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.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Meaning:  (A Green Gemstone, Peridot is gem-quality olivine. Olivine is a silicate mineral. Péridot the French word for olivine. Derived from the Greek word "peridona", which means stone that gives plenty. Birthstone for the month of August. The Oxford English Dictionary suggests an alteration of Anglo–Norman pedoretés (classical Latin pæderot-), a kind of opal, rather than the Arabic word faridat, meaning "gem".

The Middle English Dictionary's entry on peridot includes several variations: peridod, peritot, pelidod and pilidod – other variants substitute y for the i's seen here.

The earliest use in England is in the register of the St Albans Abbey, in Latin, and its translation in 1705 is possibly the first use of "peridot" in English. It records that on his death in 1245 Bishop John bequeathed various items including peridot to the Abbey.)

Origin: (Arabic, French)

Pronunciation: (PEH-ree-doe, PEHR-ee-doh, PARE-ih-doe)

Gender: Female

I was looking up green gem names and this was one of them that I thought was a really cool pretty gem and would be an epic character name as well. If you don’t like it, it is the French word for Olivine *see on list of posts* so they can be interchanged for each other if you care to. There are also variants of the word you might use for your characters name if this spelling doesn’t please you.

The meaning behind the word is pretty and the stone is pretty as well. It is one of the birthstone gems for the month of August, so if that fits you character or someway August plays into a significant part of your characters life or characters parent’s lives then this would be a good name to use.

Because it is a long standing gem name it could be used in a Historical Fiction Novel but it would be odd in a way to have a character named this in a Historical Fiction Novel because gem names especially rare gem names were rarely used in certain countries and in certain time periods, so do research if you care to use it in a Historical Fiction 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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