1. and 7. The Bird Girl, Who Flies Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease

  1. I need a name for my female main character.

Genre of [name_u]Story[/name_u]: Slipstream/[name_f]Fantasy[/name_f]

Time Period/Location: contemporary USA and fantasy world on par with a medieval setting

Brief Plot: [name_u]Bird[/name_u] Girl and [name_u]August[/name_u] were raised by a mother whose stories of her past were stranger and more terrifying than any fairy tale. When she disappears, [name_u]Bird[/name_u] Girl and [name_u]August[/name_u] follow a trail of secrets to her childhood home. Once there, they search for a mysterious door they believe she has gone through.

Character Description: [name_u]Bird[/name_u] Girl was born in magic world created by mother, but was brought into real world when she was a toddler. Raised with brother and mother in small town, USA. Girl is part bird. Her father is a race of bird people loosely inspired by the Caladrius from mythology. From them, girl has inherited the ability to fly and the ability to “see” and “heal” people’s futures. Has no realistic future goals for herself, except finding this world she believes her mother created. Immature for her age (which is 16). Socially awkward. She scrapes by in school, but has no interest in any subject. After her mother disappears, she drops out of school. [name_u]August[/name_u] encourages her to continue, but he doesn’t push. Prone to panic attacks, terrified of being abandoned by [name_u]August[/name_u], with whom she is very co-dependent. She enjoys running when she’s not allowed to fly (for fear of being seen). She’s a devoted follower of her mother’s made up religion, which worships seasonal gods. Included is a rough painting I’ve started of her. Sometimes it helps me name a character, but no such luck so far with her.

Immediate Family: [name_f]Emily[/name_f] (mother) [name_u]August[/name_u] (brother) [name_m]Phineas[/name_m] (father) [name_m]Gilbert[/name_m] (uncle)

Already Considered: [name_f]Thisbe[/name_f], [name_f]Saskia[/name_f], [name_f]Saga[/name_f]

[name_m]Don[/name_m]’t Suggest These Names: [name_f]Ivy[/name_f], [name_f]Nell[/name_f], [name_f]Ramona[/name_f], [name_f]Margot[/name_f], [name_f]Beatriz[/name_f], any obvious bird name ([name_f]Wren[/name_f], Kestrel, [name_f]Lark[/name_f], [name_u]Robin[/name_u])

Anything else?: Willing to reconsider [name_f]Saga[/name_f] or [name_f]Saskia[/name_f], but hoping to find something that I find more in tune with her. They feel a little fiercer than my bird girl is. She find strength through her journey, but is a rather timid girl. Word names are fine, if it’s like [name_u]August[/name_u] or [name_f]Saga[/name_f] and feels like a name. Her theme song is Arrival of the Birds by The Cinematic Orchestra

  1. I am also desperate for a title. This has been Untitled for too long and it’s driving me nuts.

Thing Description: Book title, see above for info about book. The magic world [name_f]Emily[/name_f] created is called the Wilderlands.

Already Considered: Crown the Witches, Arrival of the Birds (still in the running), The [name_u]Winter[/name_u] God

[name_m]Don[/name_m]’t Suggest These Names: Caladrius, Wilderlands, The [name_u]Bird[/name_u] Girl

Anything else?: I realize it’s difficult to name a book not having read it. If it helps, I tend to like book titles that are pieces of a poem or lyrics from a song, so you could suggest a poem or song that fits the theme and it might inspire me. Something to do with birds, faith, redemption. This is [name_u]August[/name_u]'s story as well. [name_u]August[/name_u] is destined to become the god of winter, in charge of souls. He hasn’t believed in any of this in a long time, and part of his journey is learning to believe as strongly as his sister does.

I can’t help you with a title as I’m generally terrible with this also. But your story sounds fascinating! Your painting is awesome too. I’ll try to help you the best I can as I like to think I’m fairly good at character naming (except in my sci-fi book, which I asked for help about on here with little help :frowning: )

Meaning names:

Bilhah – timid, bashful
Gwerful – completely shy
Lajila – shy
Tiombe – one who is shy
[name_f]Hadya[/name_f] – guide, leader, calm, quiet
Janoah – a calm and quiet child
[name_f]Tacita[/name_f] – quiet, silent, mute

Ironic names:

[name_f]Chandi[/name_f] – angry, fierce, moon, shining
[name_f]Imara[/name_f] – strong
Isana – strong willed woman
Kinah – strong willed
Llewella – shining one, lion like, leader – I love this one for her

Random names that fit the picture:

[name_f]Jocelyn[/name_f]
Roseline
Avila
[name_f]Aviva[/name_f]
[name_m]Giona[/name_m] – resembling the bird of peace
Kanoni
[name_f]Loa[/name_f]
[name_f]Flora[/name_f]
[name_f]Fauna[/name_f]
[name_f]Pippa[/name_f]
[name_f]Willow[/name_f]
[name_f]Blythe[/name_f]
[name_f]Avalon[/name_f]
[name_u]Fable[/name_u]
[name_f]Whimsy[/name_f]
Solace
[name_f]Winsome[/name_f]

[name_f]Do[/name_f] you like any?

I forgot to comment on your title choices :stuck_out_tongue:

Of yours, I like Crown the Witches. It’s cool, but I don’t know if it’s relevant to your story or not. I also like [name_u]Winter[/name_u] Reborn. [name_f]Do[/name_f] you?
I know you said poems and stuff would help. Maybe these will help you:

"I had no more alphabet
than the swallows in their courses,
the tiny, shining water
of the small bird on fire
which dances out of the pollen. "

“The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill for the caged bird
sings of freedom”

“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting”

“Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine” – I don’t know why this one works for me. This one and the last were from [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_m]Oliver[/name_m]

“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”
― J.M. [name_u]Barrie[/name_u], The [name_m]Little[/name_m] White [name_u]Bird[/name_u]
“I followed the road to nowhere
Feeling the need to stay there.
I’m searching for a new beginning,
Want to wander, with head still spinning”

"It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.” – [name_m]Clive[/name_m] [name_m]Barker[/name_m]

"Was it you or I who stumbled first? It does not matter. The one of us who finds the strength to get up first, must help the other.” [name_f]Vera[/name_f] Nazarian

“In the end, it is our defiance that redeems us.” ― [name_m]Mark[/name_m] [name_m]Rowlands[/name_m]

“To be saved is here, local and mortal” ― A.R. Ammons

“…I’ve known damnable beauty - the turgid pull of swirling blackness - but in the end, it’s futile - purity alone redeems…” ― [name_m]John[/name_m] Geddes

“A rock was sticking out of the water, jagged and pointed, covered with moss–a remnant of the Ice Age. It had withstood the rains, the snows, the frost, the heat. It was afraid of no one. It did not need redemption, it had already been redeemed.”
― [name_m]Isaac[/name_m] Bashevis Singer

This got to be VERY long. I’m sorry! I was inspired while helping you >.>

Hmm, yes, thank you Dantea. I like quite a few of them. I’m usually really good at naming my characters and books. This one though is just argh! I think I made the mistake of falling madly in love with this world, and nothing is going to be good enough. I’l take a look at your thread and see if I can help you out.

Llewella is very nearly perfect. It may be just right. I’ll have to mull it over for a few days. I hadn’t considered something Welsh for her. I took a quick look at some Welsh lists and [name_f]Dilys[/name_f] is another I’ve never heard, but almost feels right.

[name_f]Miranda[/name_f], I totally forgot about [name_f]Sephora[/name_f] and her variants! Thank you. I’m going to think that one over as well. The titles aren’t quite right for me, but I do appreciate your input.

Thank you both.

Oh wow, you posted while I was writing. :slight_smile: Thank you! I’m going to read that over. You rock.


Edit: lovely, all of it. I’m going to make some yummy tea and read over it slowly, so I can feel all those gorgeous words. The Barrie one, sigh! I haven’t read that line in a long time, but I’m going to have to check copyright on Barrie, because that line is about as perfect as it gets to describe my bird girl. Perfect faith, indeed. I’d love that line on the opening page.

[name_f]Thea[/name_f] came to mind pretty quickly, or [name_u]Gwynedd[/name_u] ([name_f]Gwyneth[/name_f]).

I love the idea of Welsh names. [name_f]Branwen[/name_f], [name_f]Bronwen[/name_f], [name_f]Aeronwy[/name_f], Eilonwy, [name_f]Catrin[/name_f], Eilwen, [name_f]Mairwen[/name_f], [name_u]Seren[/name_u]. I love Gwenllian (thanks to [name_f]Ottilie[/name_f]'s imagery). It’d be nice to have a nn like [name_f]Gwen[/name_f] that’s easier to remember for readers who may not be familiar with Welsh names.

I love all those names, brigid! [name_u]Gwyn[/name_u] names are off limits because I’m really hoping to have a Gwydion someday, and I’ve decided I’m not okay with my fictional characters and my children having the same name, and the Gwy is just a little too close. Or what do you think? Fictional [name_f]Gwyneth[/name_f] and a son named Gwydion? Meh, yeah, they’re pretty close. Same goes for Eilonwy. I can’t let go of that one until there’s no chance of ever using it for a daughter. [name_f]Bronwen[/name_f] and Gwenllian I’ve used in previous novels. Gosh, I must really love Welsh names! haha Eilwen is going in my “hmm, this might work” pile. [name_f]Catrin[/name_f] might go in there, too. There’s something rather fun about naming a bird girl a “cat” name. Thanks. :slight_smile:

Oh, and [name_f]Thea[/name_f] is a what her name used to be. Totally forgot to put that up there. The first name she ever had was [name_f]Thea[/name_f], back when she was just an idea in my head. So, good call there!

Sorry for my late reply—I love the name Gwydion! I think [name_f]Gwyneth[/name_f] and Gwydion aren’t too close; it’s not like they’d be siblings (though as a writer I definitely understand the feeling!), more like cousins who rarely see each other, or even coworkers’ kids.

Haha, cousins who rarely see each other. I like that. :slight_smile:

I’ve actually gone in a totally different direction and named my bird girl [name_f]Lux[/name_f]. [name_f]Lux[/name_f] was part of a middle name combo that my SO just had me cut, and the moment I did, I got that excited feeling when I realized the bird girls’ name was [name_f]Lux[/name_f]!

Still no book title. I’m going for Arrival of the Birds for now. Thanks to all who helped out! Really appreciate it. You all got the creative juices flowing.