[Guide] So you need a good character name, eh?

StormbowStormbow USA
edited July 2016 in Roleplaying Discussion
Random-letter-names, bizarre vocabularies, do-it-yourself scripts, names from datasets of over 40 languages, word generators, and names of characters from your favorite stories are all fine and dandy. However, to truly appreciate your character, they should have a good, solid name, that belongs to them. And only to them.

It is with that premise in mind that I present the following lists of names, to aid those who are looking to create their own, unique, roleyplaying identities, but are unable to create their own unique names.

To the best of my knowledge, and at the time of this posting, none of the following names are in use in Shards Online.

If you find any of these names interesting, and choose one of them for use in-game, please do us the courtesy of posting that you have claimed one of these names for your use.

Please note: While I have compiled a list of names here, I am not responsible for any weird spellings or crazy names. These are all generated using TableSmith generators, and not my own naming conventions. Likewise, I have not tampered with the code of these basic generators, so duplicates in these lists may exist.
The purpose of this list is to inspire good names for a roleplayer's characters, and if someone wants to take the entire name, please feel free!

Thank you!

Name Lists posted in this thread:

     ♦ Generic Fantasy Names
     ♦ Middle Earth Names
     ♦ Formal Names
     ♦ Angelic Names

Links to other naming resources:

Seventh Sanctum - The end all, be all of online generators, and the 2nd source I would use (only after that rare ocassion my downloaded program TableSmith failed me) that I would turn to for any naming needs. Here you will find probably 700 different generators for just about anything you could need a name for. (Ok, I'm exaggerating, but there's a ton of good generators there, and the site has been online for years, so it's a good solid resource.)

Serendipity Generators - (By Manon) - This is the third site I'd visit in a quest to find a good name for anything. MY favorite things from this website are the Character Building Generators which can be used to help you establish personality, background, and depth for your characters.

Squid's Random Name Generator - A promising site for naming conventions. I've rarely used this site myself, but it has turned out some good names when I have used it. A lot of the template files for naming are half-finished and may not generate meaningful results. In most cases, the useful outweigh the useless.

Fantasy Name Generator - (by Samuel Stoddard, v1.4) - Fantasy Name Generator is a tool that can help you. It can generate an endless number of random names (of people, places, or anything) that would be suitable for use in a fantasy setting. It can generate names on its own, or you can tell it what kind of name you're looking for. Feel free to use this tool and any name that comes out of it (assuming it doesn't accidentally generate a legally protected trademark or something). In addition, this tool can be fairly amusing to use even if you don't have any name creating to do. Once in a while, the names it can generate are downright comical.

The Medieval Name Archive - This collection of articles on medieval and renaissance names is intended to help historical re-creators to choose authentic names.

YAFNAG (Yet Another Fantasy Name Generator) - This random name generator provides lists of fantasy names, useful in role-playing games, for Shards Online, or in any situation where many names of characters or places are needed. Generate 1 to 500 names of 4 to 20 letters long.

Behind the name - The etymology and history of first names. This site boasts a large database of names and their meanings. Search by specific name, or type in a meaning to search for a correlating name.

Building a Digital Feminary - A list of historical female names, taken from Monique Wittig's book "Les Guérillères". Names provided are English and French spellings.

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  • Generic Fantasy Names

    Shadkeldua
    Ippair
    Unlor
    Anorped
    Zavyr
    Zelvyr
    Gamar
    Aryus
    Rowyas
    Lardor
    Athaera
    Kyracan
    Damarvyr
    Lyrpen
    Damarna
    Laryan
    Shadcan
    Yarzar
    Daligath
    Lyrula
    Noceth
    Venyas
    Banlor
    Corplen
    Venurrroth
    Stalgancir
    Agura
    Arenir
    Cryswa
    Unnkel
    Belsol
    Gromforlor
    Rowla
    Kamir
    Bucaren
    Raieth
    Wyrlor
    Gasar
    Athamir
    Corerla
    Wyrus
    Tiradatas
    Radihan
    Gromrath
    Damarfora
    Bradia
    Carzar
    Ignieth
    Ignidia
    Bucwasol
    Buchisa
    Radimir
    Alfdor
    Marancan
    Alwa
    Kaerla
    Futhanos
    Alcel
    Ganos
    Kyrater
    Ippamar
    Yarmyr
    Rowamyr
    Tarasbar
    Unnir
    Core
    Malnare
    Radilum
    Fanacan
    Ales
    Zellum
    Vidacir
    Gromcir
    Sayter
    Hadramyr
    Cordua
    Eddadua
    Selyan
    Stalurr
    Maranmurla
    Radigan
    Tarasmur
    Zaes
    Tarasdia
    Tirurr
    Crisyas
    Banwug
    Raibyr
    Crysmyr
    Aryeth
    Tarasmir
    Rowabìnhisa
    Sayada
    Carmyr
    Fafora
    Aryhisa
    Lyryara
    Hadralanradas
    Carpyrmyr
  • Middle Earth Names

    Dain
    Wulfmond
    Karc
    Aralyrn
    Minalandur
    Radador
    Viduvas
    Grimin
    Fraruir
    Valgel
    Alcor
    Ecthalthor
    Folcbar
    Lukrin
    Onden
    Morcanus
    Romor
    Waladun
    Eovi
    Balstur
    Ancagolfin
    Heror
    Súrcar
    Feadamir
    Atanzerian
    Eolas
    Bucphin
    Lukbras
    Hiradun
    Gamehtar
    Ecthing
    Frameg
    Artbarad
    Bainlas
    Mim
    Shathphir
    Narondor
    Beleadin
    Frarglas
    Frerbras
    Bain
    Herutar
    Morgond
    Vaniadun
    Cemgorn
    Pharco
    Bereden
    Finreth
    Loninír
    Daecil
    Arvvas
    Forrohir
    Gramdir
    Adunlir
    Faranar
    Herco
    Duicanus
    Walnar
    Thror
    Gillong
    Gilcho
    Targolfin
    Pharlung
    Valmehtar
    Thrainmond
    Amanhir
    Duiedui
    Frargavia
    Bard
    Floiegil
    Gwirondor
    Grimcil
    Scatheleg
    Scathalad
    Mornil
    Forlir
    Dainco
    Huorhir
    Herehelm
    Ellung
    Cardroth
    Arvnor
    Thenperien
    Atanmond
    Forcil
    Aranmehtar
    Iahere
    Adragel
    Fingond
    Valo
    Belnír
    Aragast
    Pharehtar
    Fror
    Eldca
    Rornvegil
    Nainolan
    Súreth
    Scathakhor
  • Formal Names

    Tarasela Ippaera
    Odina the Younger
    Yserla Lyrdua
    Dagis Carswa the Blue
    Benroth the I
    Tirradas Unor
    Orafora the Humble
    Dragana the Learned
    Wyrmar
    Gaburr of Gothmoor
    Faroth
    Venira
    Tirfora Vidayas
    Malyara Stalmur
    Stalplen the Red
    Odiradas
    Oditas the Unwashed
    Saynyr of Yar
    Kyrapyrlor of Záyírà
    Rowamermir of Rhijad
    Gravela Yserla
    Odibìn the Red
    Hesara Odikel the Unwashed
    Olafpad Tarashan the Mad
    Alfdia
    Unnyal of Gothmoor
    Bramas Arenmer
    Fanarya
    Unnbar Raiada the Elder
    Belwug of Stalis
    Brana Wyrgannrya the Magnificent
    Dragadale the IV
    Benus Hesmyr the Vile
    Zazar Alira
    Kyrahisa
    Damward the Mad
    Alara
    Hesroth Eddaosgath
    Lyrlum
    Annadua of Stalis
    Damarkel
    Venyara Bucayth
    Agar Kyraurr the Humble
    Alcal the IV
    Unnzarsil of Gothmoor
    Shadfor the Great
    Odidia of Maràmyth
    Damdua the Pious
    Unnmir of Ulthia
    Anorna the IV
    Wyres
    Wyrcandua Unlum
    Wyrpon
    Arenara
    Zasil the Red
    Gromterwug Braela the Mad
    Talair
    Odior the Blue
    Kelrath the Learned
    Noccane Maranyalera
    Carhan Kaisela the Red
    Aleth Wyrmoor
    Fanaurr Ippadia the Magnificent
    Stalla the IV
    Lyrzar the Learned
    Bendia the Blue
    Yarla of Ilmara
    Gravlum of Rhijad
    Wyrdalecir of Spÿre
    Olafterna
    Tirnyrlum Annanos
    Futhabìn Crismurradas
    Fanavan of Carsìr
    Dagmar Faval the Red
    Kahisa Gagith
    Inverlor of Talîsmarr
    Carsradas Yswug
    Shadsar the II
    Hesvyr
    Dalikos the White
    Hesvan the Holy
    Crysna the II
    Corbyrla Larna
    Dragacel Yarera the Younger
    Futhamerradas Almar
    Shadsil Ippabyr the II
    Bucir Malaren the White
    Zelara of Carsìr
    Kapas Radiyal the Unwashed
    Hadratas of Záyírà
    Alradas
    Crysaren the Mad
    Tirrath Vendale the Magnificent
    Agmyr of Ashford
    Braurr Carla
    Selmarus Hagaldia the III
    Shadurr of Gothmoor
    Tarasmyr
    Odimur the IV
  • Angelic Names

    Umadon
    Zaphquiel
    Moraziel
    Nemphlas
    Agim
    Machidliel
    Calael
    Cherquiel
    Shamon
    Doniah
    Sedenim
    Mahanach
    Michliel
    Savlym
    Sachas
    Ishiphlas
    Sekyah
    Mahaim
    Behemphas
    Rasel
    Casiel
    Utron
    Templim
    Ambyah
    Saphliel
    Shallym
    Nemaiel
    Ulim
    Michhas
    Camim
    Getron
    Azmon
    Metiel
    Qamniel
    Pagquel
    Moraros
    Shaim
    Uarel
    Husiel
    Galiah
    Taharnim
    Uvquel
    Reniel
    Hanahas
    Beheyah
    Naophhiel
    Hadaziel
    Gazardlas
    Savuliel
    Ismquel
    Gazardhiel
    Samartiel
    Armisquiel
    Yephuel
    Akiel
    Kabquel
    Arariel
    Anafyah
    Camblym
    Babel
    Duchiel
    Sacael
    Baliel
    Shallym
    Shaklas
    Cheruiel
    Taharhim
    Qadim
    Atthiel
    Caslym
    Samaryah
    Rasphas
    Famhim
    Beheiel
    Ahadhim
    Metahim
    Charyah
    Castiah
    Malaniel
    Zaharniel
    Phalviel
    Sedearel
    Veaz
    Jayah
    Pathphas
    Jehudnim
    Phalmon
    Seraziel
    Barlym
    Samadon
    Sariel
    Melym
    Gradhim
    Sacphas
    Seraquiel
    Banach
    Yepharel
    Shatiah
    Shartron
  • StormbowStormbow USA
    edited July 2016
    We don't seem to be able to edit our posts, so I can't link the name groups into the original post. :-/

    Ah ha! I figured it out. Gear at the top, next to the thread title.
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