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December 29th, 2013 03:32 PM #1Junior Member
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Character Naming Help
Hi! I was recently struck with an idea for a story and I'm eager to start tapping away, but I can't seem to find the perfect character names. I've tossed around some ideas, but I'm not sure if they "fit".
It's about a society that does not in any way alter their bodies. Then one day, a girl from this society somehow discovers (not sure how yet) an underground group (literally) that has piercings and tattoos and dyes their hair, etc. There will be some adventure elements and maybe a little romance. I was thinking for the Unaltered they could have Puritan style names or something plain, not too flashy. For the Altered, I'm looking for exactly the opposite. Here are my ideas so far:
Benno- the male lead; strong, handsome, smart, rough around the edges, brave, etc.
Temperance- the female lead; curious, daring, doesn't understand her way of life, etc.
I just don't love the name Temperance. And Benno doesn't seem quite right yet. I don't know. As for other characters, I honestly haven't thought much about their names, but anything that follows the style of Unaltered and Altered. Thanks in advance for the help!
December 29th, 2013 06:06 PM #3
The story idea seems really cool. I also agree that Temperance is not a great name, but that could feature into the story--perhaps this character hates her name and tries to have a nickname (Tem or Em or something from her middle name) but her strict Unaltered parents won't let her have a nickname (just throwing ideas around here, you don't have to listen to them) and once she finds the Altered people she gets to have a nickname or even decides to change her name slightly (Like she tells them to call her Tempest or something)
I'm just saying, you could work with a name that you don't like--your character could hate it, too.
Other suggestions instead of Temperance...hmm...I don't really use simpler, 'Puritan style' names in any of my work, so that's hard. Maybe:
These seem pretty plain to me.
As for Benno, I need to see some other examples of Altered names so I have something to go by. As a name, though, I'm not sure if I should pronounce it Ben-oh or Bean-oh. I would choose something else.
Hope that helped.“I read books when I was a kid, lots of books. Books always seemed like magic to me. They took you to the most amazing places. When I got older, I realized I couldn't find books that took me to all the places I wanted to go. To go to those places, I had to write some books myself.”
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December 29th, 2013 07:23 PM #5
That sounds like a creative story idea! I agree with stardust17's suggestion of Verity. I found lots of names for your female lead using the nameberry post, Blue Jean Baby Names, and the list, Virtue Names.
For your male lead I wasn't sure what you are looking for, but I tried anyway.Under Construction
December 29th, 2013 07:32 PM #7
My tablet cut my post off. Here's what I could come up with for your male lead.
Jayden(This is my name and I am a girl, but I have been told that it sounds like a bad boy name.)
Hawthorne(possibly with Hawk as a nickname)
Urban(It was an actual name in the Roman empire)
Good luck with your story!Under Construction
December 29th, 2013 08:13 PM #9Senior Member
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