A character has to fit a name or the name fit the character; often easier said than done. Where do you find names for those who people your fiction? The phone directory, inscriptions on grave stones perhaps? Or do you get revenge on someone who once crossed you by using their name for the least likeable person in your story. A former school teacher might be case in point.
Just as we take care in naming our physical children, so too we take care in naming our imaginary characters. A name can say so much, even set the tone of a story. It is very hard to picture Godzilla Clatterborne as a fountain of all serenity and goodness. On the other hand Primrose Faregood just doesn’t ‘feel’ right as a revengeful murderer.
Then, just as in everyday life, there are no absolutes and having our beloved Primrose as a knife wielding, tattooed and pierced, biker confounds expectations and stereotypes. There are no limits on what the imagination conjures.
When naming your characters which comes first, name or personality? And what sources do you use for inspiration in naming them. Perhaps they appear named and fully formed in your subconscious.