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    Need help with a character name

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by Dave Goodwin, Dec 31, 2009.

    Hey Folks,

    I need some help naming a charater. Basically, I need a unisex name, and although there are hundreds of them, this one needs to make the reader think "female" when they read it.

    I've tried Reese, Chris, Sydney, and a couple of others. But nothing really seems to grab me and when I ask people, I get mixed responses as to whether these conjure up a female or not.

    Any ideas??

    Thanks.
     
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    maybe Jordan or Alex
     
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    Firstly, how old are they? Here a few random sugguestions:

    Elizabeth, Ella
    Paige, Johanna, Joanna
    Joan, Jessica
    Rebecca, Rachel
    Ruth, Ester
    Marsha
    Masha (no R)
    Bethany, Andrea, Christina, Kimberly, Kim

    Edit - just reread the post. Could also try Tyler, Jordan, Alex as one sugguested, or Chris.
     
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    Carrie, Tracey, Ashley, Dana, Jess (Could be Jesse, Could be Jessica), Leslie, Shea, Taylor, Adrian, Paris, Dakota, Angel...

    Just to name a few. Most of these names I wouldn't want, if I were a boy, but I have heard all of them used as boys' names.
     
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    Chasey, and Sam usually works.
     
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    My sister's name is Tracy. Her brother (me) is Tyler. Both unisex.
     
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    Terry/Teri

    Jamie

    Lou
     
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    I've always been fond of Avery, Riley, and Morgan for more androgynous names.
     
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    Have you considered Stacy? Stacy Keach or Keech was a male actour who was on a detective show, I think it was called Mike Hammer. He was also the Sgt. in Up In Smoke who lost a K9 and got peed on..lol just a side note. But that is the first name that came to mind. Good luck! :)
     
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    ANDY. Nuff said. It could mean Andrea or Andrew. And it's awesome.
     
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    I've known both guys and girls named Shawn.
     
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    The trouble with most of the unisex names I've seen so far is that, if they are unisex, they tend to suggest masculine and are secondarily feminine. I'm not sure if you'd be likely to find one that sounds more feminine than masculine. In modern western culture, women have strove more to emulate men than vice versa. So females appropriating male names is more common than the reverse. But aside from that, there's a lot of subjectivity when it comes to what names are really unisex and to what degree. For instance, the male character in King's Under the Dome goes by the nickname "Barbie."

    The only one I can think of that suggests an even split is "Jeri/Jerry," but that has the spelling difference. The poster who suggested "Morgan" was onto something, though. That name could absolutely go either way. "Cameron" also might work.
     
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    What about Jay or Taylor?
     
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    Casey?
     
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    You could try a nickname.
    For example, Sam could be either Samantha or Samuel.
     
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    Here are some Unisex names:

    Adina
    Angel
    Bailey
    Cassidy

    If you ever get stuck with names, have a look at baby names. They give you the origin, the meaning and the gender. They are normally very good.
     
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    How about Addison? It's traditionally a guys name but I used it as a girls name and the main character from Private Practice is named Addison, not that I stole the name off of her. And besides it sounds more like a girls name anyway :) Addie for short.
     
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    Litigation won't help.
     
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