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, December 22, 2015

Carnelian / Cornelian

Meaning: (A Red Gem, Flesh, Fleshy, Made of Flesh, although now the more common term, "carnelian" is a 16th-century corruption of the 14th-century word "cornelian" (and its associated orthographies corneline and cornalyn). Cornelian, cognate with similar words in several Romance languages, comes from the Mediaeval Latin corneolus, itself derived from the Latin word cornum, the cornel cherry, whose translucent red fruits resemble the stone. The Oxford English Dictionary calls "carnelian" a perversion of "cornelian", by subsequent analogy with the Latin word caro, carnis, flesh. According to Pliny the Elder, sard derives its name from the city of Sardis in Lydia, but it more likely comes from the Persian word سرد sered, meaning yellowish-red.)

Origin: (Latin)

Pronunciation: (Carnelian: kahr-NEEL-yan, Cornelian: kore-NEEL-yan)

Gender: Female, Possibly Uni-Sex

I was looking at medieval clothing and I saw a dress with a necklace that had a carnelian stone. I really love the name no matter which above spelling is used, though Cornelian is an earlier version. Cornelian makes me think female version or even alternative of Cornelius *see on list of posts*. If you want to see more information about the stone and name meaning go to:

I found a site I haven’t used before that had great information on the name Carnelian so if you would like to go to:

I like the medieval nature of this name and the name makes me think Gypsy for some reason but I also think it would be amazing on an outer space beautiful strong character. This would be a great alternative as well to much more common gem jewel names such as Emerald or Esmeralda *see on list of posts*, Opal *see on list of posts*, Beryl *see on list of posts*, Sapphire *see on list of posts*, Pearl, Ruby, Jade *see on list of posts*, and Amber or Ambra *see on list of posts* among others.

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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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