The post started spinning the wheels of wonder in my head about character names and how writers choose them.
My character's names just come to me, and once they're there they generally stick.
I've only changed a couple in Long Road. Josh's wife, Patty, used to be Alexandra, but I changed it because it felt too upper class for a simple farmer's wife. I also changed Dave's last name to reflect his Italian ethnicity.
In search of good names for characters, I've perused baby-name books and looked up popular names during the era on the Internet, but the good ones I find I rarely use. Rather, I put them in a list of names I think have . . . well, character and use them when that character pops up.
But I wonder what other writers do. And I wonder how great literary authors came up with names for their characters.
I mean, how did Lucy Maud Montgomery come up with Anne Shirley? Why not Mary or Penelope Shirley?
Granted, Penelope of Green Gables doesn't exactly have quite the same panache.
I don't think Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" would have been the same if Scarlett O'Hara would have been Suzie O'Connor.
And I dare say that The Adventures of Joe Brown doesn't have the same pleasant ring as Huckleberry Finn.
How do you choose your character's names?