I think we need to celebrate. Who's up for a game?
In my upcoming novel, Starflower (2012), my heroine has a dog. A rough-and-tumble lurcher female, whose former owner wanted her to be a hunting/fighting brute of a dog. She looks something like this:
Problem is, she needs a name. And not a pretty name like Starflower might give her . . . no, she needs a name appropriate for the vicious fighting dog she was meant to be. Want to help me out?
Please feel free to list as many Southlands-sounding names as you like in the comments section! (Southlander names are like Lionheart, Foxbrush, Catspaw, Hawkeye, Starflower, etc.) I will pick the one I like best for the name of Starflower's lurcher, and whoever it was who gave me the winning name will win a free, autographed copy of Veiled Rose.
So go ahead! Begin listing! The winner will be announced a week from today and the prize sent out soon thereafter. Have fun!
Hawkeye looks like it fits her.Or maybe something with "Grey" in it.
Keilah-Hebrew-citadel=strong and protective De Fleischer (Of course DE is a great name-unique ;) )
Bearclaw, Fangwolf or Wolffang, or Lionroar.
Fun game! (And congratulations on your 100th post!)
Hmmm... I'll suggest "Frosthound" or "Firefiend."
When coming up with compound names I instantly resort to something Nordic, like "Rimefax:" something not English, which, I think, it not what you want.
Moongang (barely scraping by with Germanic influences)
Harefoot (oh look, it's a Dane)
This is perhaps neither here nor there, as far as this post goes, but I read a book not too many months ago about such a dog called The Dog of Bondi Castle. Admittedly, it is really a children's book, but the retelling of the French legend of the dog of Montagris was stirring. If you ever have occasion to read it, Anne Elisabeth, you would probably enjoy it. Unless I am much mistaken, it seems like the sort of story you hold dear.
Suddenly I came upon a pasteboard placard, beautifully written, which was lying on the desk, and bore the words - 'Take care of him. He bites.'
How about Aerlgrai? Its a different way of spelling Earl Grey. Sounds weird, but its one of my grandma's favorite tea (I haven't tried it yet).
Hmmmmm, maybe Greyguard, Fangcage, Wolfseige?
I'm not very original when it comes to names, sorry. ^-^
I have not had much experience with this, so please bear with me... : )
Grizzlemane, Fiercetooth, Wolfseye, Fearfang, Bloodbringer, Dreadbearer, Terrorfighter, Jaggedjaw, Darkheart, Frightfiend.
What about Fiercebiter? Graybane? Fuzzyclaw?
Well, she certainly looks a little odd! I'm sure she'll turn out a great sidekick.
How about something plant-y and poisonous? Would they name a lurcher 'Hemlock'?
Oh, I just noticed! Your name is my name, backwards! Anne Elizabeth, Elizabeth Anne.
We share names, only switched!
Thanks for this challenge, Anna, I hope I win! ;)
Well, first I suggest that whatever you choose that you make it Gaelic as that would be the language of the times. You can check out http://MedievalScotland.org/scotnames/scotnames101.shtml for better details on naming and culture in medieval Scotland.
My particular suggestion for naming her comes from the frightful uncertainty of a Scottish fog. The same grey mist reflected in her coat but pulling more from the tradition of using natural elements for surprise in battle. Ceo Glais (loosely pronounced sea-o-glay-in), gaelic for grey mist.
I also wanted to suggest a name more familiar, but with a good meaning behind it; I do recall that Beana was a sidekick with a more usual sort of name. The name that would be good based on its meaning is "Bernadette" which means, "brave like a bear." A good quality for a fighter, no? I do realize that it may seem slightly sweet, therefore, Oya (a warrior-spirit of the wind, lightning, and fire believed to create hurricanes and tornadoes), Lady of Yue (a swords-woman), Enyo (Greek, delights in bloodshed), or a classic Valkyrie (a norse woman who decides who dies in battle) would be more frightening than Bernadette.
Moonbeam? (that's kinda pretty, but could be fitting...possibly...maybe...)
I hope you liked them:) There are allot of other good ones posted, though.
Stormcloud (I'm just thinking here...)
Hi, love your work! Couldn't resist commenting on this - how about Frostbite?
Keep up the good work, anxiously awaiting the release of Moonblood.
Wow! I am thrilled with all these suggestions! So many good ones, it's going to be difficult to choose! Feel free to add any more you come up with . . . still a few more days until the winner is announced! :)
okay...I'm giving my brother partial credit here...not all of it, though:) he's helping me come up with names;)
My daughter really has enjoyed reading your books. I was glad that I caught your blogspot. Here are a few names that I thought of while trying to capture her character and the fact its a she. LOL. Balspar, Greydawn, Hemlock, Guardian, Greydaze, Silverstone. If I think of more, I'll try to post them. :)
Now my older sister is helping me...hee hee:)
Adalwolfa~ feminine form of German "Adalwolf" meaning, noble wolf.
Conwenna~ wolf, hound (Cornish)
Tala~ stalking wolf (native American)
oops I mean Dragonsteeth.
Liadan (means grey lady)
Aza, Lyrk, (pronounced Lurk), Gorse, Scarface, Sabi (sob-ee). Love your blog Anne Elisabeth! Maren
Heatherstorm, Lukos (means "the wolf" in Greek) Foxeye, Cinder, (Cinderpaw?), Faugrim, and I like just plain Hound. It is definitive, I think, of what she is and what she acts like. I love that. Maren
I cant think of anything southland. I like "pernicious" or "talon"
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