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.

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Meaning: (From the Valley, Flower named for 18th Century Swedish Botanist Anders Dahl.)

Origin: (Norse, Swedish, Scandinavian, English)

Pronunciation: (DAH-lee-ə, DAL-yah, DAL-yə)

Gender: Female

I had a character name come to me and the first name is Dahlia with the nickname Dahl pronounced like Doll. I don’t know who the character will be but I loved the name and so I decided to add it to my blog. Also if you go to my Book Worm Blog you’ll see that I made a Purple Dahlia Barrette and I put pictures of it on there, here:

The flower itself is beautiful and the name has an interesting history of use, especially with The Black Dahlia reference to the mysteries brutal murder of Elizabeth Short in 1947 Los Angeles. Because of the murder and such the name sometimes can be seen as a negative but since so much times has passed I think maybe the younger generation won’t have heard of it much, if at all.

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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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