Category: Writing

What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Nancy, one of my beta readers for Part 1 of Phoebe’s Journey commented that there were a lot of unfamiliar names that sounded similar and that was confusing and distracting. As an example, in the first drafts, Phoebe’s mother’s name is Demetra, which is very similar to another main character’s name–Demarus. Nancy’s advice was spot on and I changed a few character’s names. Phoebe’s mother is now Sophia.

Character names should never get in the way of a reader’s enjoyment. Roman and Greek names often have a similar sound to our unfamiliar ears, so Nancy’s criticism was certainly valid. Beta readers give valuable input and their comments always make the finished product better.

When I was thinking about names for the characters in Phoebe’s Journey, I went through the New Testament and made a list of the Corinthian Christians. What a melting pot of rich ethnicities this early church was:

Roman (Latin) Names

  • Gaius
  • Fortunatua
  • Crispus
  • Titius Justus
 Greek Names
  • Stephanas
  • Achalcus
  • Erastus 
  • Phoebe

Jewish Names 

  • Aquila
  • Priscilla
  • Sosthenes


About The Author

About The Author

Kathryn Collett

Kathryn Collett is a successful businesswoman, author, wife, mother, grandmother and lifelong Christian. Having spent almost three decades as a marketing executive for a major broadcasting corporation, Kathryn has amassed a wealth of knowledge about varied topics and interests. That knowledge inspired a passion for outreach ministries with a special interest in creating fictionalized stories to make the Bible and its tenets accessible and real to non-believers as well as to long-standing Christians.

As a lifetime book lover and history buff, she is particularly interested in bringing stories of minor characters in the New Testament to life through Christian Historical Fiction. Her long-term plans include building a brand around her books and creating study guides for teens, young adults, women’s groups, and others interested in learning long-forgotten stories from the Bible.

When not writing, Kathryn can most often be found running the day-to-day operations of At Your Service of St. Louis County LLC, a successful concierge business she built from the ground up, spending time with her family, reading, or researching for the next great story waiting to be told.

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