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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.

Grandpa Names: The Ultimate Guide
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!
Grandma Names: The Ultimate Guide
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!
A Toddler's Eye View of Names
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.
Bridgerton Names: Fantasy or historic reality?
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.
Character Names: Finding the perfect one
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.
Authors Get to Name Everyone!
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.
Character Names Create Great Stories
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 […]
Little Women Sets New Name Trends
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.
What Did You Name Your Car?
Mon Sep 30 2019

What Did You Name Your Car?

For National Name Your Car Day, Sophie Kihm shares her auto-biography.
23 Cool New TV Girl Names: Prairie and Peach
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.
Cool Character Names: 44 Great Girl Names from Novels
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.
Nickname Names: Birdie, Bobby and Bobby
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.
Baby Names in the  News: Agnes and Angus
Wed Nov 28 2018

Baby Names in the News: Agnes and Angus

Baby name news this week, from vintage to badass.
The Ultimate Guide To Game Of Thrones Names
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.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever named?
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?
Book Character Names: Peeking into the process
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
Sagittarius Baby Names: 11 amazing archery names
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.
Marvel Universe Movie Names: How influential are they?
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), […]
Harry Potter Baby Names: Clever connections
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.
What Names Do You Love from Books?
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.
Who Knew Victor Hugo was a Name Nerd?
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.
How J.K. Rowling Names Her Characters
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.
The Return of Lemony Snicket
Mon Jan 16 2017

The Return of Lemony Snicket

The Baudelaire triplets & Co are back, providing another look at their varied names.
Names from Books: Edith Wharton’s Gilded Age 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.