C What's in a Name?

Monday, April 4, 2016

So we're on Day C of the Challenge and my theme is names and their origins. This collection will be handy when it comes to christening future characters.

Ceri (f)         Pronunciation: Ke-ri, beloved, also used for males, origin - Welsh
Charissa (f)  grace, origin – Greek
Cajsa (f)       Pronunciation: KIE-sah, chaste, pure – origin – Greek, Swedish

Something I didn't know before was that Ceasar—although a name bestowed on Roman emperors—means full head or hair or hairy.

Caoimhin (m)  Pronunciation: QUEE-veen, handsome, origin - Irish
Carsten (m)    Pronunciation: KAHR-sten. Christian man, origin - Latin
Caz (m)          Pronunciation: Kaz, the watchful one, origin - Gaelic, Germanic

Please share if you have a 'C' name that would sound good in a story.


  1. Chizoba- it means God protect us.
    Chibale - means kinship.

  2. Catastrophic...

    Welcome in the letter "C"... thank you!
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  3. I never would've guessed that's how one pronounces Caoimhin.

  4. Great names. Have a friend called Karsten (with a K but he-ho). I've always liked the name Chloe.

  5. I know a Caz, and I had no idea what Ceasar had anything to do with hair. .

  6. I kind of like Caz, short and sweet :) Interesting with Ceasar and hair; does it also mean ruler?


  7. I love how sometimes you look at an Irish name and go, really, that's how it's pronounced?! :)
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  8. Interesting names. In the U. S. one might want to be careful giving a child a name that's difficult to pronounce, like Caoimhin!

  9. Interesting about Caesar's name. He's so often depicted as a balding guy with a circle of laurel leaves.

  10. Circa? Caesar's meaning makes sense. Men are perceived as virile and smart more when they have a full head of hair. If it meant scratchy or scraggly then I'll question it as a good leadership name. Caz meant more than I thought it did. A good boy name indeed.

  11. I don't have a "C" name, but considering symbolism in names of literary characters is really important. Celie from "The Color Purple" pops into my mind first as I think about "C" literary names. Glenda from
    Evolving English Teacher

  12. I love "Cael" pronounced like the vegetable, kale.

  13. I like Chloe. Caroline is a big name in the south. I like Creighton and also Cord

  14. Two characters in my novels are Clarissa and Cassandra (Cassie). I tend to choose names by the country of its origin. The descriptions you give for your name choices offer a rich background for building a character's backstory.

    Gail’s 2016 April A to Z Challenge
    C is for Chili Wisconsin-style and Characters who take Control

  15. Great C names! I wasn't familiar with any of them...
    I like learning the meaning behind names. Cool theme.

    Michele at Angels Bark

  16. Hello from A to Z. I didn't know that was what Caesar's name meant either!

  17. Great theme. I actually have a few C names I use in my own writing.
    Caitlin. Callum. Cian. Ciarán.
    They all have special meaning - pure, warrior, ancient, little dark one - respectively, which works well for my characters.
    Good luck with the rest of the challenge.

  18. Love those names, Michelle, and I can actually use them.

    Nope, Jeremy. Can't use that one!

    Alex, yes, same for Siobhan, which is the Irish form of Joan meaning “God is gracious.” That's pronounced shi-VAWN.

    Nicola, me too, plus Zoe.

    Me either, Rhonda, but I went to several sources and yes, Caesar is hairy. :)

    True, Betty.

    Tasha, that's right :)

    Bish, in Jamaica I can't tell you how many people name their children after celebrities.

    LOL @ Lee's comment. That's for real though! He is portrayed like that, but I guess it's okay since Caesar was also a title, it seems.

    Sheena-Kay, I can relate to that.

    Very true, Glenda. Although I write mainly romance novels, I look at the meanings of the names before I plunk them in my stories.

    Intersting spelling on Cael.

    Cool names, Melissa.

    Good strategy for choosing names, Gail.

    Thanks, Michele!

    Hi, Cynthia, glad you found something new here.

    Me too, Yvonne.

    Thank you Ronel, I like Ciarán.


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