names: inspired by books!

Hello everyone! So after a long, long time… I am back.

My friend and I were talking about names during a Biology lecture, and I decided to do a thing where I would list names that I liked inspired by certain themes, like books or mythology or science. Just thought it would be fun, and maybe if you were looking for a name for a pet or something this post could help. I’m not gonna do girl and guy names separately; it’s gonna be a mishmash of names I suppose.

1) Sorrel (Sarah Rayne, A Dark Dividing)

A bit of a morbid one, I suppose, but in the book, Sorrel is one of a pair of conjoined twins born in 1900. She was named Sorrel after the plant woodsorrel, and I always thought it was a very lovely-sounding, unique name, and I associate it with images of the English countryside and clean air and bicycles.

2) Pip (Charles Dickens, Great Expectations)

While I wouldn’t necessarily name a child Pip, I think it’s an adorable name for a pet (a mouse/hamster/rat?) and a great nickname, especially for someone called Phillip (which is Pip’s actual name in the novel). Pip is an extremely flawed character- in fact, I found him hard to like, but through the novel, the reader kind of watches him grow and mature from an innocent child to misguided young adult to a sadder, but wiser man, and you end up loving him anyway. It’s an interesting journey. 

3) Daenerys (George R. R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire)

Many people will probably be familiar with the name of Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons. She tames dragons. She’s amazing. Boom. Plus you can nickname someone with this name Dany which is really cute too.

4) Elinor and Marianne (Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility)

Two sisters, polar opposites, best friends. They go through a lot in the novel, and they go through it together. I think it would be nice for sisters, or even two pets who live together (for some reason, goldfish come to mind).

5) Kane (Rick Riordan, The Kane Chronicles)

Surname of the Kane siblings. They’re vessels for the Egyptian gods and goddesses, and their parents are Isis (kind of the queen goddess. Apparently the mother of every pharaoh) and Osiris (god of the dead/underworld). Cool stuff.

6) Nico (Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson)

Son of Hades. Need I say more?

6) Zosia (William Styron, Sophie’s Choice)

One of the main characters in the novel. She’s called Sophie, and her Polish nickname is Zosia. She’s a Polish concentration camp survivor, and is characterised as vivacious, sweet, funny and kind, but also extremely broken. It’s a highly interesting character.

7) Nemo (Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea)

No, this isn’t a Finding Nemo reference. Captain Nemo was the mysterious captain of the Nautlius, a gigantic submarine that sails all around the world. He is extremely knowledgeable about the ocean, and has renounced living on dry land in favour of living in the sea. 

8) Scout (Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird)

Inquisitive, tomboyish narrator of one of the best novels ever written. We see the world of racism in a small town in 1960s America through her eyes.

German music 

Hey guys! I don’t know if I ever mentioned this before but I actually study German. I live in Singapore, so I have little (if any) experience with the language. One of the ways I tried to expose myself to German, particularly in the earlier days, was through music. My absolute favourite band is an NDH band called Oomph! but I do want to do a separate post on them, probably on my music blog.

I recently came across some really good songs, and I thought I’d share them here because even if not all of us can speak the language we can all appreciate a good tune. 

1) Dann kommt die Musik – Flowrag

2) Aus Gold – Tagtraeumer

This is SO GOOD it’s such a typical teenager feel-good song. It makes me feel so free and happy. 

3) Ich bereue Nichts

There is no way to describe Stefanie Kloß’s voice other than… 👌

4) Musik sein – Wincent Weiss

5) Herz über Kopf – Joris

6) So schön kaputt – SDP

7) Fühlt sich wie fliegen an – Max Herre ft. Cro

This is the chillest song that ever chilled. It has the wear-a-big-shirt-lie-on-couch-eat-chips-and-bob-head-in-time-to-beat vibes.

8) Perfekt Unperfekt

The girl in the video is almost the most gorgeous female I have ever seen.

9) Fick ihn doch – Alligatoah

This is extremely vulgar but the video and lyrics are so hilarious. Alligatoah makes really funny songs. Also, I have actually found that listening to rap can exponentially improve one’s ability to understand spoken German.

0051 // names

I used to write a lot (occasionally still do) and one of my favourite parts of it was picking out names for all my characters. Twelve-year-old me spent hours scrolling through articles with titles like “Nature Baby Names” or “Top Ten Unique Names to Give Your Child”. I still love names, and thought I would just put a few of my favourite names here. Side note: these are all names I would conceivably give my children, so there aren’t many names that are too hard to pronounce/too high-fantasy or wattpad-fanfictiony sounding.

Boys

I’m starting with boys’ names because- to me- they’re a little boring and limited compared to girls’ names. It’s like how when you eat your dinner and you eat the vegetables first to get them over and done with, and save the mashed potatoes for last.

  1. Nicholas
    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: 
    Victory of the people
    Why I like it: It sounds vaguely Russian.
  2. Alexander
    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: Defender of the people
    Why I like it: Can be shortened to Alex, and I like how Germans pronounce it.
  3. David
    Origin: Hebrew
    Meaning: Beloved
    Why I like it: I think it would be an honour to carry the name.
  4. Rhys
    Origin: Welsh
    Meaning: Ardour
    Why I like it: It just sounds really nice.
  5. Kade
    Origin: American
    Meaning: This one has a pretty weird meaning- “stout person”.
    Why I like it: It sounds so friendly and chill. Kade is the guy everyone wants to hang out with after school.

Girls

  1. Zosia
    Origin: Polish
    Meaning: Dimunitive of Zofia, meaning “wisdom”
    Why I like it: The main female character in the book “Sophie’s Choice” (William Styron) is called Zosia by her family, and I love the book and the sound of the name.
  2. Sorrel
    Origin: Germanic
    Meaning: Brown, chestnut
    Why I like it: This also came from a book (“A Dark Dividing”, Sarah Rayne). The mother wasn’t sure what to name one of her twins, and was thinking of “Violet” but decided she didn’t want a weak, shy name, so she thought of the plant wood sorrel and named her child after that instead. It’s a nice-sounding name, and it’s also really suggestive of the English countryside and good, strong earth to me.
  3. Nika
    Origin: Persian/Green
    Meaning: Good/Victory
    Why I like it: It’s a Russian name.
  4. Eira
    Origin: Welsh
    Meaning: Stemmed from Norse goddess Eir, means “snow”.
    Why I like itIt sounds really light and fresh.
  5. Cassia
    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: Cinnamon
    Why I like it: Sounds and looks really pretty.
  6. Mica
    Origin: Latin
    Meaning: Old friend
    Why I like it: Long-standing favourite.
  7. Cari
    Origin: Turkish
    Meaning: Flows like water
    Why I like it: Sounds nice.

Unisex

  1. Kai
    Origin: Hawaiian
    Meaning: Ocean
    Why I like itI really love the sea, so the meaning obviously draws me in, and it’s also just really simple and easy to say and remember. Kai.
  2. Fox
    Origin: English
    Meaning: …well, fox, I suppose
    Why I like it: Realistically speaking, I probably wouldn’t name my kid Fox (think of the teasing) but I just really like the name. I would legitimately name myself Fox.