Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Weekly Geeks - What's in a Name?
For this week's edition of Weekly Geeks, we're going to take a closer look at character names. What are some of your favorite character names?
Go to Google or a baby name site like this one or this one, and look up a favorite character's name. What does their name mean? Do you think the meaning fits the character? Why or why not?
If you'd like, look up your own name as well and share the meaning.
I haven't participated in Weekly Geeks for ages but as I am currently trawling the baby names sites, searching for great names (both for the baby and characters) I had to do this one.
From His Dark Material - Philip Pullman
Lyra - The name of the constellation in the northern sky containing the star Vega. It is said to be shaped after the lyre of Orpheus. A lyre is an instrument like a lute.
So not really but obviously Lyra's name is appropriate given that she's not the most truthful of children or rather as Iorek Byrnison says she has a silver tongue.
Will - Its source is wil helm, an Ancient Germanic name meaning "Determined protector."
Ah, so fitting for Will, bless him.
From Secret Society Girl books by Diana Peterfreund
Amy - Its source is an Old French expression meaning "Beloved one."
Well everyone likes Amy, so not bad.
Jamie - Its source is Iacobus, a Latin name meaning "One who grasps by the heel or supplanter."
And finally from my current, addictive read, Rebel Angels by Libby Bray
Gemma - Its source is a Latin expression meaning "Jewel."
Could work, the Jewel of the Order?
Felicity - Its source is Felicia, a Latin name meaning "Happy."
Maybe by the end but right now nope
Ann - Its source is Channah, a Hebrew name meaning "Favored grace."
Kartik - not found
Aw we'll never know.
Really though it's the image a name creates in our head that's more important than it's meaning. When we finally found out Poe's real name was James in Under the Rose. I was kind of disappointed, it didn't seem to fit him. Until he tells Amy he's name is Jamie, always has been always will be. Big sigh of relief - far more fitting and they rhyme! How can they not end up together.