Need help with a surname for my main character!

Hello! This is now my second post. Involving the same story from my other topic. :sweat_smile:

It’s been about half a year and I still haven’t found a surname for my main character. Her name is “Marielle,” and while I’ve heard a couple pronounce it “Mary-elle,” my head kept automatically pronouncing it as “mah-ree-ell,” so I just stuck with it. I personally like the sound of that better, as well.

I need a surname that gives the same vibes as the name “Baudelaire,” and/or a name that gives you the vibe of a family that has been “cursed” in their bloodline for centuries. The curse is death, though I won’t get into what specific way of dying it is in order to be extra cautious and avoid making anyone uncomfortable.

If this helps you any further, the story’s main setting is the sea. The main character even lives near the sea herself. Hence why I gave her a name that, from what short knowledge I gained, means star of the sea!

I would much prefer longer and “fancier” (more noble sounding? Victorian? I’m not sure which is the right word) sounding surname suggestions. But who knows? If you suggest a shorter surname, I might change my mind!

If you need to know any further details, I’ll message them to you. :blush:

Thank you so much to anyone who took the time to read this, and tries to help me. I’d say surnames are definitely one of the most exhausting and harder parts for me when it comes to fictional writing. :joy:

Here’s some ideas ~
[name_u]Carrington[/name_u]
Archambeau
Berengar
Chatelain
Cloutier
De [name_m]Villiers[/name_m]
[name_m]Dubois[/name_m]
[name_m]Dacre[/name_m]
[name_m]Durand[/name_m]
Frossard
La Cour
Lenoir
Valade
Voland

To find these I searched for ‘dark academia [name_u]French[/name_u] surnames’ incase you’d like to find more of the same!

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Hey, it’s you again, @EdgeOfTheMeadow! You’re back! :sob: :gift_heart:

I’ll definitely look into “dark academia [name_u]French[/name_u] surnames.” And thank you so much for the surname suggestions!

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some ideas:

Andronicus
[name_m]Bartleby[/name_m]
Bonhomme
Courtemanche
[name_u]Courtenay[/name_u]
D’Aramitz
[name_f]Devereux[/name_f]
Duval
Faucheux
Favreau
[name_m]Granville[/name_m]
Meunier
Montmorency
Mycroft
Sauveterre
[name_m]Trevelyan[/name_m]
Villeneuve
[name_u]Voltaire[/name_u]

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Delacroix

It means ‘of the cross’, and was originally used for people who lived by a crossroads, which sounds suitably cursed to me!

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Coming here to echo @Shits_Giggles because my first thought on reading your post was Delacroix! I also like Badeaux: it means open-mouthed or gullible, but I like it because it has the word “bad” in it and “eaux” can translate to waters, which links to her first name and the setting. Not sure if that’s too on the nose for you though

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[name_m]Can[/name_m] I just say I LOVE that name! [name_f]Lovely[/name_f] choice!

[name_m]Allard[/name_m]
Baudelaire
[name_m]Durand[/name_m] (apparently meaning ‘enduring’)
Chastain
Noyer
Castillon
[name_m]Gauthier[/name_m]
Arquette

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