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.

Friday, December 20, 2013


Meaning: (Woman from Magdala. Variant of Madeleine, which is the French version. Place Name: Magdala was a town on the Sea of Galilee, the possible home of Mary Magdalene, whom Jesus healed and who was present at his crucifixion. Literary: Ludwig Bemelmann’s children’s books had a French schoolgirl character wearing a wide brimmed hat name Madeline.)

Origin: (Hebrew, English)

Pronunciation: (MAD-a-linn, MAD-uh-line, MAEDahLayN, MAEDahLihN (English), MaeDahLIYN, MaeDLIYN (French)

Gender: Female

Recently I have watched a show with an all English (British) cast. The main character is a girl named Madeline. I really like the look of this name and I have even added the nickname Maddy to my Favorite Female Names List on this blog. I tend to lean toward pronouncing this MAD-uh-line but most people pronounce it MAD-a-linn. Either way is right. It is also a pretty cute name but it could age well too. 

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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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