Thank you to everyone who offered suggestions on FaceBook or my blog. It came down to: Willow, Lilea, Isabella, Julia (or Juliana), Aneirin, Anaela, Eilidh, Eala, and the name that won. Of those, I narrowed it down to Lilea, Eilidh and the name that won. I suspect the first two names will appear in other books. 🙂
So which name won? I have to tell you a little story first.
If you have read the Pocket Watch Chronicles, you will know that Gertrude is fond of saying “The universe unfolds as it should.” Well it does. I was drawing a blank on this girl. The only name that came to me was Davida, because King David II had done the girl’s father a great service. Naming her after the king is absolutely something her father would have done. The problem was, I didn’t like the name Davida.
Therefore, I decided to create the contest and see if someone suggested something that really seemed to fit. Well one reader, who lives in Scotland, Emma Ruthven-Stevenson, suggested the name Vida. She said in Scottish it means friend and in Latin it means life.
I thought it was a lovely name, with a lovely meaning, but even better, it is a diminutive (nickname) for Davida–which is where I started. It is perfect. But here, my friends is where it gets really interesting: the heroine’s last name is Ruthven. 🙂
So, allow me to introduce you to Vida Ruthven, Laird Ambrose Ruthven’s only child. Some of you might remember Ambrose from Highland Solution. All I can say is what goes around, comes around.