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The Writer's Digest Character Naming Sourcebook

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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This book is extremely comprehensive and excellent for seasoned and aspiring writers. The listing by ‘cultures’ is extremely helpful for reference by what writers are actually writing about. It tells you where the names came from and their meanings making choosing a name all that much more fun and appealing.

AND you could also use it for potential baby names!

Also on http://lrjohnson13.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-writers-digest-character-naming.html ( )
  wolfangel87 | Nov 13, 2012 |
This is an excellent source for names and their meanings, although it is far from complete. Its particular strength is in providing names from different cultures or time periods, not to mention the sections in which other information about how naming works in a culture. Its biggest weakness is the lack of information on surnames--this book is good for given names only.

I would not use this as my single source for character naming, but then again, who would? But it's worthwhile as a primary source for first names presented by culture. ( )
  shabacus | Jun 7, 2012 |
Meh. Not worth it. The advice was really generic and the lists are not very extensive or very useful, in my opinion. If you want help naming your fictional characters you'd be better off looking at a few baby name books that talk about context as well as meaning (like Linda Rosencrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran's books) and, most importantly, using the internet. ( )
  meggyweg | Nov 9, 2011 |
The perfect source book for writers who need a quick name reference. Organized by nationality, you can find names from all around the world, from Armenian to Welsh. Wonderful! ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0898796326, Hardcover)

Call your characters by their right names. This book will help you. Now you won't have to use baby name books or your teelphone directory for ideas for character names. More than 20,000 character names are included right here, along with valuable instruction for selecting names, and how those names will affect your story.

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Writers give a lot of thought to naming characters. This resource helps take the uncertainty out of the process, offering over 25,000 first and last names organised by meaning & ethnic origin.

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