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, September 12, 2016


Meaning: (Gwen: White, Fair, Pure, Holy, Blessed, White Circle, Moon, Happiness, It has been used as a name in its own right since the 5th century, when it was borne by a Welsh saint and a daughter of the legendary Welsh king Brychan. The name has strong Welsh associations, although it has been widely adopted by English speakers since the 20th century.

Dola: The Crown Brings Honor, Dola is an alternate form of Adeola (Nigerian), In Slavic mythology, Dola (pronounced doh-luh) are the protective spirits which embody human fate. They can appear in the guises of a god, a cat, a man, a mouse, or a woman. They have their own preferences and provinces; and they would hound you if you made choices that were not planned by Fate. Dola means "The Slavic spirit of mortal fate". The name penetrated common language and is often used to describe long-lasting change of fortune caused by external factors (or absolutely stochastic). It's comparable to good or bad luck, but unlike luck, dola applies to important aspects of life, such as career, health, marriage, having children etc.)

Origin: (Gwen: Old Welsh, Celtic Dola: Nigerian, Slavic Mythology)

Pronunciation: (Gwen: GWehN Dola: doh-luh Gwendola: GWehN-doh-luh)

Gender: Female

I was in a nursing home visiting two friends who are of the same religion that I am and when walking to their rooms I was looking at the tags of names on the outside of the doors and saw the name Gwendola and was like that’s interesting and I’ve never heard that one before. Well I couldn’t find the meaning for the name as a whole so I had to break it down and do a meaning for Gwen and then Dola separately.

Of course I’ve done Gwen in other names before and always thought the meanings were gorgeous and I love Welsh names so that a plus with me. And since it has a long history of use where on its own or with another name it would do well in so many eras. Dola had some really pretty meanings like the Crown Brings Honor. The Slavic Mythology was very interesting indeed! Together the name Gwendola embodies a few different interesting cultures but it creates a beautiful name and I wonder how the parents of the woman in that room at the nursing home came to name her Gwendola.

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