I write a lot of stories, and most of those stories have a number of characters. I employ a number of methods in finding the right names for each character.
And whenever a new phone book is delivered, I skim through each page and make note of any unusual names I come across.
I also read the credits after movies and shows. Most people turn the movie off at the end, but I usually just let it play through to the end. There are some interesting names in those lists.
I have a desk job here at The Inn and I meet many new people. This is a fun one for me because I get chat with the guest, find out the meaning of their name for them on a more personal level, and tell them that I write stories and will be using their name in a story at some point in the future. They think it’s great!