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.

Monday, June 27, 2016


Meaning: (Recorded in several ways including Pfiffer, Phifer, Pfeuffer, Pfeiffer, Pfeifer, Pieper, Feifer, and Peifer, this famous German surname is occupational. It can describe either a piper, possibly in the military sense of pipes and drums, although more probably in the general sense of a musician who played the pipes at the various festivals and travelling theatres of the period. Dependent on the spelling, and there are many overlaps, the name can refer to a merchant of spices particularly pepper. The "piper" origination is probably associated with the Roman Invasion of Gaul as far back as the 1st century b.c. The derivation here is from the word "pfeife" meaning to whistle, itself from the Latin "pipa", a pipe. As a pepper merchant, the origin is equally ancient, and certainly back to the 4th century a.d. Not surprisingly this is one of the most ancient surnames recorded, either in Germany or anywhere else. Early examples taken from the authentic registers and charters of Germany include Haintz der Pheiffer of Eblingen in the year 1378, and Claus Pfeffer, a burger of Ravensburg in 1421. The surname is also recorded in forms such as Pfefferer, and Pfefferhart, a "romantic" surname of a type popular in Germany in the post medieval period. The first known recording is believed to be that of Johannes Pipere, in the charters of the city of Bremen, Germany, in the year 1296.)

Origin: (German)

Pronunciation: (FYE-fur, go to this site and run your cursor of the name Pfeifer to hear how it is said: )

Gender: Uni-Sex

I decided to watch the movie ‘The Gallows’ a while back, which I regret as it was so darn stupid, but I didn’t see the end coming, go figure I suck at figuring out what should be a predictable end, lol! So anyway one of the characters name is Pfeifer and I thought that’s a cool name.

The movie also had Cassidy Gifford in it, Kathy Gifford’s daughter. Her character was named Cassidy and I thought oh isn’t that weird to have the same name in real life as the character you play. Well come to find out when the credits rolled all the main characters names are the same as the first name of the actors playing the part which I thought was dumb. What did they run out of creativity and say just go by your name? Or did they think the actors were so stupid they couldn’t remember the other person’s character name, I highly doubt that one.

Anyway so the girl playing Pfeifer well her real name in real life is Pfeifer which I think is really interesting as you don’t hear of it being a first name. I’ve seen it plenty of times as a last name but never as a first name. I think it’s cool that it’s one of the most ancient recorded surnames and the meanings are very interesting as well. It’s a great alternative to the much more popular name Piper *see on list of posts*. The whole look is really great and I think it looks great as a first name or a last name and most everyone has heard of this name so pronunciation would be a breeze for most everyone.

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