Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Name that character

Help me out here. I'm looking for name for the main character of my next proposal.

Gender: Female
Age: 39ish
Occupation: High School Drama teacher
Marital Status: Divorced
Family Status: Two kids (sole custody), and a live-in, retired, not-so-elderly mother
Ethnicity: To be determined--the name might help here!
Hometown: Northeastern suburb or small city
Personal Issues: Just became a werecougar

I've been sifting through Popular Baby Names from the late sixties on the Social Security website, but nothing's striking a chord.

If I choose your suggestion or something similar, I'll put you in the acknowledgments and enter you into the drawing for a free copy of Eyes of Crow (to be picked October 15). But most importantly, you'll have my ever-loving gratitude.

19 Comments:

Depends how exotic you want it to be. I'll toss out a couple. The late sixties was hippies era so they used a lot of names that would later embarrass their kids.

Laurel
Harvest
Sunny
Moonglow
Daisy
Harmony

How's that for a few?:-)

Posted by: Blogger Kathy at 7/12/2006 10:56 AM

Don't have a name suggestion yet, but here's some food for thought courtesy of Wikipedia: Cougar (slang) is also a slang term referring to a sexually attractive woman over the age of 40.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 7/12/2006 11:01 AM

If she turns into a cougar, can her family name be mellencamp just to restore the cosmic balance?

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 7/12/2006 11:03 AM

Virginia
Audrey
Elizabeth
Emily

Posted by: Blogger Andrew at 7/12/2006 11:11 AM

Cougar (slang) is also a slang term referring to a sexually attractive woman over the age of 40.

I know, particularly one who pursues younger men. The love interest in this book will be someone in his early 20s, I think. I won't make any explicit reference to the slang usage of "cougar," because that's kind of tacky and obvious, but if people know it, it'll resonate.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 7/12/2006 12:32 PM

I'd never heard it before. Must be going to the wrong bars.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 7/12/2006 1:49 PM

I think the term started in Canada. Plus, Rob, yeah, you're way too old for a cougar.

And I loved the Mellencamp comment, by the way.

Thanks for the suggestions, Kathy and Andrew. Each of you had one name I was already considering (Laurel and Audrey, which sounds like a comedy team). I'll mull them over.

I love "Harvest." Not for this character, but maybe another.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 7/12/2006 3:08 PM

For some reason, the name Bonnie is sticking with me.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 7/12/2006 4:15 PM

Names that are probably too "catty":

Catherine
Katrina (well, that one has other problems)
Grisabella
Josie
Milkhead

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 7/12/2006 4:24 PM

For a last name, I was thinking Prowse, or something like that -- something that suggest a word like "prowl" without going right out and being a catwoman-worthy pun.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 7/12/2006 4:40 PM

Thinking of what my friends named their girls, I've come up with a few:
Allison
Jennifer
Debbie
Kristen
Tracey
Sarah
Heather
Linda
Carolyn (esp popular)
Michelle (also popular)

Can't say I'm crazy about any of those names, but one could work. Good luck.

Ceciia

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 7/12/2006 4:47 PM

Thanks, Cecilia. The problem with names that were popular in the late sixties is that I know too many people personally with those names, and they'll think I named her after them. That's the other reason why the Social Security list (the one where you can plug in a year and get the most popular baby names) didn't help me.

Although I don't know a Sarah...other than the one you're referring to, whom I've only met once.

For a last name, I was thinking Prowse, or something like that -- something that suggest a word like "prowl" without going right out and being a catwoman-worthy pun.

I like it. I hadn't even thought about a last name yet, and whether she'd still have her ex-husband's. She could go back to her maiden name during the book.

Oh, speaking of Catwoman, I meant to add "Serena" to the NO WAY list. Even though it's a very cool name.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 7/12/2006 4:55 PM

Actually, Catwoman is Selina Kyle.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 7/12/2006 5:28 PM

Close enough.

That's the second thing today I've been too lazy to look up--the other one being a catch-phrase from Conan the Barbarian. Long story.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 7/12/2006 5:32 PM

Why does it have to be a popular late 60's name? I mean as long as it doesn't follow today's trends.

I usually start with the background and then the name.

Amberlynn.

Amberlynn Prowse.

Shortened to Amber.

Or Lynn.

moon

Posted by: Blogger moonhart at 7/12/2006 7:38 PM

"What is best in life? To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women."

Everything I ever needed to know I learned from watching Conan.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 7/12/2006 7:41 PM

I think I'm offended Jeri.:-) I mean, my name may be spelled differently, but it is Catherine. Though my name is spelled Kathryn and I don't think I'm all that catty, in spite of having two cats. Hehehe. Glad you liked the names though.

Posted by: Blogger Kathy at 7/13/2006 11:58 AM

Sorry if this is a duplicate. It didn't seem to take before. Joan for Baez would be my #1 choice, but I also like Felicia for the inner werecougar.

Jim Young

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 7/13/2006 7:55 PM

Thanks, Jim! Yeah, for some reason last night I wasn't able to view this post either. The URL was there in the bar, but the browser window came up blank.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 7/13/2006 8:19 PM

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