analpussydestroyer6969 said:

I always have trouble choosing names. What is your method for choosing character names?

  • Panic.
  • Glare angrily at name lists.
  • Chose names, realize I have too many names that begin with M, glare angrily at name list again.
  • Settle on some names, end up changing them later.
  • Wonder if naming every character ‘fuck you names are hard’ is acceptable.
  • Eventually find the right names.

In a nutshell, sometimes it takes awhile to find the right name, but you’ll get there.

New Horse!!!!!

Guys! It’s time for you to meet my new horse!
This is Tucker. He’s a 16.1 appaloosa, who is a very sweet guy. He’s extremely underweight and under muscled though. My barn owner guessed that he probably needs to gain 400-500 pounds, not sure how accurate that is, it seemed a little high, but he for sure needs weight (you can clearly see his ribs and his hip bones stick out), but in the week and a half he’s been with us, he’s already visibly put on some weight. Also due to his weight, he needs a ton of muscle as well. 
Despite this, he. is. fantastic. it’s nice to be moving forward while improving and working through issues for both of us. Despite his condition, we’ve trotted 2’9” and jumped 3’ oxers.
I can’t wait to see how far we go together, and what we accomplish once he is in full health/condition.

Here are some pictures of us :) But scroll to the bottom for information about helping me decide on a name?? 






OKay! So, now to the name situation. So his current name is Tucker. Which is super cute, but unfortunately at the barn I worked at this summer, there was a pony that was put down while I was there, and was put down for literally no reason. And so when I hear my horses name, I don’t want a negative connotation dragging it down, you know?
So now my friends and I have narrowed it down to a few names. So, I can either keep Tucker and have it grow on me, or we wanted a space related name. (I love the stars, a nickname of mine is Stars, my URL, it’s just a positive thing for me), and he’s a black appy with white spots so it looks like a night sky with stars in is. So we came up with the show name:
"Out of This World" which I’m pretty 99% sure will be his show name. But the other names that are in the final 3 are:
Nebula (Neb for short)
Koda (like from Brother Bear, constellation, relation to Aurora Borealis/the     northern lights from the movie Brother Bear, and Koda means “friend, companion, life-long partner)
Orion (Ori or Ari for short, it’s a constellation.) 

So! Let me know, what do you think of the show name? Which name do you like best?

kailthia said:

Hey! I saw that someone had a naming question and I have something that helps a bit. If you're stuck on a name and working on a computer doc that's searchable, you can just stick in a filler word that won't be used in the story until you figure something out. Them once you have a name you can just search the filler word for that character (say "corkscrew" or "crypt") and replace all of them with the appropriate name. That way you can write when you're inspired and figure out the name later.

BEWARE though I did this with a character I dubbed ‘Elle’ and hit ‘replace all’ …and ended up replacing getting the new name stuck in the middle of whatever word that had ‘elle’ in it (surprisingly more than I thought).

How to Pronounce Designer Names 101
  • Anna Sui:anna swee
  • Ann Demeulemeester:ann de-mule-eh-meester
  • Azzedine Alaia:azz-eh-deen ah-lie-ah
  • Badgley Mischka:badge-lee meesh-kah
  • Balenciaga:bah-len-see-ah-gah
  • Balmain:bahl-mahhhhn
  • Bottega Veneta:bow-tay-guh vah-netta
  • Christian Lacroix:christian luh-kwa
  • Christian Louboutin:christian loo-boo-tan
  • Comme des Garçons:comb dey gah-sown
  • Dolce & Gabbana:dol-chey and gab-ana
  • Dries Van Noten:drees van know-ten
  • Gareth Pugh:gareth pew
  • Giambattista Valli:gee-am-bah-tease-ta vah-lee
  • Gianfranco Ferre:gee-ahn-franco feh-ray
  • Givenchy:zjee-von-shee
  • Hermès:er-mez
  • Hervé Léger:air-vay lay-jah
  • Hussein Chalayan:hoo-sane sha-lion
  • Issey Miyake:iss-ee mee-yah-key
  • Jean Paul Gaultier:zhon paul go-tee-ay
  • Junya Watanabe:jun-yah wat-an-ah-bey
  • Kinder Aggugini:kinder ag-ooh-gee-nee
  • Lanvin:lahn-vahn
  • Loewe:loh-wev-eh
  • Louis Vuitton:loo-wee vwee-tahn
  • L'Wren Scott:la-ren scott
  • Maison Martin Margiela:may-sohn martin mar-jhell-ah
  • Marchesa:mar-kay-sah
  • Mary Katrantzou:mary cat-trant-zoo
  • Miu Miu:mew-mew
  • Monique Lhuillier:monique le-hu-lee-ay
  • Moschino:mos-key-no
  • Olivier Theyskens:oh-liv-ee-ay tay-skins
  • Proenza Schouler:pro-en-zuh skool-er
  • Rochas:row-shahs
  • Rodarte:row-dar-tay
  • Roksanda Ilincic:roksanda ill-in-chik
  • Salvatore Ferragamo:sal-vah-tor-re fer-ra-gah-moh
  • Sonia Rykiel:sewn-yah ree-key-el
  • Thakoon:tah-koon
  • Versace:vur-sah-chee
  • Yves Saint Laurent:eve san lau-ron
  • Yohji Yamamoto:yoh-jee yam-ah-mo-to

If the media butchered other names like does Hispanic ones, it would look awful

When acclaimed actor Elizabeth Peña died Tuesday, Hollywood lost a prolific and respected talent. So it was upsetting when headlines like the above started popping up across the Internet.

Notice anything? As Latino Rebels pointed out, there’s a reason why Peña’s name — emphasis on the “ñ” — is spelled the way it is. Aside from synthesizing generations of family history, that single letter spells the difference between “peña” (meaning “crag,” “cliff” or “crowd”) and “pena” (“pain”) — two completely different words.

Philip Seymour Hoffmin, Shirley Templ, Joan Rivurs

Japanese Names For The Signs...

Aries~ "Suna" meaning sand

Taurus~ “Kokou” {also written as “Kokō”} meaning monarch

Gemini~ “Shunsetsu” meaning spring snow

Cancer~ "Katsuryoku" meaning vitality

Leo~ "Hinode" meaning sunrise

Virgo~ “Kouyou” {also written as “Kōyō”} meaning red leaves

Libra~ "Nami" meaning wave

Scorpio~ "Tsurara" meaning icicle

Sagittarius~ "Araumi" meaning rough waters

Capricorn~ "Akayuki" meaning red snow

Aquarius~ "Oushiza" meaning Taurus

Pisces~ "Hachimitsu" meaning honey


[via[Advice from Jody Hedlund]

1. Develop our character before picking the name.
I fill out my character worksheet and get to know as much about my character as possible before deciding on a name. As I develop the character’s personality, ethnicity, quirks, life-experiences, etc., I’m able to narrow down names that might match that person. For example, in The Doctor’s Lady, my heroine is a well-educated, pious lady from a wealthy family. I chose the name Priscilla because it has a more refined and elegant ring than a name like Mary or Betty. 

2. Find names that match our setting and fit with the plot. 
Once my character is starting to come to life, I also evaluate how that character fits within the plot and setting. In my current WIP, which is set in the lumber communities of central Michigan, I sorted through rural names, as well as logging era names. And I tried to think which ones would fit within the tone of the plot.

3. Use time-period appropriate names.
This is especially critical for historical writers. I generally pull up the list of the most popular names for the year or decade in which my character was born. I also look at lists of names in biographies and research books for the particular time period of my book. In the 1600’s, 29% of men were named John (that’s about 1 out of 3 men!) and 15% of women were named Elizabeth. Thus, in The Preacher’s Bride I felt almost obligated to name my MC’s John and Elizabeth. Not really! But you get my point. 

4. Use symbolism if possible.
While we can’t always attach symbolism to names, we can look for ways to give special meaning to some of the names we choose. In my WIP, I looked at the meaning of hero names before choosing one. Whether the reader ever realizes it or not, part of my hero’s character arc is about him learning to live up to his name—which means “strong as a wolf.”

5. Avoid picking names that readers will have a difficult time saying.
I get annoyed when I read character names I can’t pronounce—oddly-spelled or too-long names. This is even more frustrating when the name belongs to the MC and I have to read the “weird” name ten times per page. I suggest avoiding names (as fun and nice as they might be) that might trip up our readers. We should also limit the number of foreign names for the same reason.

6. Avoid having names that start with the same letter or sound. 
I keep a running list of every character that crops up in my book—a sheet I can easily scan. I do my best to start each name with a different letter. I don’t want to have a John, Joseph, and Jacob all in the same book. Or a Polly and Molly. When names are too similar, we have to make our readers work harder to remember our characters. And our job as writers is to make the reading experience as smooth and pleasant as possible.

7. Remember, unique doesn’t always mean better.
Sometimes when names are too unique they can distract a reader from the story. I like unique last names, especially when they’re real (like Goodenough or Covenant). But often those kinds of names have a ring of disbelief. When I get too carried away, my editors send me back to the drawing board for a simpler name (as they did with the two examples I mentioned!). 

8. Make sure our minor character names don’t overshadow our main characters. 
It’s fun to find especially dark and sinister names for our antagonists. In The Doctor’s Lady, one of the bad guys is named Black Squire. He’s a rugged fur trapper that wears a black eye patch. The name fits. But, we have to make sure we don’t spend more time crafting the perfect names for lesser characters so that they become more vibrant and alive than the MC’s.


A title I have never used before, and hopefully never will again…

We had several questions in the ask box, and occasionally get them popping in, about naming people and places. So, here’s your resource for all things nameable:

20,000 Names — is glorious. You can even search for names by special category and geographic region.

Fantasy Name Generator — extensive lists and not just limited to ‘fantasy’ names. Category breakdowns by character race, places, and even includes some descriptions for things like weapons, clothing, and settings.

Baby Names — Includes searches by gender, popularity by year, and even a name fuser if you want to come up with your own version of Renesmee…

Place Name Generator — If you’re going for the totally random, just hand me a name so I can be done with it route, this is your spot. Also includes links for generating character and fantasy names.

Place Name Links List — For more links to place naming resources.

Links from Writers Friend — Several more cool character name reference links.

Hope these help!

- O

anonymous said:

Hi! I was wondering if you have any resources/advice for creating medieval names which are unique to different fantasy regions? For example, I want my names from country/culture A to sound different to names from country/culture B


Naming Systems

Writer SOS Naming is Hard

There are a couple of things you can do:

  • Create different naming systems. In the Naming Systems link, you’ll find a guide to creating a naming system. If these cultures have different naming systems, you’ll be able to set them apart. Through naming systems and customs, one culture might have four names (each with two syllables) and one might have two names, both of which tend to be long. That’s enough to make them sound different.
  • Use different prefixes/suffixes and roots. In the Names link, you’ll see that I created several different names using similar roots, prefixes, and suffixes. They all look like they belong to the same culture or language because of this.
  • Use different spelling and phonology. Different languages have different sounds and different spellings to convey those sounds. If one culture does not use “k”, “q”, or “i” but another one does, we might have names such as “Caty” and “Qati” (both pronounced as “kah-tee”). They’re pronounced the same, but look quite different.

I’ll give a more in depth example below:

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