Friday, July 29, 2011

Any Ideas?

I'm spending quite a bit of time working on getting my memories written in story form for the book series. Since I am changing every one's names to a fictitious one I have a lot of names rolling through my mind.

There is one person though that I can't seem to get a name to stick. So that is where you come in. Remember Edith?  I will be introducing her a lot sooner (as a little girl) in my book than I did on my blog and I'm searching for a fitting name for her.

It needs to be a very plain name and not something anyone would go. "Aww, what a pretty name," when they hear it.

Looking forward to hearing your ideas.

62 comments:

  1. Wasn't she a troublemaker? How about Maggie, Gertie, or Mouthy. *giggles*

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  2. My first thought was Martha.

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  3. I think Martha is a beautiful name. ;)

    But I just looked back at the previous post and there was already a Martha in that story anyway, so Edith can't turn into Martha. How about Jane? It's plain.

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  4. LOL - This is a tough one in case any of your blog readers have those names! How about Crabapple or Jezebel? Just joking. I like Magnolia Tree's idea of Gertie. It could still be a girl's name (as opposed to an older woman's) because of the -ie but it doesn't conjure up some young beauty with a sweet disposition. No one aspires to be a "Gertie". I like that name though, but it would be a good one! Martha would be a good one, too, but I think of an older woman with that one. I can see why you'd ask for help - that's a tough one!

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  5. Maud, definitely Maud. She was the mad lady in the papershop when I was a kid. She made you dig around on the floor for change. As I was a kid and close to the floor anyway it was good for me!

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  6. My mamaw was Edna and she was a wonderful person..I just couldn't see it. O.o

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  7. I think it partly depends on what kind of nasty she was usually. If she was particularly catty and kind of sly then maybe Betsy? I like Bertha a lot though too, and if that linked episode was typical of her subtlety then I think Bertha would be perfect.

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  8. No offense, I think Edith is perfect. But if you want fictional, there is always Helga and my mom's favorite, Brunhilde.

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  9. Some Amish names from our area are Susan
    Mary Ann
    Laura
    Leah
    Leanna
    Cindy
    Rhoda
    Rachel
    Sarah
    Anna
    Rebecca
    Martha
    Ruth

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  10. How about Fran ,Alma, Helen, Edna, or Wanda. These all say "plain" to me.

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  11. I like Agnes ... it's an older and unassuming name. It is not generally assiciated with storybook witches nor does one have thoughts of cute adorable little girls. Back in the day when the name was popular, younger girls were usually nicknamed Aggie.

    Best wishes,
    Mrs.B

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  12. Maude
    Madora
    Myrtle
    Mertie
    Effie
    Ima
    Phoebe

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  13. I would like to suggest using the Social Security Website: http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/
    With this feature you can look up names by decades, which I would think a great resource for a writer..
    ~~HUGS~~

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  14. I love names.

    I think you have gotten some good suggestions of Amish-sounding names. I like:

    Bertha
    Erma
    Maude (or Maudie)
    Edna

    To these I would add:
    Esther
    Elva (or Alva)
    Wilma
    Elmina
    Irene
    Ella
    Verna
    Mahala
    Alta
    Alma

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  15. I think I like Elmina the best.

    Saloma

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  16. Lois, Bren, Ruby, Helen, Ellen,
    Dawn, JulieAnna

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  17. I agree with Saloma about Elmina - it's uncommon enough that most people shouldn't associate it with a friend or loved one, and it sounds like this girl/woman is not one that you want your readers sympathizing with!

    This is a fascinating tool (and Elmina isn't listed at all): http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager#

    You can see which names were popular from the 1880s till now in an effective graphic format. Check it out - it might give you some inspiration, too!

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  18. Agnes, Clara, Martha, Enid, Louise.

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  19. When I think of troublemakers I alwayus think of Nellie or Nancy from Little House on the prarie

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  20. My paternal grandmother's name was Edith. My maternal grandmother's name was Iva. A lot of people mistakenly would call her Ivy. It would make her mad :)

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  21. My first thought was Esther--then Rachel ?

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  22. First thought was Edna. Second thought was Erma. Or Agnes, caught that one as I was scrolling down to comment.

    Blessings, Jessica

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  23. My first thought was Gert or Gertie. Good luck and I hope you will share info about how to get the books once they are published!! So excited! I love your blog.

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  24. I think Gertie or Agnes would be appropriate. Either that or something plain that you hear a lot, like Jane.

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  25. Oh, I think I'd have to go with Edna or Saloma's suggestion of Elmina.

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  26. You could call her Nellie, as in Nellie Olsen from Little House on the Prairie, who was also a bit nasty at times...

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  27. Mamie, Odema, Henrietta, Eleanor,
    Hope this helps

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  28. I like Elmina.

    Alice
    Ida
    Gladys
    Nellie

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  29. Agnes. That was my great g-ma's name.

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  30. I like Emily. It was the name of my favorite aunt.

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  31. How about Gertrude, Bertha or Barbara, the last name belonged to a woman who was a polygamist and very abusive to her sister wives' and their children.

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  32. My first thought was Alma. Gertrude is also fitting, with Gertie being a good nickname. You generally don't think of a Gertie being cute.

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  33. Bessie, Betsie, Bertha, Ishbell.

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  34. How about Mae? Love your blog!!

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  35. This made me laugh!

    My daughter's name is Evelyn (she's 6).
    My MIL's name is Alma (she's 58).
    And my Grandmother-In-Law is Bernice (she passed away a few years ago).

    They're all lovely people and I find the names lovely because of them! :)

    Anyway, my 'plain' name suggestion is Ethel.
    My mother's suggestion is Tekla, but that's a Finnish name and doesn't really sound Amish!

    Have fun finding the "right" name!
    Lea

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  36. I'm a bit late -- but sure wanted to get my vote in for:

    Bertha

    It would be so appropriate.

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  37. Buella. IT is one of my aunts names. For some reason my family like all the plain names. ;)

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