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Monday, February 27, 2006

What's in a name?

I have a great book called "45,000 Baby Names". My daughter borrowed it when they were looking for just the right name for the new baby-to-be.

Today's question - what's in a name? Or perhaps - "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. " I don't think so! Would you fall in love with a hero named "Dudley"? Would the book sell?? Maybe Nora could pull it off, or Lori. But I'm 99% sure no editor would ever let that name go into production.

So here's my question for today - Please tell me your three favorite names for heroes... and the same for heroines. Then give me three of your "yuck" names for heroes. And the same for heroines.

I'll take a look at all the lists and pick one entry to keep in my mental rolodex. I'll send that person a small prize.

But remember - to be considered for the prize, you have to come up with 12 solid choices. Put your thinking cap on and have at it!



Dannyfiredragon said...

Favorie Hero names:

Colin, Duncan, Finn

Favorite Heroine names:

Brianna, Deirdre, Morrigan

I really like Celtic names

Yuck hero names:

Albert, Eddie, Edgar

Yuck heroine names:

Iloanthe, Isolde, Pansy

LuAnn McLane said...

Janice I think names are very important. Guy names have to be strong and masculine and I don't like girl names that are too frilly or heaven forbid difficult to pronounce.

Last names are even more difficult ;-)

Dannyfiredragon said...


it's true that guy names have to be strong and masculine. Just imagine he is an Alpha and has a softie name. That wouldn't fit.

Jana said...

Fav. hero names:
Jared, Matthew, Zachary

Fav. heroine names:
Brenna, Shandi (Alison Kent used this on & it is my daughter's name!) Grace

Least fav. Male names:
Everett, Antonio, Jerry

Least Fav. female names:
Beulah, Candice, Evelyn


Judy F said...

Fav Hero Names:

Jack, Travis,Gideon

Fav Heroine Names:

Claire, Grace, Annabell

Yuck Hero names:

Tommy, Art, Lawrence

Yuck Heroine names:

Brittany, Precious, Winifred

Amy S. said...

Favorite hero names


Favorite heroine names


Least favorite hero names


Least favorite heroine names


Jennifer Y. said...

I love this topic and I always ask authors how they come up with names! I have many favorite names, but I'll try to narrow it down. I think that I have more favorites than Yuck.

Favorite Hero Names:
Will, Connor, Riley

Favorite Heroine Names:
Grace, Callie, Caitlyn

Yuck Hero Names:
Vern, Augustus (or Gus), Cecil

Yuck Heroine Names:
Daphne, Bessie, Fern

Barbara-PF said...

Favorite female names:


Favorite Male names:


Yuck Female names:


Yuck male names:


Yes I know of people who are named the male names above.

Cryna said...

Okay going to give this a shot:

Favorite Hero Names:
William (Bill), Alex, Charles

Favorite Heroine Names:
Sara, Elizabeth, Susan

Yuck Hero Names:
Severn, Ford, Jacob

Yuck Heroine Names:
Brittney, Cassandra, Maxine

Anonymous said...

Favorite Hero names:
Evan, Lars, Clint

Favorite Heroine names:
Maeve, Linda, Phoebe

Yuck Hero Names:
Wilbur, Fred, Gilbert

Yuck Heroine Names:
Bertha, Mildred, Jasmine

snowflake said...

Fav Hero Names: Nicholas, Logan, Scott
Fav Heroine Names: Samantha, Grace, Erin
Yuck Hero Names: Donald, Gilbert, Farquhar
Yuck Heroine Names: Agatha, Mildred, Dolly

Lori said...

Favorite Hero names:
Rafe, Michael, Andrew

Favorite Heroine names:
Grace, Madeline, Emily

Yuck Hero Names:
Edward, Franklin, Charles

Yuck Heroine Names:
Gwendolyn, Serena, Poppy

Jodi said...

Fave Hero Names: Lucas, Riley, Cole
Fave Heroine Names: Peyton, Sidney, Emma
Yuck Hero Names: Alfred, Bernie, Paul
Yuck Heronie Names: Destiny, Autumn, Daisy

Michelle B said...

Hmmm...This is hard! I always have a hard time coming up with good (and even bad!) names. I'm not too good at this, but here goes anyway!

Fave Hero Names:
Sebastian, Drew, Ethan
Fave Heroine names:
Amber, Natasha, Sasha

Least Fave Hero Names:
Alex, Marcos, Oscar
Least Fave Heroine Names:
Judith, Edith, Jessica

Note that my least favorite names don't always make me go "Yuck!" but they are names I wouldn't necessarily choose. And some are just because I associate bad memories with the names!

On another note as to what's in a name...When my best friend was in middle school, her mom was worried that she hadn't given her a name that was "ethnic" enough so she started sending her to school with the name "La Aquanetta" on her lunch bag. As my friend preferred her original name (Summer), the new name didn't stick lol. Sometimes I wonder about parents and the names they come up with!


Judy F said...

I was thinking about this this morning. There are some names I don't like but like Michelle the are associated with bad memories. I remember when my sister was having her youngest and for a girl she was thinking of Marsha and I couldn't get the no out fast enough. Had an evil coworker by that name. So the younges became Megan. LOL

Dannyfiredragon said...

I read yesterday a book where the hero was called Link. Is that really a name? Sounded somewhat strange.

Janice Maynard said...

Wow - it was so much fun to read everyone's comments! I had planned to simply pick the list with names I liked the best, but that didn't work, 'cause I found names I really liked all over the place.

So I'm going to choose at random by numbering the entries. I'll pick a winner around lunch time on Wednesday.


Janice Maynard said...

Jennybrat is the winner! If you'll e-mail me at with your snail mail address, I'll send you your prize. It's a large (postcard size) refrigerator magnet book cover for "A Very Merry Christmas".



Dannyfiredragon said...

Big congrats Jenny!!!

Trista Bane said...

Oops! Too little too late for the contest, but I just wanted to share with you how I pick names. There is a website called Behind the Name. It lists names in alphabetical order along with the meaning of the name and possibly a brief history.

You can search by name, popularity, or my favorite, meaning. For example, if I want a character whose name is related to love, I type in love and click the drop down and select meaning. There are 83 names that are related to love. There are 7 matches for "hunter". It's great if you want your character's name to match them!

Happy name hunting!

Janice Maynard said...

Trista - That is really cool - thanks for sharing!


Judy F said...

Congrats Jenny

Cryna said...

Congratulations, Jenny.......on the win.......

Shadowspun said...

My favorites are all over the map.

Good Male Names: Alexander, Darius, Ian (Jocelyn as an honorable mention, with Jace as its nickname - via an old Jude Deveraux book)

Good Female Names: Aislynn, Kerry, Rosanne, Zilla

Bad Male Names: Abner, Adam, Ezra

Bad Female Names: Agatha, Agnes, Prudence