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, August 30, 2016


Meaning: (Derived from a surname and place name based on the Old English for 'Hill Covered with Broom'. Broom is a prolific weed, also 'From the Beacon Hill', Little Raven, Prince, and Brave.

This surname is a habitational name, derived from any of the numerous places in England called Brandon. Such places can include: Brandon, County Durham; Brandon, Northumbria; Brandon, Suffolk; Brandon, Warwickshire; and other locations. For the most part, the names of these places are derived from two Old English language elements: Brōm, meaning "Broom", "Gorse"; and Dūn, meaning Hill". However, one location, Brandon in Lincolnshire, may be connected to the River Brant, which runs close by. This river's name is derived from two Old English elements: Brant, meaning "Steep", "Deep"; and Dūn, meaning "Hill". The name of this location is probably in reference to the river's steep banks.

In some cases, it is also possible that the given name Brandon is a variant form of the Irish given name Brendan. This name is an Anglicized form of the old Gaelic language name, Bréanainn, which in turn is derived from a Celtic language element meaning "Prince".)

Origin: (Old English)

Pronunciation: (BRAN-dən)

Gender: Male

I had a friend some years back named Brandon. It is a pretty common name which doesn’t win me over as I am not a fan of really popular names but the plus for an author when it comes to popular names is it’s easily recognized, pronounced and easy on most anyone. Most of the meanings are really nice and strong sounding. It’s a nice English name as well. I am not in love with the name but I don’t hate it either. It seems more of a secondary character type name to me though. Many of the naming forums I visited however were quite disturbing as more people talked about the virility of men named Brandon verses actually talking about the name in general.

There are some nice nickname options and I wouldn’t mind seeing this name as it is easily recognized and pronounceable as I’ve said so it wouldn’t be hard to read if you had to keep seeing this name in a novel.

No comments:

Post a Comment

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.

Baby Names Sites: