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.

Friday, April 19, 2013


Meaning: (Clear, Bright, Famous, Post Classical name from the feminine form of the adjective “Clarus”. In the modern English- speaking world, it represents a re-Latinization of the normal English form Clare. The name Clarus was borne by a few early saints. The feminine form was popularized by the 13th Century Saint Clare of Assisi (called Chiara in Italian), a friend and follower of Saint Francis, who left her wealthy family to found the order of nuns known as the Poor Clares. As an English name it has been in use since the Middle Ages, originally in the form Clare, though the Latinate spelling Clara became more popular in the 19th Century. Also a nickname for Clarissa. Made famous in the 1920’s by the silent film actress Clara Bow, known as “the It girl”, because whatever “it” was, she had it.)

Origin: (Latin)

Pronunciation: (KLAH-rah (Italian, German, Spanish), KLER-ə (English), KLAR-ə (English), KLAERah (English), KLEHRah (English), KLAARaa (German, Italian, and Spanish), KLAH-rah)

Gender: Female

This is a name I have used for one of my main characters old best friends’ daughter’s name. I love saying this name because it rolls off the tongue nicely and is fun to say. It’s like when you say it your tongue rolls off the top of your mouth when you say it and it sounds nice when it is said. I think I like Clara much better than Clare or Claire. The meanings are lovely and it’s a short name which is a plus sometimes.

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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.

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