whats my name or more name games
- Gracious and wise members of this illustrious list
As I have mentioned before, I am still in search of a Japanese name.
I have spent time these last several weeks pursuing Solvig-himes
book, Effingham-dono's pages, and even rummaged on Reconstructing
History and on Lady Tatsumi tomokos site. At this point I seem to
have found a few that might be possible but will probably be shot
down and fast.
Humbly, I ask your most able assistance in finding a way to identify
my Japanese alter-persona. I am aiming for late period (1500s ish.)
For first names I really do like neko. (It is the first thing anyone
has suggested when I asked for help in choosing a Japanese name. But
the kanji I find under Historical Female Names (on page 380 of the
first edition of Solvig himes book) is NOT the one I know for cat...
so it means something else... but what? and would it still be
I have also considered Tora (pg 395) but have been told it really
does not fit me as well as neko.
Another one I have had suggested was found in the narrative section,
on page 50... Nyanya (repeated syllables and the play of words on the
mew of a kitty.)
The final one I kind of liked was on
http://scajapan.netfirms.com/index.htm and listed at Katsume (or
Katsue it seemed to mean something like benevolent victory) but the
only listings for Katsu I found in Solvigs noble tome were
(OK, I also liked nekoyanagi - pussywillow, but it is just a
plant/word in the dictionary, I have not seen it as a name anywhere,
though women might take feminine-floral names....)
I believe I also need a surname and have been considering (from pg
Katata from the sengoku period, meaning strong or tough
Kita (this one has a kanji I can actually remember ;-) it is listed
at 1600 and defined as tree.
Would any of these be functional? Are there better options? I am
VERY open to suggestions. I would really like something in a feline
vein as that seems to suit me.
(OK, formally it is Catrin von Berlin, but my friends really do call
me CAT and yes, I do answer ;-)