EXAMPLE: Alexandra Jackson (FNAF The Silver Eyes)
Alexis was my only character in which I picked a name before a persona or an appearance.
In The Silver Eyes, characters have names common to the late 1900s, as that is when the story takes place (such as John, Charlie/Charlotte, Carlton, Jessica, Marla, Lamar, Jason, etc). When creating an OC, a name is usually the last thing you think of, but it should be the first. No, I don't mean you should choose a name first off, I mean you should make a list of names and choose which one after you've developed your character.
For Alexis, I looked up 1980's names and gave it a spin. These were some names I could've chosen:
Of course, none of these names had the ring that Alexandra did, as I was looking for a mature but girlish name that could be shortened to a boy's name as a nickname (Alex) or a cuter form (Alexis).
LESSON: Use names from the time period your story takes place.
EXAMPLE: Goldicat the Cat (FNAF)
For Goldicat, I was looking for a cartoonish, corny, and slightly cheesy name. Of course, the name is off of the fairytale name Goldilocks, but due to Goldicat being a cat, I replaced the "-locks" part. I had already developed her appearance (golden) so the name fit with her better than I expected. It also worked for her tendency to tell stories, mostly fairytales that frequently were the morbid, Grimms' versions, which matched FNAF's kiddish-turned-horrifying-style of game.
When choosing her name, there wasn't any "choosing" involved. Because FNAF takes place mainly in the middle to late 1900's in various (but owned by the same company) pizza joints, there are animatronics with less-than-imaginative names (Bonnie for a male bunny, Chica for a female chicken, Foxy for a male fox). Of course, the names are switched up for a fresh take, as Foxy and Bonnie are usually girl's names but for cartoon animals, who cares? Whatever is endearing, at least on the outside.
LESSON: Consider the fandom's tone or trends.
EXAMPLE: Rinji Shukei (Bleach)
People tell you to never flip open a book and just choose whatever your finger lands on. However, this was the case with Rinji's last name (as well as Alexis's last name). I was flipping through a Bleach comic, saying, "Whatever Japanese word my finger lands on is what Rinji's last name will be!". And I landed on Shukei (Byakuya Kuckiki was using his ultimate power and muttered a sentence that included this word as an incantation). In the translation the book provided, this name meant "Last sight". When I later looked it up, it meant "Accountant". So much for a cool last name.
However, for her first name, Rinji's name is quite a message: "special, extraordinary" or "the emperor's command" are the two translations. For the first meaning, that is surely what she is: being a captain in an extra squad created just for her, and being a half-espada, which is a big deal. For the second translation, she is more or less a "messenger" in the Bleach world. Also, her first name was deprived from my name in Japanese.
LESSON: Randomly picking a name can work, but also consider meanings.
EXAMPLE: Asia Abernathy-Lovegood/ Ajia Mahou (Harry Potter)
Asia's native name, Ajia, is the Japanese version of her English name. Her full name was actually chosen before I ever thought of her herself. How is that possible? I was looking up names and I chose a name for a Harry Potter character I never developed until a year or two ago. However her name wasn't decided on until her personality was, then appearance was chosen after the name. When deciding on her native name, I looked up the Japanese versions of Asia and magic. Therefore, Ajia Mahou.
Asia's name doesn't have much of a history or story but it's interesting, at least to me.
LESSON: Match the name with your character's native country.
I hope you enjoyed this and I hope this helps. Post your character's name with meanings and how you chose it below!