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How J.K. Rowling Names Her Characters

By Meredith Testa

J.K. Rowling has been profiled on Nameberry several times, and with good reason- she’s as creative a namer as she is a writer. She draws character names from literature, mythology, history, astronomy, and countless international languages. No character is named haphazardly; families have consistent naming patterns (like the celestial Blacks and the floral Evanses) and individual characters’ names match their personas. Below are some of the best-named characters in the series.

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By Kara Blakley

As I wrote about in the recent boys’ article, TH is a trending sound in names. At the end of 2015, Nameberry predicted that TH would be the digraph of 2016, and indeed the past year saw a lot more of names like Theo and Thea. Nameberry suggested that we would also hear more of Dorothy, Thalia, Dorothea, Theodora, Meredith, Edith, Ruth, and Judith, which are all on the rise or poised to be. In today’s list, I’d like to expand the list of possibilities. One of my personal interests is finding unusual names that feel modern: identifying a trending sound and then finding uncommon names within that group is one way to do it. For that reason, I’m avoiding the most enduring names like Elizabeth as we now turn to the girls.

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Boy Baby Names: Thor, Thane & Thackeray

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By Kara Blakley

At the end of 2015, Nameberry predicted that TH would be the digraph of 2016, and indeed the past year saw a lot more of names like Theo and Thea. Nameberry suggested that we would also hear more of Theodore, Thatcher, Thiago, Thaddeus, Thayer, Matthias, and Seth, which are all on the rise or poised to be. In this list, I’d like to expand the list of possibilities. One of my personal interests is finding unusual names that feel modern: identifying a trending sound and then finding uncommon names within that group is one way to do it. For that reason, I’m avoiding the most enduring names like Anthony, Matthew, and Nathaniel. First up are the boys.

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By Clare Bristow

Edith Wharton is known for her novels of American society in the Gilded Age (the late nineteenth century) and early twentieth century.

Wharton was one of the first authors to write about this period, and she knew it well, having grown up in it. Her books are about not only high society – the parties, the travel, the social deals – but also the private life that went on behind it. Love affairs, secret debts, scandalous behavior, it’s all there.

Her characters’ names evoke that world beautifully. It’s interesting that relatively few have timelessly popular names like John and Mary. Instead, many have names that were fashionable in their era.

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By Erica Loop

The big day is almost here. Woo-hoo! Just one thing — you’ve yet to pack your hospital bag. You’re fairly certain you shouldn’t bring a 12-piece luggage set with you for a 48-hour hospital stay, but even your labor playlist is in better shape than your go-bag list. Yep, packing for “baby day” isn’t exactly easy. Narrow things down with these hospital bag essentials!

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