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.
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Meaning behind name
27%
Sound or look of the name
20%
How well the name fits with the character's design
22%
How well the name fits with the character's personality
24%
Naming them after a character or person they were inspired by
2%
How well the name fits with your other character's names
1%
Another factor I did not mention
4%
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Published: September 4, 2016
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SketchySapphy's avatar
SketchySapphyHobbyist 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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That makes sense, yea!
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I guess so. :D
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MetaphysicalMonstersHobbyist 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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Yea, that makes a lot of sense, it wouldn't fit indeed :XD:
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RoxalewHobbyist 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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Ohhhh, yea :la:
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:D:D
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I like the Projared method - I just sort of make mouth sounds until I find something adequately name-y
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Ohh, nice :XD:
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FaultlineXStudent 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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Ohhh ^^
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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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I see! Nice :la:
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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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I see ^^
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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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That makes sense! True that :la:
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I am so wise!happy cry XD 
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Yes :dummy:
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Itward-Fran Bow 
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ALL THE FACTORS!!! :iconallthethingsplz:
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Yessss :XD:
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kage-nijiStudent 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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