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When naming your characters (or what you would do if you had them), what factor plays the biggest role in choosing a name? I know it's usually multiple factors, but try to pick one. 

27%
104 deviants said Meaning behind name
24%
91 deviants said How well the name fits with the character's personality
22%
83 deviants said How well the name fits with the character's design
20%
78 deviants said Sound or look of the name
4%
17 deviants said Another factor I did not mention
2%
6 deviants said Naming them after a character or person they were inspired by
1%
3 deviants said How well the name fits with your other character's names

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SketchySapphy Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I name characters based on how the name sounds and if it fits the characters physical appearance. Maybe when I do I super duper "deep" story, I'll do meaning. 
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That makes sense, yea!
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SketchySapphy Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess so. :D
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MetaphysicalMonsters Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it depends. Meaning, personality, and sound are big factors for me. If you are creating a family line (or just siblings) the name should fit in with your characters. For example, it wouldn't be likely for someone with the name Tom to name their child Nighthawk. Y'know what I'm sayin?
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, that makes a lot of sense, it wouldn't fit indeed :XD:
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Roxalew Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh ^^; multiple reasons. Personality, design, named after people/other characters,  but mostly what colour the name is VS the characters colours :D
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhhh, yea :la:
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Roxalew Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D:D
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TheyCallMeSage Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the Projared method - I just sort of make mouth sounds until I find something adequately name-y
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh, nice :XD:
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FaultlineX Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
a majority of my names come from songs. Usually decently obscure ones. Either based off the sound or the meaning of the song to me. Faultline, Blam Blam, Code Red, Blitz and Anesthesia were all song names, lyrics or bands.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh ^^
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BigSisterSplash Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mostly its the meaning but sometimes I just pick a name for the sound,
I have two characters, Loren and Phlox, who's culture generally picks names with one or two syllables and harsh sounds etc.
Sometimes I pick it to match a role or personality too, like a regal name for a prince.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see! Nice :la:
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DjGomaSar12 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
All above. But most of the time, I choose a name for my OC inspired in someone or something, for the meaning of the name and how it fits with the character design.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see ^^
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StuteriRose Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think like this: A name should not give the character anything. It should just be a tag. Because if you can remove the name from your character, and still have a living thing in front of you, then you have done a great job making its design and personality. Name, age and gender should not be important at all. So that why I many times remove all that the writing or drawing my characters. If they still feel the same, good job! If not, work some more and try again! 
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That makes sense! True that :la:
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StuteriRose Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am so wise!happy cry XD 
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes :dummy:
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StuteriRose Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Itward-Fran Bow 
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TakaEdakumi Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ALL THE FACTORS!!! :iconallthethingsplz:
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yessss :XD:
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kage-niji Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Student General Artist
Usually I name them because of the meaning the name has and how it relates to the character, for example I'm currently creating a character with the last name 'Gardner', which means farmer (the character is a farmer)
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see, makes sense!
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Owl-Flight Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
design usually, I generally design the character, choose a name, and then personality/back story. Honestly most of the time I pick the letter that fits them best and find a name that starts with that letter
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, I do that too sometimes!
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Raccoon-Owl Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
I usually think of names before I design, so I mostly look into what kind of personality they would have.  I also use a lot of name generators which gives me a much larger pool to work with as well as get the perfect name to fit who they are.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see! Nice ^^
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Turquoise-Comet Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016   Digital Artist
I categorize this into two groups- single characters and group characters. For groups I create a character into a world so name most of the time has to fit. In one set the charries are named after nature and the word is translated into a made up language(Jciolo,Zfihkaro,Hinso). In another set the charries have a mix of Hispanic, French, Latin, Europeanish names(Jakinda,Eulalie,Maricelle,Mirella). As for singles, these characters are not created to live in a world(yet) so I try to be creative with the process and choose names that mostly fit personality and appearance. And a lot of the names just...come to me. One moment they're nameless, and the next their name is Bess, Carolyn, Merlin, etc.
Anyways sorry for that "essay", I hope others find it interesting and that you will too. ^^;
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh, I see! Makes sense ^^
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CynicalAshhole Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
Meaning, sound and personality. If the character has a distinctive personality, then they must be given a name that has a meaning that echos the personality nicely. Sound is always nice as well. 
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see :0
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Kasodi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I voted for how well it fits with the design of the character, I usually just look at them until a name pops into my head xD but sometimes I do also go by meaning because I'm interested in the meanings behind names x3
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh ^^
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Thradix Featured By Owner Edited Sep 4, 2016
Both how it looks/sounds and fitting their persona.

its hard to create a name in such a way that's easy to pronounce.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, it is!
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The-Slave Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
TYPOS XD

I'm not kidding some typos make the best names XD

I often have used Typos for very main characters in the past. Pife, Hornse Sataan, Nivets XDD the list goes on and on. Sometimes I go the meaning route, but then I remember that real life people usually don't have their names based on meanings relating to them because... well, they haven't even developed a personality yet when they're named so it doesn't work like that. I usually shy away from doing the same for characters unless they actually don't have a name until they're older. So it just ends up being whatever I like at the time. I also mix up what sounds good and what I think of first ahaha.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg, that is amazing :XD: And yea, in real life you have a baby with no personality or developed looks yet, so you can't go by that for real people :P
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Shilokh Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A little of all that, something pretty that has a meaning and match the character^^
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True!
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SowoD Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably the sound of it. I dunno, the majority of my characters don't have names that relate to their appearance/personality. I mean you name a child before you know that stuff so it shouldn't be different for characters to be believable in my opinion 0:
A lot of times, usually for human characters, I just use random name generators and pick one I like out of four or five random ones.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, that's what I think too, I don't like to name after personality for that reason :P
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PoisonSoldat Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Student Interface Designer
All of these above xD But I usually LOVE the sound and the meaning more ^^
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see :D
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OkamiWhitewings Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Professional General Artist
A mix of meaning and sound, I think xD I suck at naming and need like 10 opinions before settling on something xD
Thinkbabynames is like my go-to site for this sort of thing xD
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh, nice ^^
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Teoma-The-Naraotor Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Student General Artist
All you've said is important
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know!
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Teoma-The-Naraotor Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Student General Artist
^_^
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