My totally cool critique partner Sandra Wickham posted today on the Inkpunks about the importance of naming characters with care. I’m a bit of a nitpicker about names (I often change my mind loads of times before I settle) so I totally get her point about knowing your character first, and taking the time to find a name that really resonates.
One the best things she provides is a list of helpful resources for researching names. I didn’t know about half of these (hmmmm holding out on me Sandra?).
To add to Sandra’s list, here’s some of my own:
So, bookmark these and file away under writer resources.