The name’s the thing
I know there are authors who come up with a character name, then fill out a character sheet like they’re doing a D&D game, and proceed from there unto the plot and story. I am not one of those people.
I know there are authors who put tons of research into their names, and crafting them carefully to match the world.
I know there are authors who have multiple baby-naming books or sites, and cruise through them until they get something that matches the character already in their heads.
Me? I often end up using placeholder names, of something that caught my eye, until I finally figure out (you know, about 25,000 words in) what the character’s actual name is. And then comes the find & replace joy. (Fun fact. Find and replace treats Seth, Seth’s, Seths & Seth’ as 4 separate words, and will only replace one at a time. So make sure you look for potential misspellings and possessive cases. And plurals. Or your (hopefully beta) readers will go “Who’s this?”)
How do you handle names? What resources do you use?