Character Names – Pax and Natala

It’s the most wonderful time of year, according to the famous song. And since it’s the most wonderful time of the year, I thought I’d share some wonderful character names that are perfect for Christmas stories. Feel free to use these names, but no promise I won’t use them myself one day! 🙂

Pax can be a boy or a girl’s name. It’s Christmas related since Pax is the Latin name that means “peace” or “peaceful.” Pax is also the name of the Roman goddess of peace. Also, the word “Pax” might be familiar to those who know the famous Latin phrase, Pax Romana, which means “Roman peace.”

Natala is a girl’s name pronounced “na-ta-la.” It’s also Latin and means “birthday” or “birth of Christ.” It’s an unusual name that isn’t often heard so your character will definitely stand out.

Would you use these names for a character? What do you think of these Christmas names? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

~ Kayla

Character Names – Jago and Arlina

I’m torn. My NaNoWriMo novel will be set in a dystopian version of Scotland where I’ve always wanted to set a novel. Now that I’ve chosen the setting, I have to decide on character names! And that is where I’m stuck. Part of me wants to go with more traditional Gaelic names since it is set in Scotland. The other part of me is leaning towards more futuristic sounding names since the novel is dystopian. What in the world do I do? I’ve been searching for names this week, and so far I’ve collected a list of possibilities. I decided to share two of these names from my list today. Feel free to use them in your novel, but I’m not promising they won’t one day be found in mine! 🙂

Jago is a Cornish boy’s name typically used as a surname. It’s pronounced “Jay-go” and comes from the Cornish versions of the names Jacob or James. It’s not as popular over here as it is in the UK currently. Jago is a super cool name, but I thought it sounded a little too evil for the male main character’s personality. However, I’m still considering it for one of my villains! 🙂

Arlina is a mysterious name. Some say it’s a Gaelic girl’s name which means “an oath.” Others say it’s a modern variant on the name “Arlene.”  Whatever the case, it’s not a popular name. I found this name on a Gaelic baby name site and really liked it, then I realized I already have two characters with similar names that start with “Ar.” I already mix their names up in my writing, and I thought one more “Ar” name would be even more confusing so I’m not using it at this point.

What do you think of these names? Would you use them for your characters? What naming direction should I go in? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

~ Kayla

Character Names – Demetrius and Charmian

“Since my lord is Antony again, I will be Cleopatra,” (Act 3, scene 11) says the famous Queen of Egypt in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. I recently finished reading this play, and while reading it, I discovered some pretty cool names I wouldn’t mind using in my own writing. After all, if they’re good enough for Shakespeare, they’re good enough for me! Feel free to use these names, but remember Shakespeare did have them first. 😉

Demetrius is a boy’s name. It’s a Greek name that means “follower of Demeter.” Demeter was the Greek goddess of crops. Shakespeare must have liked this name because he used it in three plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as the name of one of the four main lovers, Titus Andronicus, as the bad guy, and finally, Antony and Cleopatra, as a minor character and a friend to Antony. Demetrius is also in the Bible as the name of the man who sold idols of the goddess Diana in Acts 19. Another Demetrius is mentioned in 3 John 12. “Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone—and even by the truth itself.”

Charmian is a girl’s name. It’s either pronounced “CHAR-mee-an” or “SHAR-mee-an” according to www.thinkbabynames.com. Charmian is Greek and means “joy.” Its most famous bearer was Shakespeare’s Charmian, attendant to Queen Cleopatra. Charmian was faithful to Cleopatra until the end, dying at her side, bitten by an asp. Shakespeare himself found the name in Plutarch’s Parallel. Charmian Carr is the name of the actress who played Liesl, the oldest von Trapp daughter, in The Sound of Music.

I think both names would work fine in any genre.

What do you think of these names? Would you use them for your characters? Let me know in the comments below!

~ Kayla

Character Names – Sabin and Astra

About a week ago, I finally finished my Camp NaNoWriMo novel which meant it was time to start on my new novel. I’ve been hunting around for some character names to use, and I thought I’d share some that I found and liked but didn’t fit my characters. Feel free to use these names if they are perfect for your character! 🙂

Sabin is a Latin boy’s name that means “from the Sabines.” The Sabines were a race of people in Italy. According to legend, the Romans slaughtered the Sabine men and carried off their women. The most famous Sabin is the first name of the main character from the video game Final Fantasy VI. Although not very popular, I think Sabin is a great name.

Astra is a girl’s name. The name means “of the stars” and is either based on the Greek word “aster” or the Latin word “astrum.” It already has a sci-fi legacy with Princess Astra from classic Doctor Who. Like Sabin, Astra is not a common name, but I think both names would be great for a fantasy or sci-fi book.

What do you think of these names? Would you use them for your characters? Comment below and tell me!

~ Kayla

Character Names – Daxton and Bravery

Today is Day 3 of Camp NaNoWriMo. So far, I’ve been having a great time meeting and learning about my two main characters, Bravery and Daxton. In today’s post, I thought I’d share a bit more about their names with my readers. Feel free to use these names, but remember, they were mine first! 😉

Daxton is a boy’s name that comes from the name of a town in France according to some sources. Some say Daxton is just an invented name created in recent times. Whatever the case, Daxton is catching on as a baby name as is its shortened form, Dax. Probably the most famous Dax is Jadzia Dax from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. (She’s my favorite character on that show. 🙂 ) I chose the name for my character after hearing it in a YouTube video. I really liked the sound, and it had the perfect “bad boy” vibe to fit my character’s personality. My Daxton is considered to be a threat to society since he refused the “Peace Pill.” Because of that choice, Dax is shut away from the rest of the population.

Bravery is a boy’s name and a very unusual name at that. In keeping with the name, I am courageously choosing to use it as a girl’s name. Of course, my story is set in a dystopian future, so maybe the name is more popular then?  😉 She will definitely have to live up to her name because one of the themes in my novel is self-sacrifice. I’m excited because I already have a line planned for Daxton to say that works really well with the name Bravery. To my knowledge, no one else has used this name for a girl.

What do you think of these two names? Would you use them for your characters?

~ Kayla

Character Names – Rowen and Serenity

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on a new novel idea. I’m not sure if it will go anywhere, but it’s been a fun project to work on between April’s NaNoWriMo and July’s. Today I’m sharing the two main characters’ names. Feel free to use these names, but remember, I did have them first! 😉

Rowen is a unisex name. I’ve chosen to use it as a guy’s name. You can spell it either “Rowan” or “Rowen.” I prefer the “e” way myself. It’s Irish/Scottish and means “little red head.” Spelled with an “a,” it is also the name of a tree that produces little red berries. My Rowen is close to becoming a high school dropout, and he’s much more interested in video games and TV shows than schoolwork. However, when he and my girl character team up to solve a mystery, Rowen proves that he’s actually pretty smart – he just doesn’t like school.

Serenity, an English girl’s name, means “peaceful.” I chose this name because my Serenity is a pretty unique girl and needed an unusual name. She is a genius, especially with computers and engineering. While she isn’t exactly arrogant, she knows what she’s good at, and she is easily irritated by Rowen’s “stupidity.”

What do you think of these two names? Would you use them for your characters? Comment below and tell me!

~ Kayla

Character Names – Iri and Senara

“Welcome to my home, Stonewater Heights.” That’s how Storm, the sequel to my novel Snow, starts. And today, I’m sharing the names of my two main characters from the novel, Iri and Senara. Feel free to use these names, but remember, they were mine first. 😉

Iri is a rare boy’s name, pronounced “Eye – ree.” I first found the name here (meaning-of-names.com). According to this site, Iri is a Hebrew name that means “fire or light.” This worked perfectly for my character because in my books my race of characters have powers over nature, and the names I choose always refer to what they have control over. Iri, as you might have guessed, has power over fire. My Iri is Senara’s trainer, or the person who helps her learn how to control her power. He’s brutally honest and definitely a leader.

Senara is a girl’s name. Even though the name starts with an “s,” it’s said ze-NAH-rah. There was a Cornish saint named Senara, who some say was a mermaid. The name has nothing to do with the sea, but actually means “light.” As Senara has power over lightning and electricity, I thought it was a great fit for her. Senara is tough, fiery, and independent, and she doesn’t exactly lives up to the “saintly” connections of her name.

Would you use these names for one of your characters? Have you come across any interesting names lately? Share below!

~ Kayla

Character Names – Kieran and Lark

Last month, I shared two names I wasn’t using for my Camp NaNoWriMo novel. I had realized I’d chosen too many names starting with “Al” or “El” and had to change some. Well, today I’m sharing two of the names I did use for Camp NaNoWriMo. Feel free to use these names, but just remember, I did have them first! 😉

Lark is a girl’s name. It is of English origin and means “songbird.” According to Google, the name also has the meaning of “something done for fun, esp. something mischievous or daring; an amusing adventure or escapade.” That second definition fits my Lark very well! She’s the main character and tends to get herself into all sorts of scrapes as she is trained to be the stand-in for the real Queen. She is quirky, slightly crazy, and tends to be a bit proud. I loved the name Lark because it is simple, yet beautiful.

Kieran is a boy’s name. It’s Irish and means “little dark one” according to nameberry.com. It’s also the name of an Irish saint known for his generosity. While the name has saintly connections, my Kieran is anything but a good guy. Kieran starts out as charming, trustworthy, and kind. He becomes good friends with Lark, and she eventually trusts him with her biggest secret: that she’s not really the queen. Unfortunately for Lark, Kieran works for the villain, and ends up betraying her.

Both of these names are very versatile, and I could see them used in all sorts of genres from fantasy to contemporary fiction.

What do you think? Would you use Kieran and Lark on your characters? Comment below! 🙂

~ Kayla

Character Names – Alvar and Elva

It’s only 11 days until Camp NaNoWriMo which means I’m busily plotting out my book, deciding on main characters, and, my favorite part, naming the main characters. I’ve been searching for the perfect character names all week. Unfortunately, not every cool name I dug up was “the one” for my characters. Today, I’m sharing two names I loved that I had to sadly scratch off the possible name list. Feel free to use these in your writing, but there’s no guarantee that my next NaNo novel won’t feature a character bearing one of these names! 🙂

Alvar is a boy’s name. Its German meaning is “fair, white” according to http://nameberry.com/babyname/Alvar. Its Finnish or Swedish meaning of “elf army”  comes from the Old Norse name Alfarr, according to http://www.behindthename.com/name/alvar.com. The most famous bearer of this name was a Finnish architect named Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto. I originally had chosen this name for my evil nobleman who was planning on taking the throne. I had to change his name, however, when I realized that I had four characters who had names starting with “Al” or “El.” I think Alvar would make a great villain’s name, whether he’s a nobleman or some other profession. 🙂

Elva is an anglicized Irish girl’s name. The original Irish name was Ailbhe. Elva means “leader of the elves” according to http://nameberry.com/babyname/Elva or just “elfin” according to many other sites. It used to be a very popular name about a century ago but has become more and more rare. Now, it’s an almost unheard of name. I had picked Elva to be the name of one of the queen’s servants. Alas, like Alvar, it was one “Al” or “El” too many, and I was forced to cut it. Elva would make a great name for a historical fiction piece since it was a popular name in times past.

What do you think of these two names? Would you use them for your characters?

~ Kayla

Character Names – Chakotay and Kes

Star Trek characters have some great names. From Jean-Luc to Jadzia, the names in the series are original and unique. In fact, they are so cool, I decided to feature two of them in this blog post! This set of Trekkie names comes from Voyager. I went with Voyager this time around since it’s the Star Trek series I’m currently watching. Feel free to use these names, but with fair warning: Star Trek had them first! 😉

Chakotay is a boy’s name created for Voyager‘s first officer who is of Native American descent and a former Maquis. The funny thing about this Star Trek name is that it’s not actually Native American. It’s just a name created by the writers of the show for the character. The name is supposed to mean “Man Who Walks the Earth But Who Only Sees the Sky,” but the meaning is made up as well. Still, Chakotay is a pretty cool name, made up or not. However, this name might be a little hard to use on a character since the name was created specifically for the Star Trek character. Of course, if you’re looking for a name with Star Trek connections, then Chakotay might be the one!

Kes is a character from the first three seasons of Voyager. She is an Ocampa and is telepathic. Also, in my opinion, she has the cutest outfits in the entire series, hands down. 😉 The name Kes is actually a very rare English boy’s name meaning “falcon,” although I think it still works fine for Star Trek‘s Kes. However, if you’re looking to minimize the Trek connection, I think it would be better to use it as a boy’s name.

What do you think of these Trekkie names? Would you use them for your characters or does the connection to Star Trek rule them out?

Live long and prosper!

~ Kayla