Find names for your characters? I’ve read loads of books and have always wondered where the names come from.
Are they family names? Television or movie inspired? Heritage-toned?
Mine are all of the above. Plus sometimes I seek help from either a baby name book or a particular heritage’s website for genuine names. Or even religious/biblical names.
For example, in Ranch Hands, Sid is for Sidney, Austrailia. Roger was a coworker’s name. Jerry is for Jerry Springer.
Another example is For the Heart of Phillip, Phillip with the 2 L’s is uncommon, and that’s why I liked it. Robert of course, Andrew, David…all biblical names and/or kings. I will often use royalty/biblical/family/heritage-driven names first over anything contemporary.
How about you? Do you follow the baby name trends and use their list or make up your own?