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#1 sparks_fly

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 04:05 PM

Okay, I am writing a story about a family of 10 that lives in the south during the civil war. (Cliche, I know, but I am trying to spice it up a bit :) Here are my names so far, a ? shows where I need a suggestion!

DH: ? George Wright
DW: Elizabeth Katherine Wright

DS: Charles Earl Wright nn. Charlie
DD: Helen ? Wright (mn must start with M)
DS: Aiden Augustine Wright
DD: Virginia Anne Wright
DD: Claire ? Wright (mn must start with A)
DS: Nicholas Patrick Wright
DS: George Joshua Wright
DD: Gemma ? Wright (mn must start with G)


Okay, ANY suggestions would be highly appreciated!
Btw, I need the mn's to start with those letters because the letters each represent a person I'm basing the character on :)

Thanks so so much!

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:12 PM

Aiden and Gemma aren't names that would be used very often in the 1800's. Augustine is also usually intended to be used by women.

I don't want to suggest names to be used in place of them, but for the question marks:

DH: Charles George Wright (It was popular to name sons after fathers.)
DW: Elizabeth Katherine Wright

DS: Charles Earl Wright nn. Charlie
DD: Helen Mary Wright
DS: ____ _____ Wright
DD: Virginia Anne Wright
DD: Claire Abigail Wright
DS: Nicholas Patrick Wright
DS: George Joshua Wright
DD: _____ Genevieve Wright (mn must start with G)

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:06 AM

Thank you! I probably need to change Aiden and Gemma, they don't seem very believable. Charles George I love! Genevieve is also wonderful! Thanks so much!

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:54 PM

Ok, I've been doing genealogy for my family lately, mainly in the 1800's. We're in the South :)

I agree with WriterWoman - Aiden and Gemma need to go and Charles George would be very believable. I'd also say change Claire to Clara. You could still use Claire as a nickname, though. I'd also think about re-doing Nicholas, Patrick & Joshua as those weren't very used at the time (maybe just use one of them?)

Some names/naming trends that keep popping up on census data I've been looking at:
  • Short, sweet girls names that end in either -a or -ie (Mollie, Katie, Willie (very popular, believe it or not), Alma, Eliza, Tempe, Bettie, Mary, Nancy, Annie, Ella, Phoebe/Phebe)
  • Double names or combination names for girls (Ann Eliza, Mary Anne, Georgianna, Henrietta)
  • Strong, traditional, family based names for boys (Thomas, William, Charles, John, James, George, Robert)
Also, it would be good to know where your family's ancestors were from. People tended to immigrate to areas people from their country had already immigrated to, creating pockets of naming cultures. For instance, in SC there was a strong presence of Welsh families in areas. There, Rhys/Reese was very represented in the 1800's, whereas elsewhere in the country it was hardly used.

DH: Charles George Wright
DW: Elizabeth Katherine Wright

DS: Charles Earl Wright nn. Charlie
DD: Helen Margaret Wright
DS: Arthur Augustine Wright
DD: Virginia Anne Wright
DD: Clara Alice Wright (mn must start with A)
DS: Nicholas Patrick Wright
DS: George Joshua Wright
DD: Mollie Grace Wright (mn must start with G)

I hope that wasn't too much... I nerded out a bit, lol.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 12:04 AM

DH: Charles George Wright
DW: Elizabeth Katherine Wright

DS: Charles Earl Wright nn. Charlie
DD: Helen Merideth Wright
DS: Asa Augustine Wright
DD: Virginia Anne Wright
DD: Claire Amelia Wright
DS: Nicholas Isaac Wright
DS: George Joshua Wright
DD: Genevieve Grace Wright




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