One of the things I really enjoy while writing is coming up with suitable names for all the characters. Sometimes I think of a name as I'm typing, like Commander Mulholland in Data Dump, other times I really have to think about it. Others are drawn from real life.
I wanted my archaelogist in Artefact Nouveau to sound scientific. The first person I though of was Lord Kelvin, so I ended up with Stanley Kelvington.
Two other characters in my Star Trek stories, Titus Grey and Bronwyn Davies, were names we had shortlisted but rejected for our children.
In upcoming stories there are characters named after our hamster, people from work and names of magazine editors that seemed to fit nicely. In fact just about anyone I meet has a chance of being immortalised in one of my stories!