How do you choose names?
Whether you need a name for a character in your novel, a horse, a new puppy, or even a new baby - names can leave people stumped.
Personally - I love choosing names.
When I used to sell horses with my dad, we'd always try to give the horse a great name, like Latigo or Dreamer, because it helped them sell.
When I raised donkeys, we got to use great names like Jasmine, Buttons, Peaches, Chester, and Grace.
But how about characters in the book you're working on? Do you use regular names - like Jake, or Sarah, or Annie? Or unusual names? - like Heron (from my book FINDING CHANCE) or Mandarin (love that name, from LIKE MANDARIN, a new YA novel by Kirsten Hubbard.)
I've used names from geography, and named characters after rivers, or deserts, or cities.
Here are some websites to get you started:
I've used this last one a lot. At the bottom, if you click on Top 1000 popular baby names, you can search by year and sex, which means whether your book is set in 1911 or 2011, you can find an appropriate name.
Also, if you think your book might be published in, maybe 3 years (2014) and will be for 10-year-olds, you can search popular baby names for the year 2004, and find appropriate names for classmates of that era. (Cool trick, huh?)
Or, you can go back in time, and just name your dog Homer (not Homer Simpson - way farther back than that, kids. *grin*)
How do you pick names?
Have any cool ones you care to share?