Character Naming

As an Author naming your Character is an important step right after coming up with the plot. I am here to help you choose the right character name for you and your story.

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, June 23, 2012

Character Interview One

I have never done a character interview on my blog but we can't do them on Yahoo Answers anymore. Also I have been doing this blog since June 2011. I am also 400 + posts and still going strong. So I decided I would do this.

1.) What is your Name, Age, and gender if not obvious by your name?

2.) What is your role in your story? Villain, Good Guy, relative or friend of villain or good guy.

3.) What are your goals, ambitions?

4.) If you were on a Tropical Island with your Enemy what would you do and who would survive? Alternative- If you were on a Tropical Island with your Good Guy what would you do and who would survive?

5.) If you held your Enemy's life in your hands what would you do? Alternative- If you held Good Guys life in your hands what would you do?

What are your thoughts on kids of Famous Authors Collaborating with there parents

What are your thoughts on kids of famous authors collaborating with there parents?

Do you think it is fair that they collaborate with there parents and get published. Some might think it isn't fair because there parent is already published and famous and has connections (Literary Agent, Publisher ect.). All the kids have to do is write with the parents then they get published and have a better chance of publishing on there own later.

On the other hand do you think it is right or wrong because if you have the opportunity you might as well do it. Like if your author parent is willing to collab with you and you have hopes of getting published then go for it.

What are your thoughts as I can see from both points of view.

I might not be able to reply for a while if anyone comments. So I might just come back and edit my question and leave my reply that way. Thanks to all that answers.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Meaning: (Fair One, White and Smooth, Soft, Happiness, or Fair and Pure, A Pet form of Winifred.)

Origin: (Old English, Welsh, Teutonic)

Pronunciation: (WI-nee)

Gender: Female

Though Winnie is a nickname for Winifred it can be used as it's own stand alone name. I have used Winifred nickname Winnie as a characterer name in one of my novels. I love the name Winnie as I love Winnie-the-Pooh. Winnie has beautiful meanings and it has a cute sound and look to it.


Meaning: (Blessed Peace, Fair Reconciliation, Peaceful Friend, Derived from the Welsh Gwenfrewi (Blessed Peace), a compound name composed of the elements Gwen (White, Fair, Blessed) and Frewi (Peace, Reconcile), It became used in England in the 16th Century.)

Origin: (Welsh, Teutonic, English, Old English)

Pronunciation: (WI-ni-frehd, WIN-i-frid, WIN-ih-fred)

Gender: Female

This is a very old fashioned name rarely used today. I love the meanings and the look of it. The common nickname is Winnie which I also love and am going to add it after this as a stand alone name. I have used Winifred nickname Winnie as a character name in one of my novels before. Personally I like the name though I can see where some might not care too much for it.


Meaning: (Earth Worker, Farmer, Feminine form of George, Used since 1940’s, A purposely wrinkled fabric called Georgette was named after it’s French creator, Georgette Heyer was a 20th century author who essentially created the genre of Regency Romance.)

Origin: (French, Latin, Greek)

Pronunciation: (zhor-ZHET)

Gender: Female

I have had this on my list of names for a while and haven't gotten around to adding it yet. I turned my T.V on one day and there was a cartoon movie on called Oliver and Company a movie I loved when I was a kid. Anyway I watched a few minutes of it and the girl that adopted the cat Oliver had a poodle named Georgette. I love many different feminine forms of George *see Georgiana on my list of posts.* So I decided I had to add this as I love the look, meanings, and pronunciation of this name. Also a cute nickname could be Georgie.


Meaning: (Hardworking, Whole, Universal, Immense, Imitating, From an Old French form of the Germanic name Amelina, originally a diminutive of Germanic names beginning with the element Amal meaning “Work”. Variant form of Emilie (Rival) formed by adding the diminutive suffix –ine: hence “Little Rival”. The Normans introduced the name to England.)

Origin: (English (Archaic), German, Latin, Gothic, Old French, Old German)

Pronunciation: (EM-e-Leen, EM-a-leen, EH-me-liyn, EHM-ah-LiyiyN)

Gender: Female

I once read The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield and one of the characters was named Emmeline. It is a pretty, feminine, old fashioned name. It is unique and rare today as far as I know. I have seem Emma but very few Emmeline's in novels or really for that matter I have never met anyone named Emmeline. The meanings are good and it is an all around nice name.

As for the book The Thirteenth Tale it was really good and I recommend that people read it. It was so well written and descriptive it was hard to put down.

Monday, June 18, 2012


Meaning: (Lime Tree or Linden Tree, Variant of Linnea.)

Origin: (Scandinavian)

Pronunciation: (luh-nay-uh, LIHNiyah)

Gender: Female

On Syfy channel I love watching Stargate SG-1. The other night I was watching an episode where they came back into contact with this woman who people call The Killer of Worlds. In the episode she lost her memory and something she created reversed the aging process and she became young again. Anyway her name was Linea. I absolutely love the name and pronunciation of it. The name seems unique and I have never heard or seen it before. I would love to read about a character named this in a book.


Meaning: (Arrow, Bethlehem or House of Bread, can be a contraction for the name Bethlehem or a Spanish name meaning House of Bread, City in New Mexico.)

Origin: (Greek, Spanish, Hebrew, Biblical)

Pronunciation: (beh-LEN, be-LEN, bay-LEN, BEHL-ehN)

Gender: Uni-Sex

I was watching something late one night and one of the ladies names was Belen. I really liked it and the meanings are good. It has an exotic look and it's easy enough to pronounce.

Elizalea / Elizalee / Elizaleigh

Meaning: (Eliza: My God is a Vow, God is my Oath, God is Satisfaction, Oath of God, Shortened form of Elizabeth. Lea / Lee / Leigh: Clearing, Meadow, Healer, Weary, Glade, Poet, Sheltered from the Storm, Plum.)

Origin: (Hebrew, Old English, Gaelic, English, Irish, Chinese, Scottish, Celtic)

Pronunciation: (Eliza: eh-LIY-z-ə  Elizalee/ Elizalea / Elizaleigh: E-lizuh-lee)

Gender: Female

Elizalee / Elizalea / Elizaleigh are most likely double barreled names and are separated to Eliza Lee / Eliza Lea / Eliza Leigh. I was looking through some old writing journals I have and found an early name for one of my characters who I named something different later. The early name I had chosen for her was Elizalea. Something about combining instead of making it a double barreled name seems prettier to me and more unique. Either way you go separated or together I think this is a beautiful name and I love to say it.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


Meaning: (Elf or Magical Counsel, Ready for Battle, Variant of Alfred and Alphonse, Derived from Aelfred, a compounding of the elements aelf (Elf) and raed (Counsel). Elves were considered to be supernatural beings having special powers of seeing into the future; thus the name took on the meaning “Wise Counsel”.)

Origin: (Old English, Old German)

Pronunciation: (Al-fee)

Gender: Male

I never much cared for the name Alfie but the other day I have forgotten now what made me start to like it but I do sort of like it now. It's a short name and has a simple pronunciation and the meanings great. It's such a cute name.


Meaning: (Hope, Life, Wish, Desire, Alive and Well, She Who Lives, Protection of Fire, Variant of Aisha.)

Origin: (Arabic, Indian, Persian, Swahili)

Pronunciation: (ahh-sha, Ash-uh, AH-shuh, AA-SHaa, AH-sha, AE-SH-aa)

Gender: Female

I was watching BBC America channel and there was this lady named Asha who was talking about hosting some show about Top British celebs or something like that. I really wasn't paying much attention to the commercial about the upcoming show because I was thinking about the name Asha. It is pretty and simple and easy to pronounce. I love the meaning and really love the look of it. I like certain names that start with Ash which I think is a pretty cool nickname. So I think Asha is a great name and great alternative to more popular Ashley (not that there is anything wrong with Ashley as I've used the name on a character before.)

Thursday, June 14, 2012


Meaning: (Precious Green Stone, From the name of the Precious Stone that is often used in Carvings. It is derived from Spanish (piedra de la) iJada meaning (Stone of the) Flank, relating to the belief that Jade could cure renal colic. Jewel Name: the green stone which was believed to have magical power of providing protection against disorders of the intestines. There was a belief that when Jade was placed on the stomach, it could cure Colic in babies. The stone is greatly valued in Asian Countries. Confucius believed it had properties encouraging Purity, Bravery, and Honesty. Chinese Emperors were buried in suits made of the stone because they believe it would make them live on forever. As a given name, it came into general use during the 1970’s.)

Origin: (English, French, Spanish)

Pronunciation: (JAYD)

Gender: Uni-Sex

I think Jade is a beautiful name. I might not believe in all the many beliefs associated with this name but I am just about writing down the many meanings and beliefs by different cultures. They do make for an interesting read though. Jade the stones are beautiful and I love them.


Meaning: (Salvation, Protection, God Saves, Iron, Rainbow)

Origin: (Egyptian, Arabic, Teutonic)

Pronunciation: (ee-sah, ee-suh, EYE-suh, EE-sa, EYE-zah)

Gender: Female

I was watching something the other day and they mentioned the fashion designer Daniella Issa. I really came to like the name Issa. The meaning is good and it has a unique look and its a short name. I would love to see this as a character name.


Meaning: (He Will Enlarge, God will Increase, Jehovah Increases, Diminutive of Josephine.)

Origin: (English, French, Hebrew)

Pronunciation: (joh-ZEHT, zho-ZEHT, zho-ZET)

Gender: Female

I was watching a show on T.V the other day I think it was Law & Order SVU (Special Victims Unit) one of the people was named Josette. I really started to like the name. I have always liked Josephine as that was my great-grandmothers name, she went by Josie. I think Josette is a bit more modern and fresher than Josephine but still has a good meaning and rare, unique look.

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Meaning: (Free, From France, Feminine form of Francesco, the Italian cognate of Francis, which is from Middle Latin Franciscus, a derivative of Francus (a Frank, a freeman). The name was borne by the 13th Century Francesca da Rimini, the beautiful daughter of the Count of Ravenna, Giovanni da Polenta, In return for military support, Francesca’s father betrothed her to the ugly and malformed Lord of Rimini, Giovanni Malatesta. Paolo, Malatesta’s handsome younger brother, acted as proxy in the marriage and he and Francesca soon fell in love. They were discovered and put to death in 1289 by Malatesta. Dante recorded there tragedy of Francesca Da Rimini in his work Inferno. Italian form of Frances, It was given from the 13th Century in honor of Saint Frances of Assisi.)

Origin: (Latin, Italian)

Pronunciation: (fran-CHEHS-k , fran-CHESS-kah)

Gender: Female

I was watching Mrs. Eastwood and Company a T.V series following Clint Eastwoods wife and daughters. One of his daughters is name Francesca and in the past I have seen and heard this name a few times. There is a store at the mall near where I live that is named Francesca's. The meanings are pretty and the story about the 13th Century Francesca reminds me of the another story Tristan and Isolde which is like a British version similar in many ways to this tragedy.


Meaning: (Alter Server, Helper to the Priest, Free-born, Noble, Derived from the Latin Camilla (Virgin of Unblemished Character), Camilla was a huntress in Greek Mythology who fought along side men in battle in the Aenied. The poet Virgil claimed she was so fast she could run across the Sea without getting her feet wet and run across a field of Grain without bending any of the plants. Feminine form of Camillus. Was popularized in the English speaking world by Fanny Burney’s novel ‘Camilla’ (1796). Camilla is the name of the Duchess of Cornwall, wife of Prince Charles of the United Kingdom)

Origin: (Latin, Scandinavian, Ancient Roman, Roman Mythology, Greek Mythology, Finnish, French, Italian, English)

Pronunciation: (kah-MIL-ə, ka-MEEL-ah, ke-MIL-ə (English), kah-MEEL-lah (Italian)

Gender: Female

I was watching a movie called The Quite the other day with actress Camilla Belle. Then last night I saw another movie Camilla Belle was in when she was younger. So I decided to add this name. This name has many great nicknames and it is very pretty. I do think this name is used a bit too much which might deter some from using it for one of there characters. I like this name because of the Greek Mythology it was definitely cool to read about.


Meaning: (Brilliance, Radiance, Splendor, Beauty, Work of Art, Praise to God, Praiseworthy)

Origin: (African, Swahili, Sanskrit, Arabic, Hindi)

Pronunciation: (sa-NAH, sa-NAAa)

Gender: Female

I was watching the movie AVP: Alien vs Predator the other day and the actress in the movie her name is Sanaa. It looks foreign but pretty and the meanings are wonderful. It is a name that is rare so that might actually be interesting if I saw it in a book. I can see a character of unmatched beauty and grace named this.


Meaning: (Flower Petal, A Part of the Flower’s Blossom.)

Origin: (English, English Nature Name)

Pronunciation: (PEHT-ahl)

Gender: Female

I think this is a beautiful ultra feminine name. I think this name is one of those names you can see in a fairy tale, like on a fairy princess named Petal. Or as a cute middle name. It is such a lovely name.

Friday, June 8, 2012


Meaning: (Steadfast)

Origin: (Latin, Greek)

Pronunciation: (kon-stan-tee-nuh)

Gender: Female

I was watching a Cinderella movie the other day with Brandy and Whitney Houston in it. The queen named Constantina was played by Whoopi Goldberg. I really liked the name it has a Mediterranean flare to it. It's a beautiful name. If anyone has any other info on this name please share it.


Meaning: (Place Name, From the End of the Town, Town’s End, Standing at the End of a Village, is a surname of Yorkshire and Norfolk origin. In English it’s meaning is topographic name indicating residence at the extremity of a city or burgh (from Middle English touun “Village”, “Hamelet”, “Stead” + ende “End”), Popular variants are Townshend (Of Norfolk Variety) and Townend.)

Origin: (Old English, English)

Pronunciation: (TOWN-zuhnd)

Gender: Male

I forget where I saw this name but I think it's on one of my surname posts. I think it might work for a first name or it might be better as a middle name. I think it is a decent name and has a good meaning.

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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