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, April 15, 2016


Meaning: (Brown-Haired Chieftain, Dark Brown, Strong Warrior, 'Descendant of Donndubhán, Descendant of the Dark Brown One'. The first name is derived from the Irish surname Ó Donnabhain meaning 'Descendant of Donndubhán'; Donndubhán is a given name from the Gaelic Donn and Dubh (meaning 'Dark, Black') and it could have originally been bestowed on someone with dark brown hair, eyes, or complexion. The name Donovan was first adopted by English speakers in the early 20th century. In modern times, it has largely lost its Irish associations, and the fame of the Scottish-born pop singer Donovan (1946-) has boosted its adoption since the 1960s.)

Origin: (Irish, Celtic, Gaelic)

Pronunciation: (DAHN-ə-vin, DAAN-aa-VahN)

Gender: Male

I was watching a contemporary Pride and Prejudice on Hallmark Channel which was called Unleashing Mr. Darcy and they gave the name Donovan as Mr. Darcy’s first name. Unleashing Mr. Darcy is also a novel. A few years back a friend of my sisters named her son Donovan which my sister loved and I kind of liked at the time. I think back then I didn’t really love it as I kind of saw it as a last name rather than a first name. I kind of like it a bit more now and the meanings are great. It’s a name that’s been around a while but isn’t over used. It’s easily pronounced which is great and there are great nickname options so all in a great name for a character. As someone pointed out and I agree this name would go well as a sibling name with other names such as Garrison *see on list of posts* and Flannigan *see on list of posts in June 2016*. It does have a sophisticated wealthy look about it but also I think could work on a street-wise Casanova, lol! So very versatile!

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