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, August 11, 2014


Meaning: (Torch, Bonfire, Resembling a Crow, This name, with variant spelling Fala, is of Scottish territorial origin from the lands of Fala in Midlothian. The name is believed to derive from the Medieval English "Falwe", (ultimately from the Olde English pre 7th Century "Falh"), meaning "Fallow" i.e. a piece of ploughed ground left uncropped for a year or more. The surname from this source was first recorded in the latter part of the 12th Century (see below). One, Bartholomew de Faulaw was witness to a charter in favour of the House of Soltre between the years 1214 -1240. One, George de Falow was Provost of Edinburgh in 1421. The variant spellings Fallawe, Fawlo, Faulo and Falowe appear on record in Scotland during the period 1426 - 1453. James Fala was a tenant under the Abbey of Kelso in 1576. On June 24th, 1723 William Falla and Janet Veitch were married in Edinburgh, Midlothian. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Radulf Falache, charter witness, which was dated circa 1165 - "The Register of Paisley Monastery", during the reign of King William, "The Lion of Scotland", 1166 - 1214. 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: (Spanish, Catalan, Scottish, Old English, Native American)

Pronunciation: (FAElah)

Gender: Uni-Sex

I read this name in the 2014 Year Book of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I think a man in the Philippines was named this. I think the name and meanings are nice. I don’t really see this name very often but I wouldn’t mind seeing it. I don’t think it is name that would work on too many character but given the right author it could be used well.

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