Over 6 years ago, I started writing a novel in an attempt to deal with my stress and channel my emotions in some kind of direction. (Spoiler: I still haven’t gotten beyond 11 pages and my last entry was over a year ago)
Given the purpose of the novel, the protagonist was supposed to represent me and the majority of the main cast were to represent my friends. Early on, I had noticed that I had way more interesting ideas about the japanese high school life than the western, so while the setting remained western, the rest was to be pretty close to anime-style. Therefore, my characters required Japanese names.
I went by the following principle: Take the first letters of each name of the real counterpart and find Japanese ones starting with them. Look up a first name with a fitting meaning. Use the last name of an anime character.
The initials of the name I went by in school were N S. (my official one is different)
I have selected the first name “Naoki”, which supposedly meant “docile tree.” “Docile” was a new english vocabulary to me, but some of its meanings were “weak” and “quiet”, which I found fitting.
As for the last name, I searched my memory for the last names of characters known to me back then and I picked “Saten” from Ruiko Saten, a character from the To aru Kagaku no Railgun series. Therefore, the main character’s name of my novel was “Naoki Saten”.
About a year later, Little Busters started airing and I had simultaneously begun playing the VN. Once I had finished it, I wanted to discuss it and thus entered the anime community, with the conveniently Japanese name of my novel character representative as a user name.
And yes, Nick is merely the english version of my real name.