For this week’s edition of Weekly Geeks, we’re going to take a closer look at character names. What are some of your favorite character names?
Go to Google or a baby name site, and look up a favorite character’s name. What does their name mean? Do you think the meaning fits the character? Why or why not?
If you’d like, look up your own name as well and share the meaning.
The character name that sticks out the most for me is from a book that I read and loved as a child. I have always remembered the name Lucien Dobson Chilmark from the YA Novel, The Last Silk Dress. I still have that book! And I must have been somewhere between the ages of 10 and 12 when I first got it. I’ve been thinking of re-reading it to see if my crush on a fictional character was a well-founded one.
Lucien is the brother of the protagonist and of course he was handsome, dashing, smart, surrounded by a hint of scandal, but has a heart of gold and loved his sister very much. I guess all the things that would stand out to an impressionable young girl (that would be me, *wink*).
Lucien means light, and it was the 844th most popular name in a census taken in 1990. That’s rather a higher number than I thought it would be. I wouldn’t have thought it would be so popular, and I wonder if it is more common in The South, which is where the novel is set. Lucien is from the French language and the feminine form is Lucienne.
Nicole, by the way is from the Greek, and means victorious people. Um…okay. Maybe it fits in some way that has yet to be revealed to me. I do believe that my mom just that it was pretty and went well with my first name. Nicole is used in the German, English, Dutch, and the aforementioned French, languages.
Any character names stand out for you? What does your name mean?