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Characters and Names by Florian-K Characters and Names by Florian-K
© Florian K., since 2014


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.

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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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includes: 3 × tutorial (1000 px) + 1 × tutorial (750 px); English version


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A-Sly-Fox Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Great article. I would also like to point out that one should consider the modern associations accompanying names. For example 'Dutch' use to mean from German descend but has been bastardized into it modern meaning of being from lower German of Netherlandisch descend. Another example may be the name 'Rick' which at one point might have conveyed the presence of a mighty and/or powerful ruler but this meaning has all but faded away. The name Rick has a light and idle (almost childish) tone to it which is why no modern King has been named Rick for quite some time now.

I would also like to compliment you on your beautiful editorial design! May I ask which typeface (font) you used for your bodytext and headers respectfully?
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Florian-K Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student General Artist

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.

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rik-akeront Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Great idea. Cool set of classified symbols, sounds and associations, thank you! :thumbsup:
I understand English is not good enough, but this article I was able to to read and I think it is useful and interesting.
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Florian-K Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks :)
I'm happy that my English is good enough that people are able to understand it.
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rik-akeront Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014   Digital Artist
:nod: :handshake:
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MeoAgcat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just realized that I unconsciously applied the "sound" and "look" thing on some character names before. This shed a new light on it. I'm going to remember this from now on! :D
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Florian-K Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I think this is something we all do. The sound is one of the most direct things we use to communicate, followed by the look. We subconsciously find appropriate sounds for things most of the time, but sometimes we lose them by trying to press them into fitting names without thinking about preserving the sound or look.
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MeoAgcat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wise words right there. :thumbsup:
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Hayatedragoon Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is unusually in-depth and you bring up some helpful ideas I would have never thought of! Thanks a lot for sharing your insight.
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Florian-K Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you. It's either in-depth or it's one of the walls of mumbling I usually create.
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