A Blog For Name Lovers Everywhere
It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? A year, I believe. I may not have exactly the same passion as I did for name etymology, but one of the wonderful things when brainstorming a novel is coming up with character names. My favourite part, it seems.
So as I’m preparing for NaNoWriMo, I thought it might be a fun idea to share with you the names of my characters. The list isn’t complete as of yet, but the main characters are covered.
The brief: 1920s Beauty and the Beast retelling – sort of. Magic. An ancient mystery.
The names: French Scholars. English cultists. Hungarian Antique Collector. Turkish teacher. A revered Roman magister. etc
Cressida | Medieval form of Chryseis meaning “golden.”
Delphine | French form of Delphina meaning “of Delphi.” It’s possibly related to Greek Delphys meaning “womb.”
Ivy | A English name for the climbing plant with yellow flowers.
Ffion | A Welsh name meaning “foxglove.”
Klara | A form of Clara meaning “clear, bright, famous.”
Mathilde | From the Germanic name Mahthildis meaning “strength in battle.”
Perrine | Feminine form of Perrin meaning “stone.”
Amaury | French form of Amalric meaning “work, labour” and “power.”
Atlas | A Greek mythological name possibly meaning “not enduring.” Atlas was a Greek titan punished by Zeus to carry the heavens on his shoulders.
Evander | Variant of Evandrus, derived from Greek meaning “good” and “man.”
Hiram | A Biblical name that possibly means “exalted brother.”
Ozan | Means “bard” in Turkish.
Percy | A English surname. It was borne by a noble family, and first used as a given name in their honour.
Soma | A Hungarian name meaning “dogwood, cornel tree.”
Vitus | A Roman name meaning “life.”
It’s an eclectic mix of names to be sure. Some fit the time period, Ivy and Percy for examples. Others well, are names that the characters have picked for themselves inspired by the classics – Evander and Cressida. There are guilty pleasures as well – Delphine and Ffion.
And since this is based off a popular fairytale, what would you call your Beauty and Beast?
Beauty – Delphine
Beast – Evander
Have fun with it!