Re: Are there senpais that can teach me proper character naming?

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So yeah, I'm new to royal road because a friend of mine recommended this site for writing novels. I just created my account here so I have nothing worthy showing yet, but I had a draft sitting on my notes for a really long time and I wish to realize it into a proper book. But sadly I don't know how to do proper names for the characters, since I'm aiming for chinese characters. I noticed on many novels I had read that every name has a unique and poetic meaning. (i.e Qin Wentian = asking the heavens) 

I just wish to name my characters based on their families' traits and stuff. tia to those who'll respond to this humble one.

Re: Are there senpais that can teach me proper character naming?

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MortimusWasHere Wrote: I'm also a new writer here, and I've just had to deal with the same issue. Fortunately good old Google has your back and sites like this can be quite useful if you want some semblance of authenticity. As I'm not Chinese, I can't vouch for the accuracy of any of those sites, but it's far better than trying to simply make up appropriate names from scratch.
Wow thanks brother. This site definitely gave me great names to use.

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When I have problems with naming a character, I use the country-specific baby name's lists online. Here a couple for you to look at (I have especially chosen the Chinese one but there are lists for almost every country there is):
https://www.behindthename.com/names/usage/chinese
https://babynames.net/all/chinese
https://www.verywellfamily.com/chinese-baby-names-for-girls-2278467

I hope it is helpful. 

Re: Are there senpais that can teach me proper character naming?

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I use Fantasy Name Generators (https://www.fantasynamegenerators.com/); they have huge numbers of different name generators with a variety of themes and roots. Pretty much any real-world culture, current or historical, is represented, as well as a variety of fantasty/science fiction cultures. I just hit generate, scan the names it makes, and pick out one that sounds good. Sometimes it takes a couple goes to get a name I'm happy with, and sometimes I pick the family name from one and the given name from another, but it's not like there are rules or regulations to it, and the site is free.

Re: Are there senpais that can teach me proper character naming?

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Ariana Wrote: When I have problems with naming a character, I use the country-specific baby name's lists online. Here a couple for you to look at (I have especially chosen the Chinese one but there are lists for almost every country there is):
https://www.behindthename.com/names/usage/chinese
https://babynames.net/all/chinese
https://www.verywellfamily.com/chinese-baby-names-for-girls-2278467

I hope it is helpful.



Phenomenal resources. Also, if you Google something as specific as "most common names in Seoul 1980-2000" you'll probably get results. Most census and birth data is public and plenty of it's been digitized, now. You can even find data on Wikipedia. Some community groups have even founded websites where tourist-types and looky-loos (such as ourselves) can find limited census and birth data (such as nippon.com).

I usually gather up a series of relatively common first- and surnames and figure out which ones sound good together. Later, when I try to fit the character into the timeline of the rest of the world, I end up adjusting their birth years, thus further separating them from their foundational statistics.

I don't trust myself to invent names (unless something is particularly striking). While coming up with a name to capture the statesmanship and grandeur I wanted to apply to a particular character, I landed on 'Leonid Singh,' or as I now fondly call him, 'Lion Lion.'

Re: Are there senpais that can teach me proper character naming?

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Hm, I use this for surnames. You can use the same dictionary and type in whatever word you want and then see what comes up as I believe that you can use almost any Chinese character as a name. Make sure to check the meaning of the character itself and not just the word that it's used in, though, as sometimes the two can be completely different. If you really wanted to delve into it, I guess you could even look into homophones for your chosen character so that the name could mean more than one thing (by ear, obviously, not in writing). This list on wikipedia is pretty useful is you need names for background characters.