Names: Loren

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from “Lorenz,” from “Laurence,” meaning “from the town of laurels.”

Regardless of the meaning, I like the name “Loren” because of the sound.

Loren” is generally a man’s name, and it has a subtly different pronunciation from the girl’s name spelled “Lauren,” so this catches the ear first.  It hints, “This person is different.”

Furthermore, this pronunciation annunciates “lore,” as in “ancient knowledge passed on by word of mouth,” so automatically you get this image of a person who’s different, knows things, and is connected to the past—maybe even to the future, if he has a student.  This makes him feel automatically older before you know his age.

Even further (and I learned this more recently), if you mispronounce the name “Loren,” emphasizing “ren,” over “lore,” you get the name of a bird, a wren.  A common European species of wren is called a “kinglet.”   According to a folk story, a race was held to see which bird would be king.  This clever little wren defeated the eagle by hiding in its wings.  The “kinglet” wears a crown of yellow feathers.  A wren is also known for complex songs, including duets, and for keeping busy, foraging even in dark caves.  This further supports the idea of someone intelligent and fastidious, adding a sense of activity you wouldn’t necessarily expect of an elderly wise man (or wise woman).  It also puts some nobility and cleverness to the mix.

Potential persons for a “Loren” character:

  • a scholar
  • a wizard
  • a historian
  • a guide
  • a librarian
  • a wise king

Congratulations, it’s a…

I’ve given some more thought to titles, considering phrases within the theme, premise, and dialogue.  I even went to this strange and magical land, to see what an algorithm could come up with.  Here are the runners up:


The Harper’s Journey

The Trickster’s Apprentice

The Harper’s Ransom

King’s Fool*


The last one (*) refers to the idea of a harper being a type of fool if you count him or her among the skomorokhi but that might go over people’s heads.  However, the winner for random sequence of determiners, nouns, and adjectives (aka, a title) is…


…drumroll please…


A Queen’s Ransom




Okay, so it happens to be an alternative name of a 1976 Hong Kong action flick, International Assassin, but that was before I was born.  I like the turn of phrase, though I wish I could fit something in there to hint at magical fantasy romance.

Special mention for amusement to Russian Rashomon and The Ghost and the Gusliar.

Like the title?  Like any better?  Comment below with your own take on the vote!  See you next week with an update!


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