One of the funniest parts of starting a new project is picking names – I know I should have had more children. There’s just something about searching for names that I just love.
With my first book I picked a lot of names based on what they mean and then wrote the character to match.
Anyway I started planning for a project I’ve been thinking about for a year. In the book there’s a family of boys and I was looking at Old English names and came up with an idea. All of the names will focus on nature, more specifically trees. This family started out being very secondary characters but I can see them so clearly that I want to write more for them. Funny how that works.
Here are the names and what they mean:
Alder - revered birch tree
Booker – beech tree
Beacher – dweller by beech tree
(they’re twins and Booker was born first)
Lind – Linden tree
Sherwood – Bright forest
Oliver – (doesn’t necessarily mean Olive tree but I thought it was close enough)
Mother: Ashling – (same thing, doesn’t mean Ash tree)
Now for the father I have three names:
Garrick – governs with a spear
Waverly – tree-lined meadow
Stokley – tree stump meadow
The bottom two are tree related but I see his character as ruling with a spear. What do you think?