Friday, October 21, 2011

Writing a Book - You Name It

WVD – Special Edition

Where do writers find good names for characters? Baby name sites/books are probably used the most. I have also found sites for ethnic names, surnames, name trends of certain decades, etc. There are tons of ways to find names. Fantasy names are trickier because we want them to be completely different and still sound good and yet not be too hard to pronounce. The trouble for writers, and parents, is that so many names are common. Google your name, most are not unique.

So, here are some interesting suggestions for “names” that I have been collecting from my Word Verification prompts…(pronunciations are how I would say them)

Girls                                                       Boys

Latisina (La-ti-SEEN-a)                        Pater
Watoma                                                Billyza
Misci (MIS-ee)                                      Foree
Tratorma                                               Quals
Uniqua                                                  Brambler
Tatialla (Ta-tee-AH-la)                          Wiess
Fulla                                                      Derbil
Matera                                                   Sonsh
Salessea (Sahl-es-EE-ah)                        Jorph
Sprica (SPREE-kah)                               Flych
Eluri                                                      Quideris
Catavia (Ca-TAVE-ee-ah)                      Hende
Steria                                                     Fidecles
Aleti (Ah-LET-ee)

And here are a couple of good online names: Foxylizi and LianNYC

Lastly, I have to pass on how to know your stage name (from Laura at the Daily Dodo): Combine the name of your first pet with your mother’s maiden name. I’m Peppy Parker! Too funny!

I may use one or two of those when I start working on my MG Fantasy again. Any fun names you’ve seen?


Abby said...

This is fabulous Tara. Choosing names for your characters can be rough. I think I need to bookmark this page for some of your word verification names. So cool. Also loving Peppy Parker! Cute! :)

allison said...

Some of your word verification names remind me of this video (in a good way):

Nicki Elson said...

Sugars Spoerlein, here. Hehe.

These are wonderful names for fantasy - different, but not too out there, and many are very pretty.

Sometimes when I have trouble coming up with names I just give all three leading men the same name. ;) Speaking of which...arg! Every time someone I know starts reading the book, I waffle on whether or not to give a warning about the, um, level of detail. I should've given you one - I'm sorry! But I promise its limited to a few chapters and the rest of the book is NOT going to be like that (just a couple shorter scenes). Ay carumba!

Catherine Denton said...

I read where some author (I think it was Laini Taylor) once used a word she found through word verification as the name of an evil character in her book. So there IS good that can come of those. ;)
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M Pax said...

Peppy Parker is cute. Would be a great character name.

Sometimes when stuck for a name, I take things on my desk and combine a few words until I get something that works.

The name sites are a great resource. I like the word verifies you got. I never seem to get naughty ones.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Derbil makes me think of Gerbil!

Christine Rains said...

I love looking up names online. I can spend hours doing it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for finally getting a name from the Parker side of the family. Love it!!

When I read, I like simple names, because I don't like to have to figure it out every time I come to it. If it's too weird, I just shorten it.

Angela Cothran said...

Mine would be Flash Jones :) Love your list!

Chipper Muse said...

What a fun list of names! I like to do name searches on the web too. I may look for a name that means a certain thing, or I may choose names I like from a certain nationality. And I use name books too. I often combine or play with real-world names to come up with fantasy-world names for my characters.

MISH said...

Crikey... I just hope that these names are going to stay on the pages of fantasy literature.
Very interesting, though...

mshatch said...

Maps help me find interesting names.

Candy Fite said...

Great post! Peppy Parker, I love it!!! Mine is Moochy Smith. Would make a great name for a quirky detective or petty thief in a story, I think.

Heather M. Gardner said...

I love Fulla and Derbil!

One of the hardest things for me is matching cool first names with cool last names. I watch movie credits for all the crew names to get ideas. And since I watch a lot college football I go to and look at the rosters for names. They have some great names.

As for my stage name...Huggy Bear Ebert!

Tara Tyler said...

Abby, thanks!

Allison, ha haha!

Sugars! I mean Nicki, that's great! and the book isn't too bad - the journey of innocence lost... and tastefully done

Catherine, so I'm not the first? argh! oh well...still fun!

Mary, that's a fun idea! Rip Sharpie? ha ha

Alex, Derbil made me think of Dilbert

Christine, yes, internet searches are time sucks!

Mom, yay Parker =) Cooper was almost Parker

Angie, Flash Jones is awesome!

Chipper, it's fun to pick names =)

Mish, yes. exotic or fantasy...

Marcy, I like some states & cities for names

Candy, Moochy Smith - I love it!

Heather, yes. last names are tough & hard to make up - I usually go to the web, but your idea is great!

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

Wow, these are quite original :-)
I usually Google for names or make up my own :-)

Peggy Eddleman said...

Word verification prompts! I never thought of that!

Laura said...

Good list - and thanks for the shout out - we used to play that game on school trips :) My other half gave me two names dictionaries - one first names and one surnames - they are fantastic!
Love from Tufty Dibble :)
(Himself says what about using a telephone directory?!)

The Golden Eagle said...

Oh, I like Quideris. :) Great list!

Alana said...

Yay, yay, yay! As you know I always love your word verifications.

Saw today's post - take care and take a breather. :) You deserve a little time to relax and give yourself a break!