Do you think names should mean something in a story?

Do you think a character should have just any old name, or should it mean something to the story/reader/writer? (<- any of these three) I mean, it doesn't have to be evident to the reader. I am doing a terrible job at explaining. Interpret the question(s) how you wish.

Asked By: Lily - 11/3/2011
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No offense to everyone who said names aren't important, but can you see a hot, dark, dangerous guy who loves motorcycles being named John? Can you see the beautiful warrior heroine who is determined and sometimes little headstrong being named Ann? Names are SO important! They change how you view the character. They... More
Answered By: Saki♥ Vampire Knight ☾ - 11/3/2011
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I think they should have a name which it's plausible for their parents to have given them. Apart from that? No, I think "meaningful" names are a bit of a joke. Especially when people on here think "I'm making up lists of names" means "I am writing a novel series."
Answered By: cathrl69 - 11/3/2011
Sometimes. If you want a powerful character, like someone richer and higher up than everyone around them, you'd usually have a posh name. If you'd like to tell the audience what a character's name means, go look it up on baby names. I do this all the time.
Answered By: FallenAngel - 11/3/2011
Not really... To me names in a story have to sound right though, they have to click if you know what I'm saying. I know I don't have the right name when I read a sentence with the name in it and it sounds weird on my tongue. I try to usually make up my own names if possible though to make the story more original :D
Answered By: Raven - 11/3/2011
The only thing a name needs to reflect on is the character's parents, as cathrl69 mentioned. Names don't have to reflect the character. Names can't perfectly suit people. The greatest mistake a writer can make with a name is expecting the name to be a lazy way out of actually describing the character.
Answered By: ƪilyWhite ❀♡❀ - 11/3/2011
I think a name defines a person so therefore a name defines a character as well. One thing that I always do when I'm naming my characters is I'll look up the names I'm considering to find out what the name means to see if it would fit my characters personality... More
Answered By: glutenfreeval - 11/3/2011
A name is a label. It has nothing to the thing it is labeling. So I don't think it matters, at least on a character.
Answered By: Sazwonderz - 11/3/2011
I think the simpliest case - evident meaningful names - is a bit childish. Like, you know, Mr Chatter - someone who talks too much. Wouldn't recommend it, unless it's something for kids... More
Answered By: Nilina - 11/3/2011
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