“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Well sure, Will, but if you’re writing a medieval murder mystery, and all you can come up with for your villain is Gawain Pendragon, that’s really just not going to fly. Or if you are laboring away on your noir pulp whodunit, sooner or later you will have to give hapless secretary Ethel Bumpcake a name upgrade. Steampunk cooking comedy? Chief Inspector Ambrose Wakewaddle just isn’t going to cut it. (See what I did there?)
I myself have struggled mightily with character names. At one point I thought I had them all set, until my daughter informed me that the names I had chosen were boring and stupid.
Back to the drawing board. The naming board. Whatever.
And then I found this cool website. It has all the information you might want for your naming needs. Looking for a first name that embodies, say, strength and fortitude? Enter your desired characteristic, and boom – names! Cool names, boring names, stupid names, interesting names, names you have never heard of before. Names like Bree, and Solveig, and Yolanda and Kirek. It’s pretty cool.
(Caoilfhinnn, by the way, is a Celtic name that means slender and comely, which makes it completely worth the trouble involved in spelling it correctly.)
(Posted today as my Day 3 entry in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge)
(Illustrative Smedley’s Soup picture by James Morley via Flickr.)