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.

Friday, March 11, 2016


Meaning: (Brave, a Knot, Ancient One, Little Ancient One)

Origin: (Celtic, Gaelic, Irish, Hindi, English)

Pronunciation: (KIY-Naa, KEE-na)

Gender: Uni-Sex

My list is backed up for a while so I am finally getting to these names. Back during NaNoWriMo 2015 I had posted about it and a fellow blogger Apolla 13 commented about her experience with it and then told me a bit about the story she chose to write about. So for all of my posts for March I will be doing some of the names of her characters for the story she wrote for NaNoWriMo 2015 as I really like many of these names and have yet to add them so I am adding them now.

The meanings are great and the name itself has a very Mans Origin Mythology like look. So maybe this could be used by an author in their story if they add a history or origin story. It has a very old look and I often see an old man, a very father time look, wise and guide like. But also on the flipside sometimes it looks youthful like I can see a very lithe girl running around mischievous and care free. So it is a nice name that can bring about a different thought and feel for different people. So it’s up to the writer as to what kind of character and feeling they want to associate with this name.  

One funny thing though with me is when I say this name I think Quinoa and I have no clue why, lol! It doesn’t look the same obviously but when said I can kind of see going from Keena: KEE-na to Quinoa: KEEN-wah. But perhaps I am just weird that way, lol! Or maybe KEE-na and KEEN-wah are just fun to say, lol!

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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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