Sounds like a great story, huh? Wait until you start reading it. All the character's names either begin with a "D" or an "R". How soon will you have to start adding a cast of characters in the beginning of the book.
Oh, and I have a question: how many of you have not liked a main character because they were named after someone you hate?
How can we choose good character names?
- Let the Names Reflect the Characters - Don't name your male hero - Betty. Please. Or Ralphy-boy. Or Carmen. Or Satan... unless it is Satan, in which I guess that's appropriate.
- Make Sure the Name Doesn't Belong to Someone Famous - Just because she looks like Angelina Jolie to you, doesn't mean you should call her that. However, you can name your hero Brad Pitt. I give you permission. ;)
- Avoid Names That End in S - Possessive forms of the name Russ is Russ' and to me, it looks silly. (Russell is fine.)
- Use Names That Fit the Period - Do your research. Some names were not used during some times. Beevis and Butthead included.
- Avoid Overly Weird Names and Cute Spellings - Chesapeake, Ariadne, Ishihara, Xochitl. Can you think of others?
- Avoid Names That Sound the Same - Ever watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Remember this scene? Don't do it!
- Avoid Names That Could Fit Both Men and Women - Two words: "It's Pat"
Trivia question: What was the main (female) character's name in the book Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier? ( Sorry, you win nothing but my respect...)
Source: Name that Character