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Subject: Re: Names invented by poets/playwrights/authors
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: October 16, 2005 at 3:56:50 PM
Reply to: Names invented by poets/playwrights/authors by Ylva
Yesenia was created by the Mexican author Yolanda Vargas Dulche around 1970 for the gypsy heroine of a telenovela.

Orville was invented by Fanny Burney for the character Lord Orville in her novel Evelina.

Tawny seems to have been first used as a girls' name for the title character of the novel Tawny by Donald Henderson Clarke:
http://www.grrl.com/sleaze47.html

In addition to Arwen, Tolkien's character names Galadriel and Eowyn have been given to real girls.

Amaya was created in 1879 by Spanish author Francisco Navarro Villoslada for the title character of his novel Amaya which deals with the conversion of the Basques to Christianity. There is a Japanese name Amaya mentioned on this site, but since the frequent use of Amaya as a girls' name in the USA seems to be the result of the appearance of a young woman of Spanish descent named Amaya on the MTV show The Real World, the Spanish novel seems a more likely source.


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