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Why Names Rarely Have Purposes in My Writing

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

Many authors choose names for their characters based on their personalities. The names often have meanings for each character based on their behaviors and backstories.


I, however, am not normally like that. I usually choose names for my characters simply by how much they appeal to me. Of course, I take into consideration the characters’ races, religions, ethnicities, and generations when I name them.


While I never name characters based on their personalities, there are a few times my characters’ names had purposes.


For example, in book 1 of my “Magical Missions” series, the main antagonist is Beau Duchamp. I chose Beau so that kids could pronounce his name more easily for a French man.


Another example is Errol, the villain in book 2 of my series. He was inspired by the Grim Reaper. He was also originally named Peril and was eviler in early drafts of the story. However, editors have said that he wasn’t wicked enough to be called “Peril.” So, I changed his name to something that rhymed with his original name.


In my third installment, the main villain has a made-up name: Boo-Champ Corey. The name represents a combination of two other bad guys from my series world.


The final character is a wizard mentor called Mr. Reuber. He was inspired by Hagrid from “Harry Potter”, so his last name sounds similar to Hagrid’s first name, Rubeus. Of course, he isn’t a representation of J.K. Rowling’s creation and he does differ from Hagrid, as well.


Other than these examples, my characters’ names were chosen purely based on what I liked.

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Renee Signorelli
Renee Signorelli
18 may 2022

This is an interesting article explaining how authors come up with names for their characters.

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Elissa Hammond
Elissa Hammond
07 mar 2022

Interesting, never really thought about how authors choose names. Great read. Thanks!

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Dietra Reid
Dietra Reid
06 mar 2022

That's interesting because so many writers stress over picking names.

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Ferreras Jaime
Ferreras Jaime
02 mar 2022
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David Knouse
David Knouse
25 feb 2022

Interesting

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