very young.
Thank you so much in advance to anyone who replies to this. I know there's a lot to think about, but I'm hoping I can eventually come up with appropriate names for all of them.
Have fun! :)
Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:30pm