Yeah, I'm totally not going there. I can barely stomach Romeo and Juliet as it is. (More of a Julius Caesar girl, see?) But as I'm considering names today, that was the natural allusion to make.
So. Names. Incredibly, ridiculously important, right? Socially acceptable or not, whether we admit or even realize it or not, we all judge books by covers -- and people by names.
Some authors like to pick names with meanings that connect with their characters -- J. K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins are two popular authors who do this. J.K. employs this, especially with Latin, more than any author I've ever read. (Here's a list of character names and meanings behind them -- it doesn't have all the characters, but a lot of them, and it probably does a better job handling it all than I could.) And in Collins' case, Katniss was mentioned in the book as a plant that the character was named after, but "Katniss" also means "belonging to an arrow" in Latin. Peeta's name sounds just like "pita" bread -- fitting, since he comes from a family of bakers.
Of course, there are other authors who pick names specifically for the meanings -- and tons who don't. In my current project, I just went with random names I liked. But if I can find a name that I like the sound/look of and applies to the story, I'd definitely be open to doing that in the future.
Just for fun, I looked up a few name meanings. My first two names -- Jenna and Blake -- mean "light" and "dark" (depending on which language/search engine or website you're consulting). My MC's named Mallory, which apparently means "ill-fated" and "unlucky". Kind of makes me wonder . . . .
Anyway, how do you pick your characters' names? Have you ever looked up their names
-- or yours?