There's a character in my work-in progress whose name keeps morphing, even as I am now one-quarter of the way through the novel.
He's a doctor. Initially, his name was Dr. Robert Loftin. Problem: I took his name from a Dr. Richard Loftin I knew back in my high school years, and I can't get past that distracting link. (This will amuse my friends from high school who read this blog.)
In the search for a non-used name, I tried out "Snowden," which is the name of a wealthy Pittsburgh family of that time. The problem is that I don't like using the names of real families unless I have researched them into the ground. (Ironically, "Dr. Snowden" is the name of ANOTHER guy I knew in high school, but for some reason it doesn't bother me as much.)
Finally, I settled on "Dr. Ludlow," which made me pretty happy. (I like British/Scottish origin "L" names for this particular character.) But then I watched the film version of Washington Square and remembered that the doctor in that Henry James novel is named Ludlow! AAAARGH!
Any suggestions? (This is a good guy, just so you know. I'm not going to use a name like "Lynch" or "Leporelli.")