1. I.A. By the Barn

    I.A. By the Barn A very lost time traveller Contributor

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    Could you help me pick a name please?

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by I.A. By the Barn, Jan 9, 2017.

    Because I'm an annoying wotsit and must be writing more than one thing at once I have started writing the story of an immortal soldier. His name is Raf so he's sorted.
    I'm quite far into (we won't call it a first draft, it's more like brain explosion on a page) this thing but for one of the characters I can't think of a good name for him so I have been using the * for a place-holder but it is annoying me as I write seeing ****ing *** everywhere.
    This character is romantically tied with Raf after an intense friendship between the two and is also a soldier. He is one of the 'zooamorph' people I've invented and takes the form of a sea eagle on the full moon. He is from a farming background so he won't have anything posh.
    But yeah, I can't pick a good name for him for the life of me. Sorry to annoy you with yet another thread of this type!
    I have a few options but please suggest any you think that'll suit him! Green= personal favourites
    Cees
    Diede
    Fabian
    Gabriël (this one I like the sound of but it's a world of my invention so...)
    Kobe
    Lau
    Luuk
    Peter
    Theo
     
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    A man called Valance Senior Member

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    Take what you've got and try switching them round a little, Iyay. (Fabriel and Gabrian, for instance, sound suitably mystical).
     
  3. minstrel

    minstrel Leader of the Insquirrelgency Staff Supporter Contributor

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    Steven Sea Eagle. :p

    Pick anything, but don't pick something impossible to pronounce.
     
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    I like Peter. It's simple, easy to pronounce, and reminds me of someone nice. Not to pick. but a name like Gabriel is too anachronistic, epic, knowing, take what you like; It's just too inhuman and unrealistic. I know it's fiction/fantasy, but you want shades of realism. If people are going to say this guy's name all the time, you want something simple and like-able.

    Keep writing!
     
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    Lifeline North of South. Contributor

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    Yeah? :D Need to write some more from him then ;)
     
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    Mckk Member Supporter Contributor

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    What's wrong with Gabriel if you like it? You say the issue is that the world is a made-up one so I'm presuming you prefer a name that's not from the real world. If that's really the case, then I don't know what Fabian, Luuk/Luke and Theo are doing there.

    And if you have no issue with real-world names, then just go with Gabriel since that's your favourite :)

    Luuk is too much like a horribly misspelt Luke. I wouldn't do it, even though I like the name too and it seems like it would fit. While I loved Hunger Games, I absolutely hated the way Peeta's name was spelt. Seriously, just call the damn guy Peter! It sounds the same and wouldn't look half as ridiculous!
     
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  7. I.A. By the Barn

    I.A. By the Barn A very lost time traveller Contributor

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    Thank you!
    I've quizzed some of my family and friends too so here's the short list:
    Peter
    Theo
    I do like Gabriel as a name, but it just doesn't sit right for him, for similar reasons to zoupskim.
    Peter and Theo are quite common so it'll be one of them as I don't want it sounding strange.
    Peter was an alternative name for me when I was born so I feel a tad uneasy naming someone it, that's my only reason for not picking that name straight away.
     
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    Mckk Member Supporter Contributor

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    When I was a teenager, I decided that this little "game" I invented was a good way of finding out what you really wanted. In my case, my dilemma was which pen I wanted to buy, the black one or the white one. So I told a friend of mine just to tell me which one to buy. I told them to say, "You're buying this pen." And for them to simply choose a pen for me. Kinda like, "No, you don't get to choose. I'm choosing for you. You're buying THIS one."

    Then see what your immediate gut reaction is :D if you gut reacts badly to this "demand", then obviously you wish for your alternate option more :D

    So now apply this to your two names. (not sure if it'll work but can't hurt to try eh?)
     
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  9. I.A. By the Barn

    I.A. By the Barn A very lost time traveller Contributor

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    Thanks Mckk!
    He is now Peter. No more asterisks everywhere :)
    Thank you everyone, it was very interesting and helpful to get your opinions on this!
     
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    Funny, me and my husband play this game too... only it's an accident. :p

    Me: Which shirt should I wear, the black one or the gray one?
    Him: The black one.
    Me: The gray one it is!

    :p
     
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  11. minstrel

    minstrel Leader of the Insquirrelgency Staff Supporter Contributor

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    You think that's an accident? He prefers the gray one, but he knows you play this game on him. :p

    Either that or he's black/gray colorblind... :eek: :D o_O
     
  12. Arcadeus

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    Luke

    Feather (Playing off his morph)

    ÆTIUS : Which is derived from the Greek word ætos, meaning "eagle."

    ÆTOS: See above.

    (Just noticed you already picked one. lol)
     

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