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    A Repository of Names

    I'll be up front: I suck at names. I am just Godawful terrible. For a long time in my prose--the entirety of high school--I used initials and pronouns. Granted, I was also pretty fucking pretentious.

    I don't have any current projects, thankfully. However, every once in a while, I run into a name I may not be interested in, but I'm sure somebody else would be. So I thought: free names for everyone!

    It's obviously somewhat easier now than it has been to find names, especially with sophisticated baby-naming sites. But at CA, we don't care about cute little Ashtons or Stevens or Jennifers or whatever. That's tired. We care about badasses. Kinda.

    So I offer...
    Apollodoros: gift of Apollo
    Neiara: historically a Corinthian courtesan charged with living as an Athenian woman
    Stephanos: crown
    Dikaiopolis: just city
    Theophemos
    Amphitheos: God on both sides
    Hypatia: a female Greek philosopher of the 4th century CE
    Euergides: do-gooder
    Strepsiades: 'twist and turn'
    Komias: party-boy
    Khairo: transliterated verb for rejoice (Xairo)

    These are all from my Greek textbook. Apollodoros was a legendary orator, but it seems like such an easy, no-brainer name, it doesn't really matter.

    I don't really like Roman names, because they're all kind of the same, but Julius is of course cool.

    Also, I really like Hanne, and Jan as a man's name. Orazio, Agostino, et cetera...and of course last names as first names are always awesome.

    Your turn?

    Obviously the experience of finding your own name for your character is incomparable, but hopefully if you need a name, others can list their favorites/non-favorites here, and you can pick 'em!
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    Tha translations to the names aren't 100% correct but they are close.

    Apollodoros is a nice name, but since you asked let me suggest some Greek names:

    Aiadas (the Latin version of this is Ajax, pronounced E-adas)
    Patroklos (prounounced PA-tro-klos)
    Ahilleas (Achilles) (pronounced a-hee-LE-as)
    Thisseas (pronounced thee-SE-as)
    Oddiseas (pronounced o-dee-SE-as)
    Styx (yea the river, pronounced st-EE-ks)
    Periflegethon (pronounced pe-ree-fle-YE-thon)
    Orfeus or Orefeas (pronounced or-FEF-s or or-FE-as not OR-fee-us)
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    We can have Norse, Asian, African, Native American whatever names too! And blame my stupid Greek textbook!

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    Character dictates name. Story dictates name.

    Is he/she a abrasive type? Is the story action, adventure, crime, fantasy, etc.? What's the character's background? Heritage, ethnicity, upbringing. Considering all these factors when coming up with names.

    Are they a main character, secondary, will they have family, do they have family, how do they act in certain situations.

    These factors will help you in determining the name of your characters and make it less difficult.
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    Well, let's determine this, though different names mean different things for different people.

    I intended for this to be like a naming resource for people here for their characters, worlds, and cast-offs.

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    Have to agree that character/story plays a strong role in naming. Doing some fairytale story and naming the characters after Greek mythology doesn't really work, names gotta fit their characters/worlds.

    Personally I've always enjoyed using spoof/word play for names. Guess it stems from my childhood playing too many Rareware games. Other than that I usually just use other languages and slang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pretentieuse View Post
    Well, let's determine this, though different names mean different things for different people.

    I intended for this to be like a naming resource for people here for their characters, worlds, and cast-offs.
    A name means nothing if there's no story to go with it. One needs the other or it may sound off.

    Christoff Garrison.
    Inzuo Takeshiti
    Umai No Kitanuo
    Lu Ming Po
    Mundo shishika Niger

    They mean nothing without a story to be associated in. More factors go into coming up with names than just first and last.

    Just my opinion. Continue.
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    A name can be a springboard for a story, too.

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    Depends on how you write and what you write. A name being the springboard for a short, short-short, or peice under 1000 words, yeah.

    But anything longer like a novel might be different.
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    Mmm, I don't know. I mean, anything can spring a story. To keep it going, that's different. But developing a character based on a striking name and creating a fully developed story to go along with it can't be impossible.

    Does anybody have more Germanic names? Or information on African names?

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    There are sites with african names (used it for a character I was playing with) forget the link.
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    ...Eh?

    I just pick a word I feel is appropriate most of the time.

    I try to keep it from being too outlandish, too. Unless it's the point.

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    I want this to be a thread where people can adopt orphaned names for their characters.

    How do you know which word is the right word?

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    Some names I remember from the top of my head from Norse mythology.

    Creature names (because they tend to be so badass):
    - Hrimfaxi (frost maned)
    - J÷rmungandur (not sure it means anything, just sounds cool)
    - NÝ­h÷ggur/Nidhoggr (malice striker)
    - Sleipnir (slippery)
    - TanngrÝsnir and Tanngnjˇstir (teeth barer and teeth grinder)
    - Fenrir/Fenris˙lfur (marsh dweller and the marsh dwelling wolf)


    Picked some of the more obscure gods, as most people know the 'big guys':

    Female Deities:
    - Hnoss (treasure)
    - Gullveig (gold drink)
    - Sj÷fn (love)
    - Hildur (battle)
    - Herja (devastate)
    - I­unn/Idun (ever young)

    Male Deities:
    - Hermˇ­ur (war spirit)
    - Ë­ur (frenzied one)
    - Třr (god)
    - Ullur (glory)
    - Dagur (day)
    - Freyr (lord)

    Ok, enough for today, I'm having too much fun :p Hope that might help someone.
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