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, July 19, 2016


Meaning: (Male, Manly, Brave, Virility, Defender of Men, Latinized patronymic from the personal name Andreas. This ancient surname recorded world-wide in over two hundred and fifty spellings, and including as examples Andre, Aindrias, Andrew, Anders, Jendrusch, Vondrak, Dandy, Andriol, Andretti, Ondracek, Vondraeck, Andress, Jedrzejewicz, and Andriuis, is of pre Christian Greek origins. It derives from the personal name "Andreas", meaning manly, and was held by the first of Christ's disciples. Prior to the 10th century a.d., the name as a first name only, there were no surnames before the medieval period, was almost exclusively held by members of the church, one of the first of such recordings being that of a monk "Andreas", in the English Domesday Book of the year 1086. The name gained in popularity throughout Europe after the 12th century Crusades to free the Holy Land. These expeditions were largely unsuccessful, nethertheless it became the normal practice for returning soldiers to name their children after biblical and particularly Christian, saints or martyrs. St Andrew is the patron saint of both Scotland and Russia, and legend has it that his remains were brought to what is now the city of St. Andrew's in Scotland, in the year 900 a.d.. Certainly the name is very popular in that country. The surname was also one of the earliest settler names in America. Anthony Andrew being recorded in the first listings for the state of Virginia in 1623. The very first recorded spelling of the family name anywhere, is probably that of William Andreu, which was dated 1237, in the ancient charters of the county of Buckinghamshire, England, in the year 1237. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop", often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling. )

Origin: (Swedish, Latin, Old Greek)

Pronunciation: (AENDerAHN, AN-dren)

Gender: Male, Possibly Uni-Sex

I first saw and came to like this name when looking up longer names with Ren in them as I have a character named Ren I thought to give a longer name to and have him be nicknamed Ren but I decided against it and kept Ren as his full name. But I added Andren to my list for my blog. The meanings are strong and brave. It has a long history of use or rather all its variants have long history of uses.


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  3. I liked the above given names. I agree with the point to choose the name on the basis of research. I do the same. When I need to research on names take a reference from one of my favorite website

    1. Thank you for commenting! I am glad you found my blog to be of use and that you like the above names! I am also glad to hear of someone else who does research before choosing a name! I have been told about quite a few times by visitors to my blog and I thank them for suggesting it and I thank you for suggesting it as well! Thanks again for leaving a comment and do come back often as my blog is always changing!


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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