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30 Unique (but not unpronounceable) Character Names

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Naming characters is hard. Especially if you want to name your character something a little bit unique, a little bit more recognizable than “John” or “Emma”, or one of the various other character names that have been used about one million times. And before you panic and start calling your character “Axolotl” or “Thorpe” or something equally awful, I have come to the rescue with a list of character names!*

*or baby names, I suppose, but I run a book blog so…

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LINET

lin-NET

Means “songbird” in French, “idol” in Welsh, and “beautiful” in Italian.

Possible nicknames: Lin, Linny

GENEVIEVE

JEN-ah-veve, GEN-ah-veve, or GWEN-ah-vive

Means “of the race of woman” or “white wave” in German

Possible Nicknames: Gwen, Jen, Eve, Evie

LARK

lark

Means “lark” (a small songbird)

Possible Nicknames:

IMOGEN

IM-oh-jen, IM-oh-gene, IM-eh-jen

Means “maiden” in Celtic, in English means “innocent” or “last born”

Possible Nickname: Jen, Immy, Gene

FEY

fey

Means “fey” or “faerie”

Possible Nicknames:

AVALON

ah-VA-lon

Means “isle of apples” in Celtic

Possible Nicknames: Ava, Lon, Lonny

JUNO

JUNE-oh

Means “queen of the heavens” in Latin

Possible Nicknames: June, Junie

ANI

on-E

Means “beautiful” in Hawaiian

Possible Nicknames:

MESA

MAY-sa, MEY-sa

Means “table” in Spanish

Possible Nicknames: May

LYRIC

Leer-IC

Means “lyre” in Greek

Possible Nicknames:

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CAIO

KAI-oh, CAY-oh

Means “rejoice” in Latin, “joy” in Welsh

Possible Nicknames:

KELLAN

kell-EN, kull-EN

Means “slender” or “swamp”

Possible Nicknames: Kell

BENNET

ben-ett

Means “blessed”

Possible Nicknames: Ben, Benny

WESTON

wes-TON, west-TON, west-ON

Means “from the western town” in English

Possible Nicknames: West, Wes

RYDER

RIDE-er

Means “messenger” or “cavalryman” in English

Possible Nicknames:

CYRUS

sigh-rus

Means “throne” in Persian

Possible Nicknames: Cy

EVANDER

eh-VAN-deer, E-VAN-deer

Means “bow warrior” in Scottish, “strong man” in Greek

Possible Nicknames: Ander

BROOKS

brooks

Means “of the brook” in English

Possible Nicknames: Brook, Bro

SAMSON

sam-SON

Means “sun”

Possible Nicknames: Sam, Sammy

FOX

fox

Means “fox

Possible Nicknames:

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EVERETT

ev-ER-ett

Means “brave boar” in German

 Possible Nicknames: Eve, Evie, Rett

MICA

MY-kuh

Means a type of semi-precious stone, a variant of Micah

Possible Nicknames: Mike, Mikey

LANE

lane

Means “a small road” or “pathway” in English

Possible Nicknames:

FINLEY

fin-LEE

Means “a fair-haired hero” in Irish, and “hero” in Scottish

Possible Nicknames: Finn

DENVER

den-VER

Means “from Anvers” in French

Possible Nicknames: Den, Denny

PHOENIX

phee-nix, phee-oh-nix

Means the mystical bird, or “rebirth from the ashes”

Possible Nicknames: Phee, Nix

LUCA

luke-ah, loo-ka

Means “light” in Latin

Possible Nicknames: Luke

AUGUST

aug-ust

Means “dignity” or “venerable” in Latin

Possible Nicknames:

SAWYER

soy-YER

Means “cuts timber” in English

Possible Nicknames:

FLYNN

fuh-lynn

Means “red” or “ruddy” in Scottish

Possible Nicknames: Lynn

Happy Monday,

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