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Name That Character . . . Or Baby

Baby Jack

      Naming characters. It’s a lot of fun, but at times, it can also be surprisingly difficult. There’s a lot you have to consider when naming anyone, whether it’s a real baby or a fictional one: how the first, middle, and last names sound together; family names; meanings of names; personality (if it’s a character), and that’s just to name a few. I’m always on the lookout for character names (seriously, you would think that I have a billion kids based on how many baby name websites I view), so I would love to hear your suggestions. The names have to fit the character, whether in meaning or sound or personality or all three. I don’t want to use a common name unless it matches that character’s personality; I want unique names, but there is a fine line between different and just downright weird (think Espn or Tequila). Sometimes I’ll stick in a placeholder name, like Claire or Seth, for my main characters until I can come up with fitting names for them. I’d rather do that than go with the first one that pops into my head!

Original artwork in pencil by MeMe Collier



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