Naming Your Characters

Recently, my husband and I hit the baby name books in anticipation of the birth of our daughter. We made lists; we consulted baby name sites, friends, and family. We considered name meanings and trends in popularity. And, when she finally arrived, we still took a few hours selecting from our narrowed list. Choosing her name felt like an important responsibility, because we knew the name would stay with her for her whole life, could shape her in someway, and would provide insight into who we, as her parents, anticipate that she might become. Names and their origins can have similar significance to our characters, whether real or fictionalized. Here are a couple of things to consider when naming your characters along with examples from well-known writers. Continue reading