How to Choose Book Character Names

Deciding on a character name for your story can sometimes be a pain in the neck! Does the name ‘fit’ your character’s personality? Does it align with the era you’re writing for? Ask yourself these questions as you work through a list.

I keep a note of names that I’ve come across and like the sound of. If a name has a meaning that resonates with me, I’ll store it away.

To give your name-generating flow a boost, here are some suggested names from the archives for your narrative journey.

Female Names:

  • Alicia
  • Annetta
  • Bonnie
  • Christine
  • Dorothea
  • Grace
  • Josephine
  • Louise
  • Margaret
  • Melody
  • Samantha
  • Susannah
  • Sofia
  • Valerie

Male Names:

  • Anthony
  • Arthur
  • Callahan
  • Christopher
  • Cole
  • Elliot
  • Hugh
  • Lucias
  • Matteo
  • Maximus
  • Nathaniel
  • Oliver
  • Robert
  • Richard
  • Stephen
  • Thomas

Have you chosen your character names yet? Let us know your favourite names in the comments below!

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