How do you come up with names for your dolls?
I do not have many dolls at the moment, but I still find it difficult to come up with unique (or not so unique) names for the ones I have. So far, only 3 of my dolls (technically 2 and a half since one of those dolls is just a floating head) have names that are most likely ‘permanent’. These dolls are Juniper (Mystic Kids Miri), Sahtka (Akagi Doll Ban) and Ashley (Akagi Doll Lan, the floating head).
The only other doll that has a name and that I have a profile for on my website is Marvin (Mystic Kids Lawrence). His name, however, is probably going to change many times before I can find something that sticks around. His original name that I came up with was Donghai which is a Chinese name, as I want him to be considered a Chinese/Taiwanese character. One day when I had him and my Mystic Kids Miri out though, I took one look and said, “Marvin and Juniper… I don’t know where those names came from but you guys look like a Marvin and a Juniper.”
Honestly, I never even heard of the name Juniper until it popped in my head and I looked it up to see it was a Latin name. So much for a Chinese name for her too (her and Marvin are a couple/married couple).
You know how Marvin and Juniper came to be, but what about Sahtka and Ashley?
Ashley got his name because… well… I really wanted a male doll named Ashley. There is a character on an older TV show, ‘The Waltons’, and his name is Ashley. I like the show, and that kind of name for a boy really shocked me, but I loved it!
As for Sahtka, his name is pretty complicated. His name came to be kinda like Marvin and Juniper. I received his head in the mail and the name came to me after maybe two days. The name stuck, the spelling did not. I originally spelled his name Satka, but I figured many people wouldn’t be able to pronounce it the way I mean it to be pronounced. I decided to add the ‘h’ to get a more ‘sah’ sound to the name, and because I thought the spelling was even more unique with the added letter. I googled the name and I found the word (different spelling) on some articles, but nothing was the way I spelled it and I couldn’t find anywhere if it is a name in any culture in the world. My friend said it kinda sounds Indian, but I wanted my character to be part Thai… Oh well.
I have name ideas for my other dolls (I only have 2 others which are considered Marvin and Juniper’s children) but nothing is official enough to bother writing about. Since I will be doing all my dolls’ faceups soon, perhaps all the names will come to me when I’m dolling up my dollies!