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

Illiana / Illyana / Ileana

Meaning: (The Lord has Responded, Bright, Trojan, The poetic name for the ancient City of Troy was “llion.” A cognate of the Greek Helene, a name derived from Ele (Light). Ileanna has been used by the Greek Royal Family.)

Origin: (English, German, Spanish, Latin, Old Greek, Hebrew)

Pronunciation: (ee-lee-AHN-ah, ee-lee-AH-nə, Iy-Liy-AE-N-aa, ILL-ee-AHN-ah)

Gender: Female

I was watching a TV show and a characters name was Illiana. I’ve heard this name a few other places as well before and after watching the show. The meanings are pretty as is the name itself. It’s interesting that it’s a poetic name for the City of Troy as well. All the variant spellings are interesting though with English speakers I would try and stick with the closest variant to the actual pronunciation so it will be pronounced properly when a reader reads your novel.

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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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