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.
Friday, July 29, 2011
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Wasn't she a troublemaker? How about Maggie, Gertie, or Mouthy. *giggles*ReplyDelete
My first thought was Martha.ReplyDelete
I think Martha is a beautiful name. ;)ReplyDelete
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.
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!ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
My mamaw was Edna and she was a wonderful person..I just couldn't see it. O.oReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
No offense, I think Edith is perfect. But if you want fictional, there is always Helga and my mom's favorite, Brunhilde.ReplyDelete
Some Amish names from our area are SusanReplyDelete
How about Fran ,Alma, Helen, Edna, or Wanda. These all say "plain" to me.ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
I like Anna Grace.ReplyDelete
How about "Agatha"ReplyDelete
Maud (no e). Very plain.ReplyDelete
I would like to suggest using the Social Security Website: http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/ReplyDelete
With this feature you can look up names by decades, which I would think a great resource for a writer..
I love names.ReplyDelete
I think you have gotten some good suggestions of Amish-sounding names. I like:
Maude (or Maudie)
To these I would add:
Elva (or Alva)
I think I like Elmina the best.ReplyDelete
Lois, Bren, Ruby, Helen, Ellen,ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
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!
Agnes, Clara, Martha, Enid, Louise.ReplyDelete
When I think of troublemakers I alwayus think of Nellie or Nancy from Little House on the prarieReplyDelete
What about Jane?ReplyDelete
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 :)ReplyDelete
My first thought was Esther--then Rachel ?ReplyDelete
First thought was Edna. Second thought was Erma. Or Agnes, caught that one as I was scrolling down to comment.ReplyDelete
Jane is plainReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
I think Gertie or Agnes would be appropriate. Either that or something plain that you hear a lot, like Jane.ReplyDelete
How about Lena?ReplyDelete
Oh, I think I'd have to go with Edna or Saloma's suggestion of Elmina.ReplyDelete
You could call her Nellie, as in Nellie Olsen from Little House on the Prairie, who was also a bit nasty at times...ReplyDelete
Umm I like Irma or Simone/aReplyDelete
Mamie, Odema, Henrietta, Eleanor,ReplyDelete
Hope this helps
I like Elmina.ReplyDelete
Agnes. That was my great g-ma's name.ReplyDelete
I like Emily. It was the name of my favorite aunt.ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
Bessie, Betsie, Bertha, Ishbell.ReplyDelete
How about Cora?ReplyDelete
How about Mae? Love your blog!!ReplyDelete
This made me laugh!ReplyDelete
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!
I'm a bit late -- but sure wanted to get my vote in for:ReplyDelete
It would be so appropriate.
I like EllaReplyDelete
Buella. IT is one of my aunts names. For some reason my family like all the plain names. ;)ReplyDelete