I already wrote one book with three side stories to ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series. After completing book 9 in the series and an additional book that doesn’t belong to ‘The Council of Twelve,’ I felt the need of writing another story, making one of ‘The Council of Twelve’ side characters the protagonist.
The story takes place in middle Europe in the 13th century during the peak of the ‘Danubian Monarchy’ when parts of the extended grounds and population started rebelling and founded their own country.
Now, I needed names that were popular during that time. I know one or two of those first names that survived until our current times, but, of course, that story doesn’t only have two characters.
So, what did I do? I do what many of us do at first: we Google!
What I found out was quite interesting. There are a few websites with middle-European names, but:
They start delivering from 14th – 15th century. I was a bit confused at first, but then it dawned on me… The rebellion started end of the 13th century. It took several hundred years until the country in question was founded entirely. Therefore, it is evident that there was no source from that early state.
I permitted myself to use first names from the 14th century since I considered that the first names didn’t change that much.
Writing that story had been a lot of fun so far. However, it needed some getting used to, juggling with these very antiquated names, like:
There are other examples, of course. But to my surprise, a few first names survived until this current time and even have crossed the ocean.
And just in case you’re wondering, I purposely chose to write the Germanic version of the names since, as I mentioned, the story takes place in Europe.
I do admit; I am fascinated by some older and old-fashioned names. I think it’s a bit sad that some of them have almost ‘disappeared.’ Well, some of the names I understand are not used anymore, but some others I love:
Maude and Wilbur don’t belong to my favorites, but that’s only a detail. At this time, I wanted to complete that side-story with characters playing in the 13th century and not being named ‘Jessica’ and ‘Heather.’
It’s always a good idea to create unique characters, and why not name them equally impressive?
What names do you like? How do you name your characters? Do the names of your characters have meanings, or are they ultimately picked out of your fantasy? Let us know in the comments.