Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Help in naming characters

Do you have trouble when naming characters? How about names for folk living over 100 years ago?
Fear no more. I have great news for you.
At Writers' Holiday a lovely young lady called Katey was selling spreadsheets of the most popular names through the years since about 1860 (I think), right until present day. She was asking the astronomical sum of £2 for these and the money was to go to a charity to help young Ethiopian girls. These girls are married at 12, have children and because they're not fully formed themselves they sometimes become doubly incontinent and are then thrown out by their husbands. £400 pays for an operation for one girl. £400 gives them their life back. Katey was hoping to make enough money for one operation but has now decided to aim higher so spread the word.
If you want all those names, and I don't see how any writer can not want them, then go to
It takes you through to a justgiving donation page. When you donate (and do you really think £2 is enough?) it automatically sends you an email with the download link.
This is a great tool for all writers. Spread the word.


  1. That's a great idea so I've bought my copy and have shared the link on my blog.

  2. Thanks Bethany. I'm sure you'll find it useful.

  3. Very handy and a great cause. Saw this on Simon Whaley's blog too. Have posted the link on my new website on a sidebar widget so it's in everyone's face:-)
    (not a new lurker - used to be WriteousIndignation but I've come out of the broom closet, LOL!)