News on Naming Characters and Other Non-Babies
News on how authors name their characters, and why adults may look to find new names for themselves. You also might want to browse our list of Names from the Arts and Pop Culture.
Fri Sep 02 2022
Grandpa Names: The Ultimate Guide
Grandpa names — the names that grandchildren call their grandfathers — are more creative than ever before. Bye-bye, Grandpa and hello, Biggie? Zippo? Grady? The choice is yours!
Thu Sep 01 2022
Grandma Names: The Ultimate Guide
Grandma names — the names that grandchildren call their grandmothers — are more creative than ever before. Bye-bye, Grandma and hello, Glamma? Zuzu? Honey? The choice is yours!
Sat Aug 20 2022
A Toddler's Eye View of Names
What can we learn about names from a 2-year-old? They're complicated, but fun, and carry no baggage.
Wed Feb 02 2022
Bridgerton Names: Fantasy or historic reality?
Bridgerton names are part of the Netflix series' enthralling fantasy, but may not represent real early 19th century naming practices.
Fri Oct 01 2021
Character Names: Finding the perfect one
Character names can be as difficult as baby names. Here are some tips from a writer on finding good ones.
Sat Sep 18 2021
Authors Get to Name Everyone!
Most fiction authors get to name a whole world of characters — but getting it right is a fine art. Author Maria Frazer shares her top tips for choosing names that enhance your story and keep your readers on board.
Tue Sep 08 2020
Character Names Create Great Stories
I may be the world’s only novelist who’s also a name expert, which makes it doubly ironic that I was compelled to change my own character names. But when Darren Star, creator of Sex & the City, made a television show based on my novel Younger, he changed the name of my heroine Alice to […]
Thu Dec 26 2019
Little Women Sets New Name Trends
The new Little Women movie is sure to set lots of style trends, including one for names from its Civil War era, particularly Jo and Louisa.
Mon Sep 30 2019
What Did You Name Your Car?
For National Name Your Car Day, Sophie Kihm shares her auto-biography.
Tue Jun 11 2019
23 Cool New TV Girl Names: Prairie and Peach
Some really interesting and unusual names found on girl TV characters this year.
Thu Mar 28 2019
Cool Character Names: 44 Great Girl Names from Novels
Great baby name inspiration for girls can be found in 21st century novels.
Wed Jan 23 2019
Nickname Names: Birdie, Bobby and Bobby
Nickname names in the news this week, plus animal names and the shift in name popularity.
Wed Nov 28 2018
Baby Names in the News: Agnes and Angus
Baby name news this week, from vintage to badass.
Thu Aug 09 2018
The Ultimate Guide To Game Of Thrones Names
Game of Thrones names have become standard for modern babies, with Arya, Khaleesi, and even Snow used as names for girls and boys.
Tue Feb 27 2018
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever named?
Question of the Week is what’s the weirdest thing you’ve named?
Fri Feb 02 2018
Book Character Names: Peeking into the process
A fascinating look into the creative process behind the names in the already-acclaimed debut novel “Self-Portrait with Boy” by Rachel Lyon
Tue Nov 21 2017
Sagittarius Baby Names: 11 amazing archery names
For your baby born under the sign of Sagittarius, how about one of the cool names related to its symbol, the archer?
Mon Nov 20 2017
Lego Baby Names: Axl to Zane
From out of the toy box and off the movie screen come lots of usable Lego-related names.
Thu Nov 09 2017
Marvel Universe Movie Names: How influential are they?
By Joe Satran Updated with names from Black Panther on March 5. At the movie theater, we’re living in the Age of Marvel. It only took Black Panther three weeks to hit $500 million at the U.S. box office — faster than almost any other movie in history. Thor: Ragnarok, the previous entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), […]
Tue Oct 17 2017
Harry Potter Baby Names: Clever connections
J. K. Rowling is back with two new Harry Potter projects–the perfect time to look to her clever inventions of character names.
Tue Jun 27 2017
What Names Do You Love from Books?
If a character has a wonderful name, I’m already halfway in love. And if the names in the book feel discordant — out of time or place or literally out of character — I lose confidence in the author.
Sun Feb 12 2017
Who Knew Victor Hugo was a Name Nerd?
In her Names from Books series this month, Clare Bristow turns to Victor Hugo and the rich casts of characters in such works as ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ –and reveals a certifiable 19th century name nerd.
Thu Jan 19 2017
How J.K. Rowling Names Her Characters
There’s lots of rhyme and reason behind J. K. Rowling’s character name choices, as Meredith Testa demonstrates here.
Mon Jan 16 2017
The Return of Lemony Snicket
The Baudelaire triplets & Co are back, providing another look at their varied names.
Thu Jan 12 2017
Names from Books: Edith Wharton’s Gilded Age Names
Some of the names of Edith Wharton’s iconic characters follow the 100 Year Rule and others don’t. Here they are, from Abner to Ethan to Zeena.