I’ve always been fascinated by names… when I was little I used to spend hours reading the list of names in the back of the dictionary – I don’t think dictionaries have name lists these days, I must look at a new dictionary next time I’m in a book shop. There were all the Biblical names, and names from Ancient Greece and Rome, as well as many other popular names. I think it was from there, and having an unusual name myself that I have become maybe a little obsessed with names, naming and meanings.
One of the hardest things about preparing for having a child, was thinking about names for our baby… my husband favoured names like Eric and Arthur – which are very popular now, whereas I liked unusual names, Flavia, Bianca, Zebretta… In the end we chose fairly normal but not particularly common names for our offspring. However, in my novels I do like to give my characters unusual names, Deke, Beulah, Tyche… but although lots of my readers like these, sadly for me, some don’t…
I want to be true to my writing and to my imagination, but at the same time, i don’t want to alienate people; I still take a very long time choosing names, I don’t just randomly pick on something weird, but i do try to tone down my enthusiasm for the unusual. In my Radwinter books, the four brothers are called Marcus, Paul, John and Thomas – so very plain and ordinary, and their wives Jill, Ruthie, Justyna and Kylie… however their children’s names do begin to get more unusual.
It is the fashion now to have unique names for children (although it is rare to have a name which really is unique)… for example, from 2016 of some boys:
…and some girls:
It makes Thomas radwinter’s children sound quite normal – Terri, Kenneil, Cassie, Marko and Vita…
If you haven’t read my books yet, here’s a link – let me know what you think of my characters’ names!