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  1. #1
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    help with a name

    I have a question about a character name. One of my characters in the story I am working on is a guy who is Northern Irish by birth, but who has lived in America for about 20 years. He is in his 50's, a professor of English at an area university. The name I have chosen for him is Lucas Riordan. Now, I know that Lucas is technically NOT an Irish name. But would it be foolish to give him a non-Irish first name? Couldn't his parents have named him after someone they met who was from somewhere else but had that name? I just need to know if this would be okay, believable, or if I should change his name to something like Declan or Seamus or Sean or something. Thanks!



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    Aver0n 2o11
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    I think the surname is more important in terms of indicating his ethinicity. Not sure about Irish surnames but I think the Scottish ones are the ones that have Mc... & O'... so as long as the surname is recognisably Irish.

    I think what is more important for the first name is that it expresses the essence of that character - you don't have to go into the etymology of the name but we sometimes associate certain names with certain character traits. Joan, she's a bit of a gossiper, James, he's a bit of a nerd, or whatever (I just made those up, are not my actual opinions) - all I'm saying is that even when we don't know the person, when we are introduced by name, our opinion forming of that person is already starting - probably why you wouldn't want to go into an interview with the name Harry Potter even if that is your real name.

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    Amy Lou
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    Just my opinion, and I'm no professional writer but if he's Irish by birth, I feel he would have an authentic Irish name. My husbands grandfather's parents were from Germany and all the children had authentic German names.
    Just what I think, others may disagree. Good luck neighbor!

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    Amy Lou
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    Quote Originally Posted by Averon 2011 View Post
    I think the surname is more important. Not sure about Irish surnames but I think the Scottish ones are the ones that have Mc... & O'... so as long as the surname is recognisably Irish. I think what is more important for the first name is that it expresses the essence of that character - you don't have to go into the etymology of the name but we sometimes associate certain names with certain character traits. Joan, she's a bit of a gossiper, James, he's a bit of a nerd, or whatever (I just made those up, are not my actual opinions) - all I'm saying is that even when we don't know the person, when we are introduced by name, our opinion forming of that person is already starting - probably why you wouldn't want to go into an interview with the name Harry Potter even if that is your real name.
    Ha! My father-in-law is a James and he's a big nerd! LOL

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    Well, according to babycenter.com, the name is Latin in origin and means "bringer of light." Which I guess is kinda fitting for his functions in the story. Thanks!

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    Michele B
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    [QUOTE=Averon 2011;1325511Not sure about Irish surnames but I think the Scottish ones are the ones that have Mc... & O'... .[/QUOTE]


    It's Irish surnames that begin with O'. They also, like the Scottish ones, begin with Mc or Mac, as well.

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