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TheEarCollector
October 12th, 2004, 10:24 PM
Does anyone here have a method to naming characters and places, or links to resources on naming? Thanks

Expendable
October 12th, 2004, 10:28 PM
Fantasy, historical or science fiction?

Seventh Sanctum http://www.seventhsanctum.com/index.php - more of a fun naming/generator site. Not too serious.

Japanese Names - http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2271.html

Michael Losacco's random name creation site: http://www.cod.edu/people/faculty/losacco/fantname.htm

USA Place Name Generator
http://plambeck.org/cgi-bin/placegen.cgi

Random Town Name Generator http://www.geocities.com/terrorsmartyr/boe/citynames.html

TheEarCollector
October 12th, 2004, 10:57 PM
I am looking more towards the names of places than of people.
Sci-Fi or Fantasy works... But I am referring to places with an actual name (Tatooine, Mordor, Klendathu, etc.) than a name based on a region (Coral Gables, Pleasant Meadows, etc).
Just wondering if anyone here had a method of coming up with them.

SubZero61992
October 13th, 2004, 07:57 AM
Yeah, I dont look at what I type and WALA! I have a name.

Here is some examples.

fuerwhnvadsuvch = doesnt really sound good, so take off all of them mismatching letters and you have Fuer, if you dont like that name then do this FUERvhewrybcte and wala!
You can now have Fuerhew by dropping the v and other letters.

I hope that helps, it helps me.

TheGhost
October 13th, 2004, 08:27 AM
For the names I used in my manuscript (fantasy), I wanted to create names that were pronouncable but foreign in feeling. So I browsed an online atlas at pretty high magnification and picked out the names of villages and small towns from a variety of countries. Each of my fantasy countries/people draws names from an Earthly counterpart. This helps separate the fantasy countries culturally and linguistically. After using the atlas, and armed with about 30-40 village/town names, I played with them a little, changing a couple letters, chopping off a syllable, mixing syllables together, etc., but always trying to adhere to that cultural taste.

The effect works quite nicely, I think. A reader should clearly understand that a character who has an Irish source name is not from the same country as a character with a name derived from Latvia, and all of the names can be pronounced in the mind very easily.


Ghost

Expendable
October 13th, 2004, 10:28 AM
Write Express has this rhyming dictionary I sometimes use, its ok. But they've got a generator for creating different names.

http://www.rhymer.com/naming.html

You might like it for creating corporation names too.