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.

Monday, April 7, 2014


Meaning: (White, Pure, Fair, and Variant of Blanche (French). The meek younger daughter in Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew", a courtesan in "Othello", and the subject of a song in a spin-off musical "Kiss Me, Kate". Also made famous by former Rolling Stone wife Bianca Jagger, who was a Nicaraguan fashion model, peace worker, and diplomat. The name is appropriate for a fair-haired baby. Blanca is the Spanish form.)

Origin: (Italian)

Pronunciation: (bee-AHNK-ah, bee-AHN-kə)

Gender: Female

I was watching the show Castles: Secrets and Legends the other day and it had a story about a Italian girl named Bianca in the 1600’s who I don’t remember the whole thing but basically she was supposed to stay hidden by her parents, I think because she was albino. When she leaves and is found with a suitor she is taken back to her castle as she has escaped before. She is taken to a tower hung up by shackles and she is left with a boar and a dog. The room is bricked up and she is left to die. They found evidence of bones of a boar and dog amongst human remains many years later so some believe the story is true. I say if it were how very sad to die alone at the hands of your parents.

The name Bianca I have heard a bit more of lately. It seems a very sophisticated but sometimes preppy name, not a bad thing by any means though unless used by an author to be a mean characters name. The meanings are lovely and the name is a variant of Blanche *see on list of posts* so if you don’t want to use Blanche then Bianca could be a nice alternative. I do really like this name and perhaps will some day use it but would still love to see it used by others more often.

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