Trouble Naming your Character? Try a Name Generator.

image from beevolve.com

image from beevolve.com

Now and then, I get stuck for a name. I need a ship name (The Devil’s Trident), a tavern name (The Flagon and Flask), a villain’s name (Raven Stonerose), the name of a magical forest (Bitter Fleas Forest), or strange beast (Conewitch Snail).

Name generators are useful in getting the ideas flowing, and occasionally I find the right fit without a tweak. The above names were all straight from the Seventh Sanctum name generator, one I refer to when my brain is numb, which happens rather frequently. It’s a gold mine of thought-starters for fantasy writers.

Oh, you don’t write fantasy and haven’t any use for an elf name such as Ibenhar Lonedragon? You don’t need a hero named Tempest Honorhawk or a villain named Solitaire Ironcomet?

Never fear. This name generator also creates your more standard names: Claudine Briana McGuire, Spencer Vaughan, Haley Lambert, Warner Javier Gallagher, and Herminia Leon to rattle off a few.

Be sure to look through the broad variety of categories under the menu item “Generator Types” as there are more options than are listed on the opening page.

NOW, THE BONUS!!

from farm-sign.com

from farm-sign.com

Okay, this is pure silliness.

I write fantasy and occasionally my characters get royally upset! Sometimes I don’t want to use Earthly curses, particularly if the story doesn’t take place on Earth. I also prefer to avoid foul language when it isn’t necessary for the story or characters.

I ran across the Foul-o-Matic curse word generator on a random search for name generators. It’s a swear-word generator that makes me laugh because most of the word combinations are just plain ridiculous (failed douchewaffle piper and spanking nugget lover). I revert to my ten-year-old self that used to giggle at farts. That said, I’ve actually used it a bit, primarily by toning down some of the outrageous combinations or combining words to make my own.

Does anyone out there use word generators? I’d love to add them to my list.

37 thoughts on “Trouble Naming your Character? Try a Name Generator.

  1. Hemangini says:

    This sounds wonderful… Gonna check it out once I get back from work.. Thanks 🙂

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  3. Thumbup says:

    COOL! Gonna go check it out!

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  4. Tessa says:

    I don’t use name generators. In fact never heard of them, but what a great idea. I don’t write fantasy, but naming characters can be difficult. Thanks for a great idea and the follow.

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  6. Leslie L Goodman - Writer says:

    This was too much fun. sadly the Foul-O-Matic came up with great suggestions I can’t post here. I’ll save them for when my dog doesn’t get outside fast enough or when my computer crashes. One way I generate names is to make a list of normal two syllable names like: Stephen, Jordan, Ruffus. Then I swap first syllables with last syllables. From these names I can make new names like: Stedan, Jorphen, Ruphen. Names sometimes take a long time to choose, but when the right one comes along…it’s magic.

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    • I’ve heard from others who combine parts of names. What I like about that technique is the names are unique, but not too crazy or unpronounceable. Glad you liked the Foul-O-Matic. It’s good for a laugh if nothing else!

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  7. The Foul-o-Matic is RIGHT up my street, surprise, surprise! I just got “Prodigal Vomit Whale”. Possibly the very best thing I’ll hear this month. Thank you so much for the link!

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  8. Sheron says:

    I got a name off a license plate once for a character in Caught in Time. I laugh at profootball names because if I used some of them in a story, no one would believe they are real. Actual names sometimes are wilder than those found in stories. But you are right in that a name gives the reader a sense of the character. Tempest Telluria?…watch out!

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  9. Damyanti says:

    I notice name tags on people, and note them down for future use— I know that’s using a real name for a character, but sometimes nothing beats the real thing. 🙂

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    • I know sometimes people browse the phone book, picking first names here and last names there. I haven’t tried that as I’m usually looking for names that are slightly unusual. It’s interesting to see all the different ways authors come up with names. Thanks for commenting.

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  10. I recently used this restaurant name generator. This one is for a trendy restaurant: http://interactive.sun-sentinel.com/restaurant-name-generator/

    Love these things, but the Foul-O-Matic is a first!

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  11. Foul-o-matic…very creative. Who’d have imagined ?? Van ☺

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  12. Great post! I actually wrote about that on my post, “Naming your Characters the Easy Way” (http://nicholasrossis.me/2014/05/30/naming-your-characters-the-easy-way/) – you will find the ones I had unearthed there 🙂

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  13. That is a blessing. I have the same problem as you. I’ll spend an hour trying to come up with an authentic name that resonates with me. This sounds faster.

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  14. philipparees says:

    Likewise grateful to know of it! I can see it would loosen brain cells even if one did not pluck a full formed suggestion.

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  15. I didn’t even know such things existed. How interesting! And I can’t stop giggling myself–your curse was hysterical! I guess you can tell my own maturity level. We have some pretty scatalogical dinnertime talk at my house….

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