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A Cool First Names List for Character Creation
Coming Up With Funny, Unique, Unusual, Cool or Strange First Names for a Character Can Make Them Unforgettable
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.
The list of first names found below will give you a good place to start in coming up with a name for your creation, especially when paired with a memorable last 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.
Name suggestions for girls can be found in the top half of the article, while name suggestions for boys can be found in the bottom half.
The Ever Growing List of Cool and Unique Girl Names
Cool First Names For Girls A-G
Brandy (This drink played a big part in my sister's conception; her name is Brandy.)
Chloe (For some reason Chloe and Zoey get mixed up quite often.)
Eunice (Definitely an old-fashioned first name for a girl.)
Fiona (Derived from Gaelic word fionn meaning "white or fair".)
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More Cool Girl Names H-P
Jillian (People often shorten this one to "Jill".)
Tips For Coming Up With First 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?
Girl Names Q-Z
Bad Guys Need Good Names Too
The Ever Growing List of Cool and Unique Boy Names
Cool First Names For Boys A-G
Cain (This name comes with a bit of baggage.)
Eagle (An unusual name inspired by a majestic animal. A trend that will continue?)
More Cool Boy Names H-P
Hassan (An Arabic name that means "to be beautiful or good".)
Magnus (“great” in Latin)
Noah (Not really one of the more common of the "Bible names".)
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.
Get Crazy With Those Names
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How do you feel about someone changing their names?
Boy Names Q-Z
Simon (Be prepared for some "Simon Says" jokes.)
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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