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Word Jedi
11-16-2009, 05:46 AM
This is a funny one, actually.
My main character's love interest needed a name, so a catchy name popped into my head. At least that was over, right?
Wrong.
I Googled her name, after banging about 50 pages of notes and a twenty page outline, and discovered the name is a very popular adult film actress.
Needless to say, find/replace has been very handy today.

Calla Lily
11-16-2009, 05:50 AM
:roll: I always Google when I get a name in my head. Your hit was better than any of mine tho!

Mr Flibble
11-16-2009, 05:57 AM
It appears I'm a drag queen

don't sweat it

scarletpeaches
11-16-2009, 05:58 AM
It appears I'm a drag queen

don't sweat itBleach your moustache and no one will be any the wiser.

Tepelus
11-16-2009, 06:14 AM
Now I'm curious what the name was.

Matera the Mad
11-16-2009, 06:17 AM
I Google all my characters. Then I have to change a name anyway because it means erm...something in Hungarian. Multilingual beta readers make life interesting.

Word Jedi
11-16-2009, 06:31 AM
Now I'm curious what the name was.

The character's name is Simone Shine.
I'm still cracking up about this.

Alan Yee
11-16-2009, 06:35 AM
Dammit. I googled the name of one of my novel's MCs, and apparently he's a real person (not too surprising--it's an extremely common Russian male first name and a Russian last name). There's someone with the same name who is a business executive for some company. Do you think I need to change the name?

Brutal Mustang
11-16-2009, 07:01 AM
Dammit. I googled the name of one of my novel's MCs, and apparently he's a real person (not too surprising--it's an extremely common Russian male first name and a Russian last name). There's someone with the same name who is a business executive for some company. Do you think I need to change the name?

If it is indeed very common, I wouldn't.

Alan Yee
11-16-2009, 07:04 AM
If it is indeed very common, I wouldn't.

If it helps, the first name is Vladimir. The last name is Ranevsky. I'm not sure how common that combination is, though.

Brutal Mustang
11-16-2009, 07:17 AM
If it helps, the first name is Vladimir. The last name is Ranevsky. I'm not sure how common that combination is, though.

Quite, I imagine. When I lived in Central America, common names were more common there. Not quite the diversity found in the U.S. A lot of "Juan"s. And "Maria"s. Probably because the U.S. is a great big melting pot of cultures. Therefore, Russia might be less diverse, name-wise, no?

Nivarion
11-16-2009, 09:42 AM
I've had some great laughs googleing my characters. I've never had a real life person come up, but I've had a few horses.

Priene
11-16-2009, 12:48 PM
My MC's name googlewhacks with exactly one hit. I feel quite proud.

Tepelus
11-16-2009, 04:52 PM
The character's name is Simone Shine.
I'm still cracking up about this.

That is pretty funny. :)

I don't have to Google the names of my main characters because I know they'll pop up in a search, since they were once live people. My main character though has virtually nothing on him on the internet, or in any books, so I can make him however I want. My MC's epithet is my user name on this board. Now I've said too much. LOL!

swvaughn
11-16-2009, 05:29 PM
I had to check this out. I just Googled my mc's name and got... a bunch of hits for my book. Hooray! The only Gavyn Donatti out there is the one I made up. :D

Lyra Jean
11-16-2009, 05:51 PM
I just googled my MC who's last name is Emma Smith. She is a wife of Mormon leader Joseph Smith. The other link is to Emma Smith who was an English novelist.

Her sister Helen Smith who is a sort of parallel MC although she is not actually in the novel. Two people come up for her name and one is a psychologist in Knoxville and the other is a British nurse who died of suspicious circumstances in Jeddah Saudi Arabia in 1979.

Adam
11-16-2009, 08:01 PM
I google all my characters, after searching for one and finding that he was a well established character in a fantasy series. ;)

icerose
11-16-2009, 08:19 PM
I've never done this. Though I did accidently feminize a character from Scar Face...for a mafia story...and I've never seen Scar Face. How funny is that?

MumblingSage
11-16-2009, 08:19 PM
My character is...a region in France? Is that right?

Well, the bright side of having fantasy characters is that they generally don't share names with any real people...although they might share them with foreign locations.

Priene
11-16-2009, 08:54 PM
My character is...a region in France? Is that right?

Lorraine? Brittany?

Probably not Languedoc-Roussillion, though.

Wayne K
11-16-2009, 08:56 PM
I google Wayne Kernochan and it turns out I'm a software billionaire from Boston.

ChristineR
11-16-2009, 09:31 PM
I worked with a porn star once. I always felt sorry for her having that name, but I guess she was more of a porn starlet--her article has been deleted from Google for lack of notability.

But I think it's awfully common, especially with the Lynns, Heathers, Ambers, and Gingers.

Makai_Lightning
11-19-2009, 05:04 AM
So I tried this with the major character in my current project, and nothing much came up. Then I tried it with a minor character, and apparently the kid's name means "drum" in japanese. Then I remembered his name he uses is short for a full (hyphenated) name, so I googled the second part. The first three things that came up were also drums.

Then I clicked on the wikipedia article. Apparently in japanese (why am I stealing words from this language?) it means soul. So his name is drum-drum or drum-soul? Hmmmm...... >.<

MumblingSage
11-19-2009, 06:53 AM
Lorraine? Brittany?

Probably not Languedoc-Roussillion, though.

Not a region, acutally, from waht I can tell after searching more carefully--http://www.fallingrain.com/world/FR/0/Averan.html Averan seems to be a town. Although "My character's a region in France" sounds a bit more dramatic.

kaitie
11-19-2009, 01:47 PM
LOL! That's hilarious! I always google my characters to make sure the name doesn't belong to someone famous (I'm always afraid that I've heard it somewhere before and that's why it sounds catchy to me lol). My character for my last book, who's name I'll give as Eddie for the moment (uh...it's in the SYW section, but one of the fun parts of the story is finding out his real name lol. so just in that off-chance I ever actually get published and like...someone wants to read it lol)...what was I saying? I got lost in my parenthesis. :) Oh yeah, anyway, I googled Eddie and found two people with his name, which was sorta fun because there's a part in my story where a character is googling him, so I threw the actual number I got in there. I changed some details on the resulting people obviously, but I did have fun with that. Man, I am a dork!

Makai, I totally am curious and want to know your character's name now. The first thing that comes to mind is Taiko Tamashi, which amuses me. ;)

dirtsider
11-19-2009, 05:26 PM
Kinda hard to Google for my characters since I don't give them any last names (at this point) and their names are pretty common.

Makai_Lightning
11-19-2009, 10:13 PM
Makai, I totally am curious and want to know your character's name now. The first thing that comes to mind is Taiko Tamashi, which amuses me. ;)
Got it in one. Which makes me laugh so hard. (Okay, Taiko-Tama, which is damn close enough. :p I lol'ed. It's a good thing I was thinking of changing his name already anyway...)

Me thinks it's time for a name change? I guess that's what I get for loosely basing their language pattern's on japanese.... and not particularly actually knowing the whole language.

Hittman
11-20-2009, 09:10 AM
I just goggled a few names from my last piece and didn't find anything nasty. But I was very surprised to Google the villain's name and only find twenty pages, and none of them had the full name on it. Cool. I didn't think it was all that unique.


who's name I'll give as Eddie for the moment

A listener to my podiobook sent me a complaint about the high school bully being named Eddie. He said Eddie was always a bad guy.

His name was Eddie.

He was light hearted about it, but I got the feeling he was at least slightly annoyed for real.

kaitie
11-20-2009, 12:15 PM
Got it in one. Which makes me laugh so hard. (Okay, Taiko-Tama, which is damn close enough. :p I lol'ed. It's a good thing I was thinking of changing his name already anyway...)

Me thinks it's time for a name change? I guess that's what I get for loosely basing their language pattern's on japanese.... and not particularly actually knowing the whole language.

I think you could probably get by with Taiko if you wanted. It wouldn't actually be used as a name in Japanese (not that I've ever heard anyway), so it doesn't exactly strike me as something that sounds necessarily like borrowing from the language. The only potential obstacle is that taiko is a cultural thing and some people might associate it with that, though very few westerners have ever even heard of taiko. (It's AWESOME btw. Check out some videos on YouTube if you've never seen it. One of the coolest bits of Japanese culture out there, imo). I'd say as long as you don't have a lot of other characters with names that sound "borrowed" you're probably okay.

amlptj
11-20-2009, 12:33 PM
Just googled my MC's names and one got a popular hit one one, but it is apparently pretty common. Funny though when trying to come up with the first name for my one character Agent Blair i picked Linda, my mom was the one to tell me that was the girl form the "Exorcist" name. so i changed it.

OctoberRain
11-20-2009, 01:23 PM
Ohhhhh noooooo... my serial killer is a gay porn star. And a big popular one, too.

Seriously, this can't be happening. I love his name. :(

CoriSCapnSkip
11-20-2009, 03:29 PM
Here is a guy with the misfortune to be named Leaper and be an expert on Japanese culture. http://www.flipkart.com/culture-wise-japan-david-leaper/1905303408-v1x3f1eyfd

Is anyone brave enough to ask him what his name means in Japanese, or tell me? My mom knew a guy by that name who tried to have his name written in Japanese on the back of a kimono and the kimono guy cracked up and would write the first name only. When Quantum Leap fans started calling themselves "Leapers," I told them this but to this day have never gotten an exact definition.

Ms Hollands
11-23-2009, 11:20 AM
Hmmm, is it wrong to have no surnames in a novel? I hadn't thought about it until now, and I've had no need to mention someone's surname, but does it seem a bit lacking if I don't provide that info for at least some of the more main characters?