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What's a good last name?

Asked by Elumas (3150 points ) January 4th, 2009

I’m writing a book and I have a main character who’s first name is James. I can’t quite think of a good last name for him though. It has to be very heroic and strong, yet it has to be realistic.

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omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

Bond. James Bond.

But seriously, we need more info about the character. What religion/nationality is he?

buster's avatar

James Hardiman

gailcalled's avatar

Do you want the last name to be symbolic or simply mellifluous? How about James Calder?

Allie's avatar

Stone, Cole, Maddigan, Slate, Winter, Tull, Grier?

PupnTaco's avatar

Schminkey. James Schminkey.

AstroChuck's avatar

Armstrong. Now that’s an all American name.

gailcalled's avatar

James Grendel
James Pantagruel
James James Morrison Morrison Weatherby George Dupree
James Quixote
James T. Kirk

AstroChuck's avatar

What about Tarquin-Fin-tim-lin-bin-Whin-Bim-lim-Bus-stop-F’tang-F’tang-Olé-BiscuitBarrel?

Elumas's avatar

Nationality: European decent. Lived in NY (state) all his life.
Religion: Although it doesn’t affect the book much, Christian.
Brown hair, green eyes, average height, longer hair than normal, fairly average life.

jessturtle23's avatar

Vaughn. It’s my last name and we are from Wales. The guys have brown hair with green eyes.

AstroChuck's avatar

I’m kind of partial to Clarke.

chyna's avatar

I like Wilson.

miasmom's avatar

Sturm. It is German and it means storm.

chyna's avatar

Are you going to let us know what name you choose?

Bsilver's avatar

I’ve always had a thing for Silver…

miasmom's avatar

Deal, that’s another good name… James Deal.

Elumas's avatar

@ Chyna Yes I shall.

Elumas's avatar

Anything that means to move very quickly or to be powerful?

gailcalled's avatar

James Puissant

chyna's avatar

@Gail How, exactly, is that pronounced?

gailcalled's avatar

PWEE san. It means powerful in French, if you’re male. You swallow the final T.

AstroChuck's avatar

Valentine

Emerson's avatar

How about James Wildfire?

seekingwolf's avatar

Why not choose a sort of “compound” last name…take two English words and stick them together. Like “Silvernail” or whatever.

You may also consider a “hidden” meaning within the name that goes along with what your character is, or wishes to become, or clearly isn’t (making the name ironic). I wrote a story once about a character who was very negative and sadistic towards others, so his last name was “Doblar”, which has Latin roots in the word for “Pain”. Do you see what I mean? You use roots for certain words in English or other languages and “hide” them within a last name to give it particular meaning.

Elumas's avatar

I’m trying to see how it fits in in the opening lines:

It was a cold December day in Tonks, New York. James Vaughn sat in a faded yellow bus as it bumped along down an old stone covered road. James stared out the window; it was still dark outside the bus. When he breathed out he could see his breath reflecting the small slivers of light around him.
He was a fairly average boy with nothing too peculiar about his appearance. He had brown hair cut at a median between too long and too short, just above his eyes. His eyes were usually hazel especially on foggy days like these.
The bus started to slow as they thudded over a single land wood bridge. On his right James could see the lake, frozen and snowed illuminated by the bus’ headlights, it stretched on till the fog hid it from view.

chyna's avatar

So far, it has my attention.. and then what happens?

Elumas's avatar

He gets to school and things start to disappear. Like pens and stuff and he has these dreams about showing up in weird places. Turns out he can teleport himself and things around him. And so the party begins.

Elumas's avatar

Though not as hurried of course. Many better events happen as well.

Cardinal's avatar

Rockwell

jessturtle23's avatar

Yay Vaughn!

jessturtle23's avatar

He needs a love interest. Maybe her name should be Jessica.

chyna's avatar

The story has great potential. Good luck with it.

Elumas's avatar

Thank you very much all of you. I’m still considering the name of the love interest.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

James VanKirk and Eleanor Marchand

Knotmyday's avatar

“Snodgrass” always had a nice ring to it. Or “McGillicuddy.”

How about saving the last name till later? Surprise us.

Elumas's avatar

Alright sweet.

AstroChuck's avatar

How about Bush?
That would work great for the antagonist.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I knew a James Vaughn in middle school. That’s what I called him too, for some reason: JamesVaughn. I’m surprised he didn’t punch me in the nose for it, even if I was a girl. He simply didn’t strike me as a “Jimmy” kind of guy.

For your love interest, I think Vanessa is a nice name.

augustlan's avatar

Rush
Swift
Rider (Ryder?)

Allie's avatar

Ooh, Swift, nice one.

GAMBIT's avatar

Gibson – Guitars
Mr. Tibbs – Movie
Sanders – Chicken King
Parker – Spiderman

Allie's avatar

Tali: Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo..

How about… Salmon!

AstroChuck's avatar

How about James Fluther? Flutherman? Jellistein? McJelly?

lizarrrrd's avatar

i like james vaughn, but it sounds like james bond.
How about james everett.
And for the love interest i say something strange and unique.

Elumas's avatar

Liz, did you finish your essay yet?

lizarrrrd's avatar

haha no. i have two paragraphs. : ( but i decided to go on fluther for a bit. i’m horrible with finishing things

Grinn's avatar

I sorta like the last name Emmet.
James Emmet,
His love interest should be Brittanie (last name here)

franticgirl08's avatar

a good last name for a person named james would be James whittiker

GreenFinch_YellowCanary's avatar

Finding the right name for the love interest is essential. It should stand on its own but also co-align with the character (as should her personality). When I write I use the names Joanna or Aurelia. They each have their own meaning. The later is latin I believe for golden sun and the first I think is Hebrew for God is Gracious. Finding names is a lot of fun, they take more meaning then you could imagine!

James Vaugn is a descent name. It is an everyday name for an every day Joe Smith. It is nice if that is the kind of character outline you are going for.

What kind of book are you writing? What is it for? How is it going?

star24's avatar

How about McAllister? It’s MY favorite last name for anyone of all ages, so James McAllister could work….

jhgjhgfdkjfdkj's avatar

What about the name “Liberty” for James’s love interest? My name is Liberty, I have a fraternal twin named Justice! I was born on the fourth of January (yes JANUARY not July) and Justice was born on the fifth. Maybe you could add us in the story! B.T.Dubs… I want a love interest, too!
P.S.
James Vaughn is an AWESOME name!!!!!! <3 ; )

jhgjhgfdkjfdkj's avatar

P.S.+
Liberty is a girl, Justice is a boy. Liberty is 2 hours older.

augustlan's avatar

@jhgjhgfdkjfdkj Liberty and Justice are great names. Welcome to Fluther!

Katherine_Clarke101197's avatar

Hey this is my first answer….
I’m thinking
James Elliot or
James Murphy or
James Dylan
&&
As a love interest…
I’m thinking
Lea(h) or Eva (Clarke)
Those are my two favorite girl names :)

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iigummiebear's avatar

Names for your love interest should be Unique,Angela,Angel,Kayla,or Sky.

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AutumnBlack's avatar

for the love interest i think Nichole, Erin, or Lexi would be a good name. if you are going to be looking for a last name to give the love interest in your story the last name Saunders goes very well with all three of the girls names i gave you.

Prettyandpink22's avatar

Lerner; James Lerner

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SweetHearted's avatar

How about Goldheart or Sunset those are preety cute

Joybird's avatar

Puddintame…ask me again and I’ll tell you the same!

LuvToRite's avatar

I have so many ideas!
Here are some ones that might fit….....
Bramble, RailBack,Escent,Rival,Witherin…. hope you like those

matt2294's avatar

james jaronczyk

m0r60n's avatar

Ok, I LOVE the name “James Vaughn”. And who cares if it sounds a little bit like “James Bond”? ‘Cos it’s not James Bond. So. I think the love interest’s name should be Skylar Cassidy. That’s a good name, right? Or Tana Clevenger…

I don’t know, what kind of names are you looking for?

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lizthesalamander's avatar

show not tell, you tell it would be better if you had it like ” James, james potter are you listening to me?” Questioned his teacher

that way you could here his name without just stating it or

“James you really should get you hair cut you can hardly see you lovly hazle eyes” His mother told him

show not tell:)

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Lunar_flower's avatar

I think Leda, or Melissa, Elicia, Emma, Candace, Trina, Willena (will-ain-a) or Francheska would be beautiful names for the love intrest

randomz123's avatar

How about the name Freya for his love interest?
For his last name it could be McKenzie
James Mckenzie

Dutchess_III's avatar

No Vaughn! No! It sounds squishy, not at all powerful.
I like What @gailcalled and @allie said—Caulder or Stone. Caulderstone? Castone? Caston?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Love interest should be Lexy. Maybe. Or Rebecca.

gailcalled's avatar

This question was asked on Jan. 4, 2009.

randomz123's avatar

It was only my opinion
I like the name Vaughn aswell though! :D

Johnson1609's avatar

Ryder (pronounced Ride-air).

Dutchess_III's avatar

Stone. (I think that was already said…)
Oh, and this question was asked on Jan 4, 2009. :)

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