I am fascinated by names.
As a teacher I see some bizarre names fly across my rosters. Some of those poor kids will be spelling out their "unique" names for people the rest of their lives, and never find a personalized bike license plate.
As a writer I agonize over choosing the perfect name for each character, so I am in awe when I come across character names that snap off the page.
Here are some of my recent favorites.
Major Ernest Pettigrew - His name sketches a serious and proper demeanor.
Mrs. Ali - Melodious and lovely which perfectly matches her graciousness.
Hazel and Augustus are the names Green selects for his teen main characters. I love the way he eschews current contemporary choices. These names told me to expect characters that were going to transcend the ordinary.
Say this aloud - Katsa
Do you hear the bite in the sound of the name? This character is a fighter.
Po - A prince who goes by a nickname taken from a beautiful tree in his kingdom that matches his eyes. Love that name origin story.
Saph - Named after his gorgeous sapphire eyes
Beatrice turned Tris - Another name with crispness that supports strength of character
What are some character names that have caught your fancy?
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