Hi, I am writing a fantasy adventure novel, and I am almost done, but, still not satisfyed with the name of my male heroin. I am currently naming him Ryder, but, I do not like that name anymore. He is mysterious and brooding, and a really tough guy. He is a warrior and a soldier, and is a little socially awkward and likes to keep to himself. He seems very tough and hardenened, but, he begins to show a more emotional side, especially when talking about his fears, the girl he loves, or his deceased mother. I need a sensitive, mysterious, yet tough guy name for my character. Please help :)
How about Jax, or Jace?
How about Syft or Drake? (I thought Ryder was a cool name:)
^ same :).
What about Jason. Your desciption made me think of Jason Grace, from the book Heros of Olympus by Rick Riordan.
It made me think of him too!!!! I love the books! anyway, what about Brad or Zane?
You could always go to those baby name websites and pick a super symbolic name... (; I'm such a writing geek xD
Ryder does fit your description very well but have you though about using exotic names? Italian, spanish or Russian, for eg
how about Cain?
I first have to address your username, Aria is my sister's name. :) Sorry the two year old in me to come out. As for names... my worst area when it comes to writing, I bought a name bible to help me out. Heith, Rhett, Wyatt. In my opinion the short name has that edge you seen to be looking for, but also leaves something to desired. :)
Spade? Quindolun? Alderon? Anton? Just kind of rattling off names here that I'm thinking of on the spot... the baby name websites do work very well for character names if you're interested in that, though. If you want a first AND last name, the first names that come to my head are:
Galohare Shadeling (spell it how you like)
What about Brutus (as in Marcus Brutus). I feel like the "-us" ending would meld wonderfully with a fantasy, and it would be particularly symbolic if he were harboring any guilt over the death of his mother. Just a thought :)
Another possibility would be to choose something more sensitive/tragic, and begin the story with him going by a tougher-sounding nickname, and then gradually switch over to the unabridged moniker as the work progresses and his more emotional side is revealed. Doing so would also be wonderfully symbolic.
Good luck! Whatever you decide on, it's bound to be page-turner! :)