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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Meaning: (Hare Wood (or Meadow), from the Hare's Meadow, Hare’s Clearing, The first name is from an English family name, which is itself taken from a place name. It was first used in the 19th century as a boy name.)

Origin: (Old English)

Pronunciation: (HAHR-lee, HHAARLiy)

Gender: Uni-Sex

With the movie ‘Suicide Squad’  having recently come out this name has been everywhere as it is the name or rather nickname of one of the characters in the movie, also in the comics and cartoons, Harley Quinn. I’ve mostly seen this name used for guys but I guess it would look and sound alright on a female character as well. The meanings are nice and very nature based and locational. The look of it however reminds me of the motorcycle Harley Davidson which may help an author if they are going for a rougher character and need a rougher name or one with meaning maybe to the parents who hit the open road on two wheels in their younger days or something and name they kid for that, lol!

And it has a history at least back to the 19th Century which is nice as it can be used in a historical fiction novel at least back to that era! If used for a girl this could be a good nickname one can use for Harleen *see on list of posts* as that is the original first name of the character in the comics. If used on a male character this could be a good nickname but his full first name can be Harlan.


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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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