We all know the names of Pippi, Ramona, Winnie, Sherlock, Charlie Bucket, Harry Potter, and many more.
Character names represent more than a word on a piece of paper. The name of the character comes to life and becomes a real person throughout a novel.
Authors take great care in naming their characters. The ideas can come from many sources and places of inspiration.
In my children’s book, Turtle Tube: An Erutuf National Park Novel, I selected the names of Reese and Dean by using my children’s middle names. Reese and Dean fit their characters really well.
I based other characters’ names on their personalities and characteristics. I even changed a name at one point. Olivia was originally named Eva. In the editing process, I discovered that Eva and Emma were too similar of names to have in this book. I couldn’t imagine changing Emma, so opted to change Eva to Olivia.
I’m working on the second book in this series and need a name for a 5 year old boy character. I decided to ask for some help and who else best to help than a class of children. 🙂 A local fourth grade class agreed to help and all wrote down name suggestions on pieces of paper for me to review.
I love the suggestions! I am really impressed how serious the students took this task and wanted to help.
Thank you to Mrs. Anderson’s class for all these thoughtful and creative suggestions!
“Now, Harry you must know all about Muggles, tell me, what exactly is the function of a rubber duck? ~ Arthur Weasley
I love Arthur Weasley’s character! I love his desire to learn and his love of family and friends. He’s a great father in literature. Fathers exist all over children’s literature as well as quotes about them. Enjoy this one particular quote above from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there (and all the fictional ones too)!