Hello Everyone, First of all, thank you for reading this thread and secondly, another thank you if you reply. I am sure that at some point, many of us have struggled to put a name to a character. In particular, a name to their main character. I find that for me, just about any and all secondary or minor characters are quite easy to name and I think this is because I don't know them that well, nor do I need to unless that should change somewhere down the track. Many of us form an impression of someone purely based on their name simply because we know someone else with that name and what they are like. So if I have a devious or sly character, it is quite easy for me to pick something like Stephen, Jasper or Roland and immediately the mind can easily conjure up the image of a weasley little fellow with squinty little eyes, buck teeth and clammy hands. The main character however, I find almost impossible to name. I feel their name is the most important and all sorts of things must be taken into consideration when choosing it. My own name is 3 syllables so I just about always pick 3 syllables for girls and have no trouble with that. Boys on the other hand are another story. One or two syllables work better for me with them and I think the same goes for most people. One suggests a strong, straight forward hero whereas 2 syllables speaks of someone a bit more complex and with a bit more depth to them I think. Syllables and connotations aside however, I can eventually find a name that I like but I always find it just doesn't feel right after a few days. The character remains dead on the paper and I can not seem to make the name stick. I can't picture their face or how they might react in a given scenario and I wonder if this isn't because I haven't written anything about them yet. And yet when I try to put them into 'get-to-know-you' scenarios like I have read being suggested to get to know your character, I find it hard to 'get to know' them if they don't even have a name! It is very odd to be writing about meeting your character in a bar and asking them what their name is to which they reply, "my name is OH" and you reply, "you have a strange name, what does is mean?" And they say it stands for "Our Hero". So my question is this - which do you think it is better to do first: name the character and develop them or start developing and then choose a name? How do you do it? How do you find the perfect name or one you can live with? How do you bring the character to life for you and give them a name? Is it okay to change it down the track or is that just going to completely throw things all about? I once read that JK Rowling said that one day Harry Potter popped into her head fully formed whilst she was on a train ride. I don't know about anyone else but that rarely happens to me and I am not exactly a fan of waiting for that to come along and happen. Thoughts? Tips? Advice? I would love to hear it. Thank you.