Writers struggle over character names. I have seen authors finish half a manuscript with HERO or **NAME** in place because the right name has not come to them. But there are certain names that just should never be used in a romance book for either a heroine or a hero.I know, I know, some authors can get away with almost anything. Look at JR Ward and Wrath, Rhage and the other delicious but weirdly named BDB crew. Forget Celtic/Welsh writers with those terrible unpronounceable names, they march to their own drummer. But for the majority of us, some names just will never inspire romance.
Granted this is my opinion, but seriously, look at these.
13) Dick – I had to do it.
12) Eugene – Again, did you really even consider this? duh!
11) Phlebia – Uhm, phlegm and labia together? Noooo
10) Elmer – It is a glue, not a hero
9) Fannie – It is a body part, not a name
8 ) Nimrod – I don’t care if it is biblical, it sucks
7) Cherry – Do you seriously think this makes your heroine cute???
6) Hymie – Don’t do that to a poor hero or he becomes a zero
5) Ernie – Even if you call him Earnest which is bad enough, Ernie is terrible
4) Enos – See #8 (also rhymes with penis)
3) Cleatus/Cletus – *shudder*
2) Any name where you get kreaytive with the spelling. Like Cely and then try to tell me to pronounce it KELLY. Uhm no, that is Seeley in my head.
1) Hortense – Now who in their right mind would name a heroine Hortense? Whore-tense? What are you sniffing!?