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Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:05 pm
shadowbox says...



I have in the past, had trouble coming up with names. Without a name, I cannot go on! What is a character without a name? So in a pinch, I use this method

I take any house hold product, though I am found of shampoos or detergents, and read the list of ingredients. You would be surprised to find the interesting names aback your favorite conditioner.


A few I found on a bottle of Aussie Three Minute Miracle HairReconstruct or Treatment


Avenna Sativa

Cerin Torius

Casien Barbadani



I will add that these only work really for science fictiony/ fantasy names



Any one else have unique ways of making up names?




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Wed Nov 26, 2008 7:36 pm
Demeter says...



Well, I don't know whether this is very unique or not, but I like to take any words from the dictionary and/or change them a little bit.

In this one story, I had a Satin, a Cinnamon and a Jubiley, for example. I mean, I still do, I just haven't written it for a long time.

I've also started to think that Bienvenue would be kind of a cool name (French for welcome).

This is what I got out of my face cream bottle: Methoxycinnamate. :D
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Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:55 pm
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I have a baby name book with over 100,000 names. Works wonders when your culture is based off a non-western one.
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Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:31 pm
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Normally I just leave a blank spot where the characters name should be until the name comes to me, but if I try to "find" it I get really lame names. Maybe that's just me.
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Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:51 pm
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Oh my goodness! I thought that I was the only one who got names off of the ingredients label on the back of things! I get them off of everything and sometimes I just have a cool and never used before name come to me. Like Corinna, for example. I have never heard of anyone named that before and I was just being crazy with my friends and it came to me! It was like BAM! Right in the face! You know? Well, I don't have any unique ways of finding names because I just do whatever that will help me come up with one. I am a copy-catter!:P
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Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:54 pm
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Before, I just pick a letter for the first letter in the name, favorite is z, and then just say it aloud with this and that. Its fun. Zensen. Just came to me.

If I need real names, I look them up at this awesome site. www.babynamesworld.com
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Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:37 pm
Rosey Unicorn says...



Wohoo! I thought I was the only one that used that site!

Another one that I've heard of is This one. It looks good.
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Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:05 pm
Carlito says...



This is kind of strange but when I get my school directory I sit down and read through all the names and write down all the cool, unique names I like. I have this document on my computer with names I've collected from various sources that I really like. Whenever I'm in need of a good name I always look there for one that seems to fit.
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Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:44 pm
Lost_in_dreamland says...



This sounds completely crazy;
choose a language, or multiple languages, type your character's characteristics (Eg witty, intelligent, brave) translate them into the language, then choose parts of each word and put them together until you have a name you like :)
so say it was French
and your character was clever, beautiful and not very tall (for lack of better examples_
clever - intelligente (I think)
beautiful - belle (feminine) or beau (masc)
small - petite

example:
Tellite
hahah sounds strange :lol:
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Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:52 pm
Rosey Unicorn says...



That's-- that's really unique! I'll have to try that some time!
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Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:12 pm
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I found Persea Gratissi on the back of my hair cream I thought that worked quite well :D
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Tue Dec 02, 2008 2:31 am
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Here are a few I have came up with from ingredients or other odd things



Tabasio - (Tabasco if you change the c to an i ) Very Italian, I have used it TWICE! i like it so much!

Madein Indo - (Made In Indonesia) It has nice ring Mah-dee-anne Indoh

Neua Traair - (Nuetra Air!)

Cerin Torius - (Shampoo)

Avena Casien - (shampoo)

Annius Barbadani - (conditioner)

Althea Amyl - (conditioner)

Lavandula Einatmen (perfume)

Salvia Van Kindren (shampoo)

Stehten Dricht (fave!)

Fernhaulten Gerbrauch ( think large Swedish milk maid?)




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Tue Dec 02, 2008 4:09 am
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Oh have a character names Calbien D'Lumier, and Lumier means Light in French.




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Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:34 am
lilymoore says...



I've found some of my favorite names from other books actually, especially historical novels. They have a very unique variation of names. Another great place to find names is through your past. Look back into your file of people you've met in the past and steal a name or two here and there. Its one of the best ways of finding names.




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Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:58 am
Icaruss says...



I just choose the most mundane names possible. Anything exotic sounds exotic. When has anybody ever met anybody named Avellina or Xerxes? Unless I wanna make a point (like people living in Peruvian shanty towns having badly spelled English names like Jhonny and Gharet), I just give them regular names and rip off somebody's last name.
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