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, May 10, 2013


Meaning: (Beloved, Friend, 20th Century Coinage, though it did not become popular until after the 1950’s, Feminine form of the Latin and Italian word for “Dear”. In Irish Cara means “Friend”.)

Origin: (Latin, Irish, Gaelic, Italian, English, German)

Pronunciation: (KAR-ah, KEER-ah, KAHR-a (English), KER-a (English), KAH-rah (German), KAAR-aa, KEHR-ah)

Gender: Female

I was reading a book description the other day and I misread the characters names as Cara but her name was Cora. I really like Cara. It is pretty and the meanings are lovely. It is a short name that could be paired well with a nice old fashioned last name and could be cute as part of a double barreled first name.

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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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