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Name the Hero: Win a Prize

Posted by on 7 February, 2014

UPDATE: I’ve chosen a name. Find out which one stood out here.

As most of you already know, I’m writing a Scottish historical series, Highland Chiefs, and am getting ready to publish my second in the series, Promised to the Highlander. I’m half way through the first draft of the third in the series, Enemy of the Highlander, and need to park it for a bit to percolate.

Anyway, last weekend, while tucking in to read a RITA selection, another story bonked me over the head and at about 11:00pm last Saturday evening, I grabbed my laptop and started writing a contemporary Scottish romance with a hint of paranormal. The working title of this novel is The Lady’s Portrait.

Here’s the short synopsis:

Gillian Beaton books a last minute flight to Scotland to escape the torment of a very persistent ex boyfriend. Once there, she embarks on a journey of rediscovrey and intrigue when she learns she is tied to a 500 year old curse.

When Gillian meets the captivating XXX MacLeod, she’s immediately attracted, but is she ready to trust again? Have her demons followed her to Scotland? The two set out to discover why she is connected to the curse and in the process, ignite a passion constantly challenged by their pasts. Can new love grow out of old heartbreak?

So here’s my dilemma. When I started writing the story, the name Duncan MacLeod popped into my head. Obviously fans of the TV show Highlander will recall that name as the character played by Adrian Paul, though that’s totally not where my head was when I selected that name. But if that name forever shall be associated with that character I’d rather pick another given name.

MacLeod is definitely his last name, that’s not an issue. The entire story centres around that clan so I’m good with MacLeod. What I’d like some help with is his given name. It’s a current story, but he is laird of a clan on the Isle of Skye. I picture Henry Cavill in my head when writing about him so that should give you a happy visual.

I’m looking for a strong name and preferably not one I’ve used in my Highland Chiefs series. So for your help, I’ll give away a $20 Amazon gift card for the person who gives me the name I end up choosing. Plus, you will get special mention in the acknowledgements when the book is published. Wanna have some naming fun?

I should add that the three heroes in my Highland Chiefs series are James, Fergus, and Ronan. I probably wouldn’t use them again. But never say never. πŸ™‚

75 Responses to Name the Hero: Win a Prize

  1. Susan K. Newman

    I’ve always liked the name Gunnar or Angus

  2. Kemberlee Shortland, Tirgearr Publishing

    Do you have a list of no-go names?

    What’s the deadline?

    Where do we post suggestions? Here?

    • katerobbins

      No deadline. I’ll leave it up for a couple days and see what kind of responses I get.

      I don’t want to naysay (sp?) anything at this point. But I am looking for strong names.

      Yes, please post responses here. πŸ™‚

  3. Jennifer Young

    Struan. Love the plot outline, by the way!

  4. Elaine Dodge

    Conan or Con

  5. dholcomb1

    Callum or Craig

  6. ana Morgan

    Hamish or Colin are possibilities. Maybe make up a name: Bruin or Gamesh

  7. Elizabeth Starmer

    Fergus that sound’s a strong name for a Highlander

    • katerobbins

      LOVE Fergus. I chose that name for the book I have coming out in May. Fergus Mackay is the hero in Promised to the Highlander. πŸ™‚ Good call.

  8. hawkwoman3

    Lachlin is my strong name.
    Virginia Smith

  9. katerobbins

    Lachlin, or Lachlan are ones I’ve definitely been bouncing around. Thanks!

  10. dreamer1962

    There are different ways to spell it, but I suggest Alastair (Alaisdair/Alastair/Alaster/Alastier)
    It means Defender of Mankind – that is pretty strong πŸ™‚

    I also like Seumas – good luck!!

  11. Ann Leeson

    I always imagine an Angus as old, I like Connor but that’s Highlanders again. How about Ciaran or Liam

  12. Monica

    Andrew is a good Scottish name πŸ™‚ Also Sandy (which is a shortened version of Alexander) and there’s always the old reliable Hamish.

    • katerobbins

      Andrew is a good name. I think my problem is I had my heart set on Duncan. Malcolm is good too but not sure about it when paired with MacLeod.

  13. Jenna Da Sie

    I’ve always liked Declan… and Flynn too.

  14. Elizabeth MacGregor-Kirkcaldy

    CinΓ‘ed ~ Scottish Gaelic for Kenneth~ meaning ‘born of fire’ ~ CinΓ‘ed MacLeod ~ Also perhaps Alasdair ~ Alasdair is a Scottish Gaelic given name meaning ‘defender of man’ ~ The name is a Gaelic form of Alexander ~ Alasdair MacLeod

    Love the synopsis ~
    Cheers ~ Elizabeth MacGregor-Kirkcaldy

  15. Kim Court

    You might like Alasdair (I like this one most), Ronan, Kendall

  16. cecigiltenan

    I’ve always loved Eoin. One of my works in process has a hero named Eoin (not MacLeod) although its origin may be Irish. Eiric could work (it means ruler of all). David is the name of former kings of Scotland and it mean beloved. I like Toran (Toren/Torran) too, it means watchtower.

  17. Winded_Gypsy

    Aidan, Caleb, Connall, Dougal (means “dark stranger”, Gavin, Graham, Keith, Scott

    I live in Ireland and there are a lot of Aidan’s and Padraic’s (pronounced like Poorick).

    Good luck!

    • Kemberlee Shortland, Tirgearr Publishing

      Winded Gypsy, Where in Ireland do you live? I’ve never heard PΓ‘draig/PΓ‘draic pronounced Poorick. Mostly it’s Pawd-rig or sometimes Pawd-ric. Never heard poo. Really, would like to know where it’s pronounced like that. Or where are you putting the accent? Do you mean Poor-ig/Poor-ick?

  18. Debbie McLeod

    As a McLeod, Duncan IS the highlander! (Our border collie mix is a Duncan πŸ™‚ ). My FIL was a Robert. His brother is Neill. My hubby’s a Bradley, with Lawrence, Jack and Iver as brothers. Iain is always good. As is Andrew (we have girls, so never got to use any of the male Scottish names).

    • katerobbins

      Another Debbie! Love the name Duncan. It’s just perfect. But you’re right – There can be only one. πŸ˜‰ I do LOVE the name Iain too.

  19. Jay Andrew

    Seoras, which is Gaelic for George. My dad, Hugh, used to call my wee brother Seoras a’ peg – little George. He’s not so little now – finishing up a tour of Afghanistan and home in 3 weeks!

    • katerobbins

      LOVE the name Hugh. My grandfather’s name was George Melvin and as a boy was referred to as little Georgie. πŸ™‚ My brother is due to return from Afhghanistan in five weeks. Not soon enough. He and I travelled to Scotland last September at the beginning of his deployment. πŸ™‚

  20. Karen D.

    Campbell MacLeod?

    • katerobbins

      I do love it, but I can’t use that first name as it is in another popular romance novel from a fellow Newfoundland romance author. πŸ™‚ And I love her Cam. πŸ™‚

  21. jdh2690

    As I haven’t read all of your stories yet, Kate, a few of these suggestions may be repeats for you. I tried to pick ones that sounded good with MacLeod: Bryce (quick-moving), Evan (young warrior), Gavin (white hawk), Logan (my own Scottish ancestors’ last name), Ryan (little king), and Scott (obvious isn’t it?). πŸ™‚ Because of my ancestry I’ve enjoyed research re my history and the names I’ve found in my own family. Thanks for the request!

    • katerobbins

      I was wondering about Scott.

      Scott MacLeod. I like that too. Love Logan but will always place it with the Sci-Fi novel/movie Logan’s run. πŸ™‚ Funny how we associate names isn’t it? Thank you for your suggestions. πŸ™‚

  22. Ann Leeson

    Yes it does sound irish but I think that some of the macleods went to Ireland, cant be sure. How about Callum or Niall, even though I like the name Ciaran.

    • katerobbins

      Good call on Callum. He’s a secondary character in BTTH and I’m hoping I’ll get to his and Gwen’s novella some time later this year or early next year.

      Ciaran is hawt. πŸ™‚ I’m close to making a short list.

  23. Diana Gould

    Since you like Duncan, how about Dougal McCloud or Derek McCloud. I also like Padraig McCloud too.

  24. Suzy R

    I always liked the name Gregor, it’s a strong Scot name…

    • katerobbins

      Hi Suzy. πŸ™‚ My brother’s name is Greg(ory). I have a Glenn, a Geoff, a Bruce, and my Dad’s name was Gordon. I like the name but not sure I want my hero’s name to be the same as a family member. Gregor sounds like he should be a captain of the guard. Hmmm. I think I might be able to use that in Enemy of the Highlander. Thanks!

  25. Michelle O'Connell

    I’m a fan of Angus. Big fan of Declan, too, but might be too Irish for you.

  26. Karen D

    I am curious to know what you pick!

    • katerobbins

      There can be only one. πŸ™‚ And there is one standing out.

    • katerobbins

      But having said that there’s enough inspiration here for the next several books. I’m am soooo inspired by everyone’s suggestions. Big hugs to everyone who has posted suggestions today. You’ve really sparked the old creative juices.

  27. Nicole Laverdure

    I love these names Connor, Cameron, Ewan and Alasdair. Connor is probably my favorite!

  28. julie whitman

    How about Donald,Donel,Braden or Bryce?

  29. rosgemmell

    What about Ruaraidh which is a Celtic name for red king, or Rory which is easier and more normal!

    • Kate Robbins

      Hi Romy!! I’m using Rorie in book five of the Highland chiefs. It’s a fabulous name. The hero in that one is Rorie MacKenzie. Book four is XXX MacDonald. Leaning towards Angus or Alasdair for that one.

  30. Glenn Robbins

    Glenn of the Glen

  31. David O'Brien

    how about Donnacha? It is perhaps a big more Irish. Ciaran is definitely Irish. Cian goes with McCloud, but Colm suits, too.Connor was the original highlander, before Duncan,

    • Kate Robbins

      You’re absolutely right about Connor. It’s a great name and I totally cannot use it. I like Cian or Ciaran too. Thanks for stopping by and for your suggestions.


    Kincaid β€” “battle chief” or Tremaine β€” “house of stone”. I like them both, but the second one better because, he is going to be a very strong warrior and when the heroine lays her hand on his chest and all the muscles on his body, she is going to think he is made of stone. “Rock hard muscles”. Can’t wait for your next book to come out. Loved the 1st one.

    • katerobbins

      Dayum you’re good. πŸ™‚ Book two is all about Fergus Mackay and Nessia Stephenson. She’s intended for his brother and he battles an intense infatuation with her. πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for reading BTTH. πŸ™‚ Sooo glad you liked it. xx

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