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Benedikt, Benjamin, (Bjorn,) or Tobias?

  • ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
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    Please humor me. :) This isn’t for a real baby, but I think most of you by now know I’m nowhere near ready to start a family anyway. :)

    I’ve been having a wee bit of a struggle trying to name the male lead of a story I’m hoping to take up writing fairly soon. I was hoping I could describe him to you a wee bit, share the names, and have you see which one seems to fit him best, because I seem totally incapable of making a decision. :)

    My guy is 25-26, a German professional footballer (with a German father and an American mother; therefore he’s fluent in English and has visited the US fairly extensively). He’s a Christian. It shows in how he acts–he’s selfless and, above all, kind. He is a great friend. He sort of encompasses aspects of both cultures–German and American–he’s a bit reserved and shy, like his father, and has his father’s German good looks (tall and handsome), and his father’s German generosity, but his mother’s easy affection and quick grin (and infectious laughter). His mother has made a huge point of instilling the classic American gentleman chivalry in him, so he’s a perfect gentleman (albeit a painfully shy one!). Until he knows where he stands, there will be a lot of suppressed angst on his part (which makes for quite a bit of fun writing!). Football is everything to him, and he’s lived and breathed it since he could walk. He’s incredibly competitive and incredibly good at his job (he’s a striker, possibly the best in Germany), but he’s never a sore loser. He isn’t a partier type of player, very humble and takes his fame very seriously, even though he’d happily live without it, because he knows thousands of Germans (and football/soccer fans all over the world, honestly) are watching him, and he wants them to have a good influence, not a bad one. I see him with some insecurities, although I haven’t gotten a huge feel for what those are yet. And when he’s around his lady, she brings out the best in him.

    The (sort?) synopsis of the plot (since his description is SO long) is that he meets this girl at the big final soccer/football game for the season when something happens and he nails this girl in the head. Knocks her out, breaks her nose, and sends her to the hospital. He tries to lend some aid, but the officials won’t let him off the field, and by the time he can track her down, she’s signed herself out of the hospital and is gone. A week or two later, he shows up at church only to find her there, visiting. It turns out that she’s an American, fairly recently moved to Germany to play for the philharmonic orchestra in Hamburg (which is also where his team is located). There’s obvious chemistry between them, but things take a turn for the sour when she overhears a couple people at the orchestra’s building plotting something awful. At the time, she thinks they didn’t know about her being there, but it ends up that she did, and now he and she are on the run, trying to figure out how to stay ahead of the bad guys and trying to figure out who they can trust.

    And yeah, that’s the main of it. It still needs tweaking, obviously, but I figure it helps to understand it all. :) I know for sure the leading lady is Grace Townsend. I’m stuck on Benedikt, Benjamin, and Tobias for him (MAYBE Bjorn). Anyway, if you had to pick from those four options, which would you chose?

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  • ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
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    And ohmygoodness, that’s really long. Sorry! (Would you believe I tried to edit it down to something more manageable?) But if you get through it all and can comment on a name, I would be eternally grateful. (If you want to comment on my guy and my plotline, I wouldn’t mind that, either, haha!)

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    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
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    I would go with Bjorn!
    It probably helps that the one Bjorn I know is similar to your description. ;)
    My second choice would be Tobias.
    I definitely would not do Benedikt. That’s such a bad-guy name to me.

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
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    I would say Tobias fits best. Benjamin, too, but I would be inclined to want to have him be just Ben, which I think is a little boring…

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
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    Thanks, guys! :) Erm, well… I’ve decided on Benedikt. I even felt like I should avoid it, because there’s a famous German footballer named Benedikt Howedes, but yeah, it just clicked Friday night for me. I was googling German guys to hopefully get an impression of what he would look like in my head, and I was trying out all of the names on him, and Benedikt really stuck, and it’s definitely “him” now. I think he’ll be a mixture between Benedikt, Ben, and even Benni for some of his friends/co-footballers, so hopefully it won’t be TOO boring. :)

    If you want to give more input, though, I’m still struggling with a surname, and the name for his mom. She’ll be Annie for sure, but I need a full name for her. I’m torn between either just Anne or Annelies…

    And surnames are a wee bit more complicated–feel free to vote for any of these (for Benedikt, Annie, and their husband/father, Peter…):

    Balthaser
    Bottinger
    Breslau
    Eberhardt
    Luckenbill
    Philipp (which is the German spelling of Philip/Phillip, but is apparently used with some frequency as a surname in Germany, as well)
    :) Thanks, ladies!

    PokeyNinja
    PokeyNinja
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    for Annie:
    Annabelle
    Anneliese
    Annessa
    Annette
    Annora
    Anarosa
    Anastasia
    Anisa
    Anita
    Anthea
    Antoinette

    for surname:
    from your list I like Bottinger and Eberhardt

    adding for consideration:
    Bähr
    Dauenhauer
    Heisman
    Jäger
    Klaus
    Kraus

    …from the description I would probably make him more like 24

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
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    I like Anneliese for Annie, and I vote for Eberhardt for the surname.

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    Amy, I’m liking Annelies, too. I can’t seem to decide between Annelies and Anne, so I’m thinking of just calling her Annie for now, and seeing what personality further develops. I’ve got a pretty good idea for what she’s like, but I can’t decide if I want her to have recent ancestry from the Netherlands/Denmark/Germany (if I go this route, her parents would have been from one of those countries, but she would have been born in the US). If she does have that ancestry, she’d for sure be Annelies, but if not, she might be just Anne, or she might be Annelies. I can’t decide! haha. I’m thinking of just calling her Annie for now, and maybe a name will emerge later on. :)

    I think I’m down to Luckenbill or Breslau. I feel like Luckenbill doesn’t seem very German, but I like that Benedikt Luckenbill sort of balances out, so it doesn’t seem crazy-German overload, haha. But I can see people calling out his surname a lot, and I feel like Benedikt Breslau fits him really well, and I feel like Breslau fits him as well as Benedikt does. I’ve been starting to think that a more simple German surname, like Muller, Bauer, or Fischer, would work better with the longer, complicated (especially with the “k” instead of the “C”) Benedikt. But the one that seems to suit him best, Benedikt Muller, is absolutely out because of Thomas Muller, a famous (real) German footballer… I think he’ll probably end up being Breslau, but I just can’t decide yet, urgh.

    PokeyNinja
    PokeyNinja
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    Could make one of Annie’s parents from one of those contries and the other born in USA (or another country) but grandparents were from another of those countries. (ie: Annie’s mom was born in Denmark and moved to USA when real young; Annie’s dad was born in USA but his parents were born in Germany and Netherlands.) That way it makes a little more sense if Annie ends up being short for Annelies or Anneliese (both German origin).

    And if Benedikt’s father is full German, I would change his name from Peter. (Which is apparently Greek origin. …I was thinking more like Hebrew.) …Or could make him German/Greek and Annie German/Dutch/etc. (Unless he’s not German by blood, but by birth. Then surname wouldn’t have to be German.)

    …just some thoughts

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
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    I was also thinking of having one of her parents being Dutch/German/Danish, and the other an American mutt. :) I like the idea of her having ties to Germany before she moved there (because I don’t see her moving to Germany JUST to marry Peter, even though they are adorable together, and I feel like it would have been craziness to just up and move to Germany in the early 80s. I mean, this is before the Berlin Wall fell, in the midst of the Iron Curtain and the Cold War and all that terrifying stuff. I feel like an American wouldn’t just up and move to Germany, just because.). But at the same time, I feel like it’s just TOO much European/German stuff. I really want Annie to be fully American, not mostly German with a little bit of American history.

    And as for Peter… it’s a very popular name in Germany. Many classic names in other countries aren’t JUST Russian or German or French. Thomas is classic in French and Germany, too, but is it a French or German name? Not at all. They’re Biblical names, which is probably why they ARE classic. If you met a Peter here in the US, would you expect him to be Greek? The likelihood of meeting an American or a German who is named Peter that is 100% Greek (or any percent Greek, haha), is probably about the same percentage.

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