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, March 4, 2014


Meaning: (Broom Well, Raven Well, bram (broom, gorse) and well = (water source or river). It is from brom meaning 'broom, brambles' ; waell 'pool, stream, spring, well'. The first name is derived from the surname, which is itself from a place so named in Derbyshire, England. The surname was first used in the 12th century, and it has been recorded in other forms such as Bromele and Bremwell. The name has been borne by Salvationist Bramwell Booth (1856-1929), as well as the painter and poet Patrick Branwell Brontë (1817-1848). This interesting name is of English locational origin from some unidentified spot, probably lost as a result of enforced "clearing" and dispersal of former inhabitants to make way for sheep pastures at the height of the wool trade in the 14th Century. The Black Death of 1348 may also have contributed to this phenomenon. The placename itself, was composed of the old English per 7th Century words "brom", broom, gorse plus "well(a)", spring, stream. The surname itself is distributed fairly evenly throughout England. The surname first appears in the 12th Century (see below). Homfrey Bramwell was christened at Mobberly, Cheshire in August 1582, while Elizabeth Bramwell married Humphrey Hales at Nantwich Cheshire on February 2nd 1616. Richard , son of Robert and Abigaell Bremwell was christened at St. Dunstan, Stepney, London on November 3rd 1670. George William Wilshere Bramwell or Baron Bramwell (1808 - 1892) was a judge, who studied under Fitzroy Kelly; he was called to the bar 1838; appointed Lord Justice 1876 - 1881 and raised to the peerage in 1882. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Mathew de Bromele, which was dated 1150, The Pipe Rolls of Cheshire, during the reign of King Stephen, known as "Count of Blois", 1135 - 1154. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling. Place name.)

Origin: (Old English)

Pronunciation: (BRAEMWehL)

Gender: Male

I was looking for a certain name for one of my characters that had the meaning Raven and I came across this one. I at first looked at Bram *see on list of posts* but then I saw it could be a nickname of Bramwell so I looked into Bramwell. It has a unique look and the meanings are good. It has a nice long history of use as well. I could see a gothic character being named this and I mean a really scary gothic setting not a kid wearing black, LOL. I could imagine a huge dark castle presided over by a creepy man, LOL! :~)

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