This is a Meta Story Page about why I have given certain names to characters or places, and what I think of those names after the fact.
Names which are too similar bother me, I get confused who is who, but I hadn't yet learned this when I started writing the Nano Novel. and sometimes there are reasons for names to be similar.
Marisol and Marrisyl. Edit
I love the name Marisol I had a coworker at Protel Telemarketing in Topeka who had that name and I loved the name so I wanted to name someone after that name. So Carton's Mexican LDS neighbor got the name and then she became Jonathan's foster-mother by being in the right place at the right time. Jason named Marrisyl after the Marrion Jay and Sylvia, to help him heal because that was what he missed the most when his implant was removed. BUt I think Marisol might have had some part in that naming also.
These two names drove me crazy, two fathers of the same man the same length with the same initial letter. I couldn't keep them straight. I loved the name Desmond, so I decided Derreck needed a name change. I asked everyone for suggestions and it took a week or so to find one I could tolerate. Jonathan. I think the name was suggested by Erica. She's the best namer I know. However, I still thought of him as Derreck, so I made a way for him to also retain his original name. Jonathan in the Bible was most known [to me anyhow] as the representative of a very close male friendship. In this sense it makes sense to me for Jonathan's role in the story.
I gave them similar names because they were twins, but after a few years I decided they were still confusing me, so they would confuse others, perhaps. I never loved the Name Tark, it seemed a bit harsh for the character, who is very shy and sensitive so I tried a million single syllable names [Jonathan likes to shorten everyones name to one syllable, so he would only give his kids one, I think] and settled on one that had a softer sound than Tark and no obvious associative meaning for me: Lenn. I later realized it was Ironically almost the same as what Alexandreil names his other son, Leon, who was born later. This could well have been intentional on the part of Alexandreil but it was totally unconscious on my part. [Lenn is not the son of Alexandreil, but he thinks he is and Alexandreil agrees. He's basically adopted by Alexandreil]
I don't know what's up with that, I seem to want to name every female Charactor something in the S-R- category. I gotta really watch myself. there's also Shondra which is pretty close.
I'm not good at remembering spellings, and thus some names change their spelling often. Eventually I settle on one spelling but often it takes years. the WIki is helping with that because I ahve to establish a single spelling to create links. yay wiki.
Allissa, Allyssa [various others with one s or one l or both]
Shara, Sh'hara ---I've got a think=g for apostrophies sep in D'zeron names
Sen'tran, Sentran. I'm lazy typing, I leave it out but this one was to indicate it is a shortened form of a long Paragangian name. originally all Paragangians had long names which got shortened. lately I haven't bothered. I might go back to that though.
Quetzal Quetz'l--too lazy to type the beloved apostrophy again. yup
Chathalen Chathalan etc.
Carston Carsten, Zeneth Zenneth Zennith
Gloria was not named after my sister Gloria at all. I was looking for a name which implied shining, that's what I came up with.
Darcy was named after a custodian at the school we were using as a church at the time. I just liked the name. He originally had one of those long Paragangian names, but since he's not really Paragangian, he doesn't anymore.