I know many of us have spent hours/days/weeks—probably months!—choosing a beautiful name for our beautiful children. And why wouldn’t we? That child is going to wear his/her name for life (unless changed by deed poll, but unlikely).
The same can be said for authors who choose names for the characters in our books. Our heroes and heroines are stuck with their names for good, whether they (because our characters become real enough to have an opinon...right?) or the readers like it or not. Which begs the question—does a character’s name affect how a reader feels about the story, affect sales, even...?
Behind every name is a meaning. Example, Melissa means Honey Bee—I guess I could say I’m a great team worker, but still, a tad boring in my very ah, humble opinion! If I shorten that name to Mel (female) the meaning is quite a bit better, because suddenly I’m Dark Beauty. Sweet! It’s just what would suit any one of my characters!
I gave my own three girls, unisex names, (not deliberately, just names I loved) which I guess means I also gave them strong names, though the meanings behind them might suggest otherwise. Teagan = little poet. Shannon = wise one/old. Codi = helpful or cushion.
I wrote a list a while back with all my characters names, and realized on the whole I gave them strong and little used names. I like my heroes and heroines to be a little bit different, so I guess I try to give a title to suit.
Here is my list (a couple yet to be published/finished—I really want to get back to my first ms ‘Shadow Hunter’ and do some rewrites!)
Can you see any other themes to the names I’ve chosen for my characters?
Loretta and Cray
Celeste and Pascal (Yves)
Holly and Ricky
Kallie and Seth
Kia and Ronan
Lillian, Dar, Ezra and Maddox
Marina and James
Alexia and Blake
Elyse and Dane
Kyra and Altair