I'm currently brooding over good character names for a novel I want to write. I was looking at some of the books I read recently, trying to understand why the authors picked the names they gave their protagonists.
In "Before I die" by Jenny Downham – which is one of the best books of my life, by the way – the two main characters are named Ellie Parker and Mickey McKenzie. Obviously surnames names are not uniformily distributed over the country, and there is a preference for different first names among different classes, so names will not only give you an idea of which region and social context a person might come from, they also trigger prejudices about a person's character. But since English is not my native tongue, and I don't live in the UK, I have no feeling for the connotations that these two names from that novel will evoke in a native English reader from the UK.
What connotations do the names Ellie Parker and Mickey McKenzie carry? What kind of persons do you imagine carry such names?