How I Name My Characters – A Look at Some Faves
I really enjoy naming characters. It’s one of my favorite parts of character creation. The first thing I do is peruse my favorite baby name book. I’ve got a list of favorite names marked. Then, I usually add to it the list for whatever the particular story is that I’m working on. Then, I make sure I haven’t already used the name. Because that would suck a lot. (I don’t usually worry about it for the flash fiction, but I do for novels.)
Then I like to use friends and family for last names – rarely ever first names because that would be weird for me. Like, I could never name a character Killian or Corwin or Cait or Matt. All of my nieces’ and nephews’ names are out and so are my daycare kids’ names. And main characters will never get a names that belong to my friends. So, you’ll never see a Jess/Jessica, Kris, Jen, Kayleigh, Kellie/Kelly, (I actually do have a Gwen, but that was before I knew Gwen), Paige, Roxanne, Sarah, Charlotte, Laura, Ali, Jule etc.
So, back to the last name thing. I’ll frequently ask permission to use the last names of friends in stories, so I’ve got Podgorski, Seafort, Zielin, Jones, Wright, DeBoer, Degner, etc. I give some people common last names, but often, as you can see above, many of the names I like have a little identifiable ethnic character.
A couple of my favorite names for recent characters are Harper Yovanoff and Elliot Zielin – the main characters from my Halloween story, Rising Blood. I love both their names – first and last.
Some other favorite first names for past female characters are: Hollis, Tabby, Wrenn, Tristan, Mellie, and Devon. And male characters: Jude, Rory, Noah, Gideon, Micah, Noah, and Jonah.
What are some of your favorite character names – either in your own work or someone else’s? Share! And be sure to check out the other bloggers’ faves by clicking on their names.