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, February 9, 2016


Meaning: (Fan: From France, Bee Thorpe: Hamlet or Small Village, This is an ancient name of Anglo-Saxon and Old Scandinavian origin, and is a locational surname from any of the places in England named with Old Norse or Old Danish element "thorp", or the rarer Olde English pre 7th Century "throp". Generally, "thorp(e)" in a place name indicates that it was an area of Danish settlement. The word means a small hamlet or village that grew by colonisation from a larger settlement, and was originally an outlying farm dependent on a nearby village. In the modern idiom there are a number of variant forms of the surname, ranging from Thorpe, Thorp, Tharp and Turp, to Thro(u)p, Thrupp and Thripp. Thomas Thorpe (died 1461) was speaker of the House of Commons from 1431 - 1452. Francis Thorpe (1595 - 1665), who was educated at Cambridge was a witness at Stafford's trial and became a colonel in the parliamentary army, and was later appointed judge for the northern circuit and delivered a "charge" at York justifying Charles 1's execution and also refused to try the northern insurgents. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de Torp, which was dated 1158, in the "Pipe Rolls of Northumberland", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling. )

Origin: (Latin, Chinese, Middle English)

Pronunciation: (fan-THORP, FAHN-thorpe, if you want to hear how Thorpe is pronounced then got to this site and run your cursor over the word to hear how it is said: )

Gender: Uni-Sex

I was reading a Phyllis A. Whitney novel a few months back and this was a place in the novel. I have been putting off adding it as the name has no definite meaning until I separated the parts of the name, Fan and Thorpe. The meanings are decent and the name looks interesting but would look even better if used as just a surname.

This name is very foreign and unique and seems an outer space like name to me, like “I’ll meet you on planet Fanthorpe mate. The shipments in of 1000 hexes of gents jooce, so game on.” That was an awful line, lol, so no need to tell me that sucked lol!

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