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, January 25, 2017


Meaning: (Mechthild is a variant of Matilda (English, Italian, Portuguese, and Scandinavian). Matilda of Gothic derivation, derived from words corresponding to Old High German "Maht" (meaning "Might, Strength") and "Hild" (meaning "Battle").)

Origin: (Irish, Germanic)

Pronunciation: (MEKHT-hilt, MEHK-THAYLD)

Gender: Female

I was looking at a YA novel a few days ago and after seeing one of the characters being named Mairead *see on list of posts* I looked at the authors name and it is Mechthild and I think is a very interesting looking name. The meanings are very strong and brave. This is a derivation of Matilda *see on list of posts* and so if you want something that has the same meaning as Matilda but that looks vastly different then Mechthild is the way to go.

The pronunciation again just throws me off like most Irish names and sounds funny when I say this name so I wouldn’t be likely to use it and it may be a down fall to readers so it should be used sparingly by an author lest the reader be so thrown off by the names pronunciation that it becomes burdensome to read anymore.

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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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