Help Me Name this Hero

I know it’s happened to you. It’s 4:45pm on Friday and your boss drops by your office and tells you she needs an extensive report by Monday afternoon.

That’s sort of what happened to me yesterday. Alicia Condon, my editor at Kensington, dropped me an email asking if I’d submitted a synopsis for the novella I’m doing for the IMPROPER GENTLEMEN anthology (July 2011). This will be the third Mia Marlowe release scheduled for next summer.

Well, no, I hadn’t. I’d run a quick idea for a setting by her, but that was it. I fired back the story ideas that had been percolating on the back burner of my brain while I near the end of my current WIP. (I’m not scheduled to start on the novella till the second week in August–yeah, I’m that anal. My writing is planned out week by week till next summer.)

Fortunately, Alicia shot back an email saying she loved my ideas and it was exactly the direction I needed to go for this novella. (Did I mention I love my editor?) All she needs now for the cover blurb meeting on Monday is my hero’s name.

Which I don’t know.

I know he’s Irish. The year is 1827. When the story opens, he’s a convict on Bermuda, part of the pressed labor gang building the massive Commissioner’s House compound on the southwest point of the island. He’s no innocent, but he’s not guilty of the particular thing he was convicted for. He’s whip-smart, a wicked scrapper with fisticuffs, and sexy as the devil. He looks very like Matt Bomer, the actor from White Collar.

But I need a name for him.

I did a search and came up with the 10 most popular male Irish names in the 19th century:

Top ten Irish first names for boys in 1864

1. John
2. Patrick/Pat
3. James
4. Thomas
5. Michael
6. William
7. Martin
8. Peter
9. Timothy
10. Denis/Dennis

Also like Aidan, Brendan, and Ryan.

I have to come up with a surname, but that’ll be easier once I know the first part.

So, what do you think? Which name do you prefer? Do you have another suggestion? If I end up using a totally new full name suggested here, I’ll definitely give the person responsible credit on the acknowledgements page. So please put on your thinking caps, but time is of the essence. I need to send it to my editor first thing Monday.

Thanks so much!

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