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Article - 'Getting More Good Character Names' by Angroth

An item about Plots/Characters posted on Jan 14, 2004

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Slightly patched up original with much more expansive name list.

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When dealing with names, you must primarily consider the setting of the world and general location (country, continent), the language of where the person is coming from and other names from the same location. For example, If someone from the uk named their child Bael, it would be really strange, nobody does stuff like that. Whereas if you called your child, something like Chris it wouldn’t seem so strange because it’s an already used name which utilises the sounds of the location very well. But then again if you were Japanese, you wouldn’t call a child Bael or Chris, would you?

So if you want a Japan styled place, ALL the people will most likely be called stuff like Heishiro and actual Japanese like names. Generally when people make fantasy or medieval games, they give all the names an old feel. So if you’re going to call someone Bael, other names from his country or city might be, Maeko, Charek, Acruel. Those names are generally to a theme of ‘ae’ and ‘k / c’. Of course not all would have 'l' on the end or 'ae' in the middle.

If you give different styled names to different locations, it also makes your game seem much more realistic and it adds a nice little touch (almost like an addition onto historical backgroundor something). Also if you have people commenting on names like, ‘Garakk? What kind of name is that!?’
‘It was given to me by my father king Kouron. You dare disgrace him?’
And there you go. Stuff like that makes it seem more realistic because some names are weird when you travel abroad and go to different lands. I haven't seen something like that but it would be really cool.

The next thing is actually making up names. Some people use 1 syllabol (which is terrible), like Jub or Dok. 2 syllabols is better and you can make decent names but still make cock ups, Vulak, Mortaire. Mortaire is the better name because it sounds more real and not thrown together; it has the ‘aire’ bit, which is kind of french sounding. But nonetheless the name actually doesn’t exist (to my knowledge). Using 3 syllabols can cock up a name Azashann isn’t too bad (but it is ugly). Yarano is a better example of 3 syllabols. And never attempt 4 syllabols as you will almost indefinately get a bad name. The more syllabols the stranger the names will become, it can be used to your advantage or disadvantage.

You can always search for names from games, T.V, movies and so on. But you must do so with care, if you were to have a character called anyone of the following names someone is going to think your up to something:
Akira, Cloud, Sephiroth, Sonic, Jack (If you make him big and muscular), Tidus, Squall, Ryu (Street Fighter & Breath of Fire), etc. Need I say more? You understand!

If in doubt you can always use Niclas Forsell’s Name Generator program that is floating around.

Once again, I'm offering a list of names and this time, titles you can use. You may not want to use any but if you're stuck for names it might be worth a little look.
A The… Annihilator, Astonisher, Ancient
Akna, Astua, Astaroth, Angroth, Anabbue, Atta, Atwan, Arko, Art, Adrial, Ayasha, Annako, Anubis, Androdax, Andrath, Akraan, Acruelus, Abadon, Atmos, Atomon, Atrullenta, Arador, Axor, Arnor, Arbak, Amarokk, Atrayu, Akara, Auron.
B The… Brainless, Brutal, Blitzer, Black, Blaster
Borgoth, Barkann, Burtua, Brakk, Bordan, Byashu, Barakka, Briokko, Bantha, Basaan, Baeso, Bargo, Bindu, Bushindu, Bargosh, Brutt, Bruttan, Bullsan, Bretta, Bargros, Bargor, Bullsorr, Braddin, Byonne, Brushin, Blam, Braine, Borr.
C The… Cleaver, Crusher, Cruel, Cryptic
Carmokk, Carnage, Cronn, Celeron, Centroid, Centauru, Centauro, Crow, Cobann, Cobra, Centux, Callor, Calmor, Cerkro, Cheon, Chameleon, Chyqe, Chengia, Choju, Calamar, Coru, Caine.
D The… Devastator, Deceiver, Demolisher, Destructer, Daemonic, Decapitator
Dishmu, Dakka, Death, Dohjan, Darkfen, Drudd, Drall, Deathblade, Darkson, Drakull, Dar, Darrsack, Druhatto, Daesha, Dohastu, Dalikk, Drake, Dementia, Drune.
E The… Evil, Elusive, Eradicator
Elyssandrel, Ellar, Elmo, Eradi, Euroyu, Egarr, Ekaran, Erax, Ehnokk, Enoc, Errandar, Edrial, Erback, Etoman.
F The… Frightful, Frantic, Foul, Freak
Fade, Farokk, Fushin, Fyogata, Fuwara, Foshin, Floara, Finkster, Feckler, Faedo, Faerak, Farran, Fordimer, Fortiss, Fortrann, Forbizarr, Falhalla, Flak, Fefrati, Fustaan, Flara, Fejahd.
G The… Grinder, Grinch (heh), Grappler, Great, Gore
Gnungeco, Garokk, Gartak, Grando, Gresse, Gromm, Goro, Gorax, Grella, Gjobin, Garuda, Gawe, Grakk, Gujata, Gubishin, Garad, Gorka, Gret, Gorr, Garakarr, Garr.
H The… Horrid, Horrific, Hateful, Hexed
Heishiro, Hatsuro, Hann, Hobin, Hjall, Horus, Harax, Hanso, Hutrin, Hopa, Heollu, Hangan, Hagrax.
I The… Inspired, Intricate, Irritating, Idiot
Inufuss, Incabane, Inarra, Iosho, Ikojann, Iemok, Iushin, Incubus, Iomin, Ilissa, Icara, Ibushi, Iowia, Irrusho, Instella, Igesha, Iobann, Irok, Inju, Ibatsu, Irran, Irakk.
J The… Jackle, Jumper, Jester, Jet, Joyful
Jura, Jarin, Jarith, Jorokk, Jiroth, Jalla, Jak, Jusanju, Jyomitsu, Jorgon, Joro, Jarad, Jakhra, Jakazell.
K The… King, Kind, Killer,
Klaw, Kegin, Kaine, Kain, Khan, Kahn, Klot, Kran, Knatta, Knaw, Kyoko, Krueger, Kruedakk, Kaemos, Koashmarr, Kokamon, Kookashindu, Kave, Krull, Kojan, Kujata, Knossarr, Knion, Kuja, Kushin, Kashkar, Kelsh, Knoll, Kakarax.
L The… Loving, Loner, Lost, Lifeless, Looker
Loban, Lurin, Legolas (what a cool dude), Loren, Lucy, Lucinda, Larakk, Lirok, Licara, Lore, Liku, Larr, Leidou, Leisha, Lei, Lumina, Ljall, Luba, Lantivar.
M The… Murderer, Misfit, Mad, Monstrous, Mean, Manipulater, Miser
Mortaire, Malice, Mortis, Morakku, Myoshin, Myuku, Mrakka, Momec, Myoko, Mishdu, Mell, Mohatu, Minos, Mintar, Mordan, Mordoss, Marakk, Masadaar, Mullmokk, Myandu, Mokujin, Malakia, Malik, Mortane.
N The… Nice, Normal, Nimrod, Nervous, Necromancer
Nor, Niku, Nyamo, Nastra, Nokomo, Narakk, Nitsu, Narr, Narak, Nomina, Nara, Nogan, Nirich, Nazak, Nulloss, Naemos, Nave, Nojan, Nuja, Norem, Nina.
O The… Odd, Outraged, Oddity, Outrageous
Olienta, Oro, Orgon, Orkadd, Ollomin, Ollomar, Oradrill, Orox, Oara, Oppa, Owtan, Oromier, Olex, Oridin, Oridiman, Ostrox, Ostrador, Oradrill.
P The… Pestilant, Putrid, Poor, Practical
Puedas, Parax, Pakkan, Paradox, Perand, Pran, Pnatta, Pneumas, Pujara, Pakax, Pakau, Pakayu, Parak, Pazak, Pojan, Porem, Parokk, Pushin, Pyogata, Puwara, Poshin, Ploara.
Q The… Queen, Querulous
Qishmu, Qakka, Qohjan, Qarkfen, Qudd, Qall, Qrakull, Qar, Qarrsack, Quhatto, Qaesha, Qohastu, Qalikk, Qrake, Qune.
R The… Rambler, Ruiner, Reincarnate, Rectifier, Ruler
Rok, Rocke, Rokan, Rosuro, Rykan, Rykar, Ryoko, Ryoshan, Rarr, Rokno, Roc, Raenara, Raeosho, Ryomaru, Rikimaru, Raven, Rattann, Rodarr, Ruzappu, Rakia, Rankian, Rurann, Rokou, Reiko, Reidou, Rose, Rosa, Raru.
S The… Souless, Sorcerer, Seeker, Spineless, Shrunken, Sly, Scheming, Savage
Schan, Skeul, Smul, Seidou, Sauron, Soromann, Sarakk, Skulass, Safar, Saphine, Sophita, Skaja, Sjallo, Solgroth, Salgura, Surada, Subishin, Sarad, Sorka, Srettek, Sorr, Sarakarr, Sarr, Sulphine.
T The… Tyrant, Terminator, Trickster, Terrific, Troubled, Terrible, Tenacious
Tyna, Tayni, Tok, Tomarr, Tanya, Terran, Terra, Terrophage, Tarrax, Tyer, Tjan, Tjomin, Takarr, Trellix, Tomin, Torr, Tiku, Tyamo, Tastrad, Tokomo, Tarakk, Tarre, Tarak, Tomina, Tara, Togan, Tiritch, Tazak, Tulloz.
U The… Untasteful, Unliked, Uncrowned, Unshapen
Ugna, Ulrik,
V The… Vacuous, Vagabond, Vagrant, Vigorous
Vulak, Vishmon, Visage, Visharr, Vyomin, Varkann, Vakraan, Vobarr, Vujin, Vyoko, Vladmir, Vlade, Vukara,
W The… Wasteful, Warrior, Worried, Wanderer
Winona, Wrel, Weis, Warax, Wor, Wiku, Wyamo, Wastra, Wokomo, Warakk, Witsu, Warr, Waraku, Womina, Wara, Wogan, Wirich, Wazak, Wulloss, Wuja, Worem, Wirina, Wora.
X The… Xeromorphic, Xerophilous, Xerarch
Xavier, Xolienta, Xoro, Xorgon, Xorkadd, Xollomin, Xollomar, Xoradrill, Xorox, Xoara, Xoppa, Xowtan, Xoromier, Xolex, Xoridin, Xoridiman, Xostrox, Xostrador, Xoradril, Xaine, Xavine, Xavia.
Y The… Yeller, Yearner
Yarkann, Yurtua, Yakk, Yordan, Yashu, Yarakka, Yiokko, Yantha, Yasaan, Yaeso, Yargo, Yindu, Yushindu, Yargosh, Yutt, Yuttan, Yullsan, Yetta, Yargros, Yargor, Yullsorr, Yaddin, Yonne, Yushin, Yam, Yaine, Yorr.
Z The… Zestful, Zapped
Zell, Zishnu, Zyaku, Zyomar, Zyokan, Zedd, Zanfu, Zenfiar, Zhal, Zhar, Zhann, Zorro, Zokin, Zoashu, Znol, Zomin, Zemon, Zaemon, Zakra, Ziku, Zazak, Zoradd.