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  1. Mckk

    Mckk Moderator Staff Supporter Contributor

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    Ever googled your MC's name?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Mckk, May 27, 2013.

    Has anyone ever googled their MC's full name? I just did and it turns out my main character Will has a hidden profession other than that of a blacksmith - turns out he's a famous plastic surgeon hahaha :D

    Anyone else with interesting discoveries?
     
  2. Gracia Bee

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    Oh my gosh! I had never googled my MC's name before but I just did, after seeing this thread and it turns out I have named my MC the exact same as the main character in 'Our Fault is in Our Stars' by John Green. I have never read that book, only hearing the name once or twice, but that is a total coincidence! Wow. Weird. Should I change my MC's name to avoid looking like I've copied it?
     
  3. Yoshiko

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    I used to when I was younger. I was paranoid about finding a totally unique name - but I stopped caring about that approx five years ago. The MC of a novel I finished recently shared his name with a presenter on Sky News.



    For the sake of this thread I looked up the main characters in the short story I began writing yesterday:

    • The MMC -- an assassin who has been frozen in ice for ninety years -- apparently has an uncommon name. A Google search brought up two people on Facebook and then my own blog.
    • Searching the FMC's name brought up a lot of matches.

    Strangely, I expected more matches for the MMC. He has a common forename.
     
  4. chicagoliz

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    I google all my character's names just to make sure there isn't someone of any renown or notoriety with that name that I didn't know about or forgot about. I don't recall anything that was particularly striking, though.
     
  5. Youniquee

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    Nope, there's only a Conan O'Brien...kinda makes me wish I gave him a more common name lol
    Although one of my characters has the same exact name (first and surname name) as a Canadian actor...cool, I guess.
     
  6. GingerCoffee

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    Hazel Grace Lancaster?
    Augustus Waters?
    Lidewij Vliegenthart?


    Those are some odd names.

    Peter Van Houten sounds vaguely familiar, probably because Leslie is so well known. ;)
     
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    I called one of my characters John Farrell - love that name. Then one day I'm watching the old movie Gilda ( great movie btw ) and
    Glenn Ford's name is Johnny Farrell. arrgh! I'm keeping it though, maybe someone will think it's a homage like Tarentino
    with his Mr. Red, Mr. Blue etc. from The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.
     
  8. Mckk

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    Lol Gracia Bee - no I don't think you should change the name of your character. It's perfectly ok as long as it's not a name like Luke Skywalker or David Beckham.

    I was searching purely for curiosity's sake - since I made up my MC's surname, it was just amusing to find that it's a real surname after all! I don't care so much about whether my names are unique. But then again, I wonder if anyone here has got into some amusing blunders thanks to their character sharing the same name as someone else?

    Once I named a stretch of woods "Ring Wood" in my fantasy novel and I don't think I'd ever forget my friend's reaction when she read it. She exclaimed, "I live there!"

    :rolleyes:
     
  9. jannert

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    Well, that was weird. My main character's name doesn't appear on Google, but his romantic interest has apparently just been kidnapped!
     
  10. KaTrian

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    I seem to find my FMC only from our blog or a mention on this forum, so that at least is a unique name! My MMC's name is more common, there are plenty of Jonathan Reagans, but he goes by a nickname throughout the novel so no matter. My other MMC, Oliver Hendricks, plays football in Belize irl, but he doesn't seem to be too famous...
     
  11. Mckk

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    :eek: I wanna say "lol" but that's actually pretty bad that someone's been kidnapped!
     
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    Well, the good news is, she's apparently been rescued. Relief...
     
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    Yeah, I just did this now. My MC is apparently a professional Canadian Ice Hockey player. I may try this for some of my other characters :D
     
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    Well Abraham Cooper is apparently "an English animal and battle painter." That's pretty cool, actually.
     
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    I just googled one of my characters - Dennis Rodman - apparently he's quite famous in America... oh, and North Korea...
     
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    Never thought about searching my MC on google. Sounds interesting after reading everyone elses discoveries.
     
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    Never Googled any character names but they keep jumping in front of me anyway. Created a main character in a thriller and a couple of years later I see a semi driving down the freeway with the guy's last name emblazoned across the side. Another character from a different book showed up when a new construction company moved into town. It's happened so often that I now actually look for names from my manuscripts after I have completed them. I fully expect to have a name pop up somewhere.
    Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I'm going to Google.
     
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    There's no-one famous for my protagonist, and nothing for his brother. Amrita Kaur has about three billion hits, though...
     
  19. hippocampus

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    About 6 months after naming my MC I found out that I WORK with someone by that name! He's in another group on another floor (we're a big company) - but I also really DON'T like him. And here I thought I had made up the name. I literally spent weeks picking out the right first name and then a last name based on my MC's nationality. LOL!

    I ended up changing his last name to my grandmother's maiden name. Similar feel, but not the guy I work with anymore.
     
  20. Michael O

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    And if you want her back alive...Do not call the cops.

    I'll contact you soon.
     
  21. Michael O

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    But blacksmiths forge works-of-art lasting hundred of years while plastic surgeons can only come close to that time frame with a Joan Rivers and she's no work-of-art.

    Two...

    One...The name Jodie googles only girls but in the 19th century it was a popular boy's name. (Got lucky)

    Two...Your aviator moons me ~ 30 times/minute.
     
  22. Alesia

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    My MC came up with no matches save for a couple of brainstorming sessions posted by me :D
     
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    One of the main antagonist in my universe is a very militaristic and hostile alien race known as the Skrovans. Now, the Skrovans are bad. When they invaded earth in 2044, they killed over a billion people before they were pushed back. Before that they caused a giant infection with a bioweapon creating creatures inspired by Dead Space, which killed over 4 billion people. They're evil as hell.

    Well, one day, I decided to google their name. It turns out that there's an actor named Steven Skrovan. Never heard of him before. I don't watch many movies or TV shows. Damn. I decided to keep it, as an accidental reference.

    Also, there's another alien race who I used to call the Xel'naga. Never played Starcraft before, either. Well, I was interested in it's backstory, so I looked it up and....damn. Now they're the Xi'Crati.
     
  24. Fullmetal Xeno

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    I do this all the time. Luckily most of them don't relate to anyone though.
     

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