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    Your character's name is one of the most important decisions you have to make when writing a story. There are tons of resources for naming your characters (baby name websites being my personal favorite) but there are also many things you should take into consideration. Here are some do's and don'ts in no particular order. 

Similar names for twins  
    I read an article on names recently that expressly forbid the use of matching or similar twin names because it was "overdone". While yes, naming your twins Jayden and Kayden can be a bit tacky sounding, the truth is that people do it. A lot. I've personally met a pair of identical twins named Kirsten and Kristen. Do I think their parents are crazy? A little, but when you're choosing names for your twins, it's hard not to look for rhyming or alliteration. For writers, my only suggestion is to make them visually different enough that readers can tell them apart. Jace and Jackson are easy twin names to read, but not so much for Daniel and Danielle.

Damian, Darian, Darius, Damon, etc. 
    I cannot even begin to explain how many teen novels I've read where the handsome hunk is named Damian or some variation thereof. If you look this name up in the dictionary, I'm willing to bet the definition will be "tall, dark, and handsome." Moral of this story? It's been done... to death.

Letter Trends  
    Storytime! When I was young, I was obsessed with the letter K. I thought it sounded so cool! So cool, in fact, that my entire group of friends had nicknames that started with the letter: Kit, Kaya, Kayo, Kiako, Kiki, Ky, Kili, Kenny, etc. There was a whole pack of us. Moving on to my story writing, I named all of my characters with a K name. (Hint: for those who know of my story, Kitaru and Kyouya are the remaining K's, but Maya used to be Kaiko and Leina used to be Kayano). I'm sure after reading this small paragraph, you're already sick of the letter! Keep in mind that your readers might feel the same way if you litter your story with very similar names or names that all start with the same letter. Kay? ;D

Names meanings 
    This one is important! In most of the "how to name your character" guides I've read, it always suggests using a meaning that describes your character's personality or something about them. I could not disagree more! Please try to remember that names generally come from our parents. When you are a gross wrinkly squirmy pink baby, they're not going to know if you're going to grow up to be a "valiant warrior" or a "beautiful dancer". Whatever they name you, you will grow into it. Instead of using your character's name like a label, just give them a name and let them define it. Worry about making your character memorable enough that the meaning doesn't matter. (Ex. The name Hermione means "travel". Okay, whatever. You know darn well who she is though!)

Stormy Night and Jynx Nightshade 
    Just let those names sink in for a minute. Okay. Fairly simple concept, but don't define your character's ever present bad mood with an equally sulky name. Remember, they were born with that name! Stormy Night very well could have turned into a bubbly blonde cheerleader- now wouldn't that be awkward! An exception would be if your character nicknamed their self  something like this (I know that having a "goth name" was popular for a while) but don't forget to mention it's a nickname!

Alyxzander, Keighleigh, Alyzzabeth, Maddisynne, Lyndseigh 
    Please, just don't. If writers put less time into making the spelling of their character's name unique and more time into making their character memorable, the quality of writing would skyrocket. I think it's safe to say that this is a good tip for actually naming your children too- who wants to put up with a lifetime of "That's Ashley, spelled A-s-h-l-l-y-e-i-g-h"? Also keep in mind that if a reader can't pronounce the name, they'll probably just wing it. I read a story with a character named Schuyler and spent the whole series calling her "shoe-lee-ur". Who knew that it's pronounced "Skyler"?

Animal names 
    I see a lot of catgirls named Neko or Koneko (Cat or Kitten in Japanese) and a LOT of fox characters named "Kitsune" (Fox) or Bunny loving characters named "Usagi" (Bunny). While these names are cute, try to remember that giving your character one of these names is adding them to a very long list of characters with the same qualities and names. If you're going to use a Japanese name, I'd suggest researching actual Japanese names and not just Japanese words that describe your character...

Misato vs. Jon  
    Always keep in mind where your character (and sometimes their parents) are from. Names in the USA vary greatly due to things like adoption from other countries and parents wanting American names for their children (like my adopted Chinese cousin, Megan). However if you have a Mexican named Bob and a British lad named Javier, you might be doing something wrong. Figure out where your story takes place and try to read a list of popular names from that country just to get a feel for what kind of names might fit. 

Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV  
    While this is a toned down example, your character really doesn't need fifteen middle names. If your character is somebody epic and amazing like Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, perhaps the extra names are necessary. However if your character is just a simple high school girl or a peasant from long ago, their name will probably be as simple as they are.

Name Trends in Different Times
    These are just a few tips that I picked up from all of my reading. When people started moving to America a long time ago, many of them didn't have last names or family names. Because of this, they often chose one related to their profession. Smith for blacksmiths, Carter for people who transported things in carts- you see where I'm going with this. Also, many last names come from parents, such as Thompson (Thom's Son) or Jackson (Jackson). This does not seem to be as common in daughters, as the closest I could find was the last name of a famous singer, Björk Guðmundsdóttir. Her name is Icelandic and her last name means daughter of Guðmundur. Furthermore, some people were given last names as they earned them, as seen in the story Eragon when his name evolves from Eragon Bromson to Eragon Shadeslayer after he killed a Shade. All of these scenerios are far more likely if you're writing a fantasy story that takes place in a different or old world. You won't find many Alice SwordSwingers in a modern day classroom. (but you might find an Alice Thompson!)

Bonus- How I name my characters  
    I have a few different methods for naming characters. I usually try one and move on to the next if it doesn't work.
  1. The easy one- sometimes a name will just pop into my head. This is handy but sometimes it leads to strange names. (Ex. Clover from Demonika) The best part about this, though, is if you think about a name for a character, usually the first thing that pops into your head sticks and even if you spend the next day searching for a name, you'll always come back to that one. That's when you know it's stuck.
  2. I have a file in my computer called "Namebase". Whenever I hear a name I like while I'm out and about or browsing the internet, I'll just jot it down in there. It's nice to have a handy list of names that I already know I like to look through when I'm stuck on a nameless character.
  3. Babyname websites. My suggestions for these are a) Pick a letter before you even start or you'll notice that all of your characters' names start with A, B or C. Since these lists are most often alphabetized, those are the first ones that will catch your interest. b) After you choose a letter, start on page two or three of that letter. Everyone's going to pick a name on the first few pages because those are the first ones they see. Go see what the later pages have to offer! Bonus tip: while you're browsing, if you see a name that you like but it doesn't really fit your character, don't forget to add it to your namebase!
As always, let me know if there is anything I missed! I'd be happy to go back and add something to improve the lesson. Also, please keep in mind that these are merely my thoughts and I am not a professional. I can't tell you what to do!

Bonus! Tell me where your character's name came from in the comments! If their parents chose it, why did they pick that name?
Fun fact: My character Kitaru was named after an orphaned boy that her mother had cared for previous to her conception. Her mother lost the boy to a sickness that swept the village, but promised to keep his memory alive by giving his name to her first child.

Edit: This was my very first deviation to ever hit the front page. Thank you guys so much for all of the amazing feedback!
Edit Edit: OH MY GOD MY FIRST DD EVER. *flails and cries* I freaking love you guys T^T Thank you so much ^GrimFace242, ^Elandria, and everyone who has read this!

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       “We told you running was pointless, slut.” Josh, the group’s leader, kicked Tyler hard in the shin as he struggled to get up. Tyler didn’t see Raine with the group, for which he was glad. He gritted his teeth and stood.
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[Stock & Resources] The suggester states "*Kitsunechann hits every popular flaw in character naming, explains why you shouldn't do it, and gives some awesome examples of how to fix your errors. Wonderful guide for any beginner (or seasoned vet)." Writing Lesson: Naming Your Character by *Kitsunechann ( Suggested by GrimFace242 and Featured by Elandria )
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Leanai Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
This is unbelievably good!
I have always been struggling with names and have bookmarked several useful baby-name-sites ever since I started writing.
I have read some "very handy" tutorials about choosing a name in which the author points out to pick a name with a meaning.
This has always been a struggle, because I liked the idea but all those names just didn't feel right.
Therefore I couldn't agree with you more that this is absolutely the wrong thing to do. I mean, my name means "small" but how on earth would my parents know that I wouldn't be tall? :P
Thank you for making me see this more clearly now!
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L-K-Hollander Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
I write urban fantasy; most action takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area.  For Humans, I consult the US SSA(social security agency) Site which offers popular male/female names by decade.  One or two of the vampires are children of Hippies or Valley People and require dated/passe names.  Some of the human children are the offspring of yuppies, and require 'upper class faddy' named.  Most of the Alves are Nordic/Celtic and for them I go to Nordic Names.  Other races are passing as human and they use human names according to their apparent age and class.  Other races cannot pass as human, and I tend to adjust strange/unusual human names for them. 
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That sounds like a really cool system :D
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L-K-Hollander Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
I also cheat:  I found a list of Greenlandic Names (in NordicNameWiki).  Unique, probably with many names from Inuit tribes(who were migrants there before Lief Eriksson et al); perfect for this troublesome character who's been turned to stone and stored in my heroine's basement.  The list can be used as is, so it's only a matter of selection rather than construction.  Quite a time saver. 
I realize that some Inuit reader may drop me a line and ask why I named the boy 'adorable little bird', but that seems unlikely. 
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ShinyDrago Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very thorough and neat explanation! i found it very useful! thanks!
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad I could help ^^
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frozenskiing Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really useful! I wish I'd found it a few months ago, when I was at the character-creation stage. Naming is a nightmare :faint: Also, strange coincidence, I actually have someone called Darius in my original story. He's not the handsome hunk, though… I think it's safe to say he breaks the stereotype ;P (he's actually the bad guy)
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol I'm glad it could help! 
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Lisavdb Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
My character for my upcoming story is called Charlait Depaul. She was born in France, 1926, and you can bet I researched this too damn much. Charlait was just cool (meaning tiny and womanly - although she'll give the name a new meaning), and Depaul because her fathers name is Paul (his last name is Derichard).

Do you guys like her name? ^-^
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gaby89229 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
First, best naming lesson EVER!

Errm, what's you're take on using names that are just too common?
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you can take a common name and make a really interesting and memorable character out of them, then all the power to you :3 Think of Ron. (Weasley, that is.)
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gaby89229 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, thanks :D
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AshWolf-Forever Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is a very good explanation for "How to name your character". :)

Most of the time I do think about how a character got their name before giving them a permanent one. Case in point: my wolf character Zephyr was originally named "Wolfy" or "Wolfgang". Zephyr is named by his mother because she compares the happiness he brings her to the relief a breeze brings on a hot day. 
His father, Stone Voice, on the other hand didn't get his name until he was an adult, and was named such because everything he said was harsh.  
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dragoeniex Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
I'm trying to figure out if a guy with fire powers and the last name "Winters" is clever or groan-worthy. :P But...c'mon. Surely, in a world with odd abilities, there would be some people with clashing names.

(Of course, with the first name Philip, aka: "Flip," he ends up Flip Winters. ... Ah well. I think it's fun, so it'll be a good placeholder at least.)

Thanks for posting. ^_^ It was short, sweet, and to the point. And congrats on the DD!
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it sounds fine to me! If you're worried about it, you could always have another character tease him for it. "Winters? Really?" "Well it's not like I chose my last name!" lol
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dragoeniex Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Heh, true.
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erfdog10 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
didn't realize this had a DD... mainly because I wasn't on dA when you received it. I feel stupid saying that you deserve it and everything because that would be typical, but you really do. I tend to avoid those things on my own, but I haven't ever actually THOUGHT about it. and this just made everything clear, in a way. kinda useless to bring it up because I don't have the website, but I'm way ahead of you (or is it behind you? I didn't come up with OCs until the beginning of 2013) on the baby naming website. I found a really cool one when I was struggling to name Eli and Luca that had a ton of lists of names inspired by certain things. it was actually helpful... wow this comment is long. anyhow... thanks for putting up with this. 
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it, and thank you! I was really surprised about the DD and that so many people found it useful, but at the same time it's great =] 
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erfdog10 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
XD no problem. it's awesome that someone's actually succeeding in writing writing lessons. I was actually just considering writing one of my own, but I don't think I could say it better than you already have, to be honest.
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ArtilleryTortoise Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Your tips are beautiful! :meow: I must start my namebase at once! :iconrunrolanrunplz:
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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PicklePieCow Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
I can't tell you how glad I am to see that I'm not the only one who feels that way about name meanings. A lot of the time, I just choose names that sound nice to me, though I tend to be attracted to less common names, so I try to give a few of my characters simple or average names, haha. Thanks for this!
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! :D Glad you agree!
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LauraMizvaria Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is a GREAT article. Well done!
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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LeoN1981 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student Writer
Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV  
    While this is a toned down example, your character really doesn't need fifteen middle names. If your character is somebody epic and amazing like Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, perhaps the extra names are necessary. However if your character is just a simple high school girl or a peasant from long ago, their name will probably be as simple as they are.
I actually have met a guy with three middle names - I'd say you can do it . . . just be ready with an explanation.  A marriage between rival families is a good one, the parents trying to appease both sides of the family.
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True, there is a time and place for everything :3
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uwayna35 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student General Artist
There was this one boy at my school and his name was Schuyler. No one could pronounce it until he said it was 'Skyler'  and I'm just thinking "Then why didn't your parents choose the simple one????" though i shouldn't talk..my name is hard to pronounce.
Either way this was extremely helpful/
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WolfPawsteps Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

Thanks!

 

In regards to the twins, some times just the first letter, or the last will work. For example Drake and Dakota.

 

Though I know someone who was the fifth and occasionally wrote out his full name. His nickname was his last name.

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GiratinaZero Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My gosh, my actual name is spelled with a Y in place of an I. Both first and last names. So I've gotten into the habit of introducing myself, then spelling my full name. And if I don't do that, and someone reads my name off paper, they simply can't get it! //dies
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ResidentBrain Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I was 11 and a moron I made a Mary-Sue whose name was Evie Grey. 'Course, Evie was only short for Evantiana, the name her (magical rulers from another dimension) parents gave to her and which has been humiliating to own up to her entire life. The awkward part was that I really just wanted to name her Evie, but I didn't think that sounded outlandish enough, hahah. Nowadays I just name my character after musical terms. Much better.
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Fundelstein Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Meaningful names CAN work... as long as you use your brain on which names to pick. 
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Kedestria Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cushing Fan here. Interesting thoughts but I strongly disagree regarding the meanings not being important or descriptive names being tacky or nicknames only as you imply. To each their own.
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It can be done, but one has to keep in mind that you don't know how your kid will turn out when they're born. If my character slays dragons, that's cool, but their mother wouldn't have known that they were going to grow up to do that, so her naming the kid "dragonslayer" would be a bit weird. 
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Kedestria Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In your view. People can and do name for aspirations or virtues or dreams and such and really it's up to the writer.
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course it's up to the writer. Everything in a story is. It's just a matter of believably. 
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Kedestria Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
According to you. We're different it's okay. Good day.
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spearmint-toothpaste Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I am not the only one who loves babyname websites! Yay!
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Flammenfeder Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hi
I don't think you remember me, but it doesn't matter.
I just finally made it and tried to translate this guide into German. 
Now I wanted to ask if you would allow me to upload it on dA. Of course I would give you full credit etc.
I'm not sure if I really got everything proper translated, because it was the first time I really translated something, but I tried my best and the German text sounds okay for me.
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure! Go ahead and post it :D If you send me a link I can put it in the description of this one as well :D
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Flammenfeder Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much^^
here it is: fav.me/d6om9xh
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Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

I've been into names for years, and have several books on the subject, but for my tales here, I've tended to keep it simple. Only twice have indulged my love of puns in naming a character (and both of those involved renames).

The reason for the basically simple names is that they are easier to remember. They have tended to come from people I have known long ago, and I keep the spelling simple, too, changing a letter here and there to protect the innocent. Oh, I NEVER give last names from real life; too easy to offend someone.

This tutorial/advice is very good. Follow it, and you'll seldom go wrong.

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LeftUnfinished Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's really funny how you have a namebase, too. I didn't think anyone did that, and my sister thought I was crazy for it. :) Thank-you for the help!
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warriorcats16678 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student Writer
I have a female character named Morgan. She's really strong and athletic and when I looked up what the name meant it was strong. I though it was really funny.
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BreaghaDerryth Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A really good read - Stashed it in my tutorial favourites, so I can always go back and find it again ;)

I have to admit, I do enjoy finding names with a hint of prophecy, making the name fit the character and his or her journey. But at the same time, I almost always choose common names, so it doesn't seem like a stretch that their parents named them this.
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IndigoOfTheHeavens Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student General Artist

Thanks for making this! :)

 

I had a weird thing with character names, especially ones that first came to my mind regarding the character. O-e

 

One of my first and longtime characters was named "David" for the story of "David and Goliath" that I barely knew anything but "kid beats giant with stones and slings and thus underdog wins against bully" sorta thing (yes I know basic but I was 11 then...). It wasn't until I grew up more and looked at the real story, and saw the name meaning of David, being "beloved" that was JUST the VERY THING I needed in order to figure out the motivations of the mother in the story (when I had been hazy on that and unsure and then I read that and BOOM got everything about her backstory and motivation just like that... freaky...) and then the story of David and Goliath turning into eventual King David of Isreal, and his friendship (and possible more?) with John the son of King Solomon there, well that storyline of David almost mirrored in some freakish ways a storyline I had thought up of for the main character.... and his gay friend that he got together with later was named John.... and I knew all that BEFORE I found out about the biblical similar narratives... Freaky. E.E 

 

Then I remember naming a character of mine "Raefel" but pronounced "Raf-fay-el" like the properly written name of "Rafael/Raphael" was pronounced without knowing it. Never came across the name before that I could remember (this was 5 years ago or more really xD) so I was basically sitting there and arguing with the Word document over the correct spelling, and settled on Rafael and was like "seriously that's a real name for you to be correcting me on this eh? O.e" so I looked it up on baby.names sites and (mind you I knew almost nothing of the bible or archangels and my character was a healer so...) found it was an actual name of an Archangel... of HEALING..... the irony struck me dumb on the spot, and I couldn't have somehow freakishly chosen a better name than that. xD And the name inherently meant "God Heals/ God has healed" which was just all the more perfect. So I had to find a backstory that would fit that and explain WHY the parents would even name him and have him grow up as a healer as well lol. XP :)

 

The most freakish naming of a character that has happened to date was the one of a girl kid of one OC who was a mutant named Alistair, and the mother was a woman who was the mutant daughter of a Leader of a town in Iran. And same with Rafael's name, this one came to me just from pronunciation alone. I went again to baby.names and typed it in as best as I could "Ayesha" pronounced "Eye-yee-sha" and was startled to find it was a REAL name. Better yet? It had Islamic origin and then could be found in that area and meant, guess what, "She who lived"........... ...........Yeah that was so freaky. And I knew and still know next to NOTHING about that area, what their names are, what they even sound like, etc. But this helped prove to me that MAYBE these are actual people in different alternate realties that I somehow get their names and such of, like a peeping tom. xD

 

Anyways just sharing freaky character name incidents that happened to me. xD Just a handful of the many that has happened. O.e

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Dream-Flutist Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As a real life sufferer of the whole name spelling annoyance, I now am phobic of any alternativly-longer/made up spellings for names. I don't mind if it's a lingual change, but seriously, you can only spell a name so many ways before it's just annoying.

I admit, I feel when naming a character, if you give it a good meaning it's a bit of an 'easter egg' for readers, however, I understand your point on the fact that the parents name the kid, not the story.
I love all of the points you mention, and you're guide is very well done and helpful! Thank you for posting it!
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Winter-Oneechan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so true. Every bit of it. XD I actually do a lot of the same things you do when naming characters, though I will admit to finding names with meanings similar (or in a few cases, the exact opposite of) certain traits of that character, but I also have to like it for it to stick. Random names are fun, too, though--it can be quite funny to go back and look at what those random names mean.

Funny, real story about names, though. A few years back, we were a foster family for rescue dogs, and often got to name the dogs we fostered--me loving Greek mythology, suggested the name Apollo for one of the dogs we brought into our home. We ended up adopting him after rescue wouldn't pay to fix his second leg break and mom couldn't put him down, he's since had to have several health problems fixed unrelated to the leg breaks, and he almost never stops whining/crying/making pitiful sounding dog noises. Apollo, the Greek god, is known for being the god of music and healing, among other things.
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TekeoMiona Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student Writer
This is great, and very true. Of course, personally, I love having more unique names and don't really like the idea of naming your child right after childbirth. Sometime's it works great though. But that's just me and my odd view of the world. Anywho~

I've been looking for Writer's Guides like this to submit to my group, #How-To-Write-A-Book so members have some quick help if they need it. Would you mind terribly if I spammed you with submission requests for your guides? :iconpleeaseplz:
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, yes, please do!
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