Character Naming

As an Author naming your Character is an important step right after coming up with the plot. I am here to help you choose the right character name for you and your story.

Make sure your character name is Genre Appropriate. Make sure if it's a Historical Fiction novel or takes place in a real time period that the name was used then. Or if it's a fictionalized place then you can be as creative as you wish.

Just have fun with naming your character. It is after all your story.



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Vincent

Meaning: (derived from the Latin name Vincentius meaning "Conquering" (from Latin "Vincere" - "to Conquer"). The French brought the name to the English and the Irish. The Gaelic forms of Vincent are “Uinseann” and “Uinsionn.” This name was popular among early Christians, and it was borne by many saints. As an English name, Vincent has been in use since the Middle Ages, though it did not become common until the 19th century. Famous bearers include the French priest Saint Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) and the post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890).)

Origin: (Latin, English, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Slovak)

Pronunciation: (VIN-sənt (English), ven-SAWN (French))

Gender: Male

My boyfriend is named Anthony *that shocking yet extremly exciting new development will be discussed shortly on my Book Worm blog so tune in to that blog for more details not too far off. Oh and Anthony’s first name will be on next months list of posts so come back to check it out then* whose middle name is Vincent so I decided to add it as I’ve yet to add it to this blog. The meanings are very strong and definitely have a masculine flare. It has a long history of use and a varied one which makes it diverse. I love the paintings of post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh so I like this name just because of him. The name would do well I believe if used in a fairy-tale retelling as it does seem a very noble title bearing name and one of someone who champions for the less fortunate because he’s in a place to do so.

Syntyche

Meaning: (With Fortune (Success), Common Fate)

Origin: (Biblical, Ancient Greek)

Pronunciation: (SIN-tə-kee (English))

Gender: Female

I was reading an article in The Watchtower magazine at my religious meeting not long ago and it was talking about the conflict between two biblical women Euodia *see on list of posts* and Syntyche. When I saw the names I was like those are so interesting but kind of pretty in the same respect. They have such amazing gorgeous meanings and they are rare but unique and it gives an amazing charm. Syntyche is a little harder to wrap my mind around and pronounce as well but it is very lovely and ethereal in a way. However it would be harder on a reader but then again I’ve seen worse names in novels before and at least this one has a sound solid foundation and history.  

Euodia

Meaning: (Sweet Fragrance, Prosperous Journey, Good Way, Prospering)

Origin: (Biblical, Greek)

Pronunciation: (yoo-od-EE-ah, yew-oh-DEE-ah)

Gender: Female

I was reading an article in The Watchtower magazine at my religious meeting not long ago and it was talking about the conflict between two biblical women Euodia and Syntyche *see on list of posts*. When I saw the names I was like those are so interesting but kind of pretty in the same respect. They have such amazing gorgeous meanings and they are rare but unique and it gives an amazing charm. Euodia is lovely and very feminine and flows well like I can see a Grecian historical woman being named this. The pronunciations are pretty straight forward and easy enough.

Mechthild

Meaning: (Mechthild is a variant of Matilda (English, Italian, Portuguese, and Scandinavian). Matilda of Gothic derivation, derived from words corresponding to Old High German "Maht" (meaning "Might, Strength") and "Hild" (meaning "Battle").)

Origin: (Irish, Germanic)

Pronunciation: (MEKHT-hilt, MEHK-THAYLD)

Gender: Female

I was looking at a YA novel a few days ago and after seeing one of the characters being named Mairead *see on list of posts* I looked at the authors name and it is Mechthild and I think is a very interesting looking name. The meanings are very strong and brave. This is a derivation of Matilda *see on list of posts* and so if you want something that has the same meaning as Matilda but that looks vastly different then Mechthild is the way to go.

The pronunciation again just throws me off like most Irish names and sounds funny when I say this name so I wouldn’t be likely to use it and it may be a down fall to readers so it should be used sparingly by an author lest the reader be so thrown off by the names pronunciation that it becomes burdensome to read anymore.

Mairead

Meaning: (Scottish form of Margaret from the root for Pearl, name of a saint.)

Origin: (Irish, Scottish)

Pronunciation: (Muh-raid)

Gender: Female

I was looking at a YA novel a few days ago and one of the characters had this name. I love Irish names just as much as Japanese names as the meanings are lovely but with Irish names the look of the name is what gets me the most. This name has such a very pretty look about it and the meaning is very old but beautiful. The only down fall is the pronunciation of this name but that’s the down fall with me and many Irish names, the pronunciation throws me off often.

Nagisa

Meaning: (Seashore, Lull, Sand, Messenger, Envoy)

Origin: (Japanese)

Pronunciation: (NAA-JHiy-Saa, nah-gee-suh)

Gender: Uni-sex  

My boyfriend Anthony likes an Anime show called “Clannad” and the main female character has this as one of her names. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again I absolutely love Japanese names as the meanings are so nice! The meanings of Nagisa are so pretty and the whole name looks like a sweet very ethereal name. I put her pronunciation as nah-gee-suh as that’s how I heard the name from my boyfriend and heard it when I watched a few episodes of “Clannad” so I used the similar spelled name Natisa *see on list of posts* pronunciation as a guide for Nagisa’s pronunciation. This is a very lovely name and I wouldn’t mind seeing or hearing it a bit more.

Tomoya

Meaning: (Wise One)

Origin: (Japanese)

Pronunciation: (TOW-Mow-Yaa)

Gender: Male

My boyfriend Anthony likes an Anime show called “Clannad” and one of the male characters has this as one of his names. I think the meaning is very lovely and it does seem when looked at that Tomoya would be used on one that is wise. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again I absolutely love Japanese names as the meanings are so nice!

I try to have the most accurate Meanings, Origin and Pronunciations for the names on this blog. It is best though to do research into the names you decide to use for your characters as there can be errors on my blog. Or meanings, origins, and pronunciations I have not seen thus not been able to add to this blog.





Try some of the leading Baby Name Sites and Baby Name or Character Naming books as well.


The baby name sites below are where I collect many of the Names, Origins, and Pronunciations I use on this blog.

Baby Names Sites:

http://www.thinkbabynames.com
http://www.babynamewizard.com
http://www.behindthename.com
http://www.babynamespedia.com