Re: Character names - what can i get away with??
Yeah, I think it's going to drag readers out of the story.
Marvel comics did a were-pteradactyl character some years ago. In human form he was a nice guy. In were-pteradactyl form, he was a completely different personality, and chose to use his power for evil. He named himself Sauron, because he was a huge Lord Of The Rings fan and decided to pay homage to Tolkien's ultimate villain.
That worked. But in a time millions of years before Tolkien was born, I really don't think it would work.