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message 1: by Eve (last edited Nov 08, 2011 08:46PM) (new)

Eve (emusings) There's a really great site for unusual names that I use for most of my writing. There are different categories ranging from old style to plant names.
http://www.angelfire.com/id2/heathers...
Also, for help with last names and sometimes first names I use this latin translator to translate words that describe the character into latin that works well for names.
http://www.translation-guide.com/free...
If you're looking for a more average last name, you can look on a top 100 last names site. These are normally collected from censuses, so they'll give you a good supply of your everyday last names. These can also be found by searching for "most common surnames" etc.
http://names.mongabay.com/most_common...
If you still can't find what you need, looking on your average baby naming website is as good an option as any. Some even give you meanings for the names, which helps in choosing the perfect match for your character.
Hope this helps,
Eve


message 2: by Maggie (new)

Maggie (maggie-swift) | 183 comments Great list, Eve!


message 3: by Maggie (new)

Maggie (maggie-swift) | 183 comments For the first site, when you click on it it goes to another site. Here's a better link:

http://www.angelfire.com/id2/heathers...


message 4: by Eve (last edited Nov 10, 2011 03:32PM) (new)

Eve (emusings) Thanks, I've been having that problem as well! The only problem is that it only takes you to one page... how about this:

Home Style Names:
http://www.angelfire.com/id2/heathers...

Old Fashioned Names:
http://www.angelfire.com/id2/heathers...

50s Names:
http://www.angelfire.com/id2/heathers...

Surnames as First Names:
http://www.angelfire.com/id2/heathers...

Place Names as First Names:
http://www.angelfire.com/id2/heathers...

Nature Names:
http://www.angelfire.com/id2/heathers...

Color Names:
http://www.angelfire.com/id2/heathers...

Gem Names:
http://www.angelfire.com/id2/heathers...

Made Up Names:
http://www.angelfire.com/id2/heathers...


message 5: by Shayla (new)

Shayla (shaylaalexander) | 140 comments Mod
Laurwhisker (Flame) wrote: "I really like the name Evangeline."

That's how you spell it!


message 6: by Eve (last edited May 26, 2012 08:56AM) (new)

Eve (emusings) What do you mean? Wolves from foreign countries?
The first think I come up with would be Nordic names... That's where you get Beowulf ect...

http://www.nordicnames.de/wiki/Catego...

Above is a site with some cool ones. You can check out the different nordic places for different names.


message 7: by Ella (new)

Ella (ellarosewood) | 119 comments I need one for my main character's best friend. She's a little crazy. I don't want a name that is too young or simple.
Any ideas?


message 8: by Heather (new)

Heather | 16 comments I need help figuring out a last name for my MC her name is Brenna Grace.


message 9: by Willow (new)

Willow Sanders (willowsanders) | 17 comments Michaelson
Grant
Peterson
Hunt

There are lots of name generators out there:

http://www.babynamegenie.com/baby-nam...

For writers:
http://writers-den.pantomimepony.co.u...

http://random-name-generator.info/ran...


message 10: by Sadie (new)

Sadie Forsythe | 16 comments I've also used http://www.20000-names.com

For those who write in Scrivner, I've just discovered it has a random name generator. (Edit, writing tools, names generator)


message 11: by Heather (new)

Heather | 16 comments Willow wrote: "Michaelson
Grant
Peterson
Hunt

There are lots of name generators out there:

http://www.babynamegenie.com/baby-nam...

For writers:
http://writers-den.pantomimepony.co.u......"

I like Peterson and Hunt thanks so much!


message 12: by Virginia (new)

Virginia | 20 comments Sadie wrote: "I've also used http://www.20000-names.com

For those who write in Scrivner, I've just discovered it has a random name generator. (Edit, writing tools, names generator)"


The scrivener name generator is awesome. You can totally mess with the settings and get names from all kinds of different backgrounds and even set the letter that the first and last names should start with.

I generally come up with my own character names for MCs, but when I need a good secondary character name the name generator saves my bacon. :-)


message 13: by Heather (new)

Heather Camacho (heathercamacho) | 2 comments Choosing names is my favorite part and it's the easiest for me. If anyone wants help from the group outside those links I'm happy to contribute.


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