A name’s meaning can often give deeper clues into my characters. Often names mean different things depending on the country of origin. This is also true for the pronunciation. *This post doesn’t have spoilers, and some meanings will come in another post.
Anne: Anne is spelled with an ‘e’ to honour my favourite childhood character, Anne of Green Gables. There’s no other hidden meaning other than being a nod to the character I grew up with.
Elletta: Anne’s father calls her my Elletta. In the book, we’re told it means my little elf. Elletta is pronounced ell-e-tta.
Atarah: While in the cave, Saoirse calls Anne Atarah. This word is Hebrew and is pronounced Aet-ah-rah.
Enoch: Also a Hebrew word which is pronounced EE-nock.
Mina: Pronounced Mee-nuh.
Daesyn: We’re given the pronunciation in the book, which is DAY-sin
Agamya: A Hindu name that is pronounced Uh-g-uh-m-y-ah.
Ayana: Pronounced Eye-yawn-a
Shiyoni: Pronounced Shy-o-knee
Lacuna: Lacuna is pronounced La-coo-na, and is an adaptation from the Latin La-kyoo-na
Inara: Pronounced Inn-Arr-ah
Imrie: Imrie is Hungarian and is pronounced imm-Ree.
Saoirse: Saoirse is an Irish name and is pronounced Sure-sa or Shur-sa.
Kronos: Kronos is an old Greek name that is pronounced Kroh-nohs.
Kyrell: An Irish name that is pronounced Key-rell.
Thayer: Pronounced like “they’re”.
Nathair: Narhair is Scottish Gaelic, but my Anglocized pronunciation is Nay-ther.
Killian: Pronounced Kil-lian.
Maksim: Pronounced Mak-sim.
Torryn Declan: An Irish name that is pronounced Tore-in DECK-lan
Kauis Akel: Pronounced Kai-us Ah-kuh-Eh-Luh (Ah-kel)
Valda: Valda is an Old Norse or Germanic name and is pronounced Val-da.
Master Alejo: A Spanish name pronounced A-lay-ho.
Lady Avianna: Pronounced a-vee-ah-na or ahv-ee-ah-na.
Blyana: Blyana is pronounced Blay-a-nah.
Iclyn: Pronounced Ice-lyn.