Now how can anyone see him as a rough and tough anything with a name like Marion?
Sickly, small Tiny Tim was perfect in Dicken's A Christmas Carol. Tim or Timothy gives the impression of being timid so having a hulking werewolf hero by that name wouldn't seem quite right. Or how about a smooth-talking vampire by the name of Harry?
Oliver Twist seemed perfect for the little orphaned boy in the story because by a twist of fate his role is changed from one situation to another.
So what is in a name? Quite a lot really. Some names have carried throughout the ages. I hadn't realized how early the name Jane was used...from Biblical times even. I was thinking more Regency era. But some names, like Terry, are definitely not old world. So using them in a historical would be strange, unless that individual was a time traveler to the past!
Of course some names we might have an aversion to because of someone we've known in the past that gives that name a bad connotation. But no one else would feel that way. When we tried to decide on a name for our son, neither my husband nor I could agree--both of us had bad experiences with the names the other chose. I finally picked one out of the book of names. My mother always tells me of a girl's name she hates after all these years. LOL. So, yep, names can be a stickler. :)
I have a book, Naming Characters, plus I look up names on genealogy, historical, or location sites when I'm trying to find a name....for instance, for Allure of the Wolf, one of the Inuit's names was Annannok in the Canadian Arctic, so I used that for one of my secondary characters. It's a contemporary name and gives characterization to the character.
How do you feel about names? Ever not like the name of a character in a book because of past experiences? Ever felt it didn't suit the character? Ever fall in love with a character because of their name? If you had to name the guy in the photo at right, what would you call him? :)
Heart of the Wolf, Don't Cry Wolf