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Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:45 am
PastelSlushie says...

When I'm coming up with names for characters, I always like to get a personality set down for each character. Let's one of my characters has that life of the party personality, I like to give them very bright and spontaneous names that aren't common.

For example, one of my main character's name is Phoenix. I chose it after I developed his his teenage personality, which was rebellious and such. It really fit with him.

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Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:10 am
Radrook says...

MrPhox wrote:here a place where you can create a name or names for your character(s)

But its in French ^^

I don't know who created that website and I don't remember how I find out about this place?

But since its free and no limits, I use it to make names and now I have a list on my HD for names for the characters I commission to be drawn, so I don't have to find a name for its species and a personal name ^^

Thanx. Will use it. Wish it wasn't in French but I will manage.
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Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:35 pm
TheWeirdoFromBeyond says...

Usually, it helps a lot to think of a country and time period and google it. Also found this website called Fantasy Name Generators that helps name elves, goblins, dragons, animals, monsters, etc.
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GodfreysBouillon says...

For my Ramla series I am dealing with actual historical characters, so I didn't have the luxury to change them to anything I wished.
For example, my main character's name in history books is Stephen Henry, Count of Blois. To me that was too modern, and not authentic enough, so i looked for a way to change it while still keeping accuracy.

I did a little bit of digging, and found his name in Old French, a language used in the time period.
His name was now Estienne Henri, which sounds to me much more authentic, realistic and well more...French.

I would suggest finding names in different cultures and time periods, it really gives you a lot of different spins on the same name.
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Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:52 am
restlessheart14 says...

When choosing names for my characters, my most recent being Rhyias and Tazadyn, I typically pick the name before writing the character with my protagonists... I feel like once I have the name it's easier to write in the personality based on who I want the person to be. Every once in awhile though, I'll write a character then the name just comes :shock: ... guxB2hSxPY

This website helps me with getting ideas for names. For example where I want the name to originate from and time period or if I know which kinds of sounds I want I can mash two halves of names together to make something unique.

Hope this helps someone :mrgreen: :smt023

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Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:58 am
SilenceofTheBees says...

I have a habit of naming characters based on names I read in news stories and historical texts, especially surnames as it's hard to come up with one off the top of your head. I'll find a name and either save it for later or apply it to an unnamed character. In current short story I've been working on, none of the characters have specified names, including the narrator and the people they're close to, which is both a fun experiment with how you can create and define believable characters without them having names and also partially me being lazy and hating coming up with names (also because the main character is a jerk and doesn't care much about the other people in their life). I've also lifted names for historical characters partially from this oldass family tree of my grandma's family because it's a good way of knowing what names were used back in the day (literally any day, between around the 1770s and now) and there are some really fun/stupid ones which you'd never see today.
Also, while a character's name doesn't really matter overall, it can impact immersion in the story if the character's name is unbelievable for their situation in the story. Think about what sort of parents this character had - what sort of names would they want their child to have? If the character named themself, what would they choose?

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