She was originally named after the type of cormorant (or 'Snakebird') that is native to the warmer parts of America. This bird doesn't contain any water-repelling oil in its feathers and so, when in the water, sinks down underneath the surface, only leaving its neck out. Once out of the water, the Anhinga finds somewhere to stand and hang out its wings to dry like a cormorant (pictured).
I like that the boat is named after a bird but the word itself is difficult for people to understand - particularly over the radio! So, we have been thinking about what she could possibly be named instead.
It is difficult to choose a name as many of the obvious good choices are already taken and no two boats can share the exact same name. We both really like 'Laputa' after Laputa: Castle In The Sky by Studio Ghibli / Gullivers Travels. But unfortunately, it means 'the whore' in Spanish!!! Then we thought of Nausicaa, a spunky nature loving princess from another Ghibli classic. Other lead Ghibli females were disqualified: Chihiro (our sister in law!), Mononoke (too long maybe).
The names that are currently at the top of our list are:
Amidala or Padme (princess from Star Wars)
Zelda (princess of wisdom in Nintendo game of same name)
Linka (a planeteer with the power of wind from Captain Planet (one of Cerae's fav cartoons), also appealing because it sounds a bit like Link, the protagonist in the Zelda game)
Any further suggestions or votes for which is preferable?