That Time the ChickieNob and I Had a Conversation About Names
Melissa: Hey ChickieNob.
Melissa: So I got this book. You know I normally don’t do book reviews, but when they asked me to review Bruce Lansky’s 100,000+ Baby Names, I jumped on it. Not because I hope you have a baby right now, but because we are both huge lovers of names, naming things, and writing characters into our stories with good names. I mean, I hope you have a baby in the future if you want one, but… like… not right now at 11. And I’m sure you’ll let me name it if you do have a baby, right?
ChickieNob: I think I get to name it.
Melissa: Nope, I get to name it.
ChickieNob: No, actually I get to name it.
Melissa: Well, we’ll cross that bridge when the times comes. So give me a good name from the book.
ChickieNob: A girl’s name or a boy’s?
Melissa: Let’s start with a girl’s name.
ChickieNob: How about Paris?
Melissa: What does it mean?
ChickieNob: It’s a geographical name. So it’s obviously French.
Melissa: That name makes me think about Paris Hilton and her tiny dog.
ChickieNob: That name makes me think of the Eiffel Tower.
Melissa: Give me a different name. That name isn’t working for me.
ChickieNob: How about Helsa? It’s Danish. And it’s a form of Elizabeth.
Melissa: That’s a pretty cool name. You wouldn’t mess with a Helsa. You want Helsa on your side because she makes the best butter cookies. But she’s also pretty sensitive, and if you piss her off, she won’t give you any.
ChickieNob: I wasn’t really thinking of Helsa like that.
Melissa: What was your Helsa?
ChickieNob: My Helsa is this tough, Ginny Weasley type of girl. It’s really hard to get her to cry. It is! She never cries.
Melissa: I could make her cry.
ChickieNob: (ignoring me) And then there’s a boy’s name. Anpu. Which is Egyptian and it means G-d of Death. It’s a pretty good name if you’re making a dystopia novel.
Melissa: My Anpu could kick your Anpu’s bum.
ChickieNob: Really? My Anpu is a ruler. So I don’t think so.
Melissa: What is the best thing about this book?
ChickieNob: The fact that there are so many names. There are also lists in the front of the most popular names or names from television shows or famous people’s children. There are a lot of lists.
Melissa: What’s the most popular name in China?
ChickieNob: Right now? It’s Bo for a girl and Chen for a boy.
Melissa: Good names, too. Bo more than Chen. Who would you buy this book for?
ChickieNob: I’d buy it for writers. You need good character names. The meaning has to express who the person is. I mean, parents might want it so they can name their kids.
Melissa: Like me! I’m going to get to name your child in the future.
ChickieNob: No, you’re not. Actually.
Melissa: We’ll see.
ChickieNob: No, we’re not going to see. It’s not going to happen.
Melissa: (to the reader) So yes, if you are a writer and have to name characters this just may be the greatest book in the world. We loved it so much that we even took it to the beach so we could peruse names while on the sand. It’s that good. And completely replaces the not-as-cool baby name book (only 5000 names) that I bought during my MFA program. So thank you, Mr. Lansky, for collecting up so many great names.
So what are your favourite names? Give us one.
Side note: Tomorrow is #MicroblogMondays. Get writing!