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: (Beauty, Strong Leader)

Origin: (English, Irish, Literature, Pop Culture, Fictional)

Pronunciation: (kay-len, KAY-lən)

Gender: Female

I was looking up women’s warrior attire for one of my characters and I came across a pretty cool picture of this lady and I thought I had seen her before and well when looking it up she was the main character in a TV series some years back and her name was Kahlan. I don’t think I saw the series but I think I saw it advertised and that’s why I remembered the actress. Anyway the name is really cool but I hear the author of the novels that the TV series were based on was made up by him. So like other names like that I am not sure if it’s legal or not to use the name on anyone else’s character or not. I learned it was made up by him after I had already named a character Kahlan so I may have to go back and change it, looking back the name doesn’t really fit my character that well anyway.

Kahlan has pretty meanings and a pretty cool look but the pronunciation gets me. Kay-len is what I found as the pronunciation but many people felt the same as I do that it looks more like it would be pronounced like Colin just because most people see AH and say it like you would when you open your mouth for the doctor. But either way you say it looks pretty cool but I would probably suggest sticking to using it a as a screen name or pet name rather than for a character, personal name change or baby name.

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