What are some good names for the male protagonist in a work of fiction?
What are some good names for the male protagonist in a work of fiction? Bob, Jim, John, Jack - no offense to the Bobs, Jims, Johns and Jacks of the world, but all boring. How about something different?
Try Sam or Cal. Why make it harder than it has to be? If the simple name fits, use it.
I posted a hub on this very topic.
That said I've made up much more complex names in some of my stories where the character needed the more complex name.
The way i view it is this: names portray character the second you look at it. Also, there is something linguistic about names that give the mind a certain vibe about it. Take this name: Brona (From The Shannara Series). If you sound the name "Bro" has a low tone and "na" holds that deep tone. Adding to this, different names also have different cultural reasoning. For example, "Keith" means wood or lumber.
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That is a really good site for names and their meanings. I would check it out.
Hi Jeff Gamble!
Here's my list.
1. Maximillian (not Max!)
2. Navram (I just made up the name 'Navram')
6. Alfonso (not Al!)
7. Bruggio (Does that sound vaguely Italian? I hope so; I made it up)
10. Vinton (not 'Winston' -- Vinton)
wingedcentaur - I think Maximillian and Renard were Bond villian names, which by default makes them great - Thanks for the list!
neildabb - Great Hub, thanks for the info and suggestion about the genealogies
KDuBarry - That's a good site to have bookmarked, thanks, very helpful
In defense of John and Jack, there is a very good reason they are commonly used names. Jack is a diminuative form of John, and John is the name given to an unidentified person (i.e. John Doe). The more simple the name, the easier it is for the reader to connect initially. The people who get the cool or wierd names are usually those who are seen as being big, important, or exotic. Authority figures that play prominent roles or villians get big, fancy names unless they are being portrayed as a faceless/everyday person.
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