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, October 31, 2014


Meaning: (Afternoon, Evening, From the River Afton, From Affa’s Settlement, Also the name of a river, which appears in a song, Place Name: a town in Southern Scotland. From a geographical term; Aftonian- coming from the ice relating to glaciers.

Poet Robert Burns wrote a love sonnet featuring a small river named Afton. First Verse:

Flow gently, sweet Afton, among the green braes!

Flow gently, I’ll sing thee a song in thy praise!

My Mary’s asleep by the murmuring stream—

Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream! )

Origin: (Old English, Swedish)

Pronunciation: (AF-tun, AHFTahN)

Gender: Uni-Sex

I can’t remember why I added this name to my list but I like the look and the meanings. It isn’t too memorable a name to me because I don’t see it enough but if I did it could grow even more on me. Unfortunately it will probably be a name I easily forget which I hate. I think it looks like it would make an awesome ships name or a fantasy characters last name.

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I try to have the most accurate Meanings, Origin and Pronunciations for the names on this blog. It is best though to do research into the names you decide to use for your characters as there can be errors on my blog. Or meanings, origins, and pronunciations I have not seen thus not been able to add to this blog.

Try some of the leading Baby Name Sites and Baby Name or Character Naming books as well.

The baby name sites below are where I collect many of the Names, Origins, and Pronunciations I use on this blog.

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