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.

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Meaning: (Son of the Right Hand, Son of the South, Son of my Old Age, Biblical: Benjamin was the 12th, youngest and most beloved son of the patriarch Jacob and Rachel, and was originally named Benoni (Son of my Mourning) The name given by Rachel to her second son as she was dying during the delivery. Jacob changed his name to Benjamin, meaning “Son of the Right Hand.” In the Middle Ages, it was often given to sons whose mothers had died in childbirth, though it has no such connotations today. Brought into use by the Puritans until the end of the 19th Century. After several decades of disuse, came back to great popularity by the 1970’s. Ben is the short form; Benjie, Bennie, and Benny are pet forms. Diplomat and Inventor Benjamin Franklin, American President Benjamin Harrison, Jazz Musician Benny Goodman, Pediatrician and Oracle Benjamin Spock, British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, Actor Benjamin Bratt.)

Origin: (Hebrew, Biblical)

Pronunciation: (BEN-ja-men, BEN-jah-min, ben-juh-men)

Gender: Male

It’s a lovely old name with wonderful history. I was just reading a bit of my bible at the part about Joseph. One of his brothers is named Benjamin and it was his only brother with the same father and mother. I also saw a commercial the other day that was funny that had a man named Benjamin, I think it was based off Benjamin Franklin. It is a fabulous old fashioned name that can fit in any era so it is a wonderful diverse character 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.

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