Almonzo Wilder’s Name
Oct 22, 2013 02:33 PM
Thanks so much for babynames.com. I love to daydream about names, and your site is a treasure trove.
I’m also an avid reader, and I have been re-reading some of my childhood favorites, including the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. As you may know, Laura Ingalls married Almonzo Wilder. I became curious about the name Almonzo, but I don’t see it on your site. Do you know what it means?
Thanks so much,
Thank you for your kind words. It’s always nice to hear from a fan! The name Almonzo is most likely a Spanish derivative of the Arabic name El-Mansur, which means “Victorious One.” We have added it to the BabyNames.com database.
Hi! I know a girl with the name Minette, but couldn’t find it on your site and thought it was really pretty. Could it be added? I know it is of French origin, but don’t know much beyond that.
The root “Min” comes from the name Minnie, which is a diminutive form of the name Mary. “Ette” is a French tag that was originally used for nicknames. So yes, the origin is French, and the meaning is the same as Mary: “Bitter” or “Of the Sea.” Thank you for this new name! We will add Minette to our names database.
Dear Ms. Moss:
I am trying to break into becoming a new writer. My editor has asked me to start thinking of a pen name for myself. I told her that I wanted my name to be Tim Brian (which is part of my name, first and middle) she doesn’t think that would fly too well in the book industry. Said the name Tim Brian is a little shaky, like you can tell its made up and stuff.
So my question is what do you think I should do for a pen name or any suggestions.
The story is a western and thought my pen name should be western-like. That is why I was thinking of Tim Brian as the name on my western story, think anyone would buy a book by that name? I hope you can help me.
I agree with your editor. When I see a celebrity or writer with two first names, I just assume it’s his first and middle name. It’s a little trite, nowadays.
I actually like your original name, Tim England – it’s memorable. Do you know why your editor suggested a pen name? Or do you not want your writing to be associated with your public life? As an author, I also toyed with the idea of a pen name, but then realized that I wanted everyone to know that I actually did accomplish the feat of publishing a novel! I wanted it under my own name. Even JK Rowling can’t keep it a secret when she writes under different aliases.
But if you are set on having a different name, I would suggest a variation on your first and middle names, like Tim Bryant. But that is not very memorable, either. How about taking a name that evokes the Old West, such as:
Check with your editor and see if this is what he/she was going for.Hope that helps!