May has missed out on a post, but I’m getting in early with June!! Musing on the subject for this month I wondered why some of the calendar months are used as girls’ names, whilst others are completely ignored. e.g. I’ve heard of April, May and June, and even Augusta (Augustus for the boys) but never heard of anyone named December, or July, for example. It’s the same with seasons – why are Summer and Autumn chosen, but not Winter or Spring?
Anyway, welcome back to this month’s post which is about how I choose the characters’ names for my books. I aim to give each character a name as distinct as their personalities, and often choose one with a pertinent meaning. For example, in my debut novel, French Kiss, my Resistance saboteur heroine is named Louisa because this name means famed fighter.
My latest work-in-progress has a heroine named Victoria, although she prefers to be called Vita. As the name suggests, the meaning of it is ‘victory’, and I think it’s very fitting for my lady who must overcome deeply hidden personal demons to emerge victorious in life.
She was easy to name. My hero, however, is onto his second ‘christening’ as his former name was too popular, and I wanted a distinctive Victorian era name, not a cliched Tom, Dick or Harry. The one I’ve chosen means lord, but that’s all I’m going to reveal for now!
I’ll conclude this topic with a pet peeve: One or two authors I’ve recently discovered seem to recycle the same names through several (not series) books. It’s quite disconcerting to find Mary, in one book, popping up as a completely different character in another. Is this laziness, or bad editing? Surely not a lack of imagination?? Anyway, whatever their reasons, I find it annoying, especially as there are thousands of names to choose from. I keep a note of the ones I’ve used so that, hopefully, I’ll not ever be tempted to recycle the same old, same old.