Naming Conventions Can Be Quite A Sticky Problem
From the Seven Seas of R’haquirkh to characters names like Ma’charlkh, and the city of Shavartanshiquilltengshui, the naming conventions within Fantasy novels can be veritable tongue twisters. Such discombobulated names that almost contain every letter of the alphabet with apostrophes can aggravate and disorient readers much like a jump cut from a French New Wave film.
If any of the above names have actually appeared in a Fantasy Novel…well that’s just dumb luck.
Of course, from the other side of the coin comes an equally viable point of view. A main character named Paul, with his trusty sidekick Tommy, and love interest Lucy, from Milltown, could also serve as a means to prevent reader immersion. These names are too close to the real world and can block out your world-building efforts.
Names I’m Using
In my forthcoming fantasy novel, the first in the series called The Tales of Tyrennia (were you able to pronounce that?), I use the following names. I suppose I tried to be somewhat exotic without being too far-fetched.
Main Character: Dagorat – Secondary Characters: Cyril; Katrina; Liberon – Tertiary Characters: King Baldomir; Brother Maynard; Craicwyth; Magda; and Lhinthel (the Elven Queen). Villains: Lamortain and Xantasia.
Kingdoms: Ravenna, Quintalia, Easterly
Cities & Towns: Mentiria, Jalken, Ethelton, Dun Targill
Of course I’ll ask my beta readers too, but I’d to like to have it all fixed before I send them anything.
Did any of these names make you stumble? Got any suggestions or changes?