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5 Fandom Friday: Character Names

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Welcome to another round of "Fandom 5 Friday," a writer's-block-busting initiative to build community among geeky female bloggers, spearheaded by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick.

"The basic idea of 5 Fandom Fridays is to write a weekly Friday blog post in the form of a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic. It'll give your readers a deeper insight into your fandoms and your blogging personality. It's a great way to avoid bloggers block and sleep well knowing that you have at least 4-5 planned posts for the month."

Today's topic is "Characters I would name my kids after." Being of a certain age, my child-bearing days are behind me. I already have two kids, both juniors this year - my son is a junior at Fordham University in New York City, and my daughter is a junior in high school. But I can still play along with this topic, because we did indeed name our first-born after a character.

I actually included the story of his name in my book, The Star Trek Craft Book (p 33):

When I was pregnant with our son, my husband wanted to name him James Tiberius after his favorite Star Trek captain. I suggested Thomas as a middle name instead, thinking I would protect my son from relentless teasing in school. (Plus, it was a head nod to William Riker's middle name, as well, so the Trek reference was still there.) Even though we did name him James Thomas, my argument was apparently wasted, because my son became such a Trek fan that he told me in grade school that he wished I had allowed "Tiberius"!

These days, my naming aspirations would be relegated to the pet variety. And just the other day I did come up with a character name idea:

Kraken

Plus, pet names offer a little more leeway - you don't have to worry about lasting psychological damage like you do with a kid. Other pet names I would consider:

  • Data (from Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • Doctor (Who, of course)
  • Jayne (Cobb, from Firefly/Serenity)
  • Adama (from Battlestar Galactica)
  • Apollo (from Battlestar Galactica)
  • Starbuck (from Battlestar Galactica)
  • Sookie (from Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series/True Blood)

What name(s) would you choose?