Saturday, April 16, 2016

N is for Names

When you start out writing a novel, the names of the characters are important. That's how the reader will come to know the characters first, by name. So you want to choose an appropriate name for each.

How do you do this? I have been known to use a baby name book and find names with a meaning that resonated with the character. Now it's easy enough to find baby naming books on the internet. For example: Here I looked for a name for a boy that means brave, and came up with several I liked: Andrew, Baldwin, Harding, Leopold, Richard, and Thomas. Any one of those could be a good name for my character.

If you're not concerned with the meaning of names but rather with the sound, flip through a telephone directory. This can be a good resource for last names, especially.

Or, you could try with Tarot! Today's Tarot deck is the Wild Wood Tarot. Here are a couple of sample cards from the deck.


 Images courtesy of Aeclectic Tarot

The card I drew for this question of names is the Two of Bows: Decision. I could go two ways with this card. I could take it literally, and name my character "Beau" due to it being the Two of Bows. Or the meaning of the card, the door is open and it's time to take action, could lead me to a search on those baby name sites. I searched here for a boy name meaning active or taking action and came up with a Serbian name, Dejan. Not sure how it's pronounced in Serbian, but I like it. Try the Tarot and see what you come up with!


Piper Presley said...

I often use name generators that I find on the Internet for first names, last names or both.

Piper Presley
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Elizabeth Delisi said...

Those random generators are fun, aren't they?

Here's my favorite generator, though it's not a name generator: