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Subject: Re: In Desperate need of Names and Constructive Criticism
Author: klundtacular   (Authenticated as klundtacular)
Date: July 24, 2012 at 6:45:29 AM
Reply to: In Desperate need of Names and Constructive Criticism by Quinn T. Senchel
Have you look at the ethnic name pages? There are two pages of Arabic male names http://www.behindthename.com/php/browse.php?type_gender=1&operator_gender=&value_gender[]=masculine&type_usage=1&operator_usage=&value_usage[]=arabic. One page of male Turkish names http://www.behindthename.com/php/browse.php?type_gender=1&operator_gender=&value_gender[]=masculine&type_usage=1&operator_usage=&value_usage[]=turkish. Personally I like Umut because it means "hope" and there is an irony there. It's also not that difficult for an English speaker to say in their minds. Here are the Persian names http://www.behindthename.com/php/browse.php?type_gender=1&operator_gender=&value_gender[]=masculine&type_usage=1&operator_usage=&value_usage[]=iranian. One page of Turish surnames http://surnames.behindthename.com/names/usage/turkish and another of Arabic surnames http://surnames.behindthename.com/names/usage/arabic. And seven names under Iranian http://surnames.behindthename.com/names/usage/iranian.

There are two pages of male Irish names http://www.behindthename.com/php/browse.php?type_gender=1&operator_gender=&value_gender[]=masculine&type_usage=1&operator_usage=&value_usage[]=irish. And two pages of Irish surnames http://surnames.behindthename.com/names/usage/irish.

A conversation we often have on this board regarding names for characters is that really you ought to think about the parents of the character. What would they want their child to be called and why. The only caveat for that is if your character forced people to call him by a nickname or something.

I'm not a fantasy reader (I don't care for the conventions) so I can't really tell you in that specific genre if your story is cliche or too complex. I would suggest that since you're not using English names that you make sure visually your names don't look similar (length, letters) so that the character are easier to tell apart.

~Raging and quivering female mass of hormones and tosser of Dark Side Cookies™ (trade marked by Etoile)

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