By popular demand, here’s what’s in the girl’s head, and on her phone.
- “Octavia. Pretty, sounds dignified, classical, musical - octaves! - but it means ‘eighth’, and I’m more like ‘second’. Hmm.”
- “Nellie. Says here Nellie Bly was a famous journalist who flew around the world. Check. The name means ‘shining light’. Check. Just feels too old fashioned for me. Light names, though? Hmm hmm.”
- “A-o. hmm. Aonani? Hawaiian. I probably shouldn’t take a name I have trouble with. Also Mahina, means moonlight. Ma-sheen-a? Haha. Sheena? No. Just no.”
- “Ciana. Italian. Nura and Zia, Arabic. Those are pretty.”
- “Dawn. Ooh, I like that one. I’m just not a big Buffy fan. But the idea of being a new day… yeah, I like that.”
- “Lucy as well, from the Latin lux I guess?”
- “Alina, Ellen, Ilene, Leora, Phoebe, Thea, all Greek. They sure did like light. Thea sounds kind of floaty and ethereal, but a little too passive. I want a name that gets things done.”
- “Meira, Oralee, Ziv, both Hebrew. Hmm, not sure.”
- “Ilona, kind of exotic. Hungarian. From Spain, Luz. Ugh. People will call me Luz-er immediately.”
- “I mean, some of these sound kinda foreign and cool, but people will say ‘hey, you can’t appropriate another culture’s name’. Leo’s not even sure about his own ancestry, and I’m even less sure about mine. Maybe I have to come up with my own original name so nobody tells me I’m appropriating something.”
author: Bill G.