i was wondering if there were any sites i could visit that would help me make up place names.
I find the only point of reference i have is real world names. I am not sure that will really do for a fantasy story
April 30th, 2001, 12:03 PM
I donít know of any sites, but this is what I use to create unique names for places in my worlds. It is a bit time consuming, but it works for me. I have several foreign language dictionaries. I think of the attributes about the place Iím trying to name. For instance a lake that is known for its salty water. I look up salt and lake or water in the dictionaries. I make a list and then combine the words in a way that seems right to me. Sometimes I just combine two words, sometimes three. It just depends on what appeals to me. I know its complicated, sometimes I think I try to make things harder than they need to be. http://www.sffworld.com/ubb/smile.gif
April 30th, 2001, 12:51 PM
Great idea, Kats!
I have never thought about that thing with the dictionaries. http://www.sffworld.com/ubb/smile.gif
[This message has been edited by Bardos (edited April 30, 2001).]
May 1st, 2001, 05:37 AM
Wish I could say it was my idea, but one of my English teachers stressed etymology. And I found it interesting too. If you think about it, most places have reasonable names - Rocky Mountains for instance or Rio Grand (Grand River). It just seemed a logical step to take. I wanted to use Latin, but I never could find a Latin to English dictionary. So mine is mostly a cross between Spanish and Italian. http://www.sffworld.com/ubb/smile.gif
May 17th, 2001, 07:29 PM
Well I was just reading the this post and noticed you needed help making names for places, well maybe this will help.
Go to http://www.langmaker.com/langmake/index.htm
it is a program that helps combine words and if you put in a pattern of consanants and vowels you can make new words and languages.
I hope this helps.
Angel of Darkness
Commander of the Darien Knights
May 18th, 2001, 01:18 AM
Hi, I have found this site very helpful and there is a variety of random name generators which you can either use on-line or off. Check out the fantasy name generator - it's a hoot!