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: (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.

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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.

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