“So what’s in a name?”
You might think authors randomly pick names off bus billboards, or follow fads, but we don’t. Most young adults have never named another human being, but I bet most of you have named a pet, so you can see the importance of a name, and the name should be one you like since you’ll be using it a lot, especially in the case of a pet. That’s why Keleigh thought that the puppy Locke gave her needed a fierce name, and Locke knew this pup would be her protector if he wasn’t around.
For an author, naming a character is like naming of one of your children. I research names by scouring through name books. I do internet searches and find the core meanings of names. I make sure that the ethnicity of the name fits the characters time and place and also the characters goal in the book. Here are the main characters in All’s Fair in Vanity’s War and what their names mean.
We don’t know her real name, it’s never mentioned in the book, because to speak the name of the dead is to bring them pain and suffering, especially if they are still in this world. A person destined to be a Seer is sacrificed in a fire ceremony and is reborn to witness and record epic events. Our Seer was a modern young woman, who doesn’t seem to especially care for her new role, nor does she yet realize its potential. But that’s because it’s difficult to accept one’s own death, and then watch the life of the one you love the most.
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Lockhardt Keven Cavanaugh (Locke, because every key needs a lock)
Lockhardt : Tuetonic meaning strong beguiler
Kevin: beautiful offspring
Cavanaugh: mild, benevolent, merciful, a friend or companion
Keleigh Grian Flaherty (Key, because every lock needs a key)
Keleigh: beautiful, slender
Grian: sun, sun goddess
Flaherty: of noble deeds; chieftain like exploits
Madison Jeanette Marx
Madison: mighty in battle
Jeanette: God is gracious
Marx: dedicated to Mars, the god of war
Wolfgang Ignatius Zacaris (aka Wiz)
Wolfgang: traveling wolf
Ignatius: ardent burning
Zacaris: to think about or meditate on
- Wiz is not only an acronym for his given name, but also short for computer wizard. A techie or electrodork. You can see why he prefers Wiz, Wolfgang, seriously? Madi doesn’t know his real name yet, so keep that quiet.
- Boudicca was the great Celtic queen of the Iceni, who after her husband fell in battle against the invading Romans assumed his role. It was said that she had a harsh voice, red hair to her knees, a huge frame and terrifying countenance.
Lincoln: from settlement by pool
Campbell: wry, crooked, distorted mouth
Lynx: bobcat from California, they are usually solitary animals with extremely good hearing, with
sharp teeth which they sink deeply into their prey.
Ciara: little black one
Borrail: swaggering, boastful, haughty and proud
Bridgiana the Maiden of the Sisters Three
Bridgiana: exalted one. In Irish mythology she is the goddess of fire, poetry and wisdom, the
daughter of Dagda who was reborn in the 5th century as St. Bridget.
Ilithyia the Mother of the Sisters Three
Ilithyia: the ready comer. In Greek mythology she is the goddess of midwifery and childbirth
Arianna the Crone of the Sisters Three
Arianna: Silver one, a very Holy One, pledge
Darby Eilis Flaherty (nee McIntyre) Keleigh’s mother
Darby: free of envy
Eilis: Consecrated to the Gods
Michael Flaherty, Keleigh’s father
Michael: Who is ‘like’ God
Dr. Rory Keleigh Cavanagh (nee McIntyre) Locke’s mother
Rory: red ruler
Keleigh: Beautiful one
Dr. Alsandair Driscol Cavanagh, Locke’s father
So what do you think is in a name? Please post your name in the comments with its meaning and if you think its meaning applies to your personality.