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    Character Name

    I've got a minor character I can't quite name (or nickname).

    She's a Texas oil money socialite. About 70 now.

    I want her name and nickname to scream socialite. I thought that all those Bunny, Binky, Buffy names were southern socialite nicknames from the last generation. But after spending 40 minutes researching, I can't come up with confirmation of this. They may be more East Coast socialite names.

    Does anyone know?

    Suggestions?



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    Think Larry McMurtry's books. He had some old-time Texan socialites in his books. The Buffy/Bunny names are definitely East Coast. Texan-style has more edge:

    StarEllen, Miz Helen (or Miz anything-of-that-era), LadyLou...

    See if you can get to the obits of one of the Texas papers and look for the important ones.

    Hope that helps a little.

    Jeanne

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    Sue Ellen, Miss Ellie, Cally, Rebecca, Louella, Cassie, Mavis, Casey, Kristin, Serena, Eleanor, Holly, Angelica - These were some of the names of characters on that old tv show, Dallas.

    Hope it helps

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    Beaulah Theodora Stinson. Friends and family call her Teddy (Daddy wanted a boy) or Beaulah-T, often shortened to Beauty.

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    Thanks for the help Jeanne and Avonne.

    I've scoured some obits and found an Nat. Geo article on Texas socialite lifestyle. I guess I assumed the names would be more fun, but looks like you're right Jeanne, that more East Coast and deep South socialite.

    I'm leaning toward Serena (thanks Avonne) but obit research gave me two others I like Franci an Elyse.

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    Ooooo Frank, that's good!! Sorry CK wish I could return the favor, but my roots go as far south as Alabama and Mississippi, different names all together. A lot with Bell on the end.

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    That's an outstanding suggestion, Frank. And, the nickname of Beauty works even better if she's a tad horse-faced, or otherwise plain.

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    Great, Frank.

    Love Teddy as a nickname. Stinson maybe just the last name I need. I'll have to look up where it comes from.

    Thanks.

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    Lilly always sounded very Southern proper to me.

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    C K - I really like Franci -- it's so unusual. That one gets my vote.

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