3. Name meanings
4. Time-frame of story
6. Research – research - research
7. Don’t name characters starting with the same initials (Lisa, Lora, Lana…)
If I’m writing a Native American 1800s story I know my names must fit the nationality and the time-frame I’m writing. Names mean something, and in the Blackfeet world, a man can perform a great coup and change his name each time. Tribe members can also give someone a new name. Puts a whole new perspective on naming conventions, doesn’t it? You have to know the history of the person you’re naming. If you don’t, be prepared for a savvy reader to point out your mistake.