I've read in several threads that some people have difficulties finding fitting names for their characters (me included) — names seem to be such a minor thing, but it can actually be pretty hard to find the perfect name for a character or creature or species.
In this tutorial I list some of the criteria I use to find fitting names. Maybe my steps can be helpful for other people.
If you find mistakes or encounter problems, please let me know.
The tutorial includes information about how I choose fitting names for characters and some thoughts about different criteria like the sound of names, their meaning and catchiness.
Please excuse my poor English. I had to translate the whole thing and I hope you can understand my grammar.
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Thank you. Yes, you're right; the meaning of a name changes and also associations connected to it (sometimes even how popular and frequently used a name is can already change its effect on listeners/readers). But this "evolved" meaning can be very vague and that's why I would always start with the original meaning and go from there.
Rick might not be a fitting name for a king, but its full version Richard (because the original words rihhi (rich) and harti (hard) still have the appropriate meaning and feel to them).
Thanks. The font for the continuous text is Permian Slab Serif and for the headlines and highlights it's FKneoz.