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: (Swamp, Marsh, Rock)

Origin: (Japanese, Native American, Native American-Miwok)

Pronunciation: (SAA-Waa)

Gender: Female

I was watching the 2014 movie Kite and the main female assassin was named this. Since then I have used it as the name of my main character in a short story I wrote and entered in this years Nelson Algren Literary Awards Short Story Contest, fingers crossed that I win or am a runner up or finalist at least! :~) Her last name is Almund *see on list of posts*.

When I saw the movie Kite I was at first not sure how her name was pronounced or said properly but I looked it up and it is really easy to pronounce and is so cool. I love Japanese names. The meanings are decent and the name itself is easy enough.

Now the pronunciation I said is pretty easy but there is one funny or odd thing about it. When saying it I think it sounds like an English speaker trying to sound like an Asian or foreigner who is saying the word Sour. However I read about one person saying it sounds like a person from Boston trying to say Sour. So I guess I really am not the only one saying it sounds like someone with an accent trying to say Sour.

With both the character in the movie and my character it seems a name fit for a fighter and a unique interesting character. I would love to see this name used more often.

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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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