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What’s in a Name? Help me out – Win a Prize.

Posted by on 22 April, 2013

WARNING: Crazy writer logic ahead. Read at own risk.

As I clue up Bound to the Highlander (BTTH) and prepare it for submissions, I’m thinking about the work ahead of me for the next two books in my Highlander series. The second, Promised to the Highlander (PTTH), is written, though it’s a very rough first draft. The third, Enemy of the Highlander (EOTH), is still in my head. There’s also the novella from the minor characters in BTTH, but that’s another story. Rimshot. Sorry. Couldn’t resist. πŸ˜›

My main characters for EOTH are introduced in PTTH so I need to confirm their names pretty soon. I changed names a lot in BTTH so I’d like to avoid that this time around. Drove some of my beta readers a bit cracked. Hope you’re following my logic here. Still with me? Awesome.

Names are critical to me right away so I can get a better feel for the characters. So, I’m gonna ask for some help and I’m more than willing to reward said help. πŸ™‚

Below are the main character names for my three novels and for the planned novella as well. Right now that’s the entire series as it stands. Any names I’ve starred (*), are firm. Not that I’m being stubborn about it, but my gut is telling me they’re the right names and so I’m gonna leave them like that for now.

Any name not starred is totally open to suggestion. As there are two, I will give away a $10 Amazon card for each name to the person who helps me choose the new one. So, two names, two gift cards. Make sense? I will close this a week from now and post the results. Wanna play? Awesome.

Highlander Series

Bound to the Highlander: *James MacIntosh/*Aileana Chattan

Promised to the Highlander: *Fergus MacKay/*Nessia Stephenson

Enemy of the Highlander: *Ronan Sutherland/Anne MacKay

Under the Highlander’s Kilt (just kidding – I have no idea what it will be called LOL): *Calum MacIntosh/Lynn MacGregor

Ok, so I need a better first name for Anne MacKay because I can’t say Anne and Ronan annanronannananan. Just not gonna work, right? I will also consider another name for Lynn. Her full name is Gwendolyn but she shortens it to Lynn, cheeky wench that she is. I’m not 100% certain her name is right though.

When I researched the other names, I Googled ancient Scottish names and that’s how I found Aileana which is pronounced Aaaleeeana and Nessia which is pronounced Nessia. πŸ˜€

Help. Please?

31 Responses to What’s in a Name? Help me out – Win a Prize.

  1. Lesleyanne Ryan

    Leslie is a kick butt Scottish name. πŸ˜€

    I like Nessia!

    How about Anabel? Earie? Cora? Tira? Vika? Isla? Isobel? Dallas! Yes. You could call one chapter Ronan does Dallas! Okay. I digress. Maira? Fia? Lara?


  2. Shawna

    Bobby Sue, Buelah, Wilma, and Calamity Jane. What do I win? :p

  3. Amy

    Laoghaire!!!! Haha…kidding…I’ll think about it and get back to u ;)…KJ!!!

  4. Victoria Barbour

    I like to consider the meaning of the name, so without knowing anything of Anne’s personality or physical attributes, its a bit of a shot in the dark, but here are some I like…
    Ailis β€” (AY-less) “truthful
    Edana β€” (EH-dah-nah) “little fire”,
    Mairead β€” (MAY-ret or MA-ee-rat) “a pearl”, Maisie also has this meaning

    For Lynn,
    Greer β€” “vigilant, alert, watchful”

  5. Shawna

    Seriously, I know you like research books. Have you looked at The Baby Name Wizard? It’s my favorite. It shows times names were used, origins and names they go well with for pairings like of siblings and families.

    • katerobbins

      No, I haven’t but that’s a great suggestion. I only used online sources when I came up with the other names. Having finished my submission package earlier today, I felt due for a little fun. πŸ™‚

    • katerobbins

      Ooooh, they have a blog! I like Freya.

  6. Jenna Jaxon

    For Anne–Leandra. Don’t know why, just came to me. πŸ™‚ And I like Freya too. Sounds feisty.

  7. Valerie Francis

    Personally I like Gwendolyn and/or Gwen (as a nickname rather than Lynn). She could also be Bridget MacGregor, or Fiona MacGregor. Anne could be Isla (EYE-la) MacKay, Elsbeth Mackay or Kate (Cate) MacKay. I’ve been testing out names to go with Ronan … it’s tough – Ronan doesn’t roll off the tongue easily. Would you consider changing his name (yes, I know he has as asterisk).

    • katerobbins

      “Ronan doesn’t roll off the tongue easily” πŸ˜€ This is a romance novel after all, you know I’m gonna grin at a line like that. LOL

      To answer your question, yeah Ronan is a keeper for now. Kate might work. I’m sort of partial to that name. πŸ™‚ Definitely in the running as are your other suggestions. Thank you, Valerie.

  8. Amy

    Okay here are some serious suggestions…lol…

    For Lynn – Fiona, Marione, Edeen
    For Anne – Kenna, Beth, Evanna, Moira


    • katerobbins

      Got ’em. Thanks Ames. πŸ™‚ Love the name Moira. When I hear the name Fiona I always hear Shrek saying it in my head. hahaha.

  9. Nancy

    Sorry Bridge. Finally getting in here now.

    I’ve always liked Braveheart’s love’s name, “Murron”. From gaelic: Muireann.

    But then, Ronan and Murron. Um, no. You’re just going to have to dump Ronan! πŸ˜‰

    I also love the one Victoria Barbour suggested: Ailis.

    Good luck!

    • katerobbins

      Thanks Nancy! I love Murron and I was looking at Ailis too. Looks like I’m going to need my white board for this!

  10. Emily Timmins

    Saraid. I googled. I also like the Irish name Nieve. πŸ™‚

    • katerobbins

      Ooooooh. Now that’s one I’ve not heard before. Thanks for stopping by and offering a suggestion. You’re in the running missus! πŸ™‚

  11. Leana

    Hi there – had to join in given the Gaelic influence in histirical Scotland. (This name search is the result of me researching Tobermory scotch). How about Aibhilin, Gaelic origin and may be known as Abby or Lynn (my own interpretation).

    • katerobbins

      Hi there. I like that. Thanks for joining in. πŸ™‚ Gonna be hard to chose from all these fabulous suggestions. Cheers!

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