Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Surname Maps

janetmiles and my partner Doug tipped me to this cool resource showing surname maps.  So, if you're a writer and you want to name an ordinary character from one of these places, you can pick a surname from the relevant place and it will fit.  This is a very discreet and effective trick with local color.
Tags: ethnic studies, writing
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