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Seb from Thanet, Kent, UK August 25, 2013 - 4:58am

Hi all, I'm after a name for a character in my novel. The character is male, and will appear in four, maybe five chapters. He needs a first and last name, and so I'd like to name him after someone real.

As I started writing a novel after being inspired by this site, I thought it would be a nice touch to name a character after someone on here. So, anyone willing to lend me their name?

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics August 25, 2013 - 5:44am

Depends on the character. If it's some pedophile preist, then no - but if it's someone redeeming, like a serial killer or villain, then sure.

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Seb from Thanet, Kent, UK August 25, 2013 - 6:11am

It's an old rich guy the protagonists are going to con some money out of. He's a shrewd businessman from a wealthy heritage, hence their plan has to be really good to get away with it. Which it won't be. He's lonely, tired, used to carrying the family reputation, looking for a different excitement as all he's known is business. He's never married, much to the disappointment of his late parents. He's also much better written than that fairly obvious cliché I just used to describe him, but you get the idea. He represents the antagonist within a lengthy sub-plot.

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics August 25, 2013 - 6:41am

Well, while I was growing up, I had my stepdad's last name, so I was once David L. Lowden. Now, however, I've dropped it and returned to my mother's family name, so I don't mind if you use that old one. There are a few David Lowdens in the business world, so it seems to work for them.

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Seb from Thanet, Kent, UK August 25, 2013 - 9:19am

David Lowden, not bad! Thanks Photon. Any other offers?

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Amber Bo Bamba from Sydney is reading The Beautiful and Damned August 26, 2013 - 5:44am

Partington for the surname? It sounds old and rich ;)

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Seb from Thanet, Kent, UK August 26, 2013 - 7:07am

That's quite good, is it yours? What's your first name, if you don't mind me asking?

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics August 26, 2013 - 11:05am

I'm going to stab the dark and say it's Amber.

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Seb from Thanet, Kent, UK August 26, 2013 - 11:10am

I was thinking that, but didn't want to presume. Also, with all the legal implications of names in fiction, I want to ensure I am using a genuine name and have some form of written consent, just in case.

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. August 26, 2013 - 2:16pm

Well my name is Dakota Taylor. 

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts August 26, 2013 - 2:32pm

Mine's Sheldon Turnipseed.

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Amber Bo Bamba from Sydney is reading The Beautiful and Damned August 27, 2013 - 4:27am

Hehe, yes, and yes ;)

You won't want my first name for a male character though ;)

You inspired me to google it, my name is a town!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partington

EDIT: actually, you may not want to use it, it's been done

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs._Partington

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Seb from Thanet, Kent, UK August 27, 2013 - 10:45am

So it is. I've been there, I should have remembered, really.

So the current names I have been kindly donated are:

  • David Lowden
  • [Amber] Partington
  • Dakota Taylor
  • Sheldon Turnipseed (although I'm pretty sure this has come up before, Renfield...)

All are greatly appreciated, and if I do use your name I'll send you a message with a paragraph mentioning the character, so you get a feel of what you've let yourself in for.

Any other suggestions?

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KinnicSwan from River Falls, WI is reading Blues For Mister Charlie by James Baldwin June 26, 2014 - 11:01pm

My name is Jeremy Light. Use it for the most attractive, most amazing, ballsiest character you write. :)

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Seb from Thanet, Kent, UK June 27, 2014 - 2:43am

Haha, thanks but the character is now named. In the end I used a different name for him, but his lawyer has been called Mr Partington-Taylor, in reference to those above.

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Flad the Imposter June 27, 2014 - 5:51am

Simon Carey Stall

EDIT: Oh, whoops, didn't see that post under Jeremy's for some reason. Guess I shouldn't forumize with these shades on.

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justwords from suburb of Birmingham, AL is reading The Tomb, F. Paul Wilson; A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby June 27, 2014 - 2:45pm

Since I am of the female persuasion, I guess I have nothing to offer here.