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, July 20, 2013


Meaning: (Fair, Pale, White, Blond, Beautiful, Reportedly coined in the 18th Century by Scottish poet James Macpherson (1736-1796), author of the Ossian poems, which he claimed were translations from ancient Gaelic sources. Then it was used by English author William Sharp (1855-1905) in the 19th Century who used it as a pen name: Fiona Macleod. Sharp presumably intended Fiona to be a name based on the modern Gaelic word Fionn, which means “White, Fair”.)

Origin: (Gaelic, Scottish, Celtic, Irish)

Pronunciation: (fee-OWN-ah, Fiy-OWNaa, fee-OH-nuh)

Gender: Female

There are family friends of ours that have two really cute kids. Their eldest is a son named Liam and their youngest is a daughter named Fiona. The mother Melissa has really pretty blonde hair and light white skin and her kids look a lot like her, but also like the father Brent. The meanings of the name Fiona are spot on for the child we know. Also I hear this name a lot when I see the TV series Burn Notice advertised as one of the main characters is named Fiona. This name has really beautiful meanings and an interesting history. It is a short name but easily pronounced. I think I once saw this as well on a Princess or Lady in a novel but I am not positive.

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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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