How do you name your characters? Do you pull one out of a hat? Research until you find one that means exactly the right thing? Do you use astrology? Do you just breeze through baby names until one strikes you just right?
I wanted to do this post because I know people who do have trouble choosing that perfect name for their character….and I just adore naming characters. It’s one of my favorite parts of starting a new story. Not that it’s always easy, I just really like the process.
Not sure how it works for others, but I have to have a name before I can write. In fact, sometimes I have a name before anything else at all. That’s just the way I roll. I can’t call anyone (Character A) and write. My brain just won’t accept it. I have been known to change a name on a very rare occasion, but it is very rare.
I usually start my naming process by looking through some of my favorite websites!
This one is good if you want a current, contemporary name.
This one has a cool little tab called POPULAR NAMES BY BIRTH YEAR
This one has some good Origin Lists
This one has some really good ancient and origin names
This one generates some very interesting names from all over and different time periods
Most of my names come from a country of origin and then a few of them come from me wanting them to mean a certain thing. So I’ll actually google search keywords for names that mean something. I came across this really cool site one day after looking for a name that meant ‘breeze’. It has all kinds of names from different origins for elements of nature.
Even though I do a lot of name hunting, about 50% of my character name just ‘hit’ me. Like I said earlier, I have to have name to write anything down, so my brain always works on that first, LOL.
I hope you have as much fun on the websites as I do, if not, you could always email me. I would love to name your character for you!
On a side note! It’s my 10th Wedding Anniversary today! I married the most fabulous man 10 years ago and I can’t imagine my life without him. He is so supportive and loves that I write. He calls me his ‘Castle’. (We love that show!) He truly is my soul mate and I'm so lucky to have found him.