Hey, I know I'm not as active as I want to be in this group, but I was wondering how y'all come up with the names for your characters. I don't have any problems with first names, but I can never think of last names. How do you guys come up with 'em?
Get a character naming sourcebook, located in the writing reference section. :) They're categorized by origin and then, next to each name, they have the meaning according to that origination. Some also have surnames.
I always have issues with this because I'm also synesthetic and I need the names to be the right color, too...*groan*
But you can actually have a lot more fun with last names, because people won't look at them too closely. You obviously have to consider your character's family and ethnicity-are they rich or poor? what country are they from? A lot of times names will correspond to professions, or you'll be able to get away with translating names from a foreign language into English or vice versa.