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  1. #1
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    May 2013

    MC Discussion

    I don't know about you, but naming my number one main character is the hardest thing to do. It often takes me a while, sometimes a whole month or two before I can find that perfect name. And the villain is next.

    But what I want to know is how you come up with your MC's name and how you go about finding it.
    robin | intj | ravenclaw | sci-fi writer | extended list here

    Delilah November Eve | Esther Andromeda Pearl | Primrose Mirabella Bird
    Indie Wildflower | Guinevere Dove | Posey Imogen | Adelina Opal | Rosemary Eluned | Luna Morgana

    Leopold Elias Wolfgang | Benedict Eamon Prosper | Hugo Alasdair Graham
    Lincoln Sage | Jupiter Samson | Desmond Fox | Patrick Frey | Beau Castle | Lachlan Piers

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    California, USA
    I find a picture of someone that looks similar to my main character, and think about how I would name that person in the picture. Once I come up with a few, I think about the personality of my MC and then see which of the names match the best. If that doesn't work, I just find another picture and the process repeats!
    ~ Catholic. College. Communicative Disorders. ~
    (updated 11/3/15)
    Saints, Classics, & Norwegian Boyfriend's Influence
    ~ Alice Georgina ~ Aurora Seraphina ~ Elizabeth "Elska" Cecilia ~ Genevieve Astrid ~ Juliet Sunniva ~

    ~ Caspian Alexander ~ Declan Raphael ~ Ronan Oliver ~ Sebastian Anthony ~

    Musings: ~ Charlotte Francesca ~

    (I'm using the soo-NEE-va pronunciation of Sunniva)

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Liverpool, England
    The names usually just come to me. Occasionally I'll go and read a few lists on Behind the Name and see if anything leaps out at me. I recently had another idea for a book, I was searching for the main characters name when I came across Eckhard. It means 'edge' which is perfect for the story so I decided to use that as a surname. Then I was discussing the names I'd made up for my world and in telling her about the new story she suggested Eli as a name. I'd been thinking about how I didn't currently have a twist on William and then - like lightning- Elliam Eckhard was born.

    Basically I don't put a lot of fuss or faff into it. I just let the names come to me or I go in search of them.

    ★ August Eli Benedict ★ Bram ★ Casimir Mordecai ★ Edmond John Meirion ★ Gillon ★
    ★ Jory Leander ★ Julian Charles ★ Macsen ★ Magnus ★ Vasiliy ★


    ★ Aira Rose ★ Arietta ★ Clover ★ Delphina ★ Eleni ★ Fiorella ★ Hester Isobel ★
    ★ Iris ★ Lilah ★ Merit ★ Sylvia ★

    Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Bay Area
    When I write (which is not very often), I will usually ask my younger sister to give me a random list of 50 names she thought of, and then I will pick a few off that list and give some different diminutives and alternatives for each name I picked. Then I will think about if the names match the main character, and then I'll go on Nameberry. Which seems like a lot of work for a one-page short story I'm just going to stick in the paper shredder later.
    Catalina || 18 || College Student

    Girls: Augusta || Bryony || Caroline || Elizabeth || Katherine || Margaret || Rosemary || Ruth
    Boys: Adrian || August || Bennett || Elliott || Ezra || Foster || Joel || Lowe || Porter || Weston

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    I actually come up with a name and THEN fit a personality around the name. I come up with the name by looking on Nameberry and finding a name that I would want to read about. It's quite simple actually.
    Erin (Writer, Nerdfighter, Ravenclaw; Not expecting, just collecting)
    (Adelaide, Betty, Cassia, Georgia, Ocean, Violet)
    (Asher, Gabriel, Josiah, Oakley, Rowan, Wayland)

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