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Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:51 pm
PenguinAttack says...

Have a site or method(s) you use for finding character names you absolutely love? Post it/them here! :D
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Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:22 pm
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fire_of_dawn says...

I find that is usually helpful.
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DeadEndsAreOptional says...

I always go to it's a great site. I usually go to the "Advanced" search and fill the small form out to find the perfect name for my character. :)
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Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:21 am
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Maddy says...

Doing a quick google search on baby names is always helpful.

Plus, when I think of a character, I first think up their personality and then search for names I associate with that. I used block-like, harsh to the tongue names for villains and sweet, lip-using names for the good guys. So clearly I'm not to name a good character Vicki Hunt, or my bad character Gracie Tissel, etc.

(And yes, I'm fully aware those names sounded very lame. Spur of the moment, ok? XD)
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Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:45 pm
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Synnoev says...

For fantasy names I find this page really helpful - Unusual Names

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Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:33 am
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Shadowhunter14 says...

I usually like exotic or unusual names for my characters - I have an awesome Celtic Names Book which I refer to, otherwise baby names websites. Once I looked up "evil baby names" and got loads of results :D

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Fri May 20, 2011 11:59 pm
Xreigon says...

I think that the best way to fin baby names is from the Writers Digest book called something like Book of Character Names. It has names catagorized by every nationality, so if your character is Arabic, you cna find a name (and a surname) that is from there.
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Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:18 pm
squarened says...

It really depends for me on what kind of story I'm writing. Most of my stories tend to have a basis in the real world, so I google most common/popular baby names, so I can find a name that's realistic. I've found this site to be really helpful:

Right now though in the story I'm working on I just picked names I liked the most, regardless of how realistic they are and of the fact that this takes place in the real world. My two main characters are named Ruby and Kieran so...

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Kafkaescence says...

I'm with fire_of_dawn - Behind the Name works excellently for my purposes.


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PogueMahone says...

Whenever I go about thinking of a name, I first contemplate the intended traits of the character---whether they are shy, rebellious, evil, etc. Then, I take this information and enter it into a search engine in some context of, for example, "names meaning rebellious." There's always a plethora of hits and choices to choose from. You can narrow it down based on nationality, i.e. "Irish names meaning -----" or gender, etc. works for me.
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Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:35 pm
hazellgreene says...

I often use the site Seventh Sanctum to help me, because its got lots of themed generators, so you could search for Elf names or Superhero names, y'know, really specific stuff like that :D

It also has generators that give you the first few words to a start of a story or a brief description of a character, to help spark off your writing.
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Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:46 pm
Froggy4224 says...

When I need to find names I normaly go on a baby names site and go through the names. However in order to see if it suits my characters i either imagine/write a scene using that name or look up its meaning and see if it is anything like that character. But if you look up a name meaning use a different site because you'll get something different.

For Example: My name on baby names sites almost always means God Is Gracious, however look it on a name meaning site and I get Wise Little Owl.

Hope this helps =D
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Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:03 pm
Hiccup says...

I normally come up with names on my own, but here and there I'll look up baby names if I can't think of anything good.

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Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:09 pm
Emerson says... Best Website Evar. You can find names based on ethnicity, you know, german, russian, sweedish, etc.
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Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:52 pm
Adriana says...

Well, usually the names just appear in my mind, totally without explanation. But when I can't decide I look at those baby names sites.
My favourite is
The site is all written in Portuguese, so even if you need any help you can e-mail me or something...
(The first thing to do is click in the "Pesquisa de nomes" box)
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