In my previous post, a couple people asked about the reasoning behind my characters’ names. I figured I’d explain that here, in case anyone else was curious! (This contains major spoilers for Echo Effect, so stop reading if you’re not fully caught up yet!)
Coco is the reincarnation of Echo, Nicholas is the descendant of Narcissus, and Payne is Pan. As some of you have probably guessed by now, I wanted them all to have names similar to their Greek myth counterparts!
To get a little more convoluted…
Coco’s birth name is Corrine, which is Greek for “maiden.” As a kid, her stutter made it seem like she was trying to say “Coco” instead of her actual name. Her family thought this was adorable, causing “Coco” as a nickname to stick.
Pan needed an alias while masquerading as human, hence “Payne.” It’s Latin for “man from the country,” so while not the most inventive alias, it’s very fitting for the rustic god that he is.
Nicholas is Greek for “victorious people.” His dad named him after himself, thanks to the narcissism running on that side of the family. His dad, however, went by the nickname “Nicky.” I did this since it helps differentiate them, and also because Nicholas is so preppy, the full name just fits him better. Only Coco calls him “Nick,” which he doesn’t prefer, but he’s too nice to make her stop.
If anyone else has any questions about Echo Effect, feel free to ask them in the comments! I can answer them in future Weekly Webcomic Update posts as a bonus for you guys…