What’s in a name?

InspirationHow does an author choose a name for a character?

It varies, I think.

For me?

It’s half random selection and half real life inspiration.  Random name generator is a website that is sort of a guilty pleasure of mine.  I’ve spent hours and hours hit refresh to see what name combinations that it comes up with.  It’s usually how I find the surnames for my characters.  Steve and Gareth were both random names.  Ivy was more dream inspired.

I have very strange dreams.

So how important are character names to you when you are reading…or writing?