Make sure your character name is Genre Appropriate. Make sure if it's a Historical Fiction novel or takes place in a real time period that the name was used then. Or if it's a fictionalized place then you can be as creative as you wish.
Just have fun with naming your character. It is after all your story.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
A few weeks ago I was looking for Sanctuary or equivalent to Sanctuary meaning names and I came across this one. I really absolutely love it. The meaning is great and the pronunciation is easy and I have said it before and I'll say it again I love Japanese names they have the best and prettiest name meanings.
Origin: (Spanish, Italian)
Pronunciation: (or-LAHN-doh, ohr-LAN-doh)
I was watching a movie the other day, Diary of a Mad Black Woman and there was a guy on there named Orlando who was played by actor Shamar Moore (Criminal Minds). He is a very handsome black man. Any way I got to thinking about real life Orlando's (notably Orlando Bloom) and fictional ones. It seems that a lot of them are hot. I'm not saying that the name made them that way. I am more saying the men made the name Orlando to be associated with handsome men. Though today many will think of Orlando, Florida. Either way I like the meaning and look of this name.
Origin: (Scottish, Gaelic, Middle English, Old French, Old English, Latin)
Pronunciation: (Rose: ROHZ Brae/Bray: brAI, so ROHZbrAI)
I was up visiting my sister, brother-in-law and nephew this last weekend and we went by the old neighborhood where me and my sister grew up. There was a street name a few blocks away called Rosebrae. I had forgotten about that street. I really liked the look of Rosebrae. It has two names I love (Rose & Brae) and they are combined. I thought about it and Rosebray I think I even like more. I have loved the name Bray since I watched this T.V show years ago. Of course Bray was a male characters name and Bray does seem masculine but when put with Rose it is instantly feminized. Rosebrae and Rosebray give off a different feeling with the different spellings and I love that about these names.
I might actually add a post for Bray the masculine form later.
Origin: (Old French)
Pronunciation: (roya-lynne, royal(yn)-ne)
I was looking up a Rose name the other day and one person on one of the baby name sites said there sister goes by her middle name Rose but her first name is Royalynne. She was named after her grandfather Roy and there mothers maiden name Alynne. It took a second look by me to really love this name. I know it could be a mouthful but I love the look, meaning and pronunciation of this name.
Origin: (Latin, Spanish, Greek)
Pronunciation: (NIH-dee-ah, NI-dee-a)
I was looking up Sanctuary like meaning names a few weeks ago. I found this name and then was also told this name on Yahoo Answers as well. The look is different but still somewhat normal. I love the meaning and it has an easy pronunciation.
Origin: (German, Latin, Gothic)
I saw this name the other day when I got an email from a friend. One of the people she had on her email list had this name which I thought was a pretty name. It has an exotic look and pronunciation but it is still not all that crazy of a name.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Origin: (English, Old English)
I was thinking about a name the other day and then I thought about this name. It was used by Nichole Richie for her child with Joel Madden. I didn't like it at the time but it has grown on me a bit. I am still not in love with it but I think it is interesting. The meanings are interesting too.
Origin: (English, American)
I think this is a super cute name. I know it is out of some people's comfort zone but there are actual people named this so it is not so crazy to name a book character this. It has a great meaning and is a very adventurous name.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Origin: (Old French, Norman French, English)
Pronunciation: (mon-GOH-mer-ree, mont-GOM-er-ree, mont-GUM-ree, mahnt-GUHM-ree)
When I was on Yahoo Answers once there was a Baby Name Game I did. One of the things was name a boy after one of your favorite singers. I didn't know what to put as I like a lot of different singers and so I just put Montgomery after the due Montgomery Gentry (Eddie Montgomery & Troy Gentry). I thought about it after that, that the name may make a good first name. I read as I have it above that this name is rare as a given name but I don't care I really like it. A good nickname can be Monti or Monty.
Origin: (Middle English, Scandinavian)
Pronunciation: (holms, holmz)
I love Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries. The other day I was on Yahoo Answers and had asked a question about names that mean Sanctuary or Haven. Someone said Holmes meant Safe Haven and I looked it up and one meaning was Safe Haven. I like the name because I love to read a lot and Sherlock Holmes is my favorite detective and so I think Holmes could be a cool given name. The other meanings may also be good reasons to use the name.
Origin: (Celtic, Old English, Old German, Scottish, Gaelic)
Gender: Male, Possibly Uni-Sex
I forget where I saw this a few weeks ago but I really liked the look of it. I think it might be good as a surname or a middle name. As a first name I am still on the fence a bit. I think the meanings are good.
EDIT July 19, 2016:
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Origin: (Irish, Gaelic, Latin, Scottish)
Pronunciation: (ROR-ee, ROH-ree, ROAR-ee)
I can't believe I haven't added Rory before. I have used Rory as a nickname for one of my female characters whose name is Aurora. I first liked this name when I watched the T.V. Show Gilmore Girls years ago. Lorelai "Rory" Gilmore is one of the main characters. Then recently I have been watching Doctor Who on T.V. and one of the Doctors current companions is a guy named Rory who is married to Amelia "Amy" the Doctors other companion. *Amelia is a name on my list of posts.* I like the meaning of Rory and I like how it is said.
Pronunciation: (templuh, temp-luh)
I saw this name a few days ago and instantly loved it but it was mainly because of the meaning. I love names that mean Sanctuary or Haven *Haven is a name on my list of posts*. I think Templa is cuter than just Temple or Templar so I decided to add it.
Origin: (Latin, Old English)
I read this name the other day and thought I would add it to the blog. I used to like the male version Dexter but didn't want to add that because the HBO show with a killer named Dexter kind of ruined the name for me. So I thought Dextra was pretty and different enough to maybe not be associated with Dexter. The meanings are decent and the look of the name is unique as well.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
I found this name too in the book The Writer's Digest Character Naming Sourcebook second edition By Sherrilyn Kenyon. I think this is a interesting unique name with a pretty cool meaning. The legend behind the flower is pretty interesting as well.
Pronunciation: (TEMP-us, temp-OO-s)
I like this word as a name and apparently I am not the only one. I saw that quite a few characters in comics have had this name. Many villains and heroes have had this word as there name. I first became interested just a while ago probably in October 2011 when I saw the season 4 premiere of Syfy's Sanctuary which I love and have seen every episode since the beginning. Anyway the episode title was Tempus. I think this word could be a persons name, a place, an event anything, it is so diverse. I also just love the look of it and it is simple to say.
Origin: (Old English)
I know this is a surname but I always thought it would be a cool first name. So I have used this twice in two different novels as the first name of the character. I actually think the name was fitting even though neither character was a blacksmith. I think it can carry an air of mystery for the character and someway to differentiate the character from the other characters. That's just my few on the name I leave the use of the names up to the individual author.
Origin: (Celtic, Hindi)
Pronunciation: (shy-luh, SHY-lah, SHIY-la)
I saw this in the book The Writer's Digest Character Naming Sourcebook second edition By Sherrilyn Kenyon. I absolutely love the meaning and the look of the name is pretty cool. I think it is just such a beautiful name.
Origin: (Old German, English, Norman French)
Pronunciation: (HUM-free, HUMP-frey, HUHM-free)
I chose to add this name not because of Kris Humphries (Kim Kardashian's ex-husband) I chose to add this because the other day I was watching a show about this guy who was named after Humphrey Bogart the actor. Humphrey is an old fashioned name and may not appeal to a lot of people but it is a great name with a great meaning. I never much cared for this name but it has definitely grown on me lately.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Origin: (Latin, Classical Mythology)
Pronunciation: ( kon-KAWR-dee-a, Go to this site and run your cursor over Concordia to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=concordia&submit=Submit)
I saw this in the same book I mentioned earlier in my previous post the book is called The Writer's Digest Character Naming Sourcebook second edition By Sherrilyn Kenyon. This name is similar to Harmony *see on list of posts*. I think this name would fit well with Melody, Aria, Piper, or Lyra/ Lyre *see on list of posts*. Concordia is such a pretty name and I adore the meaning it's so lovely.
Origin: (English, Irish, Old English)
The other day I was on another blog and the blogger said Knightley was more of a last name so they messed around with it and came up with a unique spelling for it. I have used Knightley as the first name in one of my novels. I have also read about people naming their kids this. I have loved this name since I first heard it in Emma by Jane Austen. Mr. George Knightley is one of the main characters and the title character Emma's love interest. I always thought Knightley would make a cool first name. I just love saying that name. Of course it is a name that should be used sparingly so as not to be overused, thus becoming too popular.
Origin: (Latin, Greek, Old German)
Pronunciation: (Adorabelle: a-DOR-a-BEHL Adorabella: a-DOR-a-BEHL-a)
I was looking through The Writer's Digest Character Naming Sourcebook second edition By Sherrilyn Kenyon the other day. It is a great book for writer's by the way. I came across this name and a few others I will be adding. I think Adorabelle and Adorabella are adorable name, lol. I love any name with Dora and Belle in it. I have not seen these names before so that could be a good factor in choosing these names for your novels they are still relatively rare and unique and beautiful of course.
Origin: (Middle English)
I saw a wrestler on WWE named Heath Slater and I liked the name Heath if not the wrestler all that much. The name Heath reminded me of Heathcliff which I found out later that Heath was originally short for Heathcliff. As some will know Heathcliff was a main character in the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I think Heath is a very handsome sounding name and has a regal sound to it if not a regal meaning. It's also short and easy to say which is a plus.
Origin: (Old English)
Pronunciation: (WES-ten, WEHS-ten)
I have had this on my list for some time. I think this would make a great given name. It could be a preppy character's name or could be maybe a old west character name or even a modern character name, the skies the limit. I like the look of it and that it is short and easy to pronounce. Good nicknames: Wes, West.
Origin: (Norman French, German, English)
I have liked this name since I first read Pride & Prejudice and found out it was Mr. Darcy's first name. It has a regal look to it which I like and it spices up William. It would be great to give this to a male character whose father is named William as Fitzwilliam means "Son of William." It's a great strong name.
I try to have the most accurate Meanings, Origin and Pronunciations for the names on this blog. It is best though to do research into the names you decide to use for your characters as there can be errors on my blog. Or meanings, origins, and pronunciations I have not seen thus not been able to add to this blog.
Try some of the leading Baby Name Sites and Baby Name or Character Naming books as well.
The baby name sites below are where I collect many of the Names, Origins, and Pronunciations I use on this blog.
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