What's in a name? A lot, if you're writing a book.
Today, I'm looking at male names. Tomorrow, it'll be female names.
Have you noticed that some names lend themselves to more strength than others for males? Here are 10 examples (and readers might disagree, but that's okay).
If I were to write a book about a tough guy, those are the ones I'd start with. All tough and no nonsense names. Why? Most of them have some sort of history to go with the name. For example, David would be King David. He was tough. Wyatt--Wyatt Earp. Or they have a meaning that's tough.
For example, Jake (short for Jacob) means 'supplanter.' According to vocabulary.com, a supplanter is:
That's one tough dude. Want to overthrow a government, call Jake. He's the guy to do it.
In other words, I can't think of any character who would be named someone on that list who would be a pansy. I can never see a Hank doing someone's nails, for example. Jason, Yes. Hank? No.
When you name your characters, see if you can make the males stronger by choosing a name that's tough. Usually, shorter names are tougher. If they have a meaning or a history of a tough male, use it. OR change it up a bit and use the tough named character as a beta character or a metrosexual. It'll throw off your readers and make them think twice about stereotypes.
Have a great week!