Quick! I need a good man’s name for the guy in my novel.
It needs to be kind of old-fashioned, but also kind of rakish and sexy. Think Neo-Post Gothic Satirical Romance hero’s name. Also, like most men in that genre which I just made up, he’s kind of a bad guy too.
Names I’ve had so far but that just aren’t right:
I’m on Jasper right now, and it’s not bad, but I feel like it could use more oomph. And I want to avoid a) names of boys I’ve known in my life, not that you guys know what those names are, and b) names that end in ‘s’, because I’m never sure how the possessive works with those names. It just always looks weird.
Also, the heroine’s name is Clara. So if it goes well with that name, more the better.
No you don’t want to read my novel, trust me.
Thanx for your help!
November 23, 2009 at 3:44 am
Is the name “Guy” or “Grey” old-fashioned and yet rakish?
What about Cyrus or Dorian? Steve, perhaps??
November 23, 2009 at 3:46 am
Ooh nice!! I especially like Dorian! I was playing with some ‘Cy-‘ starting names, like Cyril, although they seem to bring Miley Cyrus to mind, and then I get bitey.
November 23, 2009 at 3:47 am
I think Grey is suitably rakish and old-fashioned too. I like!
November 23, 2009 at 4:19 am
Clara and Dorian sounds particularly old-fashioned-yet cheesy-and-delicious.
November 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm
Hilarious—I saw just the first line of the post in Google reader and thought “Ooh, I better click on this and comment with “Jasper,” it’s such a great name and I’m sure she hasn’t thought of it yet.”
Clive? Except “Clive and Clara” is a bit too, well, clangy…
Basil? Somehow British names manage to sound more rakish to me.
November 24, 2009 at 1:15 am
Odile, that is hilarious! It is a great name, took me awhile to come up with. 🙂
November 27, 2009 at 1:38 pm
A great old fashioned and special not so common name is “Osric”
I am sure your character would definitely work with this name.
Hope that helps 🙂
November 28, 2009 at 3:49 pm
That’s a good one! I like the ‘O’ names, thanks Shawn!
November 28, 2009 at 8:11 pm
Only my pleasure! I knew this would be the name of names. It is an intreaguing and interesting name. And yes i want to read your book when it is finished, ill let you read mine when its done 🙂
November 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm
How about a name with “son” at the end or a name that is a last name as a first name– Anderson, Grayson, or Smith. Or Orion, although it looks like Onion. My brother’s middle name is Foster, which I’ve always liked as a name, but might cause people to read into the name more than you’re intending.
November 29, 2009 at 7:03 am
“Oricson”? That also sounds cool but i think “Osric” just has that charm and ring to it.