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Monday, June 6, 2016

What's in a name?


As a writer of Colonial fiction, one of funnest things to do is choose names for characters. More and more I see the huge influence the Puritans had on what became common names in the American colonies. They also had a lot of names that didn't rise in popularity as some of the Bible names did, but still hold a lot of meaning...and sometimes a chuckle (like 'Search-the-Scriptures', 'Joy-in-sorrow' or 'Sorry-for-Sin')

Here are a few of my favorites:

For girls: (Besides the usual Bible names)
Berenice 
Charis
Charity
Chastity
Comfort
Constance 
Chloe
Clemence
Damaris
Drusilla
Eunice 
Faith 
Felicity
Fidelity 
Honor
Hope
Jemima
Mercy
Modesty
Patience
Prudence
Tacita
Temperance 
Thankful
Unity

(Really, any virtue you can think of...including Virtue!)

For boys: (Besides the usual Bible names)
Abner
Abiel
Ariel
Ajax
Amzi
Ansel
Constant (You could name twins Constance and Constant...but that would get confusing!)
Cyrus
Ebenezer
Experience
Garvan
Gawen
Fortune
Gershom
Increase 
Lovell
Prospero
Reason
Tenacious
Theophil
Truth
Winthrop



I had a lot of fun in The Scarlet Coat, the first book in my Hearts at War series, as the hero remembers nothing about who he is at the beginning... not even his name. Rachel Garnet, weary of having nothing to call him, hopes that if he hears his name he might recognise it.


     “How about Thomas?” she asked.
     He shook his head.
     “James, Andrew, Simon, John?”
     “Are you listing common British names or the Apostles of Christ?” He smiled at her.
     “Well, you do seem to be Christian, and they are quite common names here. I’m not British—at least, not anymore—so you tell me which names are popular in England.”
     “No, let us continue with this.” He flipped through the pages of the Bible. “You are correct. I am Christian. I do not remember it, exactly, I simply...I know it. My belief in Christ seems to run deeper than memories or thoughts. It is the core of who I am, as though I would cease to exist without that sense of faith in the Lord. For ‘who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or...’” He looked to her with a sheepish smile. Pulling himself up a little more, he redirected his attention back to the Bible. “Shall we continue? What are some of the other names?”
     The sizzle of batter meeting a hot skillet was followed by a mouthwatering aroma.
     His stomach pinched and churned. Had it been most of a day since he had eaten last? The pain in his thigh had been distracting enough until now.
     “Do you want them from the Old Testament? There’s Adam, Jacob...Ezekiel, or, perhaps,” she flashed him a grin, “Nebuchadnezzar?”
     “Nebuchadnezzar? Do you really think that fits?” He shook his head. “Perhaps we should start with the New Testament. I am sure you agree I look more like a Herod or Pilate?”
     “I wasn’t planning to say anything, but I think you’re right.” She shot him a disapproving glare. “We’re wasting time. Let’s be serious."
     “I thought we were.”



Thanks for joining me today! Let me know in the comments what your favorite Colonial names are.



A Woman Compelled by Christian Charity
Surrounded by the musket fire of the American Revolution, Rachel Garnet prays for her family to be safe.  When the British invade the Mohawk Valley, and her father and brother don't return from the battle, she goes in pursuit of them. She finds her brother alive but her father has been killed at the hand of the enemy. Amidst the death, how can she ignore a cry for help...? Rachel reluctantly takes in a badly wounded British officer. But how long can her sense of Christian duty repress her hatred for his scarlet coat?

A Man Lost to the Devastation of War
Passages of Scripture and fleeting images of society are all Andrew Wyndham recalls after he awakens to the log walls of his gentle prison. Even his name eludes him. Rachel Garnet insists he is a captain in the British army. He mourns the loss of his memory, but how can he hope to remember war when his “enemy” is capturing his heart?

A Scarlet Uniform Holds the Power to Unite or Divide

Andrew’s injuries are severe, his memory slow to return, and the secret of his existence too perilous to ignore. As Rachel nurses him back to health, his hidden scarlet coat threatens to expose the deeds of her merciful heart, and Andrew is forced to face a harrowing decision—Stay hidden and risk losing the woman he loves or turn himself in and risk losing his life.

Now available for preorder on Amazon!


Angela K Couch is an award-winning author for her short stories, and a semi-finalist in ACFW’s 2015 Genesis Contest for her Revolutionary War novel that will be published by Pelican Book Group. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in there, as well. Angela lives in Alberta, Canada with her “hero” and three munchkins. www.angelakcouch.com

16 comments:

  1. Oh, I love names— and naming characters. By the time I was eleven, I had four baby name books to help me name characters. :) And I love, love, love the excerpt from your story. Seeing that kind of humor between the hero and heroine always draws me in!

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    1. Thanks, Christy! Names are really fun. I hope you get a chance to read the whole story when it releases! :)

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  2. Jemima is one of my ancestor's names. Somehow that nicknamed into Meany Mina! Maybe Jemima Scott was a meany ;) I love a lot of those names you mentioned!

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    1. LOL. Very interesting, Carrie. :) It is pretty fun looking at some of these names.

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  3. Congratulations on your book Angela! It sounds really interesting.

    It was fun reading down the list of names you posted. Chuckled at the twins name suggestion, Constant & Constance...could get confusing.

    I like Seth, Silas, Thaddeus, Henrietta, Prudence, Abigail, Esther.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Thank you! Those are some great names you picked. :)

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  4. I am going with Reason and Faith. I enjoyed your post. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Good picks! I know some Faiths, but Reason really intrigues me. Might make for a good hero. ;)

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  5. What a fun and informative post. Thank you, Angela.

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    1. Thanks, Janet. I'm glad I'm not the only one who had fun. :)

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  6. We've traced one branch of our family tree to the Puritans in Connecticut. I have three named Theophilus in that bunch. But that's also a Biblical name.

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  7. Such a neat list! I just saw that Laura Frantz's next heroine is Temperance and that name really stood out to me as being a neat one!

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    1. That is a neat name. We'll look forward to reading her book! :)

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  8. One of my favorite things is naming characters and researching names!

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