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  1. Electralight

    Electralight Member

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    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

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    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

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    @Jeff Countryman that is a good suggestion, but I need just a name for a detective. The killer is someone completely different.
     
  4. GuardianWynn

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    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.
     
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    Detective Donahue

    Detective Spring or Springer
     
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    Detective Smokey Vermont
     
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    [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?
     
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    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.
     
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    Okay, presuming he's a cool masculine kind of guy: John Corian, Steve Rustin, Gary Quinn, Derek Masters, Jeremy Harper, Sebastian Stone, Matthew Baxter.
     
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    Luke Mason, Malcolm Wheeler, Tristan Frost, Nick Delaney, Brad Dawson.
     
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    Conrad
     
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    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.
     
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    Det. Breslin, Det. Harmon, Det. Carter, Det. McFadden, Det. McHugh
     
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    Thank you so much for all the suggestions! I decided to go with Detective Matt Sommers
     
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