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.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Origin: (English, Latin, Basque, Arabic, Spanish, French)
Pronunciation: (Zay-vyer, ehk-SAY-vyer, ecks-ZAY-vee-er, ZAY-vee-er or SHAV-ier, Go to this site and run your cursor over Xavier to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=xavier&submit=Submit)
I have loved this name since I first saw the X-Men movies years ago. I think Xavier makes a good given name and is an extremely sexy male name. I love the spelling and the meaning. I pretty much love everything about this name. I haven't used it in a novel yet but it is on my list of possibilities.
Origin: (Old French, American, English)
Pronunciation: (SKOWT, Go to this site and run your cursor over Scout to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=scout&submit=Submit)
I thought this was a weird name when I read To Kill a Mockingbird when I was in High School. Then a few years ago I watched a show called Scout's Safari. It was about a girl named Scout though that wasn't her real name either just like the Scout in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. In recent years I have heard this often. I think Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter together is named Scout. I kind of really like the name now. Though if I used it I might give my character a real name and have them be nicknamed Scout. This is a cool name with a cool meaning and I think if this isn't used too much it could still seem unique in novels.
Origin: (Latin, Italian)
Pronunciation: (fay-bee-en, FAY-bee- ən, Go to this site and run your cursor over Fabian to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=fabian&submit=Submit)
I have always liked Fabian although I never much cared for the meaning. I think this name has a very exotic sometimes sexy look and sound to it. I could see this in a Romance novel or perhaps even a Fantasy novel or Inspirational novels. It can fit in a wide range of different genres.
Origin: (Latin, Etruscan, Roman Mythology)
Pronunciation: (la-vee-NEE-ah, lah-VIN-ee-ə)
I heard and saw this name the other day when watching My Big Gypsy Wedding on T.V. One of the young brides was named Lavinia. I really liked the name and so when I looked up the meaning I liked the name even more. It has such a cool history behind it.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Origin: (English, Greek)
Pronunciation: (Elethia & Elethea: EHLah-THiyah, eh-lee-thee-ah, e-LEE-thee-a, Elle-lee-thee-ah, Go to this site and run your cursor over Alethea to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=alethea&submit=Submit)
I have used Elethia as the name of one of my characters. I love the meaning and the look of it. Alethea is a variant and so if you go listen to it at the site address above you will hear how it is said and you can then figure out the pronunciation if you spell it Elethia or Elethea. The pronunciation doesn't roll off the tongue smoothly but to some that doesn't matter.
Origin: (Old English, Latin)
Pronunciation: (guh-DY-vuh, g-uh-d-ay-v-uh, Go to this site and run your cursor over Godiva to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=godiva&submit=Submit)
I have loved the name Godiva for a long while now. I love the ancientness to the name and the meaning but I think the story about Lady Godiva is pretty cool. I think this is a beautiful name. I could see this fitting alongside Maerwynn *See on list of posts* and they could fit in a fantasy novel. They both resemble names in novels like Lord of the Rings or so I think they do.
Origin: (English, American, Latin)
Pronunciation: (mə-RI-dee-ən, Go to this site and run your cursor over Meridian to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=meridian&submit=Submit)
Gender: Female, perhaps Uni-Sex
The other day I misheard a characters name on one of those old Batman movies. I thought the ladies first name was Meridian but it was her last name. But after first thinking it was a first name I fell in love with it as a given name. I did some research and saw that it has been given as a real first name to people before. I think it is a pretty name and has a great meaning. I think that this name could be given to a character and there could be many reasons why, it's up to the author to share those reasons or hold back the reasons. I think it would just make a cool given name.
Origin: (Irish, Gaelic, Norse)
Pronunciation: (REE-gan, REE-guhn, RAY-gun, RAY-gen, Go to this site and run your cursor over Reagan to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=reagan)
I saw a post the other day on another persons blog and the post was for the name Kennedy and I started thinking about other presidents names. Ronald Reagan was the president when I was born. I think Reagan and Regan make cute given names for both genders. The two different pronunciations work well too.
Origin: (Greek, Biblical)
Pronunciation: (LED-ee-ah, LI-dee-ə, LIH-dee-uh, Go to this site and run your cursor over Lydia to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=lydia&submit=Submit)
I saw this name in my bible the other day and wondered why I haven't added this to my blog yet. It is a classical name and is still pretty if used a bit but still a nice name. It has that regal meaning I like as well.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Origin: (Latin, Greek, English, Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French valeriane, from Medieval Latin valeriana, probably from feminine of valerianus of Valeria, from Valeria, Roman province formerly part of Pannonia.)
Pronunciation: (vah-LEH-ree-un, Go to this site and run your cursor over Valerian to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=valerian&submit=Submit)
Gender: Male, but possibly Uni-Sex
I was on Yahoo Answers the other day and someones user name was Valerian. It sort of reminded me of a Sci-fi/ fantasy race or something. When I looked it up and learned it was a plant and was used medicinally I found it even more interesting. The meaning is great. I saw that it was mainly a male name with the female variant being Valerie (which I don't like; no offence to Valerie's out there). But to me this name seems to be more feminine but it is mainly male.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Origin: (English, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Welsh, French)
Pronunciation: (Mari: MAH-ree, MAHR-ee, Mary: MAIR-ree, Flor: FLOHR Combined: MAH-ree-FLOHR or MAIR-ree-FLOHR)
I heard and saw this name on Beverly Hills Wedding Dresses show. At first it showed on the screen her name was spelled Maryflor then a while later it showed it spelled Mariflor. Mary and Mari can have different pronunciations but the lady on T.V was pronouncing hers MAIR-ree-FLOHR (Maryflor). I know the name might look different and at first when I saw it and heard it I was like What the heck then it quickly grew on me and I really like it now. So don't be quick to judge this name.
Origin: (Greek, Persian, Biblical)
I think this would make a cool given name in both ancient or modern times. Of course the down fall is -Billy Ray Cyrus/Miley Cyrus- people might think the character is named after there last name. I think this name has a great meaning and an interesting history so I ignore the Billy Ray Cyrus/Miley Cyrus association.
Origin: (Latin, Gaelic, Celtic, Chinese, Greek Mythology)
Pronunciation: (Mae: MAY Lum: luhm, L-Um, Combined: MAY-luhm, MAHLUM)
This is a surname I have on one of the lists of surnames on the list of posts on this blog. Recently I started to think this would make a cool, pretty given name. The meanings are pretty and combined this name just seems so lovely. I am sure most wouldn't venture to using this name but I hope someone does use it as a character name.
Origin: (Hindi, Punjabi, Sanskrit)
Pronunciation: (SAHNDIY-P, san-DEEP, sun-DEEP)
I heard and saw the name Sundeep the other day when watching Beverly Hills Wedding Dresses show. This Indian (from India not Native American) lady brought her brother along to help her pick her wedding gown and his name was Sundeep. When looking up the name I came across Sandeep they are used interchangeably I believe. I still like Sundeep better but when I saw the name I was like that can't be a real name but it is and it has a great meaning. Some will see it and think like I did at first that, that must be made up or is a hippie name. It isn't just look at the origin it's an Indian name. For a character I would advice to put this name on the right nationality...someone whose culture would use this as a name.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Pronunciation: (ki-anne ki - pronounced as kit without 't' anne - rhymes with 'pan', ki-enne - enne rhymes with 'in', Go to this site and run your cursor over Cayenne to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=cayenne)
Yes Cayenne as in the Cayenne Pepper. This name I think could work for a character with a hot head or is a free spirit who is quick witted and hot tempered. It would be interesting to see a character named this. It would definitely catch my attention and make me wonder why she was named this. I think it is actually kind of pretty too.
Origin: (Greek, Greek Mythology)
I am on a bit of a Greek Mythology trip right now. Many of the names on the list below this are all names with a Greek Myth history. I was think of Europa the other day when I was thinking about Europe. I think this would make a cool name in a novel. It has a strong sound and would be interesting to make a history up for a character named this.
Pronunciation: (pen-NELL-a-pee, peh-NEHL-ə-pee)
I didn't remember it was Odysseus wife until I started researching the name. I was thinking of this name the other day when watching Criminal Minds on T.V. The technical analyst to the team is named Penelope Garcia. Penelope Cruz is a real life bearer of this name that many will think of. I think the name is pretty and the meaning is nice. It has a long history so the name can be used in Historical Fiction novels quite well.
Origin: (Greek, Greek Mythology, Roman Mythology)
Pronunciation: (per-SEHF-ə-nee, per-SEF-uh-nee)
The first half of the meaning could waver some but the myth behind the name explains the reason for the meaning. She was forced to go to the underworld for 3-4 months every year. Her mother mourned and withdrew her vegetation from the fields. This was a way the ancients explained the winter season, sometimes a harsh destructive season. Also she was the queen of the underworld a destructive place many believed. I almost wanted to use this name as the first name of my pen name but I chose another instead. This is a long name but can have many nicknames. It has a unique history.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Origin: (French, Latin, German, Italian)
Pronunciation: (Rosalie: ROH-za-lee Rosalia: RowZahLIYah, roh-za-LEE-ah, roh-ZAYL-yah)
I have used both Rosalie and Rosalia in two different stories I wrote. I think they are both lovely names. I think that there is some reluctance to use the name Rosalie as well because of its popularity in the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Myers. I don't think that another author popularizing a name should make or break another writers decision to use a certain name.
Origin: (German, Danish)
Pronunciation: (KLOWS, Klaus rhymes with House. Note: When spelled with a K Klaus is never pronounced like pause. It is pronounced like house.)
I first heard this name years ago when watching the movie based on the book, Lemony Snickets: A Series of Unfortunate Events. The boy in the story was named Klaus. I know people will think it is like Claus. They both come from forms of Nicholas or Nickolaus but I just like Klaus pronounced the way it is better than Claus. It is a name not heard often and I can see where writers might be hesitant to use the name in their novels but I hope that not too many are swayed away from using this nice, unique, rare name. It could be used quite nicely in a Historical Fiction novel.
Victoria was a goddess who smiled on the ancient Roman people for many centuries. Early Christians adopted the name, probably due to Saint Paul's praise of "God, which giveth us the victory". It was borne by a 4th-century saint and martyr from North Africa. Royal associations from 19th-century England's Queen Victoria and the four-syllable pronunciation give Victoria an air of dignity, formality and distinction. Though in use elsewhere in Europe, the name was very rare in the English-speaking world until the 19th century, when Queen Victoria began her long rule of Britain. She was named after her mother, who was of German royalty. Victoria's short forms and nicknames are very informal by contrast. Vittoria is an Italian form; Viktoria is Czech; Victoire is French. Many geographic areas are named after the queen, including an Australian state and a Canadian city.)
Origin: (English, Latin, Italian, Czech, French)
Pronunciation: (Victoria: Vik-TOH-ree-ə, vic-TOR-ee-ah, vik-TAWR-ee-ə (English), Vittoria: vee-TOR-ee-ah, vih-TOR-ee-ah, Victoire: veek-twAr, veek-TWAWR)
I have used Victoria and Viktoria in several of my stories. I have always liked the name and when I was younger I had wished to have been named Victoria nicknamed: Vicki. As I got older I came to love my name but I still like Victoria though. It has a strong meaning and is a regal name and I love regal names.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Origin: (Old English, Scottish)
Pronunciation: (KAHR-liel, CAHR-liyl, KAR-lyl)
I like this name though I think people will be hesitant to use it in their novels because Stephenie Myers used it in her Twilight Series. I think it is a unique name with an interesting history and meaning. I don't think people should shy away from a name because another author made the name famous. If I could find a place for it in a novel someday I might use it.
Origin: (English, English Nature Name )
Pronunciation: (AS pen)
Gender: Uni-Sex, though primarily Female.
I added this name to my possible character names list a few years ago when looking for nature related names. I saw the other spelling Aspyn when watching T.V and I thought it was a pretty spelling for this name. I could see a prep school lady named this or a real ritzy house wife named this. Of course it could fit in a post apocalyptic novel too. This name has many possibilities.
Origin: (Celtic, Irish, Hebrew, Spanish, Egyptian, Italian, Latin, Danish)
This is a surname of a guy I saw on T.V on WWE Wrestling his name is Santino Marella. I thought this has a nice look to it and the meaning is quite pretty. So I thought it would make a pretty first name.
Origin: (Turkish, Late Roman)
Pronunciation: (Zie-ul, Rhymes with Nile, File, Tile.)
I had a pen pal from Australia that has this name. I think it is a cool name. It has a sci-fi/ fantasy aspect to it. It is easy to say and is a short name. I would definitely like to see this name used in novels.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
This is normally a surname but I thought it would make an awesome first name. I first heard this as the last name of a person on Chelsea Lately on T.V. It is super easy to pronounce and the meaning is decent. The look is interesting and seems pretty to me.
Origin: (Old English, Icelandic, English)
Pronunciation: (HOLL iss, HAH-lis, HAHL-is)
I read a novel the end of last year called Rainsong by Phyllis A. Whitney where the main character was named Hollis. It was a really good book and I instantly liked the name Hollis. It spices up plain Holly (not that I don't like the name Holly) which is heard a lot but a nickname for Hollis can be Holly so they go hand in hand. I love the look and sound of this name. It is so pretty and rarely heard.
Pronunciation: (CH-AENTIHREHL, Chan-ter-elle, Shawn-ter-elle, Go to this site and run your cursor over Chanterelle to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=chanterelle&submit=Submit)
I heard this on T.V last night and I actually liked it. It is pretty and even though it is the name of a mushroom I think it is really quite unique sounding. It reminds me of one of those foreign designers names (Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton) & Chanterelle, lol. I also loved the other meaning of this name - Bird Song- that is so pretty and cute. There are many nickname options with this name as well.
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.
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