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, November 19, 2013


Meaning: (From the Sea, Of the Sea, From “Marine”. From the God Mars. A Saint’s name. Shakespeare gave the name to Pericles’ daughter in his play “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” (1607-1608). In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Saint Marina (-304) is the name by which Saint Margaret of Antioch is known. The name was adopted by English speakers in the 14th Century. It was later popularized by Princess Marina of Greece and Demark (1906-1968) who became the Duchess of Kent in 1934. In Scotland, the name is used as an Anglicized form of Mairi. Marina is the feminine form of the Dutch, German, and Scandinavian Marinus. The name is popular in Russia.)

Origin: (Latin)

Pronunciation: (mah-REE-nah, MaaRIYNaa)

Gender: Female

Most see this and think of a Marina by a lake or other body of water. I never thought of this as an actual person’s name. Though the other day I did hear a woman call her daughters name and I think it sounded like Marina but not sure it was the same name or spelled the same way. Also there is the actress from Star Trek: The Next Generation who played Counselor Deanna Troi, the actresses name is Marina Sirtis. With the long history and varied uses this could fit just about anywhere in history. From the history you can see all the different people named this and how many different characters with different backgrounds can be named this. It is a versatile name and the use of it is up to the author.

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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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