People take great care in naming things: pets, buildings, inventions, discoveries, babies, characters in novels, and so on. Think about the care that went into the things you, yourself, have named. I wanted to name my daughter Elizabeth, but my husband nixed it. He said that by the time she printed “Elizabeth Dougherty” on her papers, she’d be worn out! We named her “Amy” instead, much shorter.
Sometimes a person’s name seems to fit his/her personality—or does the personality fit the name? What would you expect from someone named Winthrop Alexander Childress Freemont III? How would that differ from your expectations for Tom Joad or Dewey Dell Bundren? Names sometimes define or limit who we are or who we become. A person may have to “live up to” or “live down” a name.
Authors have free reign in choosing character names. What character names do you find particularly apt? Which have been posers for you? To budding fiction authors, this question might start an interesting discussion.