Teaser Tuesday, Poll, and Give-Away
Isn’t it nice when multiple things roll into one?
As I continue to work on The Lure of the Moonflower, Jack and Jane have, somewhat unexpectedly, acquired a donkey. (It was a surprise for the donkey, too.)
The donkey needs a name. Henrietta thinks we should call him Donkey-the-donkey. Miles votes for Ginger. Miss Gwen just thinks of the donkey as parasol-fodder.
One more serious option is to name the donkey Miranda, since the Miranda breed of donkey is common in Portugal. (Yep, I’m learning all about donkeys, here.)
Help! What would you name Jack and Jane’s donkey? Any and all suggestions welcome.
But, wait– I did say there would be a give away, didn’t I?
One person will be chosen at random to receive a Pink Carnation anniversary mug.
Let the names begin!
I like Miranda. It fits with the Portuguese area. Another idea might be Jenny. A male donkey is usually called Jack and a female is called Jenny. Since we already have a Jack in the story, we’d have to go with Jenny. Also I’m sure there’s opportunity for witty dialogue there about “Jack and Jenny”.
Totally unsuited for your purposes but…..I always pictured a donkey wearing a straw hat with two holes cut out for those long ears. The name “Daisy” comes to mind. Good grief, I’ve been reading too many western romances!
Here is the (convoluted) reasoning: The donkey should have something to do with Napoleon and why not make reference to Bonaparte Crossing the Alps (in which he is riding a miserable looking pack-animal)? The painting does not reference Portugal, but whatever! The artist is Hippolyte Delaroche. I am going to ignore the fact that the painting was done AFTER the events of Moonflower.
Modestine was the name of Robert L. Stevenson’s donkey on his trek through the Cervennes. I seem to remember that donkey had quite a personality!
The book is set in December. There’s only one choice: Dominick. As in Dominick the Italian Christmas donkey.
My thoughts exactly Christine!! My sister and I love to sing the “la la lalalala, the Italian Christmas donkey” part to each other at Christmas, and the sheer randomness of that song is the best.
Jiggedy jig eee aw eee aw!
As a NYC Italian, I’m going to have to agree on Dominic. Although, I know this is surely not the direction that Lauren is thinking of going in!
Duncan the donkey. Just because it sounds a bit like Bun(ny) the bunny.
Did anyone know that there is a flower called a Donkey Orchid? Knowing Jane’s tendency towards flowery spy names, perhaps the donkey could be Diuris, the genus name for the many species of donkey orchids. I like the thought of a donkey spy reference. And, since we have double spies who may be tailing other suspects… 🙂 From Wikipedia: “The scientific name is derived from the Greek words dis (double) and oura (tail), referring to the two lateral drooping sepals, giving a tailed appearance. The common name Donkey Orchid is logically derived from the appearance of the two lateral petals, protruding from the top of the flower like the two ears of a donkey. These features give Diuris its easily recognizable appearance.”
I have a feeling something about this might make its way into the book….
That would be ultra-cool! 🙂
I second this!! I love this idea.
This is perfect
I liked the Miranda suggestion.
If I was Jane and wanted to name a donkey, I would name him after the biggest ass I knew at the time… which might be Jack (From what I have read Jack and Jane seemed to be rubbing each other the wrong way, so I am just assuming that Jane is a little annoyed with him at this time. But, I could be wrong). So I say Jack the donkey or Jackie if its a girl (said Jane with a sweet smile).
Nova, as in “no va.” Won’t go. I love their personalities. Perhaps a pretty name like Esmeralda would sweeten her disposition.
I think it might be rather fun and in character if Jack and Jane disagreed on the name. Jack, not being particularly fanciful, could be content to leave her nameless and address it as “Hey, you” when necessary, while Jane could tease him by acting sympathetic toward her and naming her something flowery like “Desdemona” (because Jack just believes the worst of her) or “Cinderella” (because she’s just so put upon).
Your instincts about these characters are so spot on! I just deleted a passage today where Jack informed Jane that if she needed a name for the donkey she could refer to it as “Hey, you”. But it sounded a bit modern, so I changed it to “ho, there!” and then just cut it altogether. But it may yet reappear….
Probably a good call, Lauren – I remember Jack as a bit uptight.
Also, ho could take on a meaning best done without.
I think Miranda is very sensible and that reminds me of Jane. When I first read this the word/name that immediately popped into my mind was “Pip”. No reason why, just random thought at 6am. But Pip would be too English for this time period and place, wouldn’t it?
I think Humphrey is a donkey-esque name! It may be too English, but unfortunately I don’t know any Portuguese names
Like Miranda, but totally going to suggest Cannon Fodder.
Lupeldinha- the name of my sister’s mean-as-a-snake great-aunt-in-law from the Azores. As intractable as a donkey…
I like Nikki’s suggestion of naming the donkey after Jack. What about Jacinto? It is Spanish and Portuguese word meaning Hyacinth. (The English nickname is “Jack”, per wikipedia.)
I totally agree with the others, my suggestion was going to be Dominick.
Of course it is female, then Sofia, which means wisdom.
Valiant. He can be their Valiant and noble steed!
I rather like the idea of naming it after a flower. I don’t know how far back the meaning of each flower goes, but a Lobelia is supposed to represent “malevolence” (appropriate for if said donkey is troublesome) and a Geranium is supposed to represent “determination” (appropriate for typically stubborn donkeys). Snapdragon, Buttercup, or Petunia might also be fun for their sheer ridiculousness.
“I will hug him and squeeze him… And name him George”. I always thought George was the perfect pet name, both unassuming and will Loony Tunes references. Plus its name has the same first sound as Jane and Jack. A little alliteration isn’t below dear Jane. You’re welcome! 😉
Hotey. As in Donkey Hotey.
or if it is a much put upon donkey, Rocinante.
But I agree with the suggestion of naming it Jack!
I rather like Graciosa…also native to Portugal and if the donkey plays a significant role in assisting Jane and Jack, it would be like a foreshadowing of thank you. 😀
Jane should name the donkey after Jack. For I’m certain he is making an ass of himself.
Thanks, Jennifer – that idea made my evening. Poor Jack.
Going with the theme, why not just Flor (flower)? She could come with a little garland and everything.
Or Cardo (thistle) if it’s male.
I dug into my family tree for this one, but why not Parthenia if its a girl. Its so random and off the wall, Jack could spend hours (well half a page or less) rambling on and on about what the heck is a Parthenia. BTW Parthenia is both a town in the late Roman province of Mauretania Sitifensis, the easternmost part of ancient Mauretania, in what is now northern Algeria and the first printed collection of music for keyboard in England. Now I just want to find out how a donkey comes in to play….
I was going to say Molly, Joåo (Jack in Portuguese), or Rocinante. I like Duiris.
Oh! Nick, as in Nick Bottom from A Midsummer Night’s Dream!
But Miranda’s nice, too. Or Frank.
Dorothea the Donkey…
Sancho but I liked the Rocinante idea.
If this darling creature is a boy donkey, rather than a lady donkey, then you could riff on the “Miranda” donkey breed and name him Ferdinand, since Ferdinand is Miranda’s male counterpart in The Tempest. I could picture Jane protesting, quite sensibly and placidly that “it’s Shakespearean,” while Jack crosses his arms and says “it’s ridiculous is what it is,” or something. Plus Ferdinand the donkey rather reminds me of Ferdinand the Bull and Ferdinand the Bull is adorable.
Well the Portuguese for carrot is Cenoura (which is pretty), but I know a donkey called Humphrey who’s a bit of a stroppy sweetheart !
I like the Valiant suggestion. Something no nonsense for Jane…and I think it would annoy Jack to hear it called something noble.
Lotus. For irony.
I can’t believe the very high quality of these suggestions! I’m glad I don’t have to choose. But the one which made me really laugh is Donkey Hotey. That’s brilliant.
I was thinking Bottom for the Shakespeare reference, but these are all such great ideas, I think Jack and Jane will need more donkeys… maybe they will acquire a herd of donkeys…maybe I should just stop now!
Donkeys can be prophetic, help heal the sick, and create melodious music.
Miranda is the name!
After reading these great suggestions, I say nameless and Jack and Jane name it at the end in complete accord with each other. Or Miranda, seems like a good name for a donkey in Portugal.
I vote for Ferdinand. A cute name-and who doesn’t love a cute nickname (Ferdie) that also gives a nod to a famous Portugal trailblazer. And who is Jane if not a trailblazer of her own?
Don the donkey. Either as in “lord donkey” (because who will be running the show?) or as in the head of the college of Jane and Jack’s hard knocks.
I like all the other names as well…a flower name would be appropriate!
We actually have pet donkeys named Lucy (the mom) and Fiona (her baby). They are lovely girls and very sweet. I don’t have a smart reason for naming them that…they just looked like a Lucy and a Fiona to me 🙂
I would name it Nibbles. Because that sounds adorable. 😀
First I thought that Miranda was great, and then I remembered that at some point I had heard of a donkey named Daisy, and thought of suggesting that. (Jeremy has heard of the same donkey?)
I also really liked Jacinto, it’s great in so many ways!
I hope that this was helpful?!?!?
Sebastian. Vaughn would be scandalized.
Penelope. That is a very proper donkey name.
Boney. It seems fitting the donkey would have a name that made fun of the man they were trying to overthrow!
From others’s suggestions:
I like Donkey as name. Also Miranda and Diuris. I also like Bottom and Canon Fodder.
I like Dianthus the donkey. Dianthus Caryophyllus is the scientific name for Carnation.
Also Delphinium nicknamed Del. Maybe Reid in honor of Jack or Woolly in honor of Jane.
I could go on, but I should probably stop there.
It depends on the donkey’s personaility. Marigold might be an option, as Jane might be amused by the flower reference. Or, if it is a very sensible and calm donkey, Demon might be good.
Petunia. There. I win. ;D
Rosebud – Especially if it is a sweet natured donkey, but I can see Jack saying, “Oh Heavens, its JUST a donkey!”, but didn’t he have an affectionate name for his horse in Blood Lily? Or to really push Jack’s pseudonym, Luna – as in Moon flower…
I like Miranda! Or maybe Queenie?
I would vote for Bottom (MND). If it wasn’t so ahistorical (after the period in question), I would say Milne or Eeyore.
Donkey Jote. Like Don Quixote.
I always loved Donkey from Shrek. I would probably name it Eddie or Murphy. 😉
How about “Donk” which is what Lord Grantham’s little granddaughter on Downtown Abbey is calling him now.
At first I thought Miranda would be just right, but after reading Kristy’s comment about the orchids I think that just might be perfect.
Balam from the Bible story
I like Miranda, Ferdinand, and Sebastian. Definitely think Donkey Hotey is cute, and in keeping with that story, I would suggest Dulcinea – so lyrical and ‘sweet’. But maybe it wouldn’t fit this donkey’s personality.
Nathaniel; the name of the donkey an old nativity play
King William or Emanuel for a male donkey. Queen Anne for a female.
How about naming the donkey Jenny? It’s a girl’s name sure, but it’s also another term for a female donkey.