10/28/12 - Naming Your Character

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other word would smell as sweet;”

As nice as this sounds, it isn’t necessarily true in writing. Character names are highly important. Think about it - even people who have never read Twilight know who Edward Cullen is. The name Romeo has become a term for a man in love. But how should one go about naming their character?

Some authors use names where the meanings portray a part of the character’s personality. Edward Cullen is a good example. Edward means “protector” and Cullen means “beauty”. Throughout the Twilight series, Edward protects Bella, and all of the Cullens are described as beautiful. It fits. 

There are lots of ways you can find out name meanings. There are books, and apps for “baby names” that have names, origin, and meanings. Many of the apps have the ability to look up a name through a meaning. I suggest looking through these to find a name you like.

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