Confession: I love Googling baby names.
Sometimes for research. Sometimes for no reason at all.
Yesterday, as I was remembering all the main characters I've ever come up with, I thought about how I named them. Then I found a connective thread--all of their names have meanings that are evident in their personalities.
Let's take my name, for example. I am Amparo. It is in Spanish.
In Spanish, my name means:
2) shelter; refuge
Do I offer protection and shelter to others?
Some people would say, "Sure. In a very... stalker-ish way... *flees*"
Others would say, "Ha! Amparo, PROTECTIVE??? *dies laughing*"
Others would say, "Who the heck is Amparo? And what is his problem? *rolls eyes*"
So. According to my parents, I was born to protect and shelter.
Very kind of them.
Anyway, character names. They have meanings. If you're anything like me, your fake people will probably behave according to what their name means. Because of this, I figured it would be very protective and shelter-y of me if I helped y'all out. You know, to make sure your characters have the best names possible.
Here are a coupe gems:
If your MC can rock-climb while asleep, or is related to Jensen Ackles, you can name him...
If your MC is a high maintenance girl with neon fuschia nails and a pony, you can name her...
If your MC is in a Southern setting and has a beer belly, you can name him...
If your MC is an elf/dwarf/wizard/hobbit walking around an epic fantasy manuscript, you can name him...
If your MC is the belle of the ball and has a great time socializing with all sorts of people, you can name him...
There you go. Options, galore. :)
Now tell me: do you research baby names with particular meanings for your characters??