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The art and science of names
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Jessamy's post inspired me to post my own fictional naming issue.
I'm about a third of a way through a draft of a novel featuring a young mother and changeling myths. There's some wiggle room, but she should have been born around 1990-1994. Due to maternal age, I think 80s names would also be okay.
Like the previous poster, I try to use realistic names, but for a protagonist I want something that stands out slightly, while remaining believable to the era she was named. I've been using Laura as a placeholder, but I think it doesn't stand out enough for fiction.
Currently under consideration are April, Erin, Erica, and considerably further down the list, Chelsea. April is the frontrunner, except that I see it peaked a fair bit earlier. My character also studies modernist poetry and in this story April is actually the cruelest month so I'm wondering if it's a little too on the nose? I generally try to stay clear of names where the character is named Faye and turns out to be a fairy, or Celeste and turns out to be an angel, etc. Even so, I really like April. Would you find it believable?
Erin is my second favourite, but also might be a little on the nose, referring to Ireland, land of myth and fairies. I suppose that subconsciously I do want a name that references the subject matter a little, but not to the extent that a reader would roll their eyes.
I've sourced my younger family for actual 90s names and gotten Megan, Lauren, Chloe, Chelsea, Madeline, Alexandra, Angela et al based on personal experience but these mostly feel a bit anonymous for fiction. I want something classic but not too classic (Claire? J/Gillian? Valerie?) and nothing hyper trendy like Brittany.
I also like Alison, as there are a few Alice in Wonderland references but it sounds up to date. However, awkwardly, my character shares a few key biographical details with a friend of mine who actually is called Alison (not that she'll probably ever know, but still).
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