What’s in a Name?

Very nice post Kelsie!

Awhile ago, I made a list of a bunch of names so that in a crunch  (or when my mind goes blank 🙂 ) I could stick in a name for a character.  When I made the list I kept a few things in mind – ethnicity and meaning, commonality of the name in today’s society, and uniqueness.  Depending on what the story is about determines what name I’ll plug in.

The Written Word Remains...

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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

-William Shakespeare

How do you name your characters? 

Is it with as much care as you would name your child?

  • Some cultures believe that the name of a child will impact the person that they will become.
  • Some cultures do not name a child until they show some personality trait, and then choose a name that reflects that.
  • Some cultures rename individuals throughout their lives, with a name that is most fitting for that character.
  • Some name their children after the parents or a family name.
  • Some are named after favorite saints or gods and goddesses.
  • Some cultures name according to birth order.
  • Some give two or three names, utilizing one or two or three of the above customs.
  • Surnames were often given to reflect a person’s profession: John the Baker=John Baker.

Regardless…

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