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: (Pierce the Vale, Destroyer, One who Pierces the Valley, Hard Steel, Invented by a medieval poet - Chrétien de Troyes- in the 12th century for one of King Arthur's knights. His virtue was so great that he alone could retrieve the elusive Holy Grail. The character (and probably the name) of Perceval was based on that of the Welsh hero PEREDUR. The spelling was perhaps altered under the influence of Old French percer val "to pierce the valley". Wagner's opera Parsifal is based on this knight's tale.)

Origin: (Old French, Latin, English, Welsh Mythology)

Pronunciation: (PUR-si-vəl (English), PAHRSihVahL)

Gender: Male

I was looking up the name Percy *see on list of posts* and I saw Percy was a short form of Percival. I decided since I added Percy I might as well give Percival it’s own post as well apart from Percy. I can’t remember where I heard this name but every time I say it I keep thinking I have seen this name in a popular book or movie before. It has decent strong meanings and an interesting history. It’s a bit old fashioned but I don’t mind.

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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.

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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