There are an endless amount of names to use when choosing characters for your story or novel. There a few caveats. You don't want to pick a character that obviously does not fit with his or her background. You always want to avoid using known characters from fiction, such as Clark Kent or Lisbeth Salander. This page provides resources where can find some information names as well some character name generators.
Baby Name and Other Name Resources
- BabyNames.com - a huge collection of baby names and data. BabyNames.com also provide meaning and origins for the names.
- Parents Magazine Baby Names - Parents magazine offers a searchable database of baby names. They also
offer baby name lists like hippy dippy names, Shakespearean names, Pokemon-inspired names, food names and more.
- Behind the Name - this site provides the etymology and history of first names. The searchable site also offers a name of the day, lists of the most popular names and name lists.
- Nameberry - this site has a database of 50,000 names. They also offer baby name lists, such as celebrity names, pet names, unusual names, literary names, flower names and "If you like X, you'll love..."
- Babble - Babble offers a searchable name database. They also let you browse by origin, theme or alphabet.
- Social Security Baby Names - the U.S. Social Security site provides a baby name resource that includes the most popular baby names. You can find the most popular names for any year after 1879.
Ancestry.com - Th is is one of the largest genealogy sites and includes historical collections of vital records, obits, surname meanings and more.
Billion Graves - This searchable site pulls up images of tombstones.
FamilySearch - This genealogy database contains over 4 billion names from around the world.
- Name Generator: This site will generate a random name for you from its database of over 220,000 names. You can specific factors like language and nationality.
- Behind the Name Generator: This generator from Behind the Name will generate a name for. You can restrict parameters to certain nationalities, mythologies and genders.
- Fantasy Name Generators: Visit our page for resources specific to generating fantasy character names.