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  • ProfessorLittle
    ProfessorLittle
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    Hello, I’m writing a YA Dystopian novel with a Queen and time travel, yes I’m crazy. Anyway, I need a name for the Queen’s son. I had picked Brendan, nn Bren, but I’m not loving it. His parents are Demetria and Rexford, his sister is Persephone Kandance (Kandy), and I think I want his middle name to be Leonidas. His mom loves Greek culture ;)

    Character traits: Smart, optimistic, humble, adventurous, loves the Beatles and History books.

    Other men in my story: Ames, Malcolm, Jasper, Jon, Jacob, Rex.

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  • TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
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    Hmm, I went through a list of figures from Greek mythology, maybe:
    Ares, Hector, Jason, Phoebus, Nyx, Charon, Orion, Thanatos, Boreas, Ajax, Zethus, Cadmus, Theseus, Branchus, Briareus.

    Or, stick with just his middle name as obviously Greek, and find a different unique name for his first name. If you like the nickname Bren, maybe something like Brenton, Brenner, Brentland. Or something along the same lines, other Br- names like Bradford, Bram, Brandt, Bretton, Brighton, Broderick, Bronson.

    When naming characters, you can sneakily say some things about them with the name, without making it blatantly obvious to all readers. For example, if he’s humble, find a name meaning humble, like Paul and it’s varients – Paolo, Pablo, Pavel. If it’s going to be revealed later in the story that he’s afraid of heights or something and is going to overcome that, find a name that relates to flying or birds. You can come up with something clever if you put some thought into it and do some searches for specific meanings.

    As a writer myself, I’d also recommend mixing up the styles and length of names you use. For example, you have a lot of short J names right now, so stay away from any more of those. You also have very few names longer than 2 syllables, so maybe look for something on the longer side. It makes it a lot easier for readers to tell characters apart if the names are all very different.

    Hope that helps!

    ProfessorLittle
    ProfessorLittle
    Participant

    Thanks for you reply! I had considered keeping Leonidas with the nn Leo, but wasn’t sure if it was too much. It means brave lion, and I want him to be brave.

    I was disliking the Br- nn, so I want to avoid those names. It actually has the hidden meaning of Prince, which is what he is, so that was the main reason I picked it. He is going to be a main character and possible love interest, so it needs be an attractive name.

    The short J names are mostly family members, so I shouldn’t need to do anymore of those. Thanks for the advice! This is my first novel, so it’s a learning experience! I’m on the 7th chapter and about to introduce this character, so I want to have it picked!

    Maybe Leonidas Alexander or Alexander Leonidas?

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    I think Alexander could be great! Very royal, yet normal enough to not really be obvious.
    I think Leonidas is a really cool name, and it definitely works fine as a middle name, but I also think most people these days will see it and immediately think of the movie 300 and that whole story. I tend to advise staying away from character names that make the reader think of something else that’s currently popular or really well-known. It makes people picture that person/character instead of making up a picture for your character. It can be done, but it’s kinda risky. Especially for main characters.

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