Friday, October 30, 2009

Names, Characters & Eternity

In the LDS church, we believe that families can be together forever. These 'ordinances' are performed in our temples. Worthy members of the church can enter the temples to be married and hopefully, reunited after death.

We also believe that many of our ancestors who have died before they were married in the temple still have the opportunity through us, the living.

Today, many members of church went to the temple with over 140 names of my ancestors. I was unable to go but many stopped me and told me how much they enjoyed helping my ancestors.

And how much they enjoyed the names:

Margaret Coke
Dorcas Benedict
Phebe Earll
Fawn Price
Matilda Gleed
Elizabeth Cotton
Thomas Howard (Duke of Norfolk)
Sir Knight Tomas Howard (1st Earl of Suffolk)
Lady Mary FitzAlan
Capt. John Benedict
George II Count of Hesse-Darmstadt
And my favorite! Christmas Poll (male)

I have found the mother lode of names for any books or stories within my own family!

What about you? Any interesting names in your family?


Peggy said...

Those were great! I think they should've named Christmas "North." That would have been cool, too.

I've gotten a lot of my character's last names from ancestors, and a lot of first names for minor characters from living relatives. I also like to keep a list of cool sounding names--- some are from kids my kids go to school with, and some from movie credits.

Taffy said...

I keep a notebook now of names that have stuck with me.
Peggy, you're awesome!

Cindy Beck said...

Hi Taffy:
Great idea, to use the names of ancestors for characters in your books!

I think you'd enjoy my newsletter (it's short and sweet), especially this week, and would like to add your name to my list.

If you're interested, get back with me at cindybeck(dot)author(at)yahoo(dot)com. I'll need your email address to add to the list. Thanks, Taffy.

Kimi said...

Someday one of your posterity will write a blog just like this, and on her list will be:

Taffy Lovell

Taffy said...

Very funny Kimi! I seriously didn't think about my own name. I would like it on the front cover of a few books tho....