The last one I named with a virtue name was sort of a joke... When going over my out-of-use characters, I found a preponderance of Doctor Who related names, Zoe, Jamie, Tegan and a Rose. Now, these were actually unrelated to Doctor Who on my part (indeed, my Tegan is a Teagan, given the patronymic of Teague the Harper, the NPC bard who was her dad) and my Rose was last played in 1995 or so, but since I've been watching Who from the beginning this past year it became a joke that all my characters shall names relating to Doctor Who, even if the writers of Doctor Who will have to write in my characters AFTER they go to the dead pile... Anyways, so when making a character who was deeply religious (albeit not in a Paladin way!) it was inevitable that she'd be Verity...
Virtue names for human characters are pretty easy, especially for female characters, because in most cultures in our history males are often named for heros or famous figures (in English, for example, Biblical names like James and Simon, and historic names like Alexander and Julian) and females are often named either after their fathers or after virtues, generally the virtues that make them a good wife. That's why virtue names often seem old fashioned to us: Hope and Faith aren't that out there, but Patience, Chastity and Fidelity sound like some women out of The Crucible.
If we look at Tolkien's names for Hobbits, most of them lovingly included on this list, you'll find that most of the masculine names are nonsense in English, but that there are a great many female names that have simple meanings in English: Flowers, Plants and objects of value.
So what if these are virtue names after all? What if we assume the halfling tongue to be symbolic, so symbolic, in fact, that few Bigguns speak it because they don't share the entire mythic history of halfling kind and don't know what they 'really mean'? [scroll way down for Table]
|Name*:||Real World Meaning/Derivation:||Halfling Virtue:|
|Amaranth||A category of plants, some weeds with many uses||Adaptability|
|Angelica||Group of plants used in medicine & flavoring||Flavorfulness**|
|Asphodel||Plants, let's assume the British Bog Asphodel||Hard to Kill|
|Belladonna||Plants, poisonous, useful as anesthetic...||Pretty & Deadly|
|Berylla||From Beryl, a gem w/many colors, Mohs 8||Changeable & Strong|
|Camellia||Camilla, Genus of plants that includes Tea||Vital for EVERYTHING|
|Daisy||Flowers that close at night and open in day||Dependable|
|Lily||Perennial flowers that grow from bulbs||Always Returning|
|Lobelia||Plants that induce vomiting.||Remover of Poisons|
|Malva||Edible Plants w/weedlike growth||Comforter|
|Marigold||Plant that has insecticide properties||Wyrm (Dragon)Slayer|
|Mentha||The Mints, impossible to kill in the garden||immortal|
|Mimosa||A variety of plants including plants that react to touch||Speedy|
|Myrtle||Hard to kill plant used in making liquors||Giver of Health|
|Peony||Flowering Shrub, often up to 5-6ft tall||Tall|
|Poppy||Flowers, source of opium||Ender of Pain|
|Rosa/Rose||The Rose family, brambles||Sneaky and protective|
|Rowan||Tree with astringent berries||Preserver|
oh, and this name generator is the best: http://www.slacknhash.net/halfling_name_generator.php
**Might be one of the most important Halfling Virtues of all!