How do you come up with your character names? Do you pick them out of a baby book? Use the name of a friend, relative or a name you heard in passing? Or do you choose a name that may reflect that character’s culture such as Native American, Irish, Italian, etc.?
I had a name I wanted to use in one of my stories, but there were only 3 letters in his name. It just so happened that my heroine used a shortened version of her name and it was also 3 letters. I decided (okay, a critique partner pointed it out to me) that I needed to change one of them. I changed the hero’s name.
In real life, like fiction, parents have the same dilemma of naming their babies. A lot use a version of their own names or a distant relative. In my mom’s case, as first born, she was named after her father, Earl. BUT, she was born the same year that Charles Lindberg flew across the Atlantic and my grandmother wanted to incorporate his name into moms. She became Lindy Earlene, but went by Earlene. And really, Earlene fit her personality a lot better than Lindy.
In succession, I became Linda.
So tell me, where did you get your name? Does it have significance in your family or culture? Do you use the same techniques with your characters? Or do you look for an obscure name that hasn’t been overused? Since trying to name my characters is hard for me, I can use all the help I can get. 😉
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