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.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Meaning: (Habitational name from the city of Coventry in the West Midlands, which probably named with the genitive case of an Old English personal name Cofa (Compare Coveney) + Old English Treow “Tree”. This is an English locational surname from the city of Coventry in the county of Warwickshire. The place name was first recorded in the year 1043 as "Couaentree", and as "Coventrev" in the famous Domesday Book of 1086, when the Norman clerks gave it their form. Acording to the Oxford Dictionary of English Places Names, the name means "Cofa's tree", with Cofa being a pre 7th century Olde English personal name. However the word cofa can also mean a valley, so another possible explanation is the trees in the valley. Also the word "tree" had other connotations and could refer to the public gallows, with many places having such objects as the centre point of the parish! Locational surnames were by their nature, usually "from" names. That is to say names given to people after they left their original homes to move somewhere else. When this happened, these people would take or be given as their surname the name of the place from whence they came. It is not therefore surprising that the first recording of this surname is some way from Coventry with Thomas de Coventre being recorded as a land owner in the city Oxford in the Hundred Rolls of 1273, whilst Johannes de Coventre is recorded in the Poll tax register of Yorkshire in 1379.

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Origin: (English)

Pronunciation: (k-UH-vuh-n-tree, kuhv-uhn-tree, KUV-uhn-tree, Go to this link and run your cursor over the word to hear how this name is pronounced:  )

Gender: Uni-Sex

I’ve heard this word a few times but never thought of it as a name. It apparently is surname but I think it would be a beautiful first name. It has a unique history and decent meaning. The only down fall is it may have referred to gallows or places near gallows, which is a bit dark. But most won’t realize that so it’s not that big of a downfall.

Also I think I heard this in reference to Witches (I think it was in a Disney Channel Movie years ago, Twitches and Twitches Too) and so it’s a bit of a down fall there for me as I don’t believe in incorporating magic or anything to do with magic and witches in my novels. Of course this can be over looked and maybe other authors won’t see this as a down fall at all.

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