Creating characters is something I spend a lot of time doing. Most I the time it’s more like they find me rather than being invented by me. Understanding a character, getting to know them and what makes them tick isn’t always easy. The thing I struggle he most with though, is figuring out good names for them. Name generators, scrambling letters or browsing name lists and websites – it’s like wading a through bog.
Something I’ve resorted to doing is compiling my own lists of names, a name-bank if you will, and showing these lists to friends. I ask them if there are names they like and if they find some I put a mark next to the name and compile a new list with the chosen names. I repeat the process until I have a list of names that I am happy with.
Finding names that fit a personality makes things even worse. Sometimes I even go as far as building a character from the name and up.
How do you get names for your characters?