Character Name

Trying to decide on a character name.  Book will be in the YA fantasy sort of genre.

Other main character names- Sirona, Laila, Dylan

Eamon

Tiras

Calix/Calyx

Ewan

Harlin

Silas

 

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August 31, 2018 8:47 AM

For a girl/boy - Ashlyn, Bronte, Calista, Drew, Elodie, Indigo, Indi, Jessmyn, Kayla, Mallory, Nasha, Olive, Portia, Quinlyn, Quinlee, Reyne, Skye, Tatum, Verity, Xanthe, Zola

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August 31, 2018 9:05 AM

Oh sorry, the names I've decided on are Sirona, Laila and Dylan.

I was hoping to pick a name from the others listed for one of the male protagonists.  But I'll definitely keep the other names suggested in my pocket for additional/side characters.  Thanks!

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September 11, 2018 1:45 PM

For maximum "contrast" (important to me as a reader for keeping names straight) I like Tiras, Calix, and Ewan. I kind of prefer the spelling Calyx, but the -yla- of Dylan would make the -aly- of Calyx trickier for me. You do have -ila- in Laila, but the high-scrabble-value of Y makes it a more important identifying characteristic for names, even in the middle. Ewan feels the most unambiguously-gendered of these, if that matters to you. (In general, if gender fluidity isn't a part of the characterization, I find clearly-gendered names help me keep better track of who's-who.)

Eamon and Harlin would be second-tier choices. Harlin shares a whole syllable with Dylan and is also a surname-name, but it at least looks pretty different. Eamon is pretty distinct (as distinct as Ewan), but I'm never quite sure how it's supposed to be pronounced, which is something I dislike in character names. The whole time I'm reading there's a bit of an itch, a metaphorical pebble in my shoe, over whether it's Eamon-rhymes-with-layman or Eamon-rhymes-with-semen...or maybe Eamon-rhymes-with-lemon? You could get around this with a very clear explanation and mnemonic early in the book, though.

As a name, I really like Silas, but in this case it looks a little like a mash-up of sounds from all your other main characters' names, which drops it down the list for me.

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September 12, 2018 6:01 AM

For a book, I have most of the same criteria as nedibles.  I need to be able to distinguish the names quickly and easily.  So, while I love the name Silas, I would rule it out as too close to Sirona.  (Too much Si..)  For the same reasons as above, I like Calyx and Tiras.  (Ewan is probably fine; I'm a teacher and the name is ruined - otherwise I'd probably like it too.)