When I'm working on a story, I sometimes have trouble naming the main characters. It has to be just the "right" name. Something unusual, but not too unusual. Something that suits the characterization, the time period, and the place.
Once I name the main characters, I relax and start to write.
Wait a minute! Hold on!
All of a sudden the character's friends, family, teachers and/or employers pop up in the story. What the heck are their names??
There are always a lot more supporting cast members than I realize.
Here are some sites that help me:
Real Names and Meanings (International names):
Behind the Name (first names): http://www.behindthename.com/
Behind the Name (surnames): http://surnames.behindthename.com/
Popular Baby Names by Year:
Behind the Name: http://www.behindthename.com/top/
Social Security Admin: http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/index.html
Rank of Names Across the Decades :
(What YOUR NAME would be if you were born in a different decade)
Time Magazine/US Culture: http://time.com/3856405/baby-name-popularity/
(I had a lot of fun with this one!)
Fantasy Name Generators:
Name Generator (fantasy): http://www.namegenerator.biz/place-name-generator.php
Name Generator (real or fantasy): http://www.namegenerator2.com/town-name-generator.php
Writers Den: http://www.writers-den.pantomimepony.co.uk/writers-locations.php
RPG Tools: http://www.rpgtools.us/town.aspx
Vet Street (Dogs & Cats): http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/top-10-trendiest-cat-and-dog-names
Pet Names (any species): http://www.petnames.net/popular-pet-names.html
Title for Book or Story
Book Title Generator:
Author Fun (fiction, SF, Fantasy): http://selfpubauthors.com/2013/08/09/author-fun-random-title-generators/
Will Your Title Be a Bestseller?
Lulu Title scorer: http://www.lulu.com/titlescorer/index.php
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