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Old 09-08-2012, 04:05 AM
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I have finished a novel and MC is called Peter Grant. I chose Grant for personal reasons and Peter seemed a nice, middle of the road first name.

Now someone has told me I should change the name cos there is a footballer called Peter Grant.

Surely, there is always someone, living or dead, who will have the same name as a novel character. It would be almost impossible to find a name no one else has.....and would take horrendous amount of research.

Does it really matter if there is another human being with the same name as my character, famous or otherwise.

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I'd say it depends on the level of fame of the real person.
Not being a football fan I can't verify PG but I have never heard of him.

The only thing I get caught out on with names is alliteration and more often than not that are called things like Alan Amos, Bernie Bradshaw, Carrie Carmichael etc etc.
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