OK so if you haven’t heard the news…I am getting married (again) this coming Friday 🙂
My first marriage ended very amicably (and if you don’t know the tale behind it, just ask) but it was unusual (at least to me). We are good friends to this day, but wow I cannot wait to dump the name.
So…that brought up a great question; I’ve lived with that last name for 19 years….how do I take it out of use completely?
I thought over the usual spots:
drivers license, SS card, voter registration…
But what about the other ones? Work login, nameplate, resume, etc. How do you practically erase 19 years?
It’s like John Cougar Mellancamp dropping “Cougar”. TBH I still call him that!
How do I stop the use of the old and get folks used to the new?
Find names for your characters? I’ve read loads of books and have always wondered where the names come from.
Are they family names? Television or movie inspired? Heritage-toned?
Mine are all of the above. Plus sometimes I seek help from either a baby name book or a particular heritage’s website for genuine names. Or even religious/biblical names.
For example, in Ranch Hands, Sid is for Sidney, Austrailia. Roger was a coworker’s name. Jerry is for Jerry Springer.
Another example is For the Heart of Phillip, Phillip with the 2 L’s is uncommon, and that’s why I liked it. Robert of course, Andrew, David…all biblical names and/or kings. I will often use royalty/biblical/family/heritage-driven names first over anything contemporary.
How about you? Do you follow the baby name trends and use their list or make up your own?