Sunday Spotlight: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Posted on May 22, 2016 By

Sherrilyn Kenyon! Prolific, prominent, and positively poised!

Graphic by Tee LaFrance Todd – © 2016 Curionomastics

Graphic by Tee LaFrance Todd – © 2016 Curionomastics

Being the name freak I am, I picked up The Writer’s Digest Character Naming Sourcebook many years ago now. I was so excited to see a SK name sourcebookpublished text about names that wasn’t a baby name book. I read it cover to cover, marveling over all of the unique names and eagerly learning how other writers chose names for their characters (which is going to be a feature here on Curionomastics, so stay tuned for that). Once I had completed the book, I went to find out more about the author, Sherrilyn Kenyon


A New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon has also seen success all over the world. Her urban fantasy books are available in over 100 countries, where they sell just as fast as here. She’s written dozens of novels, including almost thirty in her popular Dark-Hunter series, which she has been writing for decades. Many of her works have been adapted into graphic novels and mangas, and some of them, including her Chronicles of Nick series, will soon be seen in movies and television shows. Sherrilyn Kenyon worked her way up from a troubled childhood, extreme poverty, and medical complications to become one of the most productive and successful authors today.

Sherrilyn’s Trivia Trio:

  1. She also writes historical novels with paranormal elements under the pseudonym Kinley MacGregor.
  2. One of her favorite books is Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and one of her favorite authors is Oscar Wilde.
  3. She was the first New York author to publish her work as an e-book when the medium first came about and she is credited with being the first female author to start a website in 1994.


Sherrilyn is a respelling of the French name Cherilyn, which itself is a form of Cheryl with the lyn ending. It means ‘beloved’ or ‘dear’ and judging by the millions of fans Sherrilyn Kenyon has gained over the years, this name is certainly fitting. Rhyming with Carolyn, this three syllable name has a subtle sing-song quality to me.
Kenyon is a locational name of Ancient British or Celtic origin. Sherrilyn Kenyon studied medieval history when she was in college so the ties are interesting. Originally spelled Kenien and thought to be derived from the personal name Enion, this surname is a strong stamp that both complements and stands out from Sherrilyn.



Thanks for stopping by to check out another Sunday Spotlight! I hope you’re enjoying these namerific people. Have a great week!


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