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, August 27, 2013


Meaning: (Virginia: Maiden, The name was originally spelled Verginia, and was the feminine form of an ancient Roman clan name, Verginius. With time, its spelling changed due to its association with the Latin tem “Virgo”, meaning “Maiden”. This meaning has been used for the name ever since. Popular in America since the mid 19th Century; the first child born in America was Virginia Dare, in 1597. The state of Virginia was named as homage to the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I. Author Virginia Woolf. Ana: Favor, Grace, Spanish variant of Anne. Ana is often blended with names like Analee and Anarosa.)

Origin: (Latin, Hebrew, Greek)

Pronunciation: (Virginia: vir-JIN-yah Ana: AHN-ah Virginiana: vir-JIN-ee-AHN-ah)

Gender: Female

One of the Latin names for Witch Hazel plant. I was looking through my Using Wayside Plants book which I am using for research on a novel I am writing. I have decided to use this as a character name and this is the second time I have used the Latin name of a plant for a character name. It may look a bit strange and sound odd when said but it is so pretty to me. It seems light and very feminine.

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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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