A Rose By Any Other Name…

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One of the hardest things when creating a character is coming up with an appropriate name for them. Sure, it seems easy, but ever have a name in mind and then when you create the character it just doesn’t fit?

So how do you go about finding the perfect moniker?

Baby naming sites: I suggest https://www.babble.com/ because it gives you not only naming lists, but also the meanings and origins.

Some other good sites:

  • Nameberry.com
  • Babynamewizard.com
  • Babycenter.com

Books: Bruce Lansky has a good bit of books that are very helpful and up to date. Also “The Everything Baby Names Book” by June Rifkin. But the best and one I used is “Beyond Ava and Aiden” by Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran who are also the creators of Nameberry.

Fantasy

If you’re like me and are writing fantasy, sometimes typical, modern names are not a good fit for your characters.

  • Try foreign, exotic names
  • Unique spellings
  • Mix two names or words together (i.e. Brandon + Nathan = Branthan)

What I tend to do is create my own. Sometimes using a language I made up. If you don’t feel like doing all that, then the above suggestions are probably the best suited for you.

It might take some time to come up with a good fit but eventually you’ll get a feel for the character and their name will kind of fall into place. Don’t stress about it.

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