Follow Friday (40): Unusual Names

February 16, 2012 Meme 16

Feature and Follow Friday

w/ Parajunkee & Alison Can Read


Feature and Follow My Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme where participants hop from one blog to the next using the linky on Parajunkee’s or Alison Can Read’s site, follow, say hi and discuss books. The Bawdy Book Blog is on self-hosted WordPress, so the best way to follow is by one of the methods on the right side bar. RSS is your best bet, and I’ll be your BFF forever if you follow via email! I’ve also added Linky Followers so you can follow that way, too! This week’s features are:


Beefcake and Babes

Le’ Grande Codex


Q: I like unique names for characters and am looking forward to coming up with some when I start writing. What’s the most unique character name you’ve come across?

I hate questions where I have to choose.  This one is really freaking hard.  I’ll have to go with fantasy names from books like the Mallorean series and the Fever Series: Relg, C’Nedra, Durnik, Belgarath, V’Lane, Ryodan, and the list goes on and on just from those two series alone.  They’re odd names and I wonder how the author came up with them.  I did an author interview last year, where I asked Dawn McCullough-White how she came up with a few of the names used in her series and this was her answer:

TBBBThe worldbuilding in Cameo is great; what inspired that world and names such as Sieunes, Shandow and Lockenwood? Was there any particular place from which you drew?

Dawn:  That world has been with me for so long, it’s just second nature for me now. It’s a little bit 18th century western Europe, a little bit fantasy, and a little bit childhood experiences.
I both take words I think sound interesting and rearrange the letters and use place names that are, or were, real in the area I live in, mainly. When I was a kid I lived on a road that had been part of a different town a hundred years earlier, it was called Furnaceville, and it was known for it’s iron ore production. I thought that was so interesting that I decided to use that name in the book. Kings Basin, is the original name of the hamlet I currently live in (an original canal town circa 1825).
Shandow probably came from an accidental misspell of “shadow” and I liked it and kept it in my notes to be used eventually. Lockenwood is something that popped into my head when I needed a city name, I’m pretty sure it’s an unconscious thing I pulled from the memory of the old soap opera Santa Barbara (I used to watch). One of the last names on there was Lockwood.


What unusual names have you come across?

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  1. Jackie

    Typically, fantasy names kill me. Especially the ones with apostrophes in them (like C’Nedra, although this one is pretty tame). I never really know how to pronounce the name. So, I make up my own pronunciation, but I usually end up eliminating or adding letters to the name on accident.

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