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, May 9, 2014


Meaning: (Year King, King for the Year, From the Gothic name Athanareiks, derived from the Germanic element athana meaning "year" combined with ric meaning "power, ruler". Athanaric was a 4th-century ruler of the Visigoths.)

Origin: (Ancient Germanic)

Pronunciation: (athuh-naric, Ahth-uh-nar-ic, Atha-naric)

Gender: Male

I can’t remember where I saw this but I think it was on the show information for some show on TV. I think this is a strong masculine name that reminds me of Alareiks which is the Gothic form of Alaric, both names I have used before in novels. Now Athanaric has a nice long history of use and is a very handsome powerful ruler name.

Now the pronunciation is my best guess on it as I could not find a phonetic pronunciation for this name. If any one knows if I am pronouncing it wrong please do tell me.

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