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Welcome, friend! Relax & rest awhile, if you please. I'm an ordinary girl, a follower of Christ, mama to Gabriel, & wife to Evan. Here in this little space of the online world, I share all manner of bookish things, including full content reviews, writerly snippets, encouragement for everyday life, and a whole collection of names & their meanings.

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What's in a Name?

For this post, I'm attempting to fulfill a particular challenge presented to me by a particular friend. :] I shall do my best!  Here are the set of instructions, so to speak:

Right now I'm in need of names to represent a mixed demographic of Americans. I'm going to have a really big group of people from all around the country thrown together in a story I've been pondering, mostly in the 10-25 age range. It's proving slightly harder than I thought to find COLORFUL names for the cast that aren't too UNUSUAL, at least not unusual enough that they draw attention to themselves. Pretty abstract name requirements, I know, but if you want to take up the challenge I'd be happy for the help. ^-^

Upon first reading her comment, I immediately thought along the lines of a futuristic story (forgive/corretct me, dearie, if I'm wrong!).  So, you'll see names below that I think would fit awesomely in that genre. (Notice I said "I think.") As a result of this little challenge, this post may extend/add to another post, continuing, hopefully, next week.  But I'm still up for requests!!

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English (rare)
Pronunciation:  THAYN

Meaning & History
From the Scottish and English noble title, which ranked between an earl and ordinary freeman, and who usually held lands granted by the king (early English history); or (in Scottish history) the chief of a clan, holding lands of the king, a king's baron.  Originally from the Old English thegn.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Latin, Modern
Pronunciation:  SIT-triss

Meaning & History
Meaning unknown.  Possibly from the word citrus, defining a genus of plants such as the lemon, lime, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, kumquat, etc.

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Modern

Meaning & History
Meaning unknown.  Possibly taken from the nicknames Jake or Jack, both of which are derived from the biblical name Jacob.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English (modern), French
Pronunciation:  dan-YEL

Meaning & History
Variant of Danielle, the French feminine form of Daniel, meaning "God is my judge."

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Photos via Pinterest.

Well, there ya have it.  May have a few more similar handles next week.

Until then, fairfarren!

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  1. Ooh, these are great! You've picked another name I've used for a charrie; Thane (I spelled it Thayne) was the prince in a Cinderella retelling I wrote. :)

    Citris is a good one... I like the ones that are different spellings of real words.

    And, I hafta say, you pick fabulous pictures each and every time!

  2. Wow! Awesome. We think alike, you and I ;D I really like that that spelling of Thayne.

    Yes, I like Citris! Not sure where/when I came up with that one.

    And they say a picture is worth a thousand words, right? :]

  3. Yup, another braintwin! ;D (And thanks!)

    Well, it's unusual without being in your face. :)

    Exactly! I feel like grabbing the pictures (and the names to go with them) and keeping them for future characters. XD

  4. I absolutely LOVE this set of names! Thane and Citris especially. But honestly, they're ALL great and are trying to inspire me with my own futuristic story. So good job! :D The pictures are great.

    Oh! I wanted to let you know that I've tagged you with a Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit tag over at my blog here: Definitely nothing you have to do whatsoever at all. Only if you want to.

    Hope you're doing great! <3

  5. Ooh, thank-you Sari! ^-^ Very cool names. Pictures too! Did you come up with the last three names/spellings yourself?
    I always enjoy your name posts and look forward to seeing the possible extension/addition!

  6. Christine: So glad you like 'em! Yeah, I've got a futuristic idea floating around in my noggin right now... We'll see what comes of it. :] Thanks for the tag!!

    Nightingale: My pleasure, dearie. I take credit for Citris only, although I don't remember where/when it came... I'll try to find some others!


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