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: (Holy Well, Lives by the Holy Spring, Place Name. This interesting English surname with spellings including Hallawell, Hallewell, Helliwell, Holliwell and Hollowell is of locational origin. It derives from any of the several places named with the Old English pre 7th Century elements "halig" meaning "holy", plus "well(a)", a well or spring. These places include Halliwell in Lancashire, recorded as Haliwell circa 1200; Holwell in Dorset and Oxfordshire appearing respectively as Halegewelle and Haliwelle in the Domesday Book of 1086; Halwell and Halwill in Devonshire, recorded as Halgewilla in 1086, and Holywell in Northumberland, Kent, Cambridgeshire and Cornwall. There is also a place in Clwyd called Holywell. John de Halewell, of Halliwell, was Dean of Lancashire in 1288, and in 1327 Editha atte Holywelle appeared in the "Subsidy Rolls of Somerset". An interesting namebearer was James Orchard Halliwell, (1820 - 1889), who arranged and described the Stratford-on-Avon archives, and wrote much on the history of the town. His "Life of Shakespeare" appeared in 1848. A Coat of Arms granted to the Halliwell family consists of a gold shield with three silver goats trippant, and attired in gold, on a red bend. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Osbert de Haliwell', which was dated 1200 - "The Pipe Rolls of Suffolk", during the reign of King John, known as Lackland, 1199 - 1216. 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. )

Origin: (Old English)
Pronunciation: (HHAEL-IHVEHL, hal-lee-well, hall-E-well, hal-uh-well, hal-lah-well)
Gender: Uni-Sex

I have decided to use this as a surname in the current novel I am writing. I first saw this on a TV series as a surname. It has a good meaning and has a nice long history of use. As a given name I would be very interested to see the reason for use but I think I would like it a lot.

I pronounce it hal-uh-well or hal-oh-well or hal-lah-well but apparently that is an American pronunciation use but that is how I at first heard it. Apparently hal-lee-well or hall-E-well are more acceptable versions by some.

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