Thursday, May 31, 2007

Thirteen Things about Great Heroine Names

Here are some names I'd consider giving to one of my heroines:

1. Amarna – Of Arabic origin, named after the ancient city "el-Amarna", located on the east bank of the Nile River built by the Pharaoh Akhenaten of the late 18th Dynasty (circa 1353 BC). I fell in love with this name watching a documentary on ancient Egypt.

2. Blanche – Of French origin, means "white."

3. Calista – Of Greek origin, means "the most beautiful." Who doesn't want a beautiful heroine?

4. Glenda –Of Welsh origin, means "clean and good."

5. Gilda – Pronounced JILL-da. Of English origin, means "covered with a thin layer of gold", of Germanic origin, means "offering." I've loved this name ever since I saw the film, Design for Living. Gilda was played beautifully by Miriam Hopkins.

6. Isabella – Of Hebrew origin, means "My God is a vow".

7. Jemma – Of Latin origin, means "jewel."

8. Larissa – Of Russian origin, from the ancient city of Larisa.

9. Mabel – Of French origin, means "lovable." I like this name because I'm a fan of the work and life of Mabel Normand.

10. Pagan – Of Celtic origin, means country dweller.

11. Tallulah – Of Gaelic origin, means "abundance, lady, princess."

12. Taryn – Of American origin. One of the alums from my sorority had this name and I always liked it.

13. Zhana – Of Hebrew origin, means "God is gracious."

Which of these 13 names would you consider giving to one of your heroines? What other names do you think would be great for a heroine and why?

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Blogger Melissa Marsh said...

Those are some great names. When I think of Blanche, I naturally think Streetcar Named Desire. I had an Aunt Blanche that I never met, though heard she was a bit of a spitfire.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Parker said...

Great heroine names!

I've always been particularly interested in the name "Pagan." My maiden name is "Payne," an old old English name, which is said to be a derivative of "Pagan" way back when.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Diana Celesky said...


I have yet to see A Streetcar Named Desire, but it sounds like the Blanche in that show was a spitfire, too. I've always thought the name was cool, and it sounds so powerful.

3:39 PM  
Blogger Diana Celesky said...


I've thought about using the name "Payne" as a surname for one of my characters since it has such a nice, strong sound to it. Now if you went by "Elizabeth Payne Parker," that would really pack a punch!

3:49 PM  

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