A menagerie of Alafairs

I have been receiving lots of thoughtful emails this week about the launch of Angel’s Tip. One of the questions I’m most frequently asked is about the origin of my first name. I was named for my father’s maternal grandmother. I think the name may be Welsh or Scottish, but I know for certain that it was more common in the US, particularly in the south, in the 1800s and early 1900s, but has since died out. These days the name seems to belong only to me, some cousins, the fictional character Alafair Robicheaux, and these very cute Alafairs I found while procrastinating on the internet: her, her, her (on the right), her (love the toy), and, perhaps my favorite, her. I suppose if it rained 40 days and 40 nights, we could all stay afloat on this.