Thursday, November 15, 2007

Name Game

Okay, I have a CP. My most beloved of CP's who really makes me work for it, says the reason people are having trouble differentiating the voices of my two tween main characters is because their names are too similar. I don't think they are at all, but she is INSISTING.

So in spite of the deep regard I hold this CP in, I have to get more opinions. After all, she is asking me to change the names of one of my own children, halfway through their life!!!!

Their names are Cady and Addison.

Your thoughts?

10 comments:

Heather Harper said...

And by trendy/popular, I mean the opposite of more traditional names like Elisabeth, Julie, Angela, etc.

Heather Harper said...

Okay...my first post ate the dust...lol.

What I said was that the only thing I see as similar is the D in both names and that they are trendy/popular.

But you end one with a long e and they don't begin with the same letter, so they are not that similar IMO.

Heather Harper said...

Aha. I see the repeating AD now. Maybe that's her beef?

Bonnie Ferguson said...

I see no problem with the names. They don't sound the same at all :)

Linda Sherwood said...

If you shortened Addison, the tendency would be to shorten it to Addy, which is very similar to the other....

I think I'm agreeing with your CP.

Kristen Painter said...

They're sort of similiar. Hmmm. Would it hurt to change one name and see if it grows on you?

Lexi said...

I'm no help. I'm a Libra who takes her balancing very seriously. I can see her side and your side.

Anonymous said...

It depends on how people mentally read Cady. If they read it like "Katie" with a hard "a" then they're not similar at all. But if they read it like "Caddy" as in a golf caddy, then they can be someone what similar because that's the same sound as the beginnig of Addison (which can be shortened to Addy).

If you don't want to change the names, you might just give the reader a hint as to how to pronounce Cady so it has a hard "a."

Anonymous said...

I'm going to have to agree with your CP. When I read the two names, my mind immediately went, Caddy and Addy.

Dawn :-)

Rachel Vincent said...

I think that it depends on how you're pronouncing Cady. Long A or short A?

With a short A, it does sound like Addison. Not so with a long A.

Unfortunately, you can't tell from just reading it how it's pronounced. Unless you have her pronounce it for another character. ;-)