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Old 03-05-2018, 05:37 AM   #16
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Oh, I forgot Melvin! And Clarence!

But, you know, Dudley has the added incentive that it associates with the detestable "Harry Potter" Dudley Dursley character. No hunka burning love fantasy reverberates in that thought...
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Old 03-05-2018, 07:26 AM   #17
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Hubert does have a ring to it.

But these days, young people ALWAYS abbreviate names. Lisa becomes Lise. So what would be the abbreviation for Hubert? Hube? Hoo?
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Old 03-05-2018, 08:18 AM   #18
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Or give a thought to some of those really old-fashioned names that nobody uses any more.
Homer. Irving. Oscar. Ferd. Jethro. Harvey. Zeke. Rufus. Buford. Alvin. Floyd. Hubert. Oswald. Wilbur.
I beg to differ. I have met at least three quite young Oscars.

At least with kids today no name seems outlandish, so the young Oscars are spared the ignominy at the hands of their peers that would have been visited on an Oscar in my generation.
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I beg to differ. I have met at least three quite young Oscars.

At least with kids today no name seems outlandish, so the young Oscars are spared the ignominy at the hands of their peers that would have been visited on an Oscar in my generation.
Soap opera General Hospital has a young teenage character named Oscar.
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Old 03-05-2018, 01:00 PM   #20
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Hubert does have a ring to it.

But these days, young people ALWAYS abbreviate names. Lisa becomes Lise. So what would be the abbreviation for Hubert? Hube? Hoo?
Probably something like Hue. My fiancee is named Lisa and when her sisters abbreviate her name it comes out sounding like Lee rather than Lise.
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If you're using Windows or Linux you might want to download the free screenplay writing software, Trelby. Not necessarily to write screenplays, but because it has a good name database feature.

http://www.trelby.org/

In the examples below I limited the search to Male, starts with "cl" and chose "English" – which resulted in 37 names. If I changed the nationality to "Irish" I got 11 name (second example). As you can see in the screenshots, lots of choices.
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If you're using Windows or Linux you might want to download the free screenplay writing software, Trelby. Not necessarily to write screenplays, but because it has a good name database feature.

http://www.trelby.org/

In the examples below I limited the search to Male, starts with "cl" and chose "English" – which resulted in 37 names. If I changed the nationality to "Irish" I got 11 name (second example). As you can see in the screenshots, lots of choices.
Scrivener also has name generation features built in I believe.
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Old 03-05-2018, 04:24 PM   #23
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Scrivener also has name generation features built in I believe.
So does Movie Magic Screenwriter, Final Draft and probably several others – but Trelby is FREE.
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I'm a Scrivener user but all your suggestions are way more fun and entertaining. I should use its generator for some of the less "spork-worthy" characters though.

I think Fabio is going to become Dudley (although, I won't make him a Canadian - mountie or otherwise). He really is a nice chap. I feel like I need to give him more "screen time" now. Sigh.

Dudley was all kinds of wrong in Harry Potter. Didn't he semi-redeem himself in one of the later books? It's been a while since I Pottered (and then I only listened via Stephen Fry to the final three books).
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I'm a Scrivener user but all your suggestions are way more fun and entertaining. I should use its generator for some of the less "spork-worthy" characters though.

I think Fabio is going to become Dudley (although, I won't make him a Canadian - mountie or otherwise). He really is a nice chap. I feel like I need to give him more "screen time" now. Sigh.

Dudley was all kinds of wrong in Harry Potter. Didn't he semi-redeem himself in one of the later books? It's been a while since I Pottered (and then I only listened via Stephen Fry to the final three books).
Trivia: The actor who played Dudley in the movies is the grandson of Patrick Troughton who was one of the early Dr. Who's.
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After Harry saves him from the Dementors in book 5 I think,
Dudley becomes a bit more easier to get along with. You have to wonder what it is that they made him relive though.
I wonder how many people remember Dudley Dooright now days.
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I've got a never seen, only talked about, character. He's incredibly good looking. He's been assigned as an assistant to my female MC. The idea of him (poor pet) is that all the MC's colleagues talk and speculate about him. We don't know anything else about him and he never actually is in any scenes, just that he's stunning. In my head is a lovely guy, so I don't want to make fun of him or saddle him with a p0rn name.
You know your idea reminds me of a play "Waiting for Godot." Same sort of idea:
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You know your idea reminds me of a play "Waiting for Godot." Same sort of idea:
Dudley Godot? We have a winner!
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I wonder how many people remember Dudley Dooright now days.
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How about Roger Ramjet (USA, and maybe only California)?
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Roger Ramjet and the American Eagles - and don't forget his proton energy pills (which sound kinda dodgy), battling Noodles Romanoff from NASTY.

Oh, crap. Now I want to call Fabio "Noodles". Nooooooooo.

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Consider naming the character Michael. Common, but not Mike. Michael is not a groaning out loud cliché name like some of the other suggestions.
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