I spend a lot of time choosing names for my characters.
I can spend hours browsing different websites looking at the top names for different countries, searching up the meanings of less common names, and seeing what names people have invented.
As a result, I’m going to be posting four names along with some info about them every Friday! I tried this a couple years ago and really enjoyed it so I decided to continue and this year, each month has a theme surrounding the names.
For January, all the names chosen are of Italian Origin (or at least one of the origins of the name is Italian).
Now, without further ado, here are the first Names of the Week of 2018!
Alternate Spelling: Clarisa; Clairissa
Meaning: Brilliant; Bright
Well-Known Clarissas: Clarissa Dalloway (Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf), Clarissa Harlowe (Clarissa; or, the History of a Young Lady, Samuel Richardson), Clarissa ‘Clary’ Fray (The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare), Clarissa ‘Clara’ Harlowe Barton (Found of Red Cross), Clarissa Eshuis (New Zealand Field Hockey Player)
*Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (English Novelist)*
Meaning: To Strive or Excel or Rival
Well-Known Emilios: Emilio Rivera (Actor), Emilio Estevez (Actor), Emilio Pucci (Designer)
Well-Known Lorenzos: Lorenzo Belli (“Haunting Ground”), Lorenzo Brino (Actor), Lorenzo Botero (Colombian Photographer), Lorenzo Ferrero (Italian Composer), Lorenzo Costa (Italian Painter), Lorenzo James Henrie (Actor)
Alternate Spelling: Salvator
Well-Known Salvatores: Salvatore ‘Sal’ Paradise (On the Road, Jack Kerouac), Salvatore (The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco), Salvatore Cantori (The Orphan on Ellis Island, Elvira Woodruff), Salvatore ‘Sal’ Romano (Mad Men), Salvatore Quasimodo (Italian Poet)