Naming your character is something you might not think about and just randomly pick, but there are some things that could help finding the perfect name.
How I pick names:
Finding a fc:
Idk about you guys but most faces make certain names pop up straight away and the other way as well, a name can give you a face as well. obviously, if you hear the name Karen, Steve(n), Chad or Grandpa Pete, we all have those faces that pop up.
2.1 Using a randomizer to get more variation (normal names):
Most names in my head are dutch and those are frankly very hard sounding like Annelies and Dirk-Jan. So I often pick names from either 20th century English names , Royal/Posh names or Stage names
It mostly depends on what type of name I need but I usually go for the ‘stage names’ because “A stage name isn’t all that different from a regular name, but stage names are usually easy to remember and to pronounce. Some examples of famous people include Katy Perry (Katheryn Hudson), Natalie Portman (Natalie Hershlag), Jamie Foxx (Eric Marlon Bishop), Nicholas Cage (Nicholas Coppola) and Vin Diesel (Mark Sinclair Vincent).”
For fantasy names I often go for Elf names Most will look weird but there are some gems among them that will fit the image that I want. But there are a bunch of other gens on This site so I’m sure there’s one for everyone!
This Article is a short version of multiple different sorts of researches by Penny Pexman and David Sidhu on the effect on sounds and letters and how we associate them. With names, this can also be applied. “If your first name is Molly or Leo, then you’re easy-going. But if you happen to be a Kirk or a Kate, then you’re the opposite — more of a Type A”. I actually try to keep those things in mind because from their research it turns out that we unconsciously judge people by their name because we often have an image by certain names (as I mentioned in 1.)
- How do you name your character?
- Are you being random or do you think about it?
- if you do think about it, what’s your thought process?