Do you think we could make a sticky thread for helping with naming characters? I always feel so silly making another thread just for one wee little question. Anyway. I'm writing a YA fantasy novel. Some of my names are made up and a little strange (Dymnsi, Jolvis, Preithos, Arlynon) and others are really plain (Serenity, Lila, Naomi). Mostly, how they get their name depends on who they are and where they were born. I have two characters, twins, that I'm trying to name. The girl (born second) is named Echo. I absolutely love it. I think it fits her perfectly in every way. Now Echo, obviously, means something repeated. She was born second, the mother didn't know she was having twins, so she's an "echo" of the first child. But her bother, I'm struggling to name. I want his name to sound similar to hers, but still have a meaning related to who he is. I've come up with four options: Icha (pronounced itch-uh) means first born. Ichabod means happy, but I could call give him the nickname Icha and pronounce it ick-uh instead of itch-uh. Ochen (Ochin, Ochan, Ochun) means one of twins. And Ika (pronounced Ike-uh) means first. I love the meanings for all of them, but I also like how similar they sound to Echo, which is important to me. Echo and Icha, Echo and Ochen, Echo and Ika. They all look well together. A little about my male twin.. He's very stubborn. Kind of withdrawn, doesn't care about much, doesn't want to do much. Thinks his sister is annoying and dramatic. lol Basically a teenage boy. I haven't decided on his age yet, but he'll probably be close to 15. Any opinions? Thanks!