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Updated on November 10, 2018
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Baby Name Ideas Can Be Used When Creating Your Character... Who Would've Thought

Coming up with unique, unusual or cool first names for your character can make them unforgettable; the best place to get started looking for them is by looking at baby name suggestions. Picking a good first name for a fictional character (or a real person, for that matter) is something that will impact their entire lives, and often in ways we (or they) can't even imagine. As much as we hate to admit it your first name always makes a big first impression, which can make people remember you more easily or take take them longer to remember you which, in turn, will take them longer to connect with you.

Although this article is written from the point of view of a writer, future parents will find it equally valuable when trying to pick a perfect name for there newborn. The list of names found below will give you a good place to start in when choosing something that, when paired with a memorable last name, will make a perfect full name. Keep in mind that a person's name is important. If you've ever picked a name for your character and then after writing a bit of your story, realized that the name just does not fit your character, then you know the importance of a good first name. First names can be plain, weird, odd or unique, but they must feel right; that takes time, patience and experimentation. I hope this list of names gives you a good starting point and wish you good luck in finding what you're looking for. Thanks for giving the article a chance.

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Adele Laurie Blue Adkins

Cool First Names For Girls

 
 
 
Abigail
Hadley
Amara
Fay
Zelda
Cassia
Louella
Ophelia
Beatrice
Samantha
Claudia
Tiana
Nadine
Yolanda
Shirley
Nicole
Nina
Isabelle
Davida
Colleen
Missy
Julia
Emma
Stella
Xandi
Antonia
Sophie
Greta
Winona
Marilyn
Constance
Tilly
Easter
Luna
Livia
Viola
Dimitra
Lauren
Beverly
Megan
Hayden
Audrey
Morena
Ximena
Sabrina
Fush
Bridget
Aditi
Pauline
Naomi
Ulyssa
Candida
Gal
Luana
Denise
Sasha
Kristen
Lexa
Sophia
Claire
Annabel
Vanessa
Lucilla
Vivian
Madeline
Cassandra
Lexi
Alena
Holly
Sybil
Qitarah
Meryl
Lucretia
Eva
Heather
Sienna
Paige
Gabrielle
Gillian
Stephanie
Haley
Rosa
Piper
Brooke
Nadja
Camille
Sandra
Xena
Selisa
Kay
Rachel
Tina
Connie
Blanche
Clarissa
Stacie
Olivia
Martine
Mercedes
Erika
Joan
Sharon
Susan
Brenda
Mary
Michelle
Laura
Bette
Lily
Amy
Lucy
Becky
Chloe
Brandy
Lindy
Tomorrow
 

Bizarre Rules for Naming Characters

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Eunice (An old-fashioned first name for a girl.)

Fiona (From the Gaelic word fionn for "white or fair".)

Indra (Sanskrit word meaning "possessing drops of rain".)

Jillian (People often shorten this one to "Jill".)

Tips For Coming Up With Character Names People Won't Forget

  • Extremely long or multi-word first names usually just end up being shortened into something that can be more easily remembered. In my opinion, these types of names should be avoided.
  • Short two or three letter names are not as common as you might think and can give a person's name a certain uniqueness, especially if paired with an interesting last name.
  • Knowing your character's ethnicity or race will determine what kind of first name to choose. Do you want to go with what is normal for a particular race or country or do you want to go against the norm.
  • Names that are hard to pronounce can come in handy if you want to introduce a comedic aspect to your story or film; what would be even better if you had people purposely mispronounce an easily pronounceable name to cause anger or embarrassment to a person.
  • Say the name out loud; you might even try carrying on a conversation with your character. Take notes on how it feels when when you say the name. Does it make you feel the way you want it to?

Bad Guys Need Good Names Too

Cool First Names for Boys

 
 
 
Kendrick
Tully
Olan
Abbott
Emiliano
Jacob
Griffin
Antonio
Duncan
Wesley
Marius
Ivan
Zed
Haskell
Colin
Phillip
Bodhi
Sergei
Gavin
Warren
Judd
Claude
Jehu
Adrian
Yannick
Roderick
Hedeki
Cyrus
Orson
Tiberius
Dale
Uyless
Dikembe
Sonny
Law
Duke
Christopher
Okaro
Aeneas
Afram
Drake
Enoch
Ethan
Raymond
Jordan
Neville
Walter
Ronnie
Willy
Ryan
Mads
Byron
Hector
Abe
Atticus
Cliff
Harry
Linnie
Robert
Samual
Vince
Tyler
Marcus
Kevin
Arthur
Baltasar
Lou
Glen
Luis
Storm
Mason
Fred
Albert
Mel
Peter
Quan
Marlan
Arlo
Scott
Devin
Jerry
Arn
Brandon
Noah
Bud
Larry
Rod
Thon
Ash
Grayson
Eagle
Diego
Maddox
Beck
Solomon
Gable
Otto
 
 
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Another Batch of Creative Names for Girls

 
 
 
Bryna
Jessica
Penelope
Claudine
Alisha
Rebecca
Queisha
Grace
Mila
Zoey
Katrin
Angelique
Amelia
Yadira
Hannah
Nikki
Karine
Octavia
Ursula
Shannon
Leslie
Felicity
Eliza
Athalia
Phyllis
Sissy
Pearl
Velma
Marisol
Kristy
Elizabeth
Monica
Faith
Helena
Summer
Mirim
Ima Jean
Edith
Jolie
Dorothy
Pamela
Simbi
Julianne
Zara
Evelyn
Cheryl
Bella
Carmen
Ingrid
Emily
Reese
Sidney
Uma
Willa
Kylie
Margo
Catherine
Asha
Louisa
Brittany
Tangie
Elisha
Marisa
Yasuo
Turia
Daphne
Lillian
Anna
Selma
Whitney
Ida
Daniela
Ally
Jennifer
Natalie
Opel
Lavinia
Sylvia
Eve
Christina
Kathy
Gail
Lena
Carla
Annie
Qamar
Ruth
Sandy
Molly
Judy
Bianca
Helen
Alice
Astrid
Jeri
Diara
Robin
Sally
Diana
Maggie
Olive
Kate
Inbee
Barbara
Autumn
Hilary
Janet
Peggy
Kim
Aissa
Minerva
Vita
 
 

More First Name Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure the name matches the time period. Some first names can belong in any point in history, while others are very unique to that particular era.
  • Paying attention to the ending movie credits can give you some name ideas. You can even mix and match to create something better than the movie had.
  • Knowing the meaning of a name can be useful, but only if it stands out or is integral to the story itself... and revealed at some point, of course.
  • Need a name in a pinch? Just look around the room you're in. Almost any object you find can be used as a first name, even if it's just a temporary name (Wall, Staple, Edge, Pen, Can, Powder, etc.).
  • Driving around town can reveal all kinds of inspiration for coming up with a good first name. Street signs, store fronts and directions can often lead to unusual names that people don't think of that often.
  • Try giving a boy a first name that traditionally belongs to a girl or giving a girl a name that traditionally belongs to a guy. I can tell you from personal experience that guys with girly names have a much tougher time in defending their name while growing up, which in turn often makes them tougher.

Cain (This name comes with a bit of baggage.)

Hassan (Arabic for "to be beautiful or good".)

Magnus (“great” in Latin)

Simon (Be prepared for some "Simon Says" jokes.)

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Even More Cool Names for Guys

 
 
 
Zachariah
Clint
Gunner
Jesper
Rusty
Sean
Ashton
Cotton
Wayne
Maurice
Gibbon
Nolan
Thiago
Ian
Hoyt
Darius
Lowell
Patrick
Xander
Cornelius
Cooper
Hans
Max
Angelo
Perry
Artem
Rex
Gerald
Lars
Dalton
Cam
Gord
Pico
Quincy
Yaegar
Radko
Cody
Hilmar
Ira
Oliver
Braylin
Julian
Tampa
Vinny
Larsrence
Norman
Edmond
Keon
Tevin
Sheldon
Franz
Kirk
George
Arnell
Gaston
Cos
Oscar
Curtis
Wilkie
Jushin
Zack
Rufus
Seth
Todd
Corey
Keith
Isaac
Dante
Rex
Terry
Sammy
Jake
Sam
Rey
Ed
Dennis
Balin
Bruce
Don
Brad
Austin
Fabian
Ignacio
Tadd
Quintus
Tyrell
Rafael
Enzo
 
 

Get Crazy With Those Names

One Final Cautionary Thought About Picking A First Name

Be very careful when choosing a name that describes or is starkly different from what a person looks like (i.e. a poor person named Charity, an albino named White, and so on). This can leave a sour taste in some of your audience, especially if they feel they are being specifically targeted. Some comedies are able to pull this off, but in my opinion, it's best to not try this tricky naming tactic.

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