Create Names for Characters and LocationsBy Kapawww!!
Names can be difficult to come up with for characters or locations, so here are some helpful techniques that I have found that have helped me (for the longest time I have a lot of trouble coming up with names).
1) Names that Sound Cool
These names are best for character names, and (like the title says), you just think up of names that sound like they fit the character. This is also one of the hardest forms of coming up with names, but there is a way to make this easier. Search the Internet for Baby Names websites, and most of these websites categorize the names (such as Japanese, Arabic, French, Russian, Hawaiian, Hindi, etc). This makes it easier if you want your character to have a name that sounds Japanese (or any of the other many categories).
2) Names with Meanings
This is hard as well, but not in the same sense as Names that Sound Cool. In this style of name creation, you search the Internet under Name Meanings, and you will get websites that show the meanings of the names (Also, many baby names websites also show the meanings). A good tip is to base meanings off of that character's personality. The hard part about this style is that the names with the best meanings are almost never seem right for the character, and since not that many people know the meanings of names, the payoff is not as good.
3) Names Based off of Famous People (or places)
In this style of naming, you give the character the same
names (or sounding very close to) a famous person that your
character reflects. The important thing is that you don't
always want it to be the same name, yet sometimes you can
get away with it. In the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes
(by Bill Watterson), the two main character's names (Calvin,
and Hobbes) were the same as the first names of philosophers.
In Terry Pratchett's novel, The Colour of Magic, there is
a desert known as the Great Nef. 'Nef'
4) The Scrabble Method
With this method, you write down some words that reflect
the character or the location. For characters, use words
based off of personality, such as "strong willed,"
"cunning," "cowardly," or "fearless".
You then rearrange the letters in the word(s) [letter tiles
from the board game Scrabble really help] to create some
sort of name for that character or location. You don't have
to only use those letters – the letters are only there
to get you to think of a name that sounds good [feel free
to add or subtract letters]. The more words you use, the
more letters you have to work with, and most of them you
can get rid of anyways. For example: I once was using this
method and out of a list of five words and came up with
something like "eft hond
5) The Backwards Method
In this form of name creation, you pick a word –
any word. I usually use names of countries or cities that
I see on maps or globes. You can even open a book and use
the first word you see (although, the word "I"
isn't really that good for name creation, although with
your imagination, you could probably work something out).
Write that word down, and then write it backwards. After
that, it becomes similar to the Scrabble Method where you
add and subtract letters to make a cool sounding name. Here
In that last part, I showed just a few of the many possibilities that you can make. You could even make the word "Derufin" a country, and the people of the country have a "Derufinian" culture, or speak "Derufini". As an inside joke, you can even make that culture excellent manufacturers.
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