What should my characters be named?
October 9, 2011 7:42 PM Subscribe
Help me give my fictional characters non-stereotyped names!
Degree of difficulty: Iranian and Russian
posted by Lady Gaga to Writing & Language (29 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have three characters I'm trying to name and I could use a little help. I want their names to be appropriate to their families and ages, and am hoping to avoid the obvious stereotypes (e.g., Natasha for the Russians) unless it really would be the most appropriate name.
My characters are:
1) An Iranian man, born between 1975 and 1980ish, from a fairly Western and intellectual family. The family is Muslim or Zoroastrian (not yet determined) but not very religious/observant.
2) A Russian woman, around the same age, from a struggling family in or near Moscow.
3) A Russian woman in her sixties (so born in the immediate post-WWII period) who has achieved great success in the Soviet and, later, Russian national government.
Also, any names in particular to avoid?