4 Great Resources to Help You Name Your Characters

4 Great Resources to Help You Name Your Characters lists four online resources offering multiple tools to help with naming characters from various eras and ethnic backgrounds.

Trying to name characters for your novel? It can be a challenge sometimes to select appropriate names for your characters especially if you’re trying to find ones from a particular era or ethnic origin. The list below offers some great tools to help you do this.

  1. Writing historical fiction? Check out the Social Security Baby Names site. This is an American site so may not work for everyone. The data is compiled from US born Social Security applicants from 1879. You can search:
    • Baby Name Data including:
      • Change in popularity of baby names
      • Popular names by decade
      • Popular names by state
      • Popular names in US territories
      • Top 5 names over the last 100 years
    • Top 20 all the way up to the top 1,000 names for any given year after 1879
    • The popularity of a particular name from 1900 onward
  2. Wikipedia offers lists of international first names that are currently popular.
  3. The Family Education site allows you to search for:
  4. Behind the Name offers several tools including:

So next time you’re scratching your head trying to come up with an amazing name for your heroine, hero or villain, check out these sites.

Know of any other sites to add to the list? Let me know in the comments.

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