The name Auvera, while inspired by names such as Audrey and Aubrey, is one completely of my own design. I was writing Auvera Jane to a Science for the 2017 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in my Creative Writing II class but couldn't think of a name for my main character. I spent two class periods searching for the perfect name and the only two names that felt somewhat right were names that started with Au. However, I didn't feel like Audrey, Aubrey, Audra, Augusta, or any of the other names I found fit, so I decided to try and Frankenstein my own version. So, I searched on my favorite name-finding website, Nameberry, and eventually stumbled upon the name Vera. After running it through my head a couple times, I decided that I liked the sound of Awvrah instead of Awvera but kept the spelling of Vera within my engineered name for aesthetic purposes. I normally don't like unconventionally created names (such as Cason, Lidda, and Jonet) because they sound dumb, but because Auvera is so similar to things like Audra and Aubrey, I, and many other people I know, aren't bothered by it.
One of my biggest pet peeves about invented names is that they don't have any real meaning. I don't necessarily choose names to reflect a character's personality, life, or fate, but I like a name with substance. A name that has some meaning that a character's (sane) parent(s) could actually choose for their child, and I'm sorry, but if a parent names their kid something like Nim or Tacy, I couldn't be friends with them because of a serious taste issue. Anyways, I decided to give Auvera a meaning. I looked up a bunch of Au- names and noticed that a lot of them were variations of one another and that a common meanings between the originals were things like "noble" and "magnificent." Then, I looked up the meaning of Vera and found that it means "faith." So, I decided the meaning of Auvera should be "noble faith," which may sound ridiculous until you break it down.
"Noble" is defined by Google as " having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals" and the number 1 definition of "faith" by Google is "complete trust or confidence in someone or something." To reword the two definitions and combine them, it would read "having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideas and having complete trust or confidence in them." This actually works quite well for Auvera, who has a strong moral compass of what's right and wrong and never strays from it, and she always stands by the people she trusts to stay in her life.
What do you think? Do you like the name Auvera, or is it bat-shit crazy?