Naming the Gods of Garran by Meredith Skye – Guest Blog and Giveaway


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I love to name my characters, and can spend hours selecting each name.

In my novel, The Gods of Garran, I have several different cultures with characters that I’ve had to name. The Chanden, which is an advanced race that takes over the planet of Garran, are more like our Western culture, so I tried to pick names that sound more normal to us: Ruben Drake, Captain Fauke, and Chief Nyan—but I wanted the main characters names to be even more unusual: Koethe and Asta.

CHANDEN NAMES: (the aliens)
Captain Fauke
Ruben Drake
Chief Nyan
Maive Bashan
For the native Garran names, I wanted them to sound more unusual, more exotic. I keep lists of interesting names that I’ve collected and sometimes I draw from those lists. Often, I’ll take a more common name and change it a bit, or chose a less common spelling of it. Like the Garran name of Channik, the eldest son of the chieftain, may have come from the name Channing.

Then there are the gods and goddesses of Garran: seven Borrai who commanded the powers of the earth and spoke for it. These I wanted to be even more exotic and I made up an alphabet of runes to go with it. Four of the gods/goddesses ruled an element and a direction.

Akkanus god of earth; west
Innurlan goddess of the wind; north
Traelak god of the sea; east
Gythane god of fire; south
To end this article, I’ll list some of the great naming websites that I’ve found.
THINK BABY NAMES: This website has lists of top 100 girl and boy names by various countries and also by year and by decade, so I can get an idea for a name that might fit a character I have that is a certain age. Also, it just gives me a lot of lists to collect names from. One feature I really like is that it shows me not only the meaning of the name but all the different versions of this name. This way I can find a less common version of the name to use and still have it sound like a normal name, like Rian instead of Ryan. I can also see stats on how common any name is.

20,000 NAMES: A great resource for common foreign names and their meanings. I use this especially for Irish, German, Welsh, and Norse names, though there are many other countries I could use. It also lists them separately for girls and boys. This is a great source for fantasy type names. Plus I like picking names that have some kind of meaning.

RANDOM-GENERATOR: I think this is typically a dungeon master, game creation site. But there are some good name generators. A lot of Anglo-Saxon, American Indian, Aztec, Cornish, Irish, Norse, Pirate, Scottish, and even Wookie names! Also, there are dragon, fantasy and orc names.

Random Dwarven Insult Generator: Don’t leave the site until you’ve checked out some random Dwarvish insults!
Ye slothful milk-drinking stench kow!
Ye witless milk-drinking pestle!
Ye incompetent rust-minded pebble!
Ye dainty nib-chewing pixie!
Ye dangling toll-snatching natterling!

RINKWORKS NAMEGEN: This is a fantasy name generator. There are some really strange names here, and it’s very random, but it’s a place to get some ideas.

Once the Borrai, the Gods of Garran, walked among the people, taming the wind and the fiery mountains. Then invaders came from the sky and killed the gods–destroying all who opposed them. A hundred years have passed since the Invaders came from the sky–an advanced alien race known as the Chanden. Now, having suffered many grievances at the hand of the aliens, the tribesmen rise up to find the god-stones and revive the ancient powers of the Borrai–and reclaim their world.

When the Chanden learn of this, they send a spy to infiltrate the Garrans–a young woman named Asta, who has her own reasons for hating the Garrans. She begins to realize that they are dealing with a real power and not a superstition when they get close to finding the god-stones. Can the Chanden be in the wrong?

Enjoy an excerpt:

Asta stood there on the edge of the cliff.

The sea churned below the stormy sky. Asta could feel its anger and understood it. She felt the strength of spirit of the sea, and it spoke to her in words she couldn’t make out. Images came to her mind: fire, brimstone, craggy rocks, a tall mountain.

Beneath the water lay an ancient city. Whisperings.

If she could get closer ….

* ^ *

Something jolted her out of the dream. Asta struggled awake to find herself laying on the hard rock. Moorhen lay on top of her. She cried out and tried to get up but the native Garran held her down, restraining her wrists.
“Moorhen!” she shrieked, struggling against his hold.

She’d kill him! If only she could reach her knife. Again she tried to break his grip, but he held her fast. What was he thinking!

“Get off!” she yelled. At this, he released her and got up, freeing her.

Quickly she sat up, embarrassed at this impropriety. Then as her senses returned, she realized she really was on the cliff near the pylon. All the others stood around her.

“You should not have done that!” said the old woman, Sindke, angry.

“She would have thrown herself off the cliff!” argued Moorhen. Asta struggled to her feet, still trying to grasp the situation.

“I think not,” said Sindke. “Now the dream is broken.”

Asta stared around at them. She had done it again–the sleepwalking and they had let her. Had followed her. “What–?” she asked.

They had walked all night to the sea, following her.

About the Author:

Meredith Skye began writing fiction in elementary school and always wanted to be a novelist. She was fascinated by tales of the fantastic and bizarre.

She loves to travel. She has a fascination with the Middle Ages and loves swords, medieval costumes, castles and ancient lifestyles. She enjoys Celtic art and music.

She’s a vivid dreamer and many of her dreams come back to life in her novels.

Meredith Skye has a B.A. from the University of Utah in Film Studies.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Woo! excellent banter/interaction there! I can’t wait to see more from these characters!

  3. Victoria T says:

    I have been addicted to these giveaways, not because of the prizes but because they introduce me to new books 🙂 And I;d have to say, that is what I LOVE most about this post. I have been introduced to a new author and new books to read and review! So thank you! Thank you sooooo much! 😀 (sorry but I use a LOT of emojis)

  4. Rita Wray says:

    Love the names.

  5. I love the methodical way you choose names. And that you put so much into it. Good job.

  6. Good morning! Thanks for hosting me.

  7. Rita and Charlene. Thank you. I do work hard at it.

  8. Ashley F. says:

    I’am always been interested in origins of and meanings of names and find it adds a lot of depth when names get chosen purposefully with stuff like that in mind. ^^

  9. Some interesting info

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  11. Mary Preston says:

    Thank you for sharing how you came to name the gods.

  12. Victoria T says:

    I have to say, I am a fan of the names 🙂 Ashtan is my fave!

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