So I made up the names of my three main characters before I realised that the setting I had decided on was kind of boring. Basically just a castle in the countryside, in a very similar area to a lot of my other stories taking place in this world. So I decided that I could change the location and the country I randomly thought of to draw inspiration from was Finland. I don’t know why I chose Finland specifically, but it was apparently one of the best writing decisions I have made in a while because when I looked up the climate, traditional clothes and other parts of the culture, it all fitted perfectly around what I had so far. And the traditional dress is amazing. But then I hit a problem. The name situation. I recently used this website to find ideas for names for the characters and came up with some good ones:
- Biridabrynn Fable Arden Selen
- Maysee Lelacarma Utter
- Oreleira Luelle Selen-Elavorre
However, these are not very Finnish names and I feel like they should be at least partly similar. Should I change the names completely? Change the spellings where it works? Change the middle names (I would get rid of ‘Fable’ and ‘Luelle’)? Or just leave them? I probably wouldn’t make them all exactly match names commonly found in Finland but I would mix names from the language around a bit. If I do end up changing them then I’ll be okay finding the names on my own.
Edit: I might also change ‘Arden’ (Ar-den) to ‘Ardene’ (Ar-dean) so that the ‘en’ sound isn’t repeated.
Edit again: No one replied so I’m going to make a poll and then you won’t have to write an answer, you can just click a box.
- Change the names completely
- Change the spellings where it works
- Change the middle names
- Keep them the same
- Something else
- Change ‘Arden’ to ‘Ardene’ as well