I'm curious to see what the collective group has to offer on this subject. In my current story, I've got a handful of characters that have some minor roles to help the main characters transition from one stage of the plot to another. Some of these characters, ones that directly interact with others, are given names and others I don't feel need identities in order to enhance the story. Going back to my original inquiry, is having too many character names in a story necessarily bad? I don't want to give the impression to readers that these characters will play an important role anywhere down the line. I'm just doing so for the sake of interaction.