Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Naming a Tiny People

I'm trying to figure out a name for this little teeny fairy people I'm using Fairyland Puki pukis to portray. They are inspired heavily by Nomes/Gnomes and the Nac Mac Feegle from the books of Terry Pratchett, and the Borrowers from the books by Mary Norton.
Brownie brings the association of chores done for a saucer of milk. These guys don't DO chores.
Gnome is taken, as seen above.
Hob has possibilities, although traditionally they were household helpers too.
Pixie makes people think of sparkly flittery things with bug wings and giggles. These are Not that kind of fairy.
Same with Sprite, although these days more children and adults think of that as a syrupy soda drink from a vending machine, not a mythic creature.


  1. How about a euphemism like Fair Folk or Gentry?

    1. Ah, maybe other people call them that. I need to figure out what they call themselves...
      I ended up going with Field Hob. Perhaps they'll call the ones who like to live near humans House Hobs.

  2. oooh! ooh! i have random suggestions (i read your stuff on DOA and here when I haven't lost the link...)
    Some variant of Duende might be fun, tons of ways to spell or say it as its their name for themselves :3
    Fenodyree or Ferrishyn for trooping/militant or trooping/nomadic fae

    polyovyk or polevoi (field spirit)
    "In Changes, a novel in the Dresden Files Series by Jim Butcher, the fairy Toot-Toot, a Polevoi, is enraged when he is mistakenly called a Domovoi by Sanya, the Russian Knight of the Cross. "
    Don't know if you read these books, but Toot-toot is as Feeglish as any I've met (will trade information for pizza. LOTS of pizza)

    oops. just saw you'd picked field hob... x.x
    d'oh! hope you like the random sprinkling of info anyway :>