Verb Names – more

Excellent work with the verb names. You all are submitting terrific entries, including such favorites of mine as Claude and Mame (hey, I’m a crime writer). We’re up to well over 100. You’ve also come up with a bunch I hadn’t thought of. Favorite new submissions:

Piers

Niels

Rex

Iz

Gussy

Rowan

Roger (in UK usage this is pretty saucy!)

Ang

Ade

And my favorite so far… Jocelyn!

But there are still more out there, and nobody has yet hit on my all-time favorite. If anyone does, I will use his or her name (the winner, not the verb) as a character in my next book or story. Come on, do it!

UPDATE: So you’ll know I’m serious, I have told my editor my favorite verb name. If anybody gets it, she’ll verify!

43 responses to “Verb Names – more

  1. Hot damn, Meg, you sure can up the stakes. I guess I’ll go retire to the couch with a print-off of the comments and a Baby Name Book (though why the heck do they call them Baby Name Books anyway? Unless somebody really has it in for the next generation.)

  2. Tuck, is a guy at an antique store in Charleston — short for Tucker probably
    Tab, short for Tabitha
    Tag
    Fawn

  3. Blu, anyway, I think that’s how Cher’s son spell’s it.
    Reid, actually have two friends with this one
    Ben — a past participle?

  4. Cain (cain you or cain’t you?)
    Kel
    Jazz (former student)
    Roman

  5. My plane is loading, so for now….

    Hoke — yes, a verb — and the character who drove Miss Daisy

    Spring — into action is what she did, though only those of us over 80 remember
    the actress Spring Byington….

  6. Didn’t she play Marmee in one of the versions of Little Woman?

    Anyway….
    Pen
    Barb
    Karen (dropped ‘g’)
    Simone (see, moan)
    Even (as spelled on page 239 of the trade pb edition of Kill Chain)
    Beryl (let’s beryl on outta here)
    Grace
    Bet
    Marge (for those who don’t care for butter on their toast)

  7. Max (to max out)
    Momo (shortened to Mo, it could be “I’ll mo the grass this afternoon. Come to think of it, Moe would also work for this one…)
    Rose
    Tara (don’t tear a hole in your new jeans!)
    Ty (short for Tyler)

  8. My comment has vanished. I guess I’ve been mistaken for Spam again.

  9. Two more

    Rolf (I’m not sure what it is, but some people pay to have it done to them)
    Bertha (“I don’t know how to bertha baby, Ms. Scarlett)

  10. Here’s a few:

    Claude

    Bea

    Blanche

    Brooke

    Forrest

    Hector

    Homer

    Lance

    Paige

    Phil

    Russell

    Shelby

    Oh, and let’s not forget April, May and June

  11. Sorry, I got a little carried away with this exercise and got off track with April, May and June. I do know they’re not verb names.

  12. Sorry, I got a little carried away with this exercise and got off track with April, May and June. I do know they’re not verb names.

    But I did forget to add:

    Abbott

    Don

    Jimmy

    Winnie

  13. Treat

    Chip

  14. Okay, my brain is fried, but I think….

    Cy, short for Cyrus (sigh)

    Tally

    Lane (lain)

    Frank ( to frank a letter)

    Slate

  15. Brad (to afix with funny-looking little nails)
    Sherry (as well as to add sherry, “to scurry, to run away” OED)
    Marge
    Ern (driver of the Knight Bus)
    Art
    Clark
    Kent

  16. Gert
    Cora (how does one cora pear?)
    Harold

  17. Offa (Mercian king)
    Olaf

  18. Prince — has anyone mentioned it yet?

    Wright, very popular a few decades ago.

    Lurch, from the Munsters I believe.

    Spike, as in Lee.

    Flip, as in Wilson

    Dash, short for Dashell.

    Storm, as in Larch (the singer).

    During the xmas season here in the southern US we go CAROLYN before SHARON our gifts…off-track, but hard to resist at this point.

    And to think — I just stopped by to see where I could buy your books Meg, since my Barnes and Noble only had the most recent one — and look what’s happened….

  19. Excuse me, I mean Dash, like Dashiell Hammett of course.

  20. Wonderful words!

    Leslie, I’m glad I sucked you into the vortex. I’m counting on a Southerner to really work those dropped g’s.

    Werner, May does count as a verb name.

    Susan, you’re playing dirty, using a typo from Kill Chain. But you get extra points for creativity!

    Patti, step away from the Oxford English Dictionary… slowly, that’s it…

  21. Taking the cue of Jocelyn, I came up with:

    Brandon

    Marion

    Owen

    Robin

    Sharon

    Søren

    Waylon

  22. Taryn

    Badon (Luke, I’m just badon my time until something better comes along)

    Katya (If I katya doing that again, you’re grounded!)

    Finn

    Tristan

    Crispin

    Ok, must stop. I’ve got the Head Crud and sore throat today and must toddle back to bed and languish for a bit.

  23. My Dutch friend Niels has a friend called Wessel, which I’m told is pronouced with a ‘V’ sound at the beginning but I reckon we can get away with by double-you-ing (particualrly as I do weally wather enjoy wessling).

    Guy in my office called Mussaddek; everyone calls him Muss. That counts, right?

    Ralph/Ralf

    I’m toying with the similarity of Agnes and agonise, but that may be too close and require a public vote

    And Win, which I don’t think we’ve seen yet (someone else here must read Harlan Coben)

  24. Jim–Win and Ralph are on the other page. I like Muss!

  25. I had to go to the family bible for these….

    Wade
    Phail
    Dred
    Choke

  26. Ouiser is a popular southern name — it’s a town, yes, but also the name of a character in Steel Magnolias. I don’t know if Vaupel’s first name is pronounced similarly — Ouise — but if so, then…

    Ouise = Wheeze

    A reach, perhaps.

  27. Oh dear, seems I’ve lost all respect for the language….

    Aiken, like when you hurt yourself.
    Yale, what you do at a football game.
    Wanda, whenever you are lost.
    Buck
    Acton, what dame judy does

  28. sorry, lost my head with acton

  29. Gwyn (Gwyn and see what they’re up to, silly people at their computers…)

    Gawain (think Aussie and accent first syllable–where are you gawain?)

    Gord

    Red (Skelton)

    Jules

    Brice (thick Australian again–brice yourself)

  30. I’m leaving for a 12-Step Recovery Program for Verb Name addicts, but before I go, here’s one more for the road….

    Joaquin — as in Phoenix, the actor, who (ha!) was in the movie “Walk The Line” — guess he was born to play the part —

  31. Certainly, someone must have already mentioned…

    Warren?

  32. Grant
    Ebb (Scrooge)
    Hector
    Ward
    Fester (luv those Munsters)
    Wolfe
    Duane (down the)
    Paul

  33. Cotton!

  34. Okay Meg,

    How about these, think a southeren accent.

    Al – As in ” Al be going now”
    Wanda – “Wanda come over for dinner?”
    or “He will wanda over later”

  35. hm..

    I read through but might be repeating anyway. That is quite the list!

    Carrie
    Mark
    DJ (as in I DJ’d at this cool bar last night)
    Chase
    Barry (bury)

  36. oops 🙂
    Maybe I should have started by reading the first thread.

    Ah well, I guess DJ stands 🙂

  37. groan…
    I rose from my sick bed for this?? Not nice to make people with bronchitis laugh.

    Well, ducks, I cannot believe that none of those was the winning name. Especially Blanche and Wanda. Nice girls, really.

    Arch
    Elsie (about that)
    DeForest (Kelly)
    Dwayne (as in Dwayne the bath, I’m dwowning)
    Dustin
    Eddy

  38. I know this is late, which happens when you start reading blog archives.
    How about…
    Fonda (as in “fonder” or “fond of”)
    and if you don’t think this is real, try googling “fonda cox”; admittedly the first entry is for a performer, but I first saw it on the knitting blog yarn-a-go-go, entry Tuesday, October 14, 2003

    also thought you might like this one:
    http://beavercreekfarm.typepad.com/walden_farm_notes/2006/06/index.html
    their girl dog has been named after Rowan Wool

  39. Excellent! And I love the dog with the tire it’s going to pull to Vegas.

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