The study of words and their meanings is called etymology. Not to be confused with entomology, the study of insects (a mistake I have made several times.) Names and their meanings are critically important to any story; they bring life, profound meanings, and can make it memorable. There is a plethora of books ready to lend aid, not to mention websites. Working on names in my stories is one of my favorite aspects of writing. I could name a beautiful mermaid Genevieve, which means ‘White Wave’. There could be a dark, mysterious prince named Donald, which means ‘Dark Stranger.’ The names of people and the names of places can be so pivotal to a story, so don not take them too lightly! The intricate detail of meaning names add to your characters and places will brighten your story.