Character traits are important when creating story people. Below is a list of the major and minor #characters from my award-winning #thriller, River Bones, Sara Mason Mysteries Book One. Notice that I have given the true life meanings of the names as well as what part they play in the story.
The female #protagonist, needs to be likable and strong, so I chose Sara, which means princess, also daughter of Atlas. Mason means a person who works in stone. In the story, Sara ends up determined, yet a bit reserved, strong. She’s also remodeling a home.
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A Mystery / Thriller
(The original Sara Mason story.)
Peruse the rest of the names and their meanings and stations in the story. I saw another writer make these lists and it really made sense to me. Character personalities are important and can start with a name. When it came to naming my female protagonist as I briefly described her above, I certainly wouldn’t list her with a name and meaning like this: Germain Whitman (loud of voice, white haired); now could I?
These are the story people whose character traits standout through the entire story..
Some character traits are omitted on a few of the following
people simply because I couldn’t find any. And yes, I also look for meanings
for minor characters as well when I can locate them. The characters listed below may or may not speak at all in the story, or very little.
More and more people are paying particular attention to names of characters. To those of us who delve deeply into creating this type of authenticity of our stories, and enjoy doing so, we will be able to spot incorrect names and usages in others’ stories. Yet, to others, this is unimportant. I, however, love the research of it all.
If you’re interested in naming your story people with character traits apropos to the parts they play, many books can be found with names and their meanings. In certain instances, it's wise to search for baby names, which have their own books. I've used several different publications, but the one I keep going back to is The Writer’s Digest Character Naming Sourcebook, by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Have fun naming your characters.