Name questions

I’m wondering how other people feel about female characters with names that are traditionally male. I’m not talking John or George. I’m thinking more like Ian, Ethan, Rhett, Nathan, Liam. I have a character that just won’t accept a feminine name.  She’s not boyish, I think she’s just stubborn. This is a girl who inadvertently caused the deaths of most of the human population. She steps up and tries to fix things. She joins the fight to save as many people as she can and stop the war that she knows is her fault.

I want her to have a strong name. In fact I’ve been looking up names that mean strong. I haven’t liked most of the female names for her. I almost liked a few that are feminized male names but not enough.  I have liked several male names. None of the ‘unisex’ names were quite right. My issue is I want to name her whatever I want but I don’t want my choice to throw off a reader. This particular story is pretty new and I don’t want to move too far ahead without knowing who this girl is.  She’s 16 or 17. I haven’t decided exactly what she looks like but I have a vague mental image going. I know she’ll appear more dainty than she is. She’s short and angry. She’s curious and speaks before she thinks, both of which help to cause a disaster. This story is forming oddly for me. I’ve never had another plot so clear in my head without knowing more about my main character.

I guess I’m hoping if I name her then I’ll start to figure her out. Naming characters is not one of my strong suits. For now I’ll go back to writing and typing in GIRL when I need to use her name.

My nanowrimo note for the day is I’m at 38,000. I have finished the rough draft for that. I know that sounds really short but not only is it a book for kids, I need to fill in a lot of holes. I must work on my description but I don’t want to get into editing mode so it will wait until December. I’ve moved on to the story mentioned above. Hopefully between the two of them I will get to 50,000


  1. I think that if you find the name that fits the character the rest is just technicalities. I think wouldn’t throw off the readers too much if you make a strong enough point that the character is a girl before giving away her name.

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  2. Naming characters against the norm is great. I have a few female characters like that. Edan is a good unisex name, and it isnt something shortened, like Sam for Samantha. Jordan is good, too. Avery, Parker, Riley or Raleigh. Just throwing some out there. They are good, strong names. You can always look up names and their meanings. I do that on occasion if I want a name to have a back-meaning, or mean something in another language.

    Great job on NaNo and best of luck in all your writing endeavors! 😀

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  3. The only name you listed that stood out for me was Rhett. I am sure you will find one that feels right for you.
    Thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs. I hope you continue to enjoy the posts. Léa

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