Unique or Common Names? Poll

I’m writing a story (YA Fiction) and my main characters originally had 2 common names to make the story more relatable. Now I’m debating if I should go with names more unique so they make a stronger impression.

Which do you recommend?

[name_u]Unique[/name_u] and Impressionable: either [name_f]Ophelia[/name_f] and [name_f]Apolline[/name_f] or [name_f]Persephone[/name_f] and [name_f]Evolette[/name_f]*
Common and Relatable: [name_f]Lylah[/name_f] and [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f]

  • [name_u]Unique[/name_u]
  • Common

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*Couldn’t decide between [name_f]Odette[/name_f] and [name_f]Violetta[/name_f]. Thought this was an interesting middle-ground.

I think the best middle ground for characters is something familiar yet underused. [name_u]Or[/name_u] something unique but based off something familiar and relatable.

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I prefer the common ones in this case

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To be honest [name_f]Ophelia[/name_f] is going to become less unique and more popular and to me [name_f]Lylah[/name_f] isn’t common - never met or heard of one over here in the U.K. Whereas I have met a [name_f]Persephone[/name_f].

I think your “unique” names were nicer options

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I normally prefer unique names, but in a YA common names would make more sense.

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