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.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Meaning: (Bold Friend, Brave Friend, Welsh form of Baldwin derived from the Germanic elements bald “Bold, Brave” and win “Friend”. In Middle Ages this was a popular name in Flanders and among the Normans, who brought it to Britain. It was borne by one of the leaders of the First Crusade, an 11th Century nobleman from Flanders. After the crusades conquered Jerusalem, he was crowned as the King of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.)

Origin: (Welsh, English, Ancient Germanic, Nordic)

Pronunciation: (MAWLD-win, MAOLDWihN)

Gender: Female, Possibly Uni-Sex

I was looking up the meaning of Mal *see on list of posts* and I saw this name. I love the strong meanings and it has a connection to Baldwin and thus has a long history of use. I love this name and find it to be an absolutely beautiful. I could see this name fitting in one of my series or trilogies.


Meaning: (Bad, Wrongful, Ill, Chief, Messenger of God, Bold Friend, Brave Friend, Disciple of Saint Columba.)

Origin: (Welsh, Irish, English, Hebrew, Celtic, Germanic, Old French)

Pronunciation: (MAEL, MAHL)

Gender: Uni-Sex

I was watching the Disney Movie Descendents a few weeks ago, which I really liked, and one of the main girls mom was villain Maleficent and this main girls name was Mal. I really like the simple name and would be great as a stand alone name or as a nickname. Most of the meanings I like, I can see from the movie where the Bad, Wrongful, and Ill meaning comes in but for a character or person the meaning may not be great but the other meanings are lovely and beautiful.


Meaning: (A Healing, Healer, The Lord is My Salvation, Short form of Jason)

Origin: (Greek, English)

Pronunciation:  (JAYS, Jayce)

Gender: Male, Possibly Uni-Sex

This is the name of the male character in one of my future novels. He was to be named Alexander at first but I’ve used Alexander *see on list of posts* on a lot of characters and when I decided to make the character Latino I was going to go with Alejandro but then I saw a movie and the main male character was named Jace, at first I thought they were saying Chase but when I googled the movie which was based on a book I saw the name was Jace, I came to love the name even more.

The meanings I love and the look I love as well. So I thought to make my character be named Jason with the nickname Jace but I loved Jace so much I decided to make my characters full name Jace Alejandro Rhodes, his mother is of Greek descent and his father is of Spanish decent.

The name itself is a strong name with great meanings. It seems a name fit for a bad boy or very strong determined character. It's short and simple and all around great.


Meaning: (Grace of God, Gracious, Full of Grace, Diminutive of Anna.)

Origin: (Russian, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Croatian, Serbian, German, Portuguese)

Pronunciation: (AHN-yə, AHN-ya, AHN-yah, AHN-zha (Portuguese))

Gender: Female

I was either reading the yearbook published by Jehovah’s Witnesses or the Watchtower by Jehovah’s Witnesses and saw this name. The meanings are pretty and the name is unique. It was interesting to me that it is a derivative of Anna. It is a pretty name but I am afraid it may not be so memorable to me. If I saw this in a novel at least I know now how to pronounce it.


Meaning: (Fair Blessed Berries, Combination of Aeron “Berry” and the suffix Gwen “White, Fair, Blessed”. Also possibly derives from the name of a shadowy Celtic Goddess of Battle and Slaughter, known in a Latin form as Agrona.)

Origin: (Welsh)

Pronunciation: (ayR-AANWehN, eye-RON-wen, eye-RAWN-win, eye-ROAN-win)

Gender: Female

This name I saw when looking at Aeronwy *see on list of posts*. So this name is similar in many ways to Aeronwy. The meanings are beautiful and the name itself is very lovely. However the name derives from the name of a shadowy Celtic Goddess of Battle and Slaughter, known in a Latin form as Agrona, so it’s a bit dark in that aspect but the other meanings make me like this name more than the little dark aspect of it.


Meaning: (Flowering, Flower, Blossom, From the Latin word Flos, given name borrowed from the ancient Roman name Florianus, a derivative of Florus. Saint Florian, a martyr of the 3rd Century, is the patron saint who was martyred under the Roman Emperor Diocletian. He is the patron saint of Poland and Upper Austria, and of Firefighters. Masculine form of Flora, from a Roman clan name. The name was used, albeit rarely, by English speakers since the medieval period.)

Origin: (Latin, German, Polish, French)

Pronunciation: (FLO-ree-ahn (German), FLAWR-yahn (Polish), FLOR-ee-an, FLOH-ree-ehn, FLOW-Riy-aaN (German), FLAOR-YaaN (Polish))

Gender: Male, Possibly Uni-Sex

I think this is a strong name. I was reading a yearbook published by Jehovah’s Witnesses and it had an example about a person named Florian. It’s a great old name. I was watching the Disney Movie Descendents a few weeks ago and in the movie Prince Benjamin’s middle name he admits to Mal *see on list of posts* is Florian. This is not a name I would use on most of my characters but I would love to see how this could be used by other authors and maybe someday I too will find a way to use it.

Also though it is Masculine I could see this perhaps used on a female character, if it’s pulled off right. There are lots of names that seem male that are used for females, so this could be one of them.


Meaning: (Battle, End of Battle, Berry, Berry Stream, Fruit, Combination of Aeron “Berry” and the suffix wy meaning River, River of Slaughter.)

Origin: (Welsh, Celtic)

Pronunciation: (ey-R-aaNWiy, AIR-uhn-wee, eye-RON-wee, eye-ROAN-wee, ay-ROAN-wee)

Gender: Female, Possibly Uni-Sex

I was looking for beautiful Welsh names and I stumbled upon this one. The meanings are great and nature based and pretty. This name is so similar in some aspects to other welsh names and so looks unique and rare to English speakers. I like that it looks fantasy / sci-fi space like name, at least I always see Welsh names as out of this world names.


Meaning: (Whole, Immense, Entire, Universal, Imitating, Rivaling, Work, and Variant of Emma. A solemn and stately dance used in ancient Greek tragedy.)

Origin: (Germanic, Latin, Greek, Old French, Gothic)

Pronunciation: (EHMM-L-IYAH, M-EE-Lay-uh, M-EE-lee, EHM-AHLEYIYAH)

Gender: Female

I forget where I at first saw this name but I think I was looking up unique names. This is an absolutely beautiful name. I love everything about this name. I have decided to use this name as the name of one of my main characters daughters; she is to be a Princess. The meanings and name itself is a variant of Emma so if you want something much more unique and rarer than Emma then Emmeleia is it. The meanings are wonderful and grand. I like that this is a solemn and stately dance used in ancient Greek tragedy. It seems even grander and even more striking a name.

It also looks like a combination name between Emme and Leia, which are two name I love separate and love even more combined together. Though I prefer to pronounce it M-EE-Lay-uh.


Meaning: (Pearl, She Who Reigns Over the Earth, Variant of Greta, Pet form of Margaret.)

Origin: (Norwegian, Old Greek, German)

Pronunciation: (GREHTHAHL)

Gender: Female

I was reading a yearbook published by Jehovah’s Witnesses and it had an example about a person named Grethel. I love the name a lot really. It looks a bit unique to me but it’s really just similar to Gretel just with an H in it. As usual this is a name that is a pet form of another name and the two names to me look nothing alike, lol.

The meanings are lovely, though She Who Reigns Over the Earth I am not sure is an actual meaning. I went to a website for baby names that I usually don’t go to and this I assumed was the meaning. Though when I searched my own name it said my name meant The Queen of Beauty and my name doesn’t at all mean that. So I am not sure the meaning She Who Reigns Over the Earth is the actual meaning of Grethel, though I thought it was so beautiful I added it. If you want the really authentic meaning than Pearl is it, which is lovely and beautiful on its own.


Meaning: (Burnt Wood, Burnt Meadow)

Origin: (English)

Pronunciation: (BRIN-lee)

Gender: Uni-Sex

I think this is such a cool name. I love the meanings for some reason. Though I hate to think of it as a wildfire, though in a story it can relate to a character inner wild, destructive, fierce, take no prisoners attitude. It’s a beautiful yet strong name that I do believe could fit both genders.





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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