Friday, June 8, 2018

More on Character Names

I am still questioning myself how I chose the names I chose for the characters in my diary novel. But each of them seems simple and common compared to what I read in this article.

Yeah, I don't seem to hear Katie anymore. Now it's Cady. Years before the movie Mean Girls, I encountered someone I believed to be name Katie (from the sound of how she said her name), only to find it was actually Cady. Cady, to me, looks more like a phonetic spelling of the the way some people pronounce Katie. At the same time, though, I did encounter someone named Katie, short for Kathryn.

And I would not use too many bizarre names in my books, given how much I hated my own name, never seeing it on souvenirs and growing up among a plethora of Jennifers, Karens, Lisas, Michelles, Stephanies, and the like. This was something I noted in my memoir. 

As I said, I'm still asking myself why I chose Martin as the name of the protagonist of my diary novel, but then again, I did not choose anything to bizarre. Same with some of the others in my book, such as Roderick, Everett, Jana and Janelle (twins).


Elephant's Child said...

So long as you are happy with the names, I don't think it matters where they came from.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I agree with Elephant's Child. If you are happy with the names, then they are the right ones. I have an odd name, too, and I know that it's hard for people to pronounce so I try to create names that make sense that way, even if they are different.