names for manly men

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Remember me? From that cheesy 70s TV show?

Next step as I stumble through this storyline is the love interest. If you’ve read any of my books, you know he is bound to be a manly man with a manly name.
Manly men have monosyllabic names. It’s a Rule. Deal with it:
Sam. Will. Mike. Rourke. Rand. Greg. Tom. Steve. Ross. Rob.
Here are some manly names you will never see in a Wiggs book, because I’m related to them so I can’t write about them as fictional characters (shudder): Nick, Jay, Jon, Dave…all good names, but too close to home to use.
The initial and final sounds of a male monosyllabic name are like muscular biceps framing a massive chest. I’m not kidding here. Pay attention, you might learn something.
Okay, they can have ONE MORE syllable if you promise to give them really cool surnames:
Ryan Calhoun. Jesse Morgan. Dylan Kennedy. Justin McCord.
If they’re really special and have a following even though their book is not yet written, they might get to have a totally special name:
Julian Gastineaux, anybody? Logan O’Donnell?
FYI – here are some move names you will NEVER find attached to the hero of a Wiggs book: Winston. Percy (even though it worked fine for the Scarlet Pimpernel). Vivian, Uriah, Seymour, Poindexter. To name a few.
Oh, and another thing. The name has to sound good next to their girlfriend’s. The female love interest in this one is Tess (short for Theresa) Lindberg. So I wouldn’t want Jess or Jesse. That’s just too cute.
His surname has to work with the girl’s name too, since she has to live with it the rest of her happily-ever-after life. So, Farraday. Someone mentioned that earlier. I’m thinking Quinn. Quinn Farraday. But maybe not, because Quinn + Tess looks a little suspicious, like someone just made them up out of think air. Lemme think on this.
What are your thoughts? What are some of your fave fictional manly names?

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46 Responses

  1. how about Dan? Its a monosyllabic name, and it goes with Farraday and Tess. Someone else mentioned Nathan, but what about just Nate?

  2. how about Dan? Its a monosyllabic name, and it goes with Farraday and Tess. Someone else mentioned Nathan, but what about just Nate?

  3. Please not Quinn. Firstly it’s my dog’s name. I can’t take romance seriously when I think of kissing my dog. And the four of the last nine books I’ve read have had a hero (or heroine!) named Quinn.

    And please not Fin.

    Both Quinn and Tess and Fin and Tess make me think of other, longer words.

    And even though it’s a one-syllable name not Tim. Even though I’m married to a Tim it may be the least masculine most milquetoast name I can think of short of Eustace. (I call my husband by a nickname to resolve that quandry.)

  4. Please not Quinn. Firstly it’s my dog’s name. I can’t take romance seriously when I think of kissing my dog. And the four of the last nine books I’ve read have had a hero (or heroine!) named Quinn.
    And please not Fin.
    Both Quinn and Tess and Fin and Tess make me think of other, longer words.
    And even though it’s a one-syllable name not Tim. Even though I’m married to a Tim it may be the least masculine most milquetoast name I can think of short of Eustace. (I call my husband by a nickname to resolve that quandry.)

  5. Greg…of course…Hattori is pretty cool, too for a last name…in case you ever write a Japanese character…remember the “Hattori” swordmaker in “Kill Bill?” Hee-hee

  6. Greg…of course…Hattori is pretty cool, too for a last name…in case you ever write a Japanese character…remember the “Hattori” swordmaker in “Kill Bill?” Hee-hee

  7. I like Jack. Being a hard core Southern woman, I love a woman’s maiden name as a first name. So. Smith. Hawkins. Moore. Hamilton (call him Ham, of course), Simpson, Dixon, Jones as a first name. My favorite name is Jerome (my father’s middle name, which he hates), and had I ever had children, someone would have been Jerome.

  8. I like Jack. Being a hard core Southern woman, I love a woman’s maiden name as a first name. So. Smith. Hawkins. Moore. Hamilton (call him Ham, of course), Simpson, Dixon, Jones as a first name. My favorite name is Jerome (my father’s middle name, which he hates), and had I ever had children, someone would have been Jerome.

  9. My kids are Ryan Elliott, Shaun Robert and Christopher Laurence. My oldest granddaughter is named Taylor after her grandfather. My grandson is named Ely Winston. One of the nurses I used to work with told me that I should use my maiden name as a first name for one of the boys…..and that is Breton. I think the boys names fit them well.

  10. My kids are Ryan Elliott, Shaun Robert and Christopher Laurence. My oldest granddaughter is named Taylor after her grandfather. My grandson is named Ely Winston. One of the nurses I used to work with told me that I should use my maiden name as a first name for one of the boys…..and that is Breton. I think the boys names fit them well.

  11. I am currently listening to The Apple Orchard and the manly man’s name is 3 syllables! Dominick! And man, is he a MANLY man! Personally, I am partial to Philip, even though that is my son’s name. Also, Jonathan and Joshua. It seems that monosyllabic names are not my top favorites!

  12. I am currently listening to The Apple Orchard and the manly man’s name is 3 syllables! Dominick! And man, is he a MANLY man! Personally, I am partial to Philip, even though that is my son’s name. Also, Jonathan and Joshua. It seems that monosyllabic names are not my top favorites!

  13. Mark Ian, Justin Ryan (or Ryan Justin), Craig Richard, James Neil, Ethan Samuel, Wade Zachary, any of them sound good with Farrady.

  14. Mark Ian, Justin Ryan (or Ryan Justin), Craig Richard, James Neil, Ethan Samuel, Wade Zachary, any of them sound good with Farrady.

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