Names are powerful things, especially in fiction. When you give a character a certain name, you’re on the way to making him well-rounded. The name you choose has an etymological meaning, cultural weight, and a sound that can be pleasant or dissonant to the ear. It’s important to be mindful of a name’s meanings when you’re contemplating giving it to a character.
Whenever I hear a name, I think something like, “I wouldn’t name my kid that, but it might make a nice character name.”
Current favorite names:
3. Sarah (I don’t really like “Sara” without the h)
4. Jesse (for a guy)
I’ve noticed a trend where a lot of novelists give their female main characters masculine names, like Max or Rocky. Maybe they think it makes the character more edgy or something. I also don’t like last names used as first names, like Madison or Carson or Mackenzie or Parker. I like traditional, somewhat old-fashioned names with a lot of meaning behind them.
What kind of names do you pick for your characters?