Choosing Names

Today I spent the better part of an hour trying to come up with fitting names for the characters of BETRAYED. For titles and surnames I’m now using my 200-year-old Debrett’s, but it doesn’t really help much with Christian names: all these people were called William or Henry or Frederick. Can you imagine a romance hero called Henry??? Nah.

Therefore I also leaved through my Concise Oxford Dictionary of First Names. As I’ve said before, choosing names is a bit tricky: on the one hand you’ve got to find something that fits the character, on the other hand it should also fit the era in which the story is set. Furthermore, you might also want to choose a name that won’t reduce readers to fits of giggles. Heavens to Murgatroyd, you definitely won’t want that! ;-P

So this time I’ve settled for Georgiana Crawley, called “Ginny”, and Frederick Crawley, Earl of Ashburnham, called “Ash”. Opinions, anyone? Giggles? Tears? (I hope not!)

2 thoughts on “Choosing Names

  1. Kate

    Hmmm… the only people I’ve ever known that were called Ginny were usually Virginia in long form…

    But other than that there’s no giggling and no tears. =)

  2. Sandy

    the only people I’ve ever known that were called Ginny were usually Virginia in long form…

    I’ve been caught. *g* I liked Ginny when I came across it in the first name dic, but I didn’t like Virginia. Soooo, I just decided to give my Georgiana a very unusual nickname. :O)

    Glad there are no tears or giggles otherwise!

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