Variations on William

Genre of [name_u]Story[/name_u]: Fiction

Time Period/Location: Unspecified suburb in [name_f]East[/name_f] USA; based in part of areas in [name_m]New[/name_m] [name_u]Jersey[/name_u]

Brief Plot: I prefer not to divulge too deeply (not on this site, but on others I’ve had ideas stolen), and the plot doesn’t have much to do with helping the name; really all I’d like is a name that fits criterion listed below. The plot is loosely based off of a Shakespearean play (it’s not a retelling, exactly, or a sequel, or based off of a minor character; it’s more of a reinterpretation of the play’s themes in a modern setting).

Unchanged Characters/Other Characters’ Names: [name_u]Robin[/name_u] (female), [name_m]Paul[/name_m] nn Pigeon, [name_f]Emmy[/name_f], [name_m]Aaron[/name_m], [name_u]Tyson[/name_u] nn [name_m]Ty[/name_m]

Current Name: [name_m]William[/name_m] nn [name_m]Will[/name_m] and/or [name_m]Liam[/name_m]; I’m looking for either a suggestion of a new or inventive nickname, or a variation/twist on the name [name_m]William[/name_m]. I’d like to still use [name_m]William[/name_m] as the basis of my character’s name, thanks.

[name_m]Reason[/name_m] for Change: It works…but [name_m]Will[/name_m] doesn’t capture the character’s personality, in my opinion, and [name_m]Liam[/name_m] doesn’t fit in with my other characters’ names (they all have very standard, popular names, at least when they were born; [name_m]Liam[/name_m] is very popular now, but is most commonly seen on very young children).

Character Description: As of now-named [name_m]William[/name_m], nn [name_m]Will[/name_m], isn’t a central character, per se: he’s not a narrator, but he is the entity of the plot. He is familiar with all characters and is responsible for connecting them, he quietly organizes the events that transpire, is the director and orchestrator of this play, metaphorically. [name_f]My[/name_f] narrator and protagonist, Pigeon, doesn’t recognize this, yet the reader is intended to notice him and understand what is happening.

Who named the character: Not present characters in the story, but think middle-class, suburban, Caucasian; they’re probably not going to name him the trendy Croatian take on [name_m]William[/name_m].

Immediate Family (if relevant): No immediate family is mentioned or relevant, but please do keep in mind the names of other characters, as I really don’t want [name_m]William[/name_m] to stick out, in keeping with the subtlety of the character.

Already Considered (if relevant): [name_m]Will[/name_m], [name_m]Liam[/name_m]

[name_m]Don[/name_m]’t Suggest These Names: [name_m]Paul[/name_m], [name_u]Tyson[/name_u], [name_m]Aaron[/name_m], or anything that doesn’t have at least a loose connection with the name [name_m]William[/name_m].

I don’t know why but the name [name_m]Thomas[/name_m] came to mind as I was reading about your character. But if you’re looking for variations of [name_m]William[/name_m], how about:


Other names unrelated to [name_m]William[/name_m]: [name_m]Absalom[/name_m] or [name_m]Eliam[/name_m].


I’m sorry - those were all I could think of. :slight_smile:

I think [name_m]Liam[/name_m] is a lovely nickname. In fact, to me, it sounds like the name of a serious and quiet grown-up man.
I’d suggest you use [name_m]Liam[/name_m], since none of the other variations seem very appealing.

[name_m]Walt[/name_m] / [name_m]Walter[/name_m]