What're your criteria when you're naming characters? Do you put a lot of thought into it or are you good with a name if it meets basic criteria (like gender, time period, genre, age, etc.)? I usually start off with that basic criteria and then look at the meaning/etymology of the names I come across. I fancy the idea of having character names that have a meaning true to the character but it's not something that I need. I don't need a name to mean "strong" so long as the name sounds strong, you know? I'll also make sure that the names of various characters aren't too similar to one another in order to avoid any confusion. I'll also avoid complicated spelling or names that are difficult to pronounce (unless it's a name that inevitably will be because of ethnicity or something). I remember reading those two tips long ago and I've used them as guidelines ever since. Are there any tips for naming characters that you've read or picked up over the years? Do you have any favorite resources?