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I need help with first and last names for my characters?

Asked by oceanbloom628 (5 points ) February 19th, 2013

I’m writing story about adventure and I need help with the character names.I still havent thought of the story but I’ll get there soon.

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zensky's avatar

Suzy Surprize and Rod Dangerman.

rebbel's avatar

Bundar Fizka.

Pachy's avatar

Three websites that may help you:
here
And here
And here

rojo's avatar

Well, there is Eddy Marlin, or as he is known to his fans, Bruceville Eddy.
His girlfriend Lorena Hewitt
His ex, Lacy Lakeview
His dog, Milford
Old man Ocaw McGregor and his grown children who still live with him, Richie and Jewell.
The town drunk, and occasional preacher, Temple Moody
Deputy Sheriff, Abbot West
And, of course, Neale Wardlaw, itinerant farmhand.

ucme's avatar

Hazy & Vague.

Seek's avatar

So, you’re going to write something, at some point, about someone, and you have nothing?

Sorry, can’t help you.

I mean, if you had a setting, or some character profiles, or a vague plot, maybe. But if all you need is a name generator, pick up a baby book and open to a random page.

wundayatta's avatar

Slihdy Töths

Bander Snatch

Erasmus Bihdragon

Pikov Indrapov

Suhkmi Häardir

rojo's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Oh, you can too! Use your imagination.

AshLeigh's avatar

I think AshLeigh is a nice name.

ucme's avatar

Forensic Foreskin & Phil O Piantube

rojo's avatar

If you are considering porn, you might try Peter Brown or Dick Nojocks.

downtide's avatar

As a writer myself, here is my advice. You need to consider the setting of your story; the location and period of history, and name your characters according to what is or was acceptable to that time and place. Only in a true fantasy world can you have the freedom to make up whatever names you like, but even then, you will have to develop your own rules for what are acceptable in that made-up setting; for instance maybe female names always end in a vowel and male names end with a consonant. Or maybe all names are bi-syllabic.

If your setting is the real world, baby-naming websites are very helpful; you can often search by particular ethnic group such as Hebrew, Japanese etc.

zensky's avatar

Now Hebrew is an ethnic group?

Haleth's avatar

It’s ok to leave the names up in the air for a while.

Get a bit more of your plot and setting down on paper, and then come back to it when you have a few more ideas.

When you write, it’s important to choose words and names to convey your intended meaning. Like, if you were writing a horror story, you would choose dark and gloomy words, rather than bright and sunny words. You can use words to your advantage, to increase the reader’s understanding of your intended meaning, if you choose them carefully.

It’s the same with names. Once you know what your story is about, think about your characters’ roles in the story, and choose a name that gives a reader a clue into that. Even crappy stories can get some mileage out of this. Like, in Fifty Shades of Grey, the guy’s name is Christian Grey. Christian= reformed sinner, and grey= morally ambiguous. That tells us a few things the author wants us to know about the character, but it’s still a name that a regular dude could have in the real world.

Or, just disregard this completely, and name them whatever you want- as long as it makes sense in your fictional world. In “A Song of Ice and Fire,” most of the names are made up, but they follow the internal rules and logic of the series. There are patterns within regions and families, and each name seems plausible, where the character is a part of the whole. No name is way cooler than all the others.

You can be as subtle or as obvious about names as you want. I gave one of my characters a name from a short story by an author I like. If you’ve read that short story, it’s easy to guess what this character is like and how he meets his end. Otherwise, it’s a regular name that a regular guy might have.

Don’t name your character something just because it sounds cool. In fiction, every detail (should) count, and a name is very important detail. Use it to tell the readers something essential about your story.

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