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.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Pronunciation: (ELL-uh-wen, ehL-OWWaaN or EHL-owWehN)
This was the name I was looking at the other day when I saw Arwen which I wrote about, it's below this one on the post list. This name Elowen / Elowyn reminded me of a Lord of the Rings kind of name thought it isn't in the novels. It's a beautiful name, lovely meaning, easily pronounced. I love this name in every way.
Origin: (Welsh, English)
Pronunciation:(ARR-WIN Arr-sounds like car. Win-Sounds like fin, Are-wen)
I was looking up a name I will soon post and I saw this name then I realized it was the elf princess's name in Lord of the Rings. Liv Tyler played Arwen in the movies. Again seeing as this is a name in a famous novel it could be seen that you named you character after Tolkien's character. Of course you can change the spelling or just leave it. I wanted to add this because in the past I didn't much like this name but now I haven't heard it in a while I see it is a very beautiful name. A scene in LOTR actually inspired me to write my series I've been working on since I was like 17 yrs old.
Origin: (French, Spanish)
Pronunciation: (DAY-hah, DAY-zhah, DAY-juh, DEE-juh)
Gender: Female, possibly Uni-Sex
I keep seeing the movie John Carter advertised on T.V and the princess in the movie is named Dejah. John Carter is based on the Martian Series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Seeing as this is already a name in a series of novels it can still be used but many might think you got it from Burroughs novels. Oh and the pronunciation is a bit tricky. The above pronunciations are all the ways I could find to say this name. In Burroughs novels I believe if it pronounced DEE-juh, I think. It is pretty and unique.
Origin: (Old French, Russian, Old Greek)
Pronunciation: (Fay-ee-na, fah-EE-nah, f ah ee n ah, Faa-IY-Naa)
I get emails from Amazon.com advertising there books of the month. I read some details about this one book and it had a character named Faina and I thought I might have heard the name before. I looked it up and love the meanings. It has a unique look but is an old name. It's such a beautiful name.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Origin: (Greek, French, English, Arabic, American)
Pronunciation: (BAZ-el, BAYZ-el, Go to this site and run your cursor over Basil to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=basil&submit=Submit)
I was flipping around on T.V the other day and started watching The Great Mouse Detective a movie I used to love when I was a kid. The mouse on there is the Sherlock Holmes of the mouse world and lives below the actual Sherlock Holmes residence. The mouse is called Basil of Baker's Street. The author of the books which the movie was based on chose the name Basil in honor of Basil Rathbone the actor which played Sherlock Holmes in many early Sherlock Holmes movies. Basil is traditionally pronounced BAZ-el but many say BAYZ-el because of the Herb. I say it both ways depending on the contexts.
2. A major Edomite city that was captured by Judean King Amaziah and renamed Joktheel. (2Ki 14:7) Sela may be the unnamed “fortified city” referred to at Psalm 108:10. This city is identified by some with Um el-Biyara, a rocky acropolis lying about 100 km (60 mi) NNE of the northern tip of the Gulf of ʽAqaba. This site is located in the western corner of the plain where the Nabataean city of Petra was later built. Accessible by means of a narrow, twisting gorge and surrounded by precipitous sandstone cliffs, this plain is well protected. The impressive ruins of Petra, including temples, tombs, and dwellings hewn out of the rock, were no part of the ancient Edomite city of Sela. Scholars have recently favored identifying Sela with es-Selaʽ, about 4 km (2.5 mi) NNW of Bozrah.3. A place mentioned in a pronouncement against Moab. (Isa 15:1; 16:1) There is uncertainty as to whether or not it is the same site as No. 2.)
Origin: (Hebrew, Old Greek, Latin, Biblical)
Pronunciation: (SIYLah, SEE-lə, SEL-ah, SAY-la)
I was watching CSI: New York the other day and one of the actresses has the first name Sela. I think it is a beautiful name with lots of really pretty meanings. It's short, sweet, easily pronounced.
Origin: (German, Hebrew, Finnish)
Pronunciation: (he en na, hen-nuh, Go to this site and run your cursor over Henna to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=henna)
I thought of this the other day and I think Henna would make a cool name. It is a plant which is rarely used as a name and the other meanings are really nice. I saw on Yahoo Answers that the views on this as a name are not so good but I think in a novel it would be cool on a character. It is easy to pronounce and is kind of pretty. It sort of looks like the name Hanna or Hannah so if you don't want to use those names this could be a great alternative.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Origin: (Old French, Celtic)
Pronunciation: (jeh-NEEV-ə, Jə-NEE-və, jeh-NEE-vuh, Go to this site and run your cursor over Geneva to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=geneva+&submit=Submit)
I was looking at some other name the other day and Geneva popped in my head. I instantly thought of both the Geneva Conventions and Geneva, Switzerland. The meaning of Geneva I like and found interesting. Geneva has a feminine delicate sound and look. It is a very pretty name.
Origin: (Latin, Spanish)
Pronunciation: (Mare-a-da, Meer-ee-duh, Meer-uh-duh, Mer-i-duh, Go to this site and run your cursor over Merida to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=Merida)
I saw that Pixar movie Brave advertised the other day. The main character is name Merida. I liked the look and pronunciation instantly. The meaning is good as well. It has a foreign sound and look but it has an old fashioned look to it as well and from the history info I saw this name is really old. This would be a great name in a Historical Fiction novel but with it's look I can see it too in a sci-fi / fantasy novels. But it too can fit any genre in between.
Origin: (African, Swahili, Sanskrit, Latin, Arabic)
Pronunciation: (Nah-lah, NAH-lə)
Now Nala is said to be a variant of Nahla but as you see there meanings are very different and Nahla is said to be mainly from Arabic origin and Nala of African origin. Either way they seem to have the same pronunciation and look. Oh what a difference one little letter can make, lol. I was watching The Lion King the other day as it was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid. The lioness that was friends with Simba and later his mate was named Nala. I love the way it is pronounced and how it looks and the meaning. As for using this as a character name I think this name can work for an exotically pretty character.
Origin: (Old German, Old English)
Pronunciation: (DUS-tin, DUHS-tin)
I was watching a show the other day and this name popped up on the screen for the person. I have liked it for a while because of WWE Wrestler Dustin "Dusty" Rhodes so I said why not add it here. I have a character in one of my novels named Dusty Rose. I think Dustin is a very nice name. It has a great strong meaning and a good look. It's easy to pronounce which is a plus as well. Good Nicknames: Dusty, Dus. Also it has a good aging quality, it's a name that can work with a character at any age. It isn't crazy unique but not overly common either which I like and I am sure others will too.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Origin: (Biblical, Hebrew, Greek)
Pronunciation: (thee-AHF-ə-ləs (English), thee-AWF-uh-lis, Go to this site and run your cursor over Theophilus to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=theophilus&submit=Submit)
I was looking up a name and meaning the other day and I saw this name near it. I thought I really like that name and then I thought ow the other day I saw this name when I was reading a scripture in my bible. This name has a great meaning and has a cool look and sound. Possible Nicknames: Theo, Phil.
Origin: (English, Old Norse, Old German)
Pronunciation: (RAHS-ko, RAHS-koh)
I saw this in a movie the other day. It was a woman's name in the movie so I suppose this can be a uni-sex name. I don't know which gender I like it on more though. It has a good meaning and a decent look and sound to it.
Origin: (Latin, Hebrew, Greek, German, Dutch, Scandinavian, Finnish)
Pronunciation: (Jo-hanns, yoh-HAH-nehs, yo-HAH-nes (German), yo-HAHN-nus (Dutch), Go to this site and run your cursor over Johannes to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=johannes&submit=Submit)
I thought of adding this name because the other day I was watching a movie that talked about Johannesburg, South Africa. I kind of like Johannes it has a very foreign look and sound but still not too crazy. There have been a few great composers with this name or close variants as well.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Origin: (Old English)
I was watching Law & Order: Special Victims Unit the other day and one of the temporary characters was named Edie. I really liked the name when I saw and heard it. I like that this name can be a nickname for any of the names under meaning or can be a stand alone name. It is short, has a good sound to it and a great strong meaning.
Origin: (Middle English, Old French, Celtic)
Pronunciation: (brAI, BREY)
I have added female names with Brae or Bray somewhere with in them and I said I would add Bray alone as a male name. Now I have gotten around to it. I have always like the name Bray since I was in my teens and I watched this show that had this guy named Bray in it. He was brave and he was one of my favorite characters in the show. Anyway I like how the name Bray is short, easy to say with a decent meaning. It isn't as showy as some names but that may be good. Make a character with a simpler name speak for it's self.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Origin: (Middle English)
Pronunciation: (Elle-us-meer, Ellis-meer, ell-esm-ere, EHLZMIHR, Go to this site and run your cursor over Ellesmere to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=ellesmere)
Gender: Male Name, possibly Uni-Sex
I was looking up a name the other day and saw this name. It reminds me of a location in a sci-fi / fantasy book or something. I definitely like the look, meaning, info I found on this name and the pronunciation. There is little I don't like. This would make a cool character name or location name.
Origin: (Italian, French, Egyptian, Gaelic, Arabic)
Pronunciation: (ahm-br-uh, AEMBRah)
I was watching this thing about healthy eating and this lady from Italy was named Ambra. This is the Italian version of Amber but I like it way better than Amber. Amber is way too popular a name and I just don't care for it (no offence to any Amber's out there.) I really like the meaning and pronunciation. I like the look of Ambra as well.
Origin: (Old German, Italian, English)
Pronunciation: (eh-less, Elle-es, sounds like LS, Elle-es-say, Sounds like LSA, Go to this site and run your cursor over Ellesse to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=ellesse)
I was looking up something about actress Alexa Vega the other day and saw that her middle name is Ellesse. I instantly liked the look of it and the two main pronunciations are nice and easy. This is a really nice, pretty name.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Origin: (Latin, Greek, English)
Pronunciation: (NEL-ee, NEHL-ee)
I have been watching Little House on the Prairie lately as there is little else of interest in T.V right not. Anyway there is a girl on the show named Nellie and I haven't really been a fan of the name Nellie or Nelly but lately I kind of like the name Nellie. I think it would be better as a nickname as it is a variant of Cornelia, Eleanor, and Helen but it is alright as a stand alone name I guess. There are two well known Nelly's everyone knows of... Nelly the Rapper and Nelly Furtado the pop singer. So there can be pro's and con's to using this name for a character. As for me I prefer Nellie with the ie over just Nelly. I like that it is a bit old fashioned at least the one with the ie is anyway.
Origin: (Old German, American)
I have used Hattie as the name of one of my characters crazy mother. This is also the name of Tori Spellings new baby. I like this name, it is old fashioned yet still modern in a way. It is sweet and it is short and easy to pronounce so there are few if any draw backs to this name.
Origin: (Old English, Latin)
Pronunciation: (AW-den, awd-n, Go to this site and run your cursor over Auden to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=auden)
This name I saw on the blog www.babynameaddict.blogspot.com the other day. I looked it up and I liked the meaning and the surname information I found on this name. It is an interesting name and I like the look and pronunciation as well.
Origin: (Old Norse, Scandinavian)
Pronunciation: (vih-dar, 'Vi' is pronounced 'Vi' in victory 'dar' is pronounced as 'dar' in dart, Go to this site and run your cursor over Vidar to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=Vidar)
The other day I was watching a show about these young woman who had killed and the high profile cases involving them. One of the families (the mother, father, daughter) were killed (and the son was injured) were Jehovah's Witnesses *The same religion as I am*. It was an extremely sad case. The father's name was Vidar which I really love the name. The name might seem different to English speakers but I am sure it is common to other cultures that use this name. I think the guy was from Sweden so this is probably common there, but not entirely sure about that.
Origin: (Old English)
I was watching that show Beyond Scared Straight. It's about this program that take at risk teens who are out of control (Drinking, Drugs, Fighting, ect.) and takes them inside jails to show them where they will end up at if they stay on the track they are on. Anyway there was an inmate named Clifton and I might not like what he did or anything but when I saw and heard the name I was like that's a cool name. It's a nice older fashioned name in my thoughts but it seems to fit in modern times too.
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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