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.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Meaning: (Nocturnal Visitor, Morning Star, Evening Caller, To Strike, He Who Pounds at the Door at Night, Historical: the Islamic military leader (Eighth Century) who conquered Spain for the Moors.  It’s used specifically for the one who travels at night time – a night visitor. As the Arabs before found it a convenience to travel at night because the day was scorching hot. It refers to someone who comes in the middle of the night and knocks on the door. The essential linguistic idea behind it is that which comes at night and calls attention. However in Arabic literature, the use of the word appears in the Qur’an where Tariq referred to a brilliant star at night which leads the way: Night comer or Star of the piercing brightness.)

Origin: (Arabic, Albanian, English, Turkish)

Pronunciation: (TAHR-ik, TAA-Rihk)

Gender: Male, Possibly Uni-Sex

I was flipping channels and landed on Disney Channel. They were talking to a boy who had learned how to make violins and wanted to make a career out of making them for people that can’t afford really expensive one and there was more. Anyway his name as best I heard it was Tariq I am unsure if he spells his name this way. I love the look and the meanings of this name. It has a rare look that is very foreign to English speakers.


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  2. Well like I have pointed out before my site is merely a blog that is devoted to names I believe writers and authors may find helpful during their character naming process.

    I have written at the end of all of my pages of my blog that the meanings, origins, and pronunciations are collected from many other sources. I also advise anyone wishing to name a character or in rare cases a child (as I do get from time to time expectant parents on my blog) to do thorough research and I give addresses to baby name sites or suggest they check out character naming sites and books.

    Everyone has the site they prefer over others and I do as well. I have been getting these comments often trying to direct me or my blog followers to If that is the site some like then that is fine. I have other baby name sites that I prefer as I have stated before. I am glad that others have found a site that works best for their needs.

    Finely, I do not try to compete with legit baby name websites as again I am blogger who just loves names and just wanted a place to share that.

    Thanks for the comments. I hope you found the names on my blog to be helpful and useful. I post often so do come back and check it out. :~)


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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