Good names for characters? (I give 10 points in 1 hour)?

I'm sort of going with the flow and barely planning anything. I'm just starting to write my book with characters and I'll figure the rest later.

My first character is scarred from war (he was a spy) and was tortured almost to death, burned, skinned, etc... and he is about forty. His nickname is Sea Lion.

The second one is a young girl of eleven who is Sea Lion's ward, or more precisely his ransom. She has light brown hair cut to her shoulders and knows how to kill a pig for dinner but not how to pick out a nice celebration dress. Her nickname is Pup or Foxchild.

My third character is an adolescent girl who is the sister of Pup but doesn't know it. Her hair is light blonde and her eyes are brown. Her father is dead and her mother too so she lives with alone with her brothers and maids. She is kidnapped during the war and left to die over a period of six months in a small room (she's being fed but dies of typhus). Her nickname is Hellebore (a plant that grows in winter).

My fourth character is a young man in his early twenties, and enjoys writing. He writes all the time and loses inpiration until he meets Hellebore. He writes melancholic stories and poems about war and family and winter. He was tortured by the same people as Sea Lion so his back is covered in whip marks. His hair is dark brown and his eyes are light green. I don't have a nickname for him yet.

I use the nicknames for different reasons; Either because other people compare them to what their nickname is, or they call themselves that in their heads or they are just called like that for anonymity.

What should I name them? Preferably sort of old fashioned-names, nothing like Leah or Jayden. Also, maybe a few extra names for my minor characters? Thanks!

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  • Sam
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    6 years ago
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    Old fashion character names can be found here: (popular names of that era) -- for your minor charcters or main charcter...whichever. :-)

    1940s - http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/decades/names195...

    1920s - http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/decades/names192...

    1910s - http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/decades/names191...

    18th and 19th century names with nicknames - http://www.ctstatelibrary.org/node/2329

    15th century (female) - http://heraldry.sca.org/names/germ15f.html

    15th century (male) - http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/arval/agincourt/

    I would list the names that I thought were the best, but that would have taken far too long. Sorry. :3

    Names that, by definition, are connect to their nickname:

    Sea Lion.

    Lavi - "lion" in Hebrew

    Ardeshir - meaning "great warrior" or "lion-king" in Middle Persian

    Alta - Thousands of feet above sea in Latin

    Lew - "lion" Polish form of Yiddish Lev, meaning "lion."

    Tau - African Tswana and Egyptian name meaning "lion."

    Pup/foxchild

    This one was a challenge, I ran a bunch of searches on the name "pup" but was met by a bunch of empty information. So, I'm just using the description you gave.

    Rafa - "happiness" in Arabic (When I hear the name Foxchild, I think fun and happy)

    I had difficultly with this one, I admit.

    Hellebore.

    This one was a bit difficult, so I found names that meant "strong", "survivor", "death", and "winter".

    Lacon - "Spartan" (Which are known for their fierce and ruthless nature...but they were one greatest warriors of all time)

    Glacia (“GLEY-shuh,)” a futuristic sound that elicits imagery of glacial ice (cold)

    Ivory - he material of walrus tusks (cold)

    Poppy - arctic poppies are among the few flowers found in the frozen region

    Eirween - means "white snow" in Welsh

    Eirwen - means "white as snow" in Welsh

    Gitta - means "Strong" in Celtic

    Isa - "strong willed" in German

    Morana - Slavic name meaning "death." In mythology, this is the name of a goddess of death and winter.

    Valdis: Swedish and Norwegian form of Old Norse Valdís, meaning "goddess of the slain in battle."

    Mulan - magnolia blossom". I know it has nothing to do with the above, but I always thought of name as tough. I'm bias because whenever I hear the name Mulan I think of the movie Mulan, which isn't altogether bad. Mulan from the Disney movie was a warrior, she refused to allow circumstances that she couldn't help prevent her aiding her father despite her lack of athleticism.

    Third character.

    Using just the information you gave:

    (connection to Sea Lion)

    Leonid - Russian, meaning "lion's son."

    Leonty - Russian Leontiy, meaning "lion-like."

    Nenee - means "lion-like"

    Paine - means "pain"

    Ashling - means "dream, vision", English (I imagine your character escapes reality through his stories and poems...or to help cope with it)

    Ulfah- Persian female name means "Familiar'

    Langundo - Native American name meaning “peaceful”

    Tormey - Irish name meaning “thunder spirit”

  • 6 years ago

    boys

    Breccan

    Barnabas

    Peregrine

    Calloway

    Cashel

    Casimir

    Cosmo

    Lorcan

    Maxfield

    Oberon

    Orson

    Ozias

    Redmond

    Romulus

    Rufus

    Serge

    Stellan

    Thornton

    Vaughan

    Walden

    Win

    Calder

    Callum

    Maglorix

    Nicanor

    Noam

    Vander

    Xanthias

    Abraxas

    Draven

    Felix

    Edgar

    Mortimer

    Milton

    Chester

    Nicandro

    Calix

    Coltrane

    Roth

    Nicasio

    Lorenzo

    Girls

    Ambrosia

    Augustina

    Bellamy

    Branwen

    Caia

    Celestia

    Clementina

    Clio

    Cornelia

    Domino

    Elspeth

    Federica

    Henrietta

    Honora

    Ione

    Isolde

    Jezebel

    Olympia

    Ondine

    Paz

    Pippa

    Sabra

    Saskia

    Verena

    Desdemona

    Drusilla

    Arachna

    Arella

    Xanthe

    Acantha

    Nissa

    Hazel

    Mabel

    Lucasta

    Eugenia

    Myrtle

    Penelope

    Dariela

    Veronique

    Feodora

    Francesca

  • 6 years ago

    1st Character - Leo Seaten

    2nd Character - Tilki Martine

    3rd Character - Vera Martine

    4th Character - Jacques Sorrow

    But Idk what you can do for a nickname for him. The first name was random, but I got Leo from Lion in Sea Lion. The second name I made because Tilki is "fox" in Turkish. The third name was chosen because "veratrum" is Hellebore in Latin. And the last name was entirely random since you gave no nickname for him. I got the Sorrow part because you said he had been tortured, but the Jacques just came to me because I thought it suited him. Hope that was of use

  • 6 years ago

    1st character - Sean/Shawn Harrison

    2nd character - Sammy or Vera Larkin

    3rd character - Georgia/Georgina Larkin

    4th character - Elliot or William King

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