If you came here because you’re struggling with naming your characters, you’re not alone! Many writers struggle with finding the “right names.” I say “right” because, while there’s no such thing as a perfect name, a name is part of what shapes your character’s identity.
The importance of names in shaping characters shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, we’ve found that people are drawn to the sound of their own name to the point that people are more likely to choose professions and places to live if their name sounds similar to the option (the famous “Dennis/Dentist” study tells us more). Further, external perceptions (including those of your readers) are influenced by a person’s name. Numerous studies have found that certain names are perceived as more attractive and powerful, while others are associated with less positive characteristics.
This article explores the importance of names and provides 11 tips on picking the right one.