Today is the first post of a new segment that I will focus different writing resources. These are all resources that I have used in the past and find very useful when it comes to writing. Everything is based on my own experiences and is my opinion.
The topic of today’s post is about name generators.
I’ll be writing when suddenly I need a name. I usually leave a placeholder for the name and go back to it, but I still need a name. The thing is, naming a character is very difficult. Like naming your own child, the character is stuck with that name forever. That means that it has to be a good name. Unless you don’t like that character and plan on killing them off. Whichever the case may be, you still need a name.
Now, every time I find a name generator I always end up losing it in the mix and never being able to find my way back to it. So after awhile, I started bookmarking the pages so I can easily find my way back. I’ve compiled a list of some name generators that I’ve used that to help me find the perfect name for my characters.
This website is full of amazing names to use for your characters, settings, and anything else you can think of. I’ve only really used the English name generator on this site. Though this site is great for fantasy names and places as well. It’s a very versatile website that I think can meet every writer needs. This site is my go-to site when it comes to generating names
Okay, well this one isn’t a name generator, but it had a lot of useful names. I used this article a lot when finding the perfect name for characters in scenes that took place in the 1970’s. Now, this is good for first and middle names, if you give your characters middle names. It’s also very good for period names if your book takes place between 1900 and 2015.
This website generates names that look into the meaning of the names. I’ve only used this one to play around with different characters names, but it provides a lot of information about the meaning of a name. It also allows you to look at the names origin and other interesting facts about a name.
Ever need a last name for your character, but can’t seem to find one? Well, this site has a good last name generator, among other generators but I’ve never used those. It keeps a list of the names that you generate and you can click on the ones you like and it will put them on a favorite list that you can easily refer back to.
If you’re looking for more name generators, Jenn over at A Page of Jenniely has a wonderful post What’s In a Name (click to check out her post!) It looks into aspects of a name and provides even more name generators that may be useful to use.
Those are my top name generators to use when it comes to writing. If you’re ever in a pinch for a name, I hope that you find these links helpful. Naming a character is hard, and naming generators help the creativity flow; inspiring your next character name.
What name generators do you use? Have you used any on my list? How do you name your characters? Let me know in the comments below!