1. Electralight
    Offline

    Electralight Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2016
    Messages:
    61
    Likes Received:
    22
    Location:
    Dominica

    I need a good name for a Detective.

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by Electralight, Feb 8, 2016.

    Hi! For my WIP I need a good name for a detective. He works at the NYPD and plays a role of medium importance. Basically he is the one to help my MC find her parents killer (who happens to be the person she is working with). Any suggestions are appreciated.
    Also, when I am writing his name, would I say "detective Blank" or "Detective Blank"?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Jeff Countryman
    Offline

    Jeff Countryman Living the dream Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2015
    Messages:
    142
    Likes Received:
    79
    Location:
    Canada
    Maybe a nickname would work here for a medium importance character .... "Zippy" or "Crash" or "Stinky" . . . something to distinguish him/her from the occupation itself so they have their own identity and is easily recognized when they show up in the story.
     
  3. Electralight
    Offline

    Electralight Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2016
    Messages:
    61
    Likes Received:
    22
    Location:
    Dominica
    @Jeff Countryman that is a good suggestion, but I need just a name for a detective. The killer is someone completely different.
     
  4. GuardianWynn
    Offline

    GuardianWynn Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2014
    Messages:
    2,088
    Likes Received:
    672
    I have had a similar issue. The trick is that he will define the name rather than the other way around.

    Except in extreme cases. If you name him Nancy or Stacy than yeah, it will sting his coolness. But beyond that, any standard guy name should be fine. Daniel, John, Matt, ext. John and James are the most common names.
     
    Electralight likes this.
  5. Kingtype
    Offline

    Kingtype Always writing or thinking things XD Staff Role Play Moderator Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2012
    Messages:
    8,949
    Likes Received:
    1,031
    Location:
    Right under your nose!
    Detective Pickman

    Detective Donahue

    Detective Spring or Springer
     
    Electralight likes this.
  6. zoupskim
    Offline

    zoupskim Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2015
    Messages:
    648
    Likes Received:
    524
    Detective Smokey Vermont
     
    Electralight likes this.
  7. Defender
    Offline

    Defender Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2016
    Messages:
    135
    Likes Received:
    14
    [QUOTE=" I need a good name for a detective. He works at the NYPD and plays a role of medium importance.[/QUOTE]
    what about detective Sanders or detective brown?
     
    Electralight likes this.
  8. Cave Troll
    Offline

    Cave Troll Bite the bullet, do your own thing. Contributor

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2015
    Messages:
    3,799
    Likes Received:
    2,413
    Location:
    Where cushions are comfy, and straps hold firm.
    Steve, definitely a Steve Harrison. Detective Harrison just oozes authority and has presence. Detective Steve Harrison, is on the case, watch your ass! See it has commonality and retains authority, and it is roles off the tongue smoothly. :p That and you can have people he works with call him Steve. Damn it Steve, your crossing the line! Still works. :D I hope you find a good name for your detective. Good luck.
     
    King_Horror and Electralight like this.
  9. Oscar Leigh
    Offline

    Oscar Leigh Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2016
    Messages:
    4,425
    Likes Received:
    1,982
    Location:
    Australia
    Okay, presuming he's a cool masculine kind of guy: John Corian, Steve Rustin, Gary Quinn, Derek Masters, Jeremy Harper, Sebastian Stone, Matthew Baxter.
     
    Electralight likes this.
  10. Oscar Leigh
    Offline

    Oscar Leigh Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2016
    Messages:
    4,425
    Likes Received:
    1,982
    Location:
    Australia
    Luke Mason, Malcolm Wheeler, Tristan Frost, Nick Delaney, Brad Dawson.
     
    Electralight likes this.
  11. hilal
    Offline

    hilal Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2015
    Messages:
    187
    Likes Received:
    27
    Conrad
     
    Electralight likes this.
  12. ChickenFreak
    Offline

    ChickenFreak Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2010
    Messages:
    8,978
    Likes Received:
    5,500
    Who are his parents? Where are they "from"? My parents have Scottish, English, and German ancestry, so my last name is English, my mother's maiden name is Scottish, my father's uncle's last name was German, and so on. First names also tend to follow that pattern, though much less stringently.
     
    Electralight likes this.
  13. Jack Asher
    Offline

    Jack Asher Wildly experimental Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2013
    Messages:
    3,571
    Likes Received:
    2,053
    Location:
    Denver
    Electralight likes this.
  14. MockingJD
    Offline

    MockingJD Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2016
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    NYC
    Det. Breslin, Det. Harmon, Det. Carter, Det. McFadden, Det. McHugh
     
    Electralight likes this.
  15. Electralight
    Offline

    Electralight Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2016
    Messages:
    61
    Likes Received:
    22
    Location:
    Dominica
    Thank you so much for all the suggestions! I decided to go with Detective Matt Sommers
     
    Oscar Leigh likes this.

Share This Page