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