Victorian Conjoined Twins
In my current novel, set in a "freak show" in an early 1900's circus, there's a set of conjoined twin sisters, who I'm stumped on naming. I have three not very specific criteria, arranged in order from most important to least important: (Ideally, the names should meet all of them, but I could make an exception for a pair I really love.)
1. Very matchy matchy. The names can rhyme (Lora and Cora), have a common theme (Lily and Violet), mean the same thing (Ruby and Rose), be a letter apart (Angelina and Angelica), historically go together (Mary and Martha), or anything else that just comes across as too matchy. I actually like several of these pairings, but most of them don't fit #2 very well.
2. Have nicknames that are not matchy matchy. For example, one of the pairs I'm actively considering is Mary and Martha, with the nicknames Polly and Patty. If one girl went by her nickname, and the other by her full name, you would have either Polly and Martha, or Mary and Patty, which are not at all matchy matchy. My biggest concern with that is that Patty was not very common at that time. I'm also using another 'M' name of approximately the same length for another character
3. Reasonably common. I'm already using quite a few very uncommon names, so I'd like to tip the overall balance back in the "normal" direction. I'd also like to stay away from the Lily, Katherine, Margaret, Angela, and Sophia name families, since I already have a somewhat major character from each of those groups. The twins would have been born around 1880, if that helps.
Thank you so much!
Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:20pm