Tuesday, October 09, 2012

What's In A Name?

One of my favorite parts to writing a novel is to choose the characters. Giving them names and especially the main characters. The meanings behind the names are important to me as well.

I have an upcoming novel - 
book 3 in my Contemporary Women's Fiction Trilogy -
and among the characters are two little ones.




 The three year-old is a girl.

 The unborn child is of unknown gender at this point.

Mom's name is Melanie Marie Taylor          Dad's name is David Lee Taylor


1) You need to give me a girl's full name  (F, M, L) without using any of the parent's name or derivatives of their names with the exception of the last name. ':)

2) You may choose the gender of the unborn child and give me a full name (F, M, L) without using any of the parent's name or derivatives of their names with the exception of the last name. ':D

3) Leave a comment with the your contact info (username(at)server(dot)com or net
and you'll be entered one time in the drawing for a book

4) Become a Follower and leave a comment as above in no. 3 and you'll be entered TWICE in the drawing for a book.


Thank you for participating and let the NAMES BEGIN!


Anonymous said...

I'm not sure how to do this I've never left a comment on a blog before.

For the three year old girl I like Mercy Ann Taylor
for the unborn sibling I like Liberty Tobin Taylor


journeystojoy.net said...

Thanks for leaving a couple of names, Ahelhiedeh.

Is the second name a boy?

I've seen Liberty as both - but Tobin only as a boy's name - just checking to be sure. ')

Your name is in the drawing for next Monday evening.

Janice said...

This is a sweet exercise since I had one child and obviously got to do naming only once.

The three year old girl name:
Jaelena Rose Taylor

The preborn boy name:
Jessie Ryan Taylor

The parents are going with the JR theme on the names to honor a favorite grandparent.

I will sign up as a follower by e-mail. It will be nice to hear which names you like best!

Blessings, Janice

Janice said...

I signed up to be a follower through Google Friend Connect.


journeystojoy.net said...

Welcome to journeystojoy.net, Janice.

I like the idea of the parents honoring grandparents with the naming of their children.

Your name is entered TWICE in the drawing because you became a follower of this blog.

Thank you for your contribution.
Remember - Drawing will be held Monday evening Oct 15th

Can't wait to see which names come up. ';D

Unknown said...

Okay. I have joined as a follower so i can have two entries.

For the 3 yr old daughter, I have AnaMae Joy Taylor.

For the unborn child, a boy named Caleb Josiah Taylor. This is my middle son's name taken straight from the Bible.

journeystojoy.net said...

You're so right, Deanna.
Your name has two slips in the hat for the drawing next Monday.
I appreciate you signing on as a Follower and look forward to seeing your future comments.

Interesting names - I'm excited by the uniqueness of the names contributed thus far.

Thanks so much,

Kathleen Rouser said...

For the little girl: Michalene Faith Taylor (pronounced my-ka-leen)

For the pre-born baby boy's name: Noah Justice Taylor

or a girl's name: Kylie Hope Taylor

Okay, I know they're kind of different names, Joy, but I thought I'd have a little fun with this. :) Thanks for the opportunity.


journeystojoy.net said...

That's the point - HAVE FUN WITH IT and name those kiddos in the process. ';D

So glad you've given it a try and I HAPPEN TO LIKE DIFFERENT NAMES!

Your name is added to the hat for Monday evening's drawing.

I'm noticing that most people leaving comments/names seem to want to make the unborn child a boy - I've given permission for the commenter to choose the gender - Part of the fun -

Kathleen Rouser said...

Hey Joy-

Notice I left a boy's and a girl's name for the baby.
Twins, maybe? ;)


journeystojoy.net said...

Now that's a thought - not sure how Melanie will feel about that - will have to see how that plays out.

BTW - Melanie will be facing some tough tough times with her children - having twins would make it a REAL obstacle/conflict.

You've given me some fodder for the keyboard this night, Kathy.

Jennifer Uhlarik said...

Hi Joy,

I joined your blog...finally! :D

My names are:

3-yr-old girl: Bella Grace Taylor

Unborn child (boy): William Zane Taylor

Jen Uhlarik

journeystojoy.net said...


You've just gotten your name in the proverbial hat TWICE as a new follower to my blog.

Unique names - I can see you like working with characters - love having these interesting names that are coming in.

Drawing is tomorrow evening after my dear hubby gets home.
Can't wait to see who wins the books.

journeystojoy.net said...

Readers and Followers of -
http://www.journeystojoy will announce the winning names will be announced tomorrow, Tuesday, October 16th,
Thank you ever so much,
Joy Avery Melville

Anonymous said...

Ellice (French: Consecrated by God; variation of Elizabeth) Jane (Hebrew: God is gracious; Catalan: 'January') so could be based on the month she was born or a metaphor for the cold winter month when people begin to doubt spring (rebirth) will come.

Eva (Hebrew: Life) Victoria (Latin: Victory) from the little hints you've given in your comments, perhaps this baby symbolizes the victory of life?

journeystojoy.net said...

Winners Winners Winners Winners

Are you ready for this?????


Kathy Rouser with the name MYKALEEN - Interesting name and seems to fit the picture too
Thank you, Kathy for entering the drawing and comment/name.


Jennifer Uhlarik
William Zane
My dad used to read Zane Grey books to my mom every night after they went to bed - he'd read one of those - then when it was done - switch and read her a Grace Livingston Hill book - since we lived in a HUGE farm house with wood/coal furnace - the registers to the upstairs carried heat and voices from the first story to the second - just open registers on the second floor - we could look down into the living room and dining room from a couple upstairs bedrooms.
We'd gather around the register and listen as long as we dared - wasn't easy - there was no register from their bedroom to the second floor - we had to listen VERY CAREFULLY. ':D

Thanks all for being a part of this contest. DH drew the names - I just wrote them on the papers and dropped them into the hat.

Until next time....