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Not sure where to put this so I thought advice seemed like the right place.

Most my life I have created various characters and various stories. Most never made it to paper. But the main problem I have always had was coming up with names for most of the characters. So I was wondering if anyone know or have some crazy idea of a way to come up with names for characters. Any help is appreciated
 

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My suggestion would be get a book that has suggested baby names for first names and a local phone book and just flip to a page and pick out a last name.
 

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I often like to use surnames from my family tree, names like Maynard, Ricketts, Scowcroft and McKenna that I know a bit about in terms of meaning and origin. I think what would be a good idea is to write down any first or last names you find interesting and build up a bank of these names that you could use to help you name your characters.
 

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You'd be surprised how many stories assign tag names to some fictional characters.
Example 1: When Zeus fathered Apollo and Artemis (to use the Greek names), their mother was called Leto; but Leto simply means "lady."
Example 2: In the original Welsh story of the quest for the Holy Grail, the knight who succeeds is called Peredur; but old Welsh Peredur and modern Welsh parod mean "the prepared" or "the ready" (compare the Latin paratus.)
Example 3: Jane Yolen's fantasy novella The Wild Hunt features a character called Gerund (as in leaping, hopping, skipping;a gerund is the present participle of a verb when it is used as an adjective).
 

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Maybe take names from who your characters might be inspired by or think of something that's catchy like a names that have the same first letters like Peter Parker or like a one syllable first name and 2 syllable last name.
 

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Are you looking for popular names or unusual names?
 
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