Research- Naming of Character

So we wanted to have a pun in our character’s name. In the movie Frozen the main characters names are all derived from Hans Christian Anderson (Hans, Kristof and Anna).

There are other examples of this in movies, such as in the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Hosnian System is named after a LA Film Studies teacher who taught many of Abrams producer partners, like Bryan Burke and Roberto Orci. (YouTube, 2016)

In Spectre, there is a scene that shows Bond’s name sprayed on the memorial wall for fallen agents. Many of the names on this wall are actually those of members of the art department. Is this ominous for what awaits in my career? W


While having lunch on Friday we decided it was time to name our character rather than just us constantly name her “Cassie’s Mom.” As she was based on the idea of Cassie’s very own mum, Delores or Dolly, we didn’t want to name her the same. Like I said, she was only based on Dolly.

We had a list of ideas regarding having a name with light involved- could her name literally mean light? (See a few below)

  • Alina: A Greek name, this means “light”
  • Aonani: This Hawaiian name means “beautiful light”
  • Ciana: Meaning “light,” this name has Italian roots.
  • Dawn: Of Old English origins, this name refers to the first appearance of light.
  • Ellen: This Greek name means “sun, ray, shining light”

Colour her name spell out something to do with light? Like Luminescence (a bit long) or L.E.D. Well we thought the last was a good one, and worked further to come up with names to match with this.

We liked the name Lumo (short for Luminescence) as it was unusual and short- much like our own character.

Cassie had an excellent brain wave and for the ‘E’ thought Edison would work well- referring to the man responsible for the invention of the first commercially viable lightbulb (with experiments and patents ranging from 1802- 1879). (Thomas Edison Muckers, 2011).

For the surname we liked Doe simply in referral to the historical Jane Doe name used to tag unknown bodies. The tradition stemmed from the British law agreement known as the “Acts of Ejectment” during the rule of Edward III. Landlords, known as the hypothetical John Doe, would rent land to their tenant, known as the hypothetical Richard Doe. The Richard Doe, however, would dispute that they actually own the land, and so a legal suit would follow. (Mental Floss, 2016).

This process has continued use to now, though is now used in the legal system to tag unidentified personal, Jane Doe for the female and John Doe for the male.

I think the origin story of this naming is quite ironic to our own character really. The story starts with a stubborn dispute, much like our own character, Lumo, and her stubborn personality.


Thomas Edison Muckers. (2011). Thomas Edison Lightbulb. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Apr. 2016].

Mental Floss. (2016). Why Are Unidentified People Called John or Jane Doe?. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Apr. 2016].



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