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.
Thank you so very much for the honour of naming her. I can’t wait to meet Vida and Tomas and learn their story.
You are welcome. It really is perfect.
Vera Good!! I must say!! That name fits perfectly!! I wish it would of been my name that I put in, but I think Vida is a much better fit!! Now get on with the writing of it, would ya please!! I am patiently waiting!! (and we all know how well I do that!LOL)
It is coming along nicely and it can only be better now that Vida has a name. I really think it might be out in June!
Lovely fit, looking forward to reading more about her. You never know some of the other names might spark heroines of theirs own x
I kept a list of the ones I liked and the people who suggested them. I’ll let folks know as I use the names.
Glad you found a name that fits, looking forward to reading/listening to the book.
It is fun going back to where I started.
Perfect so it is.
The universe unfolds as it should. 🙂
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