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  1. miss sunhine

    miss sunhine Member

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    Really hard to name this character?

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by miss sunhine, Mar 11, 2012.

    Okay so I'm writing a Fantasy set in Ancient Greece about a warrior, and I've spent a week searching through Greek names, Roman names and Ancient names, Names from Mythology. I would mostly like her to have a Greek name but so far haven't found ANYTHING I like or that I think suits her. They're either really common names like Elektra or Athena or crazy names I can't even pronouce.
    I wanted it to be Feminine but also tough and I can't seem to find anything.
    I thought about taking a names I like or a Greek names and 'personalizing' it or making one up all together. I never usually have trouble but I could really use some help.

    Thank You
     
  2. Elgaisma

    Elgaisma Contributing Member Contributor

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    Parthenope (name of Florence Nightingale's sister)
    Calliope
    Iris
    Ione
    Hera/Hero
    Persephone
    Corinthia
    Sparta

    The trouble is a lot of Greek mythology and Roman names are very much still in use. The ones that aren't fell into complete disuse because they couldn't be pronounced ;) Try looking at towns and cities for ideas.
     
  3. Universalchild

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    My real name is Phaedra, which is Greek, and also the name of the queen who stole Theseus (from the minotaur story) away from the woman who saved him. Bwhaha. Hah. I had a dragon chariot so I don't mind :v Then again, I killed myself over my step-sons refusal to love me. Hmm.

    Well, it's still a nice Greek name if you feel like using it! And it's unusual. It's Greek for "Bright One" : D

    Anyway, here are some old names and how I pronounce them, might not even be the real way -

    Alcestis (Al-sest-is)
    Arachne (I use this name more often then I should) (Ah-rack-nay/nee)
    Ismene (I used the shortened version myself) (Is-me-nay/nee)
    Deianaria (day-ana-ria)
    Pandora (pan-door-ah)
    Polyxena (Poli-zena)
    Aegea (amazon queen!) (ay-gee-ah)
    Asteria (ass-tear-ia)
    Aethra (ay-th-ra)
    Myrina (my-reen-ah)
    Chione (chee-oh-nee/nay)
    Theophane (thee-oh-fane)
    Pyrrha (pie-rah)
    Nausicaa (great name) (nor-sih-ca)



    ... I'm a Greek name addict.... Maybe stems from having one? Haha I don't know.
     
  4. Afion

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    I like Adrasteia, which was another name for the Greek goddes Nemesis.
     
  5. Mallory

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    Chryssoula is another good one.
     
  6. Tesoro

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    Daphne is my favourite Greek name
     
  7. Luna13

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    I spent some time on Google Translate putting random words into Greek, here are some Greek words that I think would sound cool as names (some of the meanings are quite random):

    Elia (olive)
    Vareli (barrel)
    Kari (curry)
    Tria (three)
    Tessera (four)
    Ennea (nine)
    Trianta (thirty)
    Saranta (forty)
    Ekato (hundred)

    These have a a sort of Greek-like sound, so maybe one of them will work. On the other hand, if it's actually set in Greece, maybe you don't want a name that means "curry..." but hopefully this helps!
    You could also use names that aren't actually Greek but have a Greek origin, such as Eleanor.
    I'll update this when I get a chance to find more!:)
     
  8. Salama

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    I suggest Selma..
    for obvious reasons. ehm
     
  9. Kestrel

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    A few more to think about:

    KALLISTO An Arcadian princess and hunting companion of the goddess Artemis.
    KORONIS A Triccan princess loved by the god Apollo.
    LEDA A queen of Sparta who was seduced by Zeus in the guise of swan.
    OTRERA A bride of the war-god Ares and the mother of the Amazon nation.
    TYRO A Thessalian princess who was seduced by the god Poseidon in the guise of the river Enipeus.
    ASTERIA A younger Titan goddess whose name and genealogy suggest presided over the night, stars and nocturnal prophecy. She was the mother of the goddess Hecate.
    STYX The younger Titan-goddess of oaths of allegiance and of the deadly, netherworld River Styx.

    There are hundreds more to look at here: www.theoi.com. It's a fabulous site that has claimed hours of my life!
     
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