I usually take my time naming characters, making sure to get just the right name, both historically, logically and symbolically, as well as hitting the right balance between uniqueness and commonness. BUT... This one night 18 months ago I was super tired but felt like I couldn't sleep until I'd written this scene and for that I needed a name for the character in it. I googled "Majestic sounding names", got Crawford and used that as a working name. Then I never changed it... My character's a sort of a kingly type, hard to explain without copy-pasting the manuscript but he's in charge of a heck load of people. He's also old, like pre-Jesus old (immortal), but his name would've changed over time. (Excuse my poor explanation, I'm suffering from writers' block at the moment.) His first name is Jethro, and he has several family members with names starting with J, so I felt like it is too close to Jack Crawford from Hannibal Lecter. Also I feel like Crawford is too common, and doesn't give the right one-of-a-kind-feeling. But I also like the traditional, almost gothic sound to it. What do you think? Keep it or change it? Do you have any other names that would fit?