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: (Daughter of the Mountain, Goddess, and Hindu Mythology: One of the names of the Goddess Parvati. Variant of Sheila which is an Anglicized form of SÍLE which is an Irish form of Cecilia- Latinate feminine form of the Roman family name Caecilius, which was derived from Latin caecus "blind". Saint Cecilia was a semi-legendary 2nd- or 3rd-century martyr who was sentenced to die because she refused to worship the Roman gods. After attempts to suffocate her failed, she was beheaded. She was later regarded as the patron saint of music and musicians.

Due to the popularity of the saint, the name became common in the Christian world during the Middle Ages. The Normans brought it to England, where it was commonly spelled Cecily - the Latinate form Cecilia came into use in the 18th century.)

Origin: (Hindu, Hindi, English)

Pronunciation: (SHY-lah, SHIY-lə, SHY-la)

Gender: Female, Possibly Uni-Sex

I saw this somewhere online when I was looking for another name. I kind of really like it. It has pretty look and is easily pronounceable. I like the meanings and the over all look of this. I do think this would be cool if maybe a sibling name could be Shiloh *see on list of posts*. I think they look and sound alike but could still be sibling names. Or maybe Shyla could be used instead of Shiloh as they sound similar until you get to the end, like LUH versus LOH. It is also a nice alternative to the variant of the name which is Cecilia *see on list of posts*. Though I’ll admit not too many will know Shyla is a variant of Cecilia, it was a surprise to me.

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