As a writer, I am always naming new characters. I usually don’t struggle too long before I pick one, often they come to me and I stick with them. Though lately, I have changed two character’s names after someone pointed out how the name connected to something that didn’t favor my character.
One question I hear when asking for help is, “Does the name have a special meaning?” It’s usually not something I take into consideration but maybe I should. I wonder how many writers do research before they name their characters. I looked at the meaning behind my name and found it was interesting.
Melisa – Bee (pronounced Mah-Lee-Sa)
Peterson – Rock or stone
Lewis – Reknowned or famous battle (this is my married name)
So I’m a busy bee, solid as a rock, and can put up a good battle when I need to. I guess that’s not too bad. It actually sounds very much like me.
When we named our children I didn’t put much stock in what the names meant as much as how they sounded to me. Choosing their names was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I waffled so many times, right up until the end. I’m more decisive with fictional characters apparently.
Have you looked up your full name? It might mean something heroic! If you are a writer do you put a lot of time researching your character’s name? What websites do you use?