16 May, 2011

I Found A Good Name For My Character. I Googled It. I Found Out It's A High Blood Pressure Drug.

Teveten, also known as Eprosartan, "is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure", according to PubMed Health.

What are the chances I came up with it for my main character?

You see, I was looking at surnames that start with "T" on Most Common Surnames in the United States (excellent site for character names with all sorts of ways to search for just the right one. Seriously, go check it out!) and found "Tveten". I liked it. And since I thought it would be easier to read/pronounce with another "e", I changed it to Teveten.

And, just on the slim chance it might already be a name, I looked it up.

Discovered it's a drug.


Back to the drawing board.


Has this sort of thing ever happened to you?

-----The Golden Eagle


Emily Rose said...

Oh that is a bummer. It was a cool name though!

(: Just Becca :) said...

YES. YESYESYES. It happened with a book name that had been associated with that idea for years. My fault, I came up with it. ;)

And that name was awesome. :D

Indigo said...

Might still be able to use it. Most medical cures and drugs are named after their creators. Which would be their surnames. It's cool and it would work in that it wasn't a common name. (Hugs)Indigo

Clarissa Draper said...

What's wrong with being named after a drug. I mean, what's wrong with a drug being named after your main character?

mooderino said...

Yes, happens to me all the time. Did yo consider changing the spelling? Toveten?

Rogue Mutt said...

Come on, maybe the drugmaker would sponsor your book for the product placement.

Rusty Webb said...

What are the side effects of the drug? Maybe you can make them character traits.

"Hi, I'm Teveten and my toenails keep falling off."

I used to worry a lot about names, now, not so much. Go with what feels right.

Reece said...

No, but I usually look for names with specific meanings anyway.

The Words Crafter said...

I have a site I use all the time if I need a particular kind of name. If not, I just pick one out.

I'd have to say this would be a unique experience, but how cool, lol!

KarenG said...

Hey it could work!

Old Kitty said...

Gosh no! But it's such a shame about your fab name!!!

My characters' names are so normal and boring that I now wish they were more exotic!!! Back to the drawing board for me too, methinks! LOL!

Take care

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've never conducted a Google search - maybe I should! Hey, just alter one letter and run with the change.

Holly Ruggiero said...

Interesting and weird at the same time. It is a cool name though.

Canyon Girl said...

What a shame, that was a really cool name. I'm sure you'll come up with something equally good though.--Inger

Beverly Diehl said...

Just change it a little, as mooderino suggests. Teaveten. Tevetane. T'veten. de Veten.

Or reverse it. Netevet. (now that sounds like a drug name. Good luck!

Writing in Flow

David Powers King said...

There's always the option to tweak the name a little. That's what I tend to do.

guinevere said...

Heehee. That's a coincidence. Play around with the letters and see if you can make a variation!

Josh Hoyt said...

That's funny. I have the hardest time picking out names for characters.

Loren Chase said...

YES! I think this was one of my first posts on my blog because I was so angry. I found out my main character was named the same name as the star of Jeepers Creepers the thriller. That completely turned me off. But your situation sounds cooler lol.

Claire Goverts said...

Oh wow, figures you cool name would already be used in another way. I agree with the previous commenters who suggested tweaking it.

I haven't had that happen to me yet, but then again I've only gotten to the first draft stage and I just use first names for my characters. Not that first names couldn't be used for other things. I did Google my mc from my fantasy novel and didn't find much on her first name.

Liz said...

I don't see why you can't use it. Lots of names have alternate meanings.

Alleged Author said...

Now that's amusing! I still like the name though. Had you not referenced it, I wouldn't know it existed. Maybe I'll name one of my characters Celebrex. :P I say keep the name!

Sarah McCabe said...

I say go ahead and use it anyway. I mean, how many people will actually know it's the name of a drug anyway? I think it sounds very nice.

RaShelle said...

What about: Teven? =D

If not, good luck on your name search.

Trisha said...

It hasn't really, but I've often thought I'd better check on my fantasy characters' names in case they mean something really rude in a foreign language :D

Michael Di Gesu said...

I agree with Indigo, why not still use it. The name is that much more interesting. I don't think there would be a problem using it as a character's name. You are not advertising the name for commercial gain.

Thanks for the interesting site.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hiya .. I was going to suggest you altered the name a little if you wanted to .. or adding an O ...

Sounds like there's some good thoughts here .. Hope you find something fun for him ..

Cheers Hilary

Cally Jackson said...

The name of one of my characters (who becomes a real cow throughout the story) is actually my now sister-in-law's name, same spelling and everything. I'm hoping that she sees enough differences in their backgrounds to realise the character is not modeled on her!

Anonymous said...

I think Word Verification is a great way to find new names. Some are pretty cool. Try it next time you have to type it in to leave a comment. Might just find what you're looking for.

Deborah Walker said...

Man, that's bad luck. My sympathies to you.

laughingwolf said...

just drop the 'e' you added, and go for it!

Margo Benson said...

It's a great name regardless, I'd still go with it. I'm another who has named the odd character from word verification!

....Petty Witter said...

What are the chances of this happening?

Of course, I already have this problem as my married name is also the name of a chocolate maker.

mooderino said...

@petty - ooh, ooh, are you Mrs Ferrero-Rocher?

Tony Benson said...

I think Tveten is a great name. Better than Percocet any day :-)

The Golden Eagle said...

Emily: Ah, well. There are other T names--I'll find something. Maybe I'll just make it up . . .

Becca: It's too bad about the name you were using!

LOL. Thanks.

Indigo: I hadn't thought of that. It's true many titles from from people's surnames.

Clarissa: I don't like the idea it's been used by a company--with the exact same spelling. I wouldn't mind using a derivate version of it.

Mooderino: Yup. Right now, I'm just calling him Tveten--which is the name I found originally. :P

I'm still on the hunt for just the right (unused) name. I'll have to think about it for a while.

Rogue Mutt: I can just picture the introduction: "Brought to you by [insert company name here], featuring our very own drug, Teveten!"

Rusty: LOL.

The character's more the kind of person who gives people high blood pressure . . .

Reece: I do, too, especially for some stories. I'll use a Translator a lot, and sift through all kinds of words until I find one that sounds good.

The Words Crafter: I usually hunt for a while before settling on something that seems close--and then, like this time, I look it up to check to see if it has references to something else.

Ha! I guess it is. Even if I do have to find a new one. :D

KarenG: Could . . . but I'm going to change it anyway, probably to something else that's sort of like it.

Old Kitty: Usual names aren't bad at all, especially for Historical/Realistic/etc. Fiction. And sometimes they're even easier to remember . . .

Alex: I love Googling stuff. :P

The Golden Eagle said...

Holly: It's happened to me before--I typed in a random "R" name into a document, clicked on a suggested spelling from Word's AutoCorrect, and found out it actually meant a microscopic organism. (Rotifer).

Canyon: Thanks! :)

Beverly: Oooh, I like those suggestions! Especially "Tevetane".


David: It's certainly easier than looking for a whole 'nother word; I'm just going with Tveten for now.

Guinevere: I will! Unless I come across something else eventually.

Josh: There are so many different ways to choose! Other languages, translations, made-up names, surnames, common names . . . Ack.

Loren: It's too bad about you're character's name! Especially since it was your MC. That name's almost always the most important out of all of them.

Claire: I usually use only first names for my first draft as well. It's easier not to have to hunt for something and get bogged down in details.

That's good! At least you know her name hasn't been used before. :)

Liz: True, that. But I'm not a fan of the idea of using a name a company has copyrighted. (Even though I don't think that would be a legal issue or anything.)

Alleged: I hadn't heard of it either, which is a positive sign--I still think I'm going to end up changing it. Tveten, the name I'm using now, is close, anyway.

Sarah: Thanks!

I don't really know; I don't know how widely it's used as a medication. :P

RaShelle: Thanks for the suggestion! I like that--in fact, it sounds like a great first name for someone . . . :D

Trisha: Apparently, that happened to Kristin Cashore--the MC's love interest in the story (he's a great character) is named Po, which, she found out when her book was translated, means "butt" in German.

I wouldn't want to make that sort of mistake.

The Golden Eagle said...

Michael: Good point--it would give the name a little more meaning, to some if they'd heard the name before (although I'm not sure if high blood pressure treatment was something I would normally associate with the character. LOL).

No problem! I hope it comes in handy. :)

Hilary: Tveten's what I'm working with right now, just so I have something to write now that I'm working on rewrites.

Thank you!

Cally: Spelling and everything?! Oops. :P

Stephen: And to think I took it down off my blog!

But you're right, some interesting words do crop up in good ol' Word Verification.

Deborah: Thanks.

I'm sure I'll figure something out permanent, though!

Laughingwolf: I'm currently calling him Tveten--it's close enough to something that sounds right for it to work with the rewrites!

Margo: Glad you like it!

I've never actively searched for a name through Word Verification--maybe I should start keeping track. And leave lots of comments in the process!

Tracy: Nothing wrong with having a name related to chocolate! :)

Mooderino: LOL.

Tony: True! :D

Title Loans said...

I don't see why you can't use it. I mean, what's writing without a little unorthodox creativity? I personally like it, and heart disease is such a problem you could always go with the angle of promoting health! Don't throw it away just because it's not exactly what you wanted :)

Edith F. said...

Oh goodness, I am sorry. I got such a chuckle out of this, though. It has happened to me - especially with titles or phrases. I agree with the earlier commenter who suggested changing the spelling - Tevetin? It does have a good ring to it.


Simon Kewin said...

Yep, I've definitely had something similar happen. Great resource though - many thanks.

Deniz Bevan said...

Oh that's too bad! I kinda like the name!
It's a bit like naming children isn't it? You want names with meanings, that others haven't used, that have a history and many layers of meaning... It's a wonder we ever come up with character names!