What’s in a Name?

15 Aug

Those were only some of the names on our list before we named Mister. And that was only if he was a boy. The list was even longer for a girl. There was a lot of pressure in choosing a name for our baby. After all, he or she is stuck with it for life. So we had to think about what it rhymes with, what other kids could call him or her, writing it in kindergarten, and signing it as an adult. We didn’t want it to sound like we were pigeon-holing our baby into a profession or personality type. Add the associations we have with certain names from meeting people and naming a baby is hard work!

It may be even more complicated to name a character. What names have you used for your characters? Why did you choose them?

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Posted by on August 15, 2011 in Character


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One response to “What’s in a Name?

  1. katiekoenigart

    August 18, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    I think that naming a character is slightly different than naming a child because you want to pigeon-hole your character in a way.

    It is funny how some names just seem to “fit” a character. Like Amelia Bedelia, for instance. For any other character, a first and last name that rhyme would perhaps seem a bit cheesy. However, for this silly housekeeper who takes chores literally (as HarperCollins says, “When she makes a sponge cake, she puts in real sponges. When she weeds the garden, she replants the weeds.”), any other name…Mary, Betty, Julie, Alexandra…would just not fit, and this is a character who deserves a last name. You can hear children exclaiming “Oh Amelia Bedelia!” after reading about one of her literal goofs.

    And another of my favorites, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Why Alexander? Why not Alex? I think first it sounds better in the title. And as Alexander, I take him more seriously. Somehow calling him Alex would not fully communicate the magnitude of his bad day.


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