And then, I begun to realize the importance of naming characters, especially after reading Diane Carlisle's (very funny) post on the impact of character names (read it here).
So, then I realized, there has to be tools out there to help us figure out what names these character's should be...and so today, I present to you my favorite tools to help you name your characters.
Is your character brave? Funny? Odd? Then you would want to use this tool:
What a Lovely Name
You can also find inspiration for your character names based off of celebrity babies and from the movies (like Harry Potter...although, I would highly suggest you think of a different character name for your book).
So far, my favorite name for "Quirky," is Blaze. That brings up an image doesn't it?
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Okay, I'm done fantasizing. Onward!
Fantasy/Sci-Fi Themed Names
For my own fantasy....book....I based a lot of my character names off of herbs, spices, and plants. I found a lot of the names from this weird book I found once that I have no idea what happened to it.
So, I found this other site for you that has a unique approach to names and the history of mythological plants. You might find that a lot of the background to these plants seem to match the personality and background of your character...and that name might work for you perfectly.
Check out this site here: Plants of Greek Myth
Based on Year of Birth
In Diane's blog post, she made a good remark that naming your a character something that is more connected to a previous generation when she is born within the past couple of years may not be the best decision.
So, if you go to the Social Security Administration, they will show you popular baby names. Isn't that awesome?
Check it out here:
Popular Baby Names
Whether its the name of a character or the name of the restaurant they go to discuss the events at hand, sometimes the mythological creatures of other stories work as wonderful names.
So, I discovered Encyclopedia Mythica which serves to be a great source when trying to think up names for you characters...
Weirdo Generated Name
What do you get when you combine a hillbilly name with Ancient Greece?
Victoria Margarita apparently.
Okay everyone...I hope you find some good names with the tools I gave you! Have a great weekend!