I have long grown tired of tradtional Characters names, therefore, I began naming my characters after states, cities, towns, villages, and suburbs. I found it to be very interesting. My son is named Denver. I was fed-up with scratching my head over massively trying to come up with various names for individual characters. And I love it.

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Waxahachie, Texas might be a good one, George. But not sure if it's a male or female.
I like your idea. Truth be told, I very often troll the obituary pages of my local newspaper, especially for the last names. Somehow or other, the name has to "feel" right to me. I know it when I "hear" it in my head. I just read Jack's reply, tho, re: gender. Yep, it's sorta tough to figure ... Tallahassie sounds a bit feminine ... Dallas? Florida? Not so sure.
The gender bit is troubling me right now. I have a charater that I'm having trouble naming. She is an 80+ year old female that needs an androginous name, right for her age, but mistaken for a male name by most. Just a bit of missdirection for a minor twist. I found that the US Social Security folks surprisingly have a page that helps with the autenticiry part
All have been used for years as names for both sexes.
I once worked with a woman whose real name was Vaughn. She was always taken for a male by anyone dealing with her paperwork.
I picked Harry, short for Harriet. Harriet was in the top 200 girls names the year of her birth and it fooled my sleuth long enough for the effect I needed. Thanks for the suggestions.
For some unknown reason, I used Hawk to derive my hero's name in XIII. The protagonist is Avery Hudson; the first name came from Avery Brooks, who played Hawk on Spenser for Hire; the last name from a Bruce Willis movie, Hudson Hawk.


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