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What’s in a Name? Pick Your Favorite!

I’m gonna have a little fun today.  Partly because I’m still nursing my Labor Day buzz, and partly because I have a helluva time making decisions.  (Hey, I’m a Libra.  It’s in the job description.)

I’m just about done with edits on my current obsession manuscript.  One of the last things I need to do before I send it out into the big bad publishing world for consideration is change some character names.  Apparently, my subconscious had a love affair with names that start with R, D, C and L.  I’m sure there’s something Freudian about my initial selections, but figuring out the deeper meaning would cost time and money—neither of which I have in abundance.

So, I’m going to ask you guys to help me decide.

Below are male and female names I’ve narrowed it down to.  (I know, I know—not very “narrowed down” at all.  But, like I said, decisions and me don’t always play nice.)  I’ve got to replace five male and three female names.  One of them is for the hero, so if one sounds super “heroish”, be sure to let me know.

And remember—this book is a Paranormal Romance.  So, no handwritten entries for Bob, Suzy, Ted, or Sally. (Although, any cool, paranormal sounding names SHOULD be written in.)

Have fun, and thanks for helping!


Male Names Female Names
Baron Blanche
Beck Briza
Benjamin Brynn
Blaze Easton
Breccan Edana
Breck Elana
Brenton Elle
Brock Evanora
Brogan Evianna
Bryce Fawn
Brayan Faye
Bradan Fiona
Eamon (Ey-mon) Freya
Eli Hayden
Elias Hera
Erik Ines
Eryx Ione
Falon Iris
Finn Isidora
Fionn Isolde
Hart Ivy
Herron Kenna
Heston Neva
Holden Nyx
Hunter Orla
Ian Peri
Ike Phebe
Issac Tara
Kai Trinity
Kazan Una
Keegan Valdis
Kingsly Verena
Knox Xanthe
Pax (Paxton)
Xan / Xander


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  • Reply
    September 4, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Names are weird, aren’t they? I have to know something about my characters before I know their names. Because of my Blind Sight hero’s character (hard guy on the outside, really good nice guy inside) I knew I needed a name with two syllables the first beginning with a hard consonant the second a softer one. Marilyn suggested Keegan. Perfect!My heroine was a touch psychic, so I could only imagine one name for her–Cassandra. (I don’t know why, it just was.)
    So tell us about their characters. It’ll make it easier. 🙂

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      September 4, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Details, huh? Ok. The hero is king of the Myren race–they’re like us, but an amped up, 2.0 version with all kinds of fun powers. I like to think of him as quiet confident strength. The kind of guy who always keeps his head. Well, almost always. When Lexi’s in danger, look out. All bets are off at that point. Oh, and naturally, he’s HOT.

      The rest are all secondary characters. One is the heroine’s BFF (a guy)–a PI from right here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Another (woman) is a legendary leader of a rebellion that’s out to topple the hero from his throne.

      That help? It’s not all of them, but it gives you something to think about.

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    Susan Jaymes
    September 4, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I like Zane for the male name and Hayden for the females name.

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    September 4, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I like Eryx for the male lead.
    I also like York, Taliesin, Kai, and Baron for the rest of the male names.
    I like Zanthe for the leader of the rebellion.
    I also like Peri and Trinity for the other females.

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    kim cleary
    September 5, 2013 at 3:57 am

    I love the female names: Freya, Hayden and Phebe. I struggle with men’s names too! Out of the list above … maybe Breccan, Brogan, Herron, Patrin, Wesley. Brogan sounds heroic 😛

    Good luck!!!

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    September 5, 2013 at 8:58 am

    For good female characters, I love Evianna, Evanora, Kenna and Trinity.
    For the bad girl, Freya, Isolde or Phebe.

    Some of the female names are unisex, so be careful about that. Okay for a fairly minor character, but if a heroine has a unisex name, the hero needs an obviously male name, or vice versa.

    On the men’s names, I like Erik and Pax, but Zane is my favorite. (I heard on a TV show last week: “Eric with a c? Warm and cuddly. Erik with a k? Bad-ass and tough.”)

    • Reply
      September 5, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Loving all the feedback. It’s cool to see similarities and differences.

  • Reply
    September 9, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Heya! I like Eryx, Not a fan of Zane. Like Brock and Finn would be good for someone who was comical. And female, I like Elana. 🙂 I know I’m late answering and you prob have names picked out, but that’s my 2 cents.

    I miss you girls!

    • Reply
      September 9, 2013 at 9:09 am

      How about Eryk? Instead of Eryx? T.D. made the suggestion and it’s kind of growing on me. 🙂

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