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His name is going to be Mr. Price. What should his first name be?

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    – Standback
    Sep 15, 2014 at 6:04
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    Sep 15, 2014 at 6:05
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    Did his parents already knew he would grow up to be a capitalist? Unless you want your character to be a parody, too obvious names are really stretching the suspension of disbelieve (Nicknames they acquired because of their main character traits are of course an exception).
    – Philipp
    Sep 15, 2014 at 13:04
  • I'd avoid giving characters names that too obviously describe them, unless the story is intended to be a comedy or a very blatant allegory. In real life, greedy people are not all named "Mr Cash", violent people are not all named "Mr Fist", etc., and seeing names like that in a story just seems ... silly.
    – Jay
    Sep 15, 2014 at 13:56

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Characters really ought to be multifaceted. If the last name is "Price" exposing a facet of his personality, then the first name should be random (exposing nothing else) or about another characteristic. Say, for instance he is loose with is money, "Lax Price" or tight "Hardy Price" or, perhaps, inconsiderate of the value "Shorty Price".

Now, going a non-money relationship, perhaps he's conniving and you want to be obtuse going off of "machinate" and call him, "Mack Price"... That's how I go about doing names... innuendo, abbreviation, and oftentimes reference to the latin/Greek/origin of the word -- Meet "Ergo Lars" (derived from "ergo" and "dol-lars"). ;)

Hope that helps!

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