In the other two novels I am working on(books 1 and 2 of a trilogy), I used Old English, Danish, and Russian for character names. This time, some of my main characters are from a large island nation. So I am trying to decide between Egyptian names or Indonesian. I don't necessarily match a type of culture(Middle Eastern) with the names of specific languages(Arabic) we know on Earth. So though my island might have a more Hawaiian feel, I don't want to use Hawaiian names.
If it makes no sense to you, that's alright. This is my fantasy novel and one of the little idiosyncrasies I have. *grin*
So this made me wonder...How do YOU decide what types of names to use? Do you just pick random names you like or do you go with a similar language for all your names within each groupings of people you have? I'm getting close to actually beginning the writing process of creating this novel. (Research takes forever when I have so much fun doing it.) How long does research for a new novel generally take you?