Last Monday’s post was all about character name tips. Today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite websites for finding those names.
One of my personal favorites for naming advice is http://www.namenerds.com. They not only have sections on names from around the world, such as Scottish and Irish, but also on unusual American names. They have advice on nicknames and middle names and have a very nice name generator.
For finding some really unusual names, I turn to http://www.babynameaddicts.com. It’s a site with lists and lists of names for every letter of the alphabet.
Another great place to check is one of my favorite blogs,http://namesaremygame.blogspot.com. She has some great names there, and I have used my share! Two of my favorites have been Ryland and Sidra.
Many of my names have come from Google searches. One of the best things to search is “unusual girl’s names” or “unusual boy’s names.” You can usually find a list of sites that will have some names that might work. I have searched for genre specific names as well and gotten some good results. Since I write dystopian, searching for “dystopian names” has found me a few that I’ve used.
For any of my readers that write The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings fanfiction, or just need a fantasy/Elvish sounding name, http://www.arwen-undomiel.com has a great section on girl’s and boy’s names translated into Elvish. I usually just glance over the Elvish names and choose one that fits.
One last way I’ve found to discover great names is to listen to the names mentioned around you. With all the people you encounter at stores, the library, church, or even the doctor’s office, the perfect character name might be the next one you hear.