When naming characters, there are a few things you should always be mindful of:
- Is the name difficult to say/read?
- Does the name have more than two syllables?
- What does the name mean?
- Do any of the names sound too similar?
- How many of the names begin with the same letter?
- What does the last name say about the heritage of the character?
In my humble opinion, you should also look into what every one of them means and write it next to the name in your swipe file. For example, the meaning of the name Trixie (MC in I, Zombie) is "bringer of joy," Bronya (Mystic, book one) means "strength," and Stormy (MC in The Bird) means "impetuous nature." Those names fit the personalities of my characters because I took the time to do the research. Guess what? It didn't take me long at all.
How did I discover that information and think to use those names in my books?
Well, there's a super secret website that I'm gonna share with you in a moment where you can search by name, meaning, number of syllables, gender, or first letter.
Yes! I'm actually telling you someone took the time to help authors out and give us a place where we can find hundreds of thousands of names at the click of a mouse.
What is it? BabyNames.com
Click on advanced search and get your happy on.
I know, you all just groaned inwardly. But this is one of the best resources I've found for character names. I wouldn't want a meek, confused girl to be named Bronya or Stormy. Just like I wouldn't want either of those characters to have a name like Naomi, which means "gentle."
Yes, readers will pick up on that. Even if they don't know it right away, they'll feel something is off if they're reading about Naomi kicking butt and shooting bad guys.
Thought I'd share!
Did any of you know about this site before today? Did you use it? What gems did you find?
Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!