What would a Southern fairy be named?
The original seems to be taken down, but more than a year ago @onlyannamaria tweeted:
Why did we just collectively decide that fantasy worlds need to be populated solely by British, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, New Zealand, and Australian accents? I want ethereal fairies who sound like they were born and raised on a farm in Tennessee.
I mean … yes. It’s a whole thing. If something fantastic is set in the American South, well, it’s almost always New Orleans, or at least Louisiana, and then it’s vaguely French. (Think Anne Rice and Charlaine Harris. And those aren’t exactly on point because they’re more vampire/witch-focused, right?)
But now I’m racking my brain trying to figure out what I’d name a colony of fairies in the rural American south.
AND I CANNOT DO IT.
I keep veering into French. Or British English. Alvin and Delphine.
Because somehow, Waylon and Loretta just don’t say “bewitching, mystical creature” to me. Maybe Comfrey and Wildflower?
Of course, there’s no reason Dusty and Willadeene, Marshall and Chantilly can’t be fairy names. It’s a failure of my imagination.
But it’s keeping me awake at night. So I humbly ask for your help: Imagine you had to name a bunch of fairies living in rural Tennessee. What would their names be?
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