I found my ‘First Thousand Words in Japanese’ picture dictionary yesterday and saw some stuff that I thought may interest some of the Clue Crew (feel free to correct if anything is wrong - also this might’ve been spotted before but) , especially if you think about potential symbolism:
Kasumi = Mist
- Could be thought of as something having a lingering presence even if it’s gone? Mist also sounds like the word ‘missed’ which can make it sadder
Yumi =- Bow (as in a bow and arrow)
Could be referencing the fact that Yumi is the older sibling - which I’m guessing means she’s likely a support for her younger sister and also as the eldest sibling she might be expected to have the most responsibility (also potentially a play on that she loves wearing hair bows?)
Nagai = Long
- Long as in long life, maybe? Takae is eldery, so that could make sense.
Also out of curiosity I googled some more things -
Miwako = apparently, it can mean ‘Wise Eyes’
- Reference to the fact that she wears glasses? Could also mean even if she’s the youngest child, she’s the more mature/sensible one?
Shimizu = ‘pure water’ (apparently)
- This could mean that the ‘water’ mentioned in the game’s title wouldn’t just be referring to the little pond (I’m a little embarrassed - I can’t remember if it has a specific name) at the ryokan, but could be meaning the family, so the ‘Shadow at the water’s edge’ would mean the problems plaguing the family before Nancy solved the case?
Hey, so I'm a generally indecisive person and I can't decide on a name. I've tried a lot of names that I like but none of them seem to fit me. Do you know a place that has a good list or can help me with my problem?
Last week, I posted 5 Ways to Name Your Character. Sometimes, nothing is working, so if the 5 five methods still leave your character nameless, I have five more for you!
#6) Someone You Know
Mark Twain once said, “Never quarrel with a man who buys ink by the barrel”. This is why. Remember Dylan? That kid that bullied you in middle school? Name your next antagonist after him. The woman working at DMV who was really rude? Her name tag said “Gretchen”. She can your main character’s extremely annoying next door neighbor.
Naming a character after someone you know isn’t a bad idea. To avoid lawsuits, try to just use a first name if you’re going to do this, especially if you are using their name as a form of revenge.
Using someone you know doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Back to JK Rowling, she chose the name “Potter” after her childhood friends.
Alliterative names work well for a lot of writers. Having a character named “Madeline Morris” or “Brendan Beloff” sounds good and is easy to remember. This is especially good for children’s books, where alliteration (and rhymes) are loved. Derek the Dog or Whiney Wendy could catch on fast with children. If you are writing for adults, try to keep the alliterations subtle to avoid sounding cartoonish. Rowling’s Severus Snape, Dudley Dursley, or Godric Gryffindor don’t draw too much attention to themselves, but still create memorable names that are pleasing to the ears. If you can’t think of a name that starts with the letter you want, try babynames.com (and you can narrow the website down by your character’s ethnicity as well).
#8) Name Generators
If you really can’t think of anything else, have someone else think of names for you! Name generators are all over the internet. You can find name generators with a google search for all genres. There are normal generators (with names like James or Hannah). You can select specific ethnicities on most sites. Google fantasy name generators and you can find names like Anmi or Muelcla. Other generators include elf names (Arla, Dril), Medieval names (Ioetta, Claricia), and fairy names (Nettle, Briar). Generators are one of the easiest and fastest ways to find names specific to your needs, as there are so many out there.
#9) Steal them from Everywhere
If you don’t already, carry a notebook with you everywhere. Write down names you hear or see that you like. The parent who yells after their kids in the grocery store, the honor roll list posted outside the high school, or the name tag on the guy helping you at Best Buy. Get in the habit of writing down a name as soon as you hear it. When it comes time to choose a new name, you have a list ready to go!
#10) Just Relax!
There is no pressure to pick the perfect name right away. Don’t let the stress of naming a character stop you from writing the actual story. If all these ideas haven’t helped you name your character, don’t name them yet. You can just put “Maincharacter” where their name should go, and Ctrl+H later to Find and Replace all uses of Maincharacter with the name you choose. The best way to get to know your character is by spending some time with them. The more you write, the more you’ll know them. Hopefully that will mean you’ll eventually learn their name.
Hopefully now you have some ideas for character names. Best of luck, writers!
However, the rules for the rivers are more complicated than that. It’s rather:
Most non-European rivers are male in German. (I have found some exceptions in Asia with some rivers ending with “a” are female.)
Germany: approx. 90% female
exceptions (>100km length): der Rhein, derMain,der Inn, der Neckar, der Regen, der Kocher, der Rhin
Europe + Russia: it’s complicated!
if it ends with a vowel other than “o”, it’s probably female.
if it ends with “o” or a consonant, it’s probably male
exceptions: Rule for German rivers also applies to several rivers that are in or very close to areas which formerly belonged to Germany or “German states” (of the German Confederation), e.g. the German names of Adige (die Etsch), Neman (die Memel), Vistula (die Weichsel), Meuse (die Maas) and Mur(a) (die Mur)
I just remembered something that happened at work recently…
A couple of young clients came to my wicket - I’ve talked with them many times before, and they’re very nice! After a few visits, one of them mentioned that they couldn’t wait to turn 18 so that they could legally change their name.
Now, I don’t know this person’s situation - out of all our conversations, I’ve not asked any pressing questions about gender identity or anything. Still, this teenager told me the name they always wanted.
At the end of their transactions, I stopped them from leaving and told them this: my memory is terrible because I’m old. However, if at all possible, would they like me to call them by their preferred name even before it was changed?
Oh my land, their face lit up like a Christmas tree! They were so happy that I was willing to do that!
Again, these sorts of things are not things I’ve personally faced. I have my own matters to worry about, and that’s more than enough for me.
But if being referred to as a certain name or gender or whatever will make your day a little easier, I don’t see the harm. :)
Maybe you’ve decided things, or you’re still working things out for yourself. This is all part of that journey. It may change later, it may not.
It does no harm to others, really. If all it does is HELP you figure things out, then I will help.
30% of recently married women didn’t take their husband’s last name.
According to the NY Times, about 20% of women kept their own names, while about 10% chose an alternative option, like hyphenating or legally changing their name while using their original surname professionally. But the reasons women gave for keeping their names are not what you’d think. They’re often not trying to make a statement.
“When they ask for your name,
you give them the short form,
the westernized way of saying it,
so they don’t slip and bruise
their tongues. You are too kind,
but know that they will not care
the same way for you, will not
spare you the acceptance
they readily have for one another.
Some say that your name is
too difficult to pronounce,
too long for the limited boxes
on government forms,
so long that it could wrap
its way around your body.
— Good. This world is cold,
and you will need the warmth.”