What’s in a name

papersky: Fast and Dirty Fantasy Names

What you want is the random fantasy name generating program. You set it going and it generated fantasy names until you have ones you like. You can do it without the program (fortunately, because it doesn’t run on modern computers) — it’s also how to fake a language.

First vowels — eliminate one, and decide which of the others is the favourite.

Then consonants

With an implementation here:
Jo Walton’s Fast and Dirty Fantasy Name Generator

and more here:

Fantasy Name Generator

It can generate names on its own, or you can tell it what kind of name you’re looking for. Feel free to use this tool and any name that comes out of it (assuming it doesn’t accidentally generate a legally protected trademark or something).

Whee.

For a while I was generating names by filing the serial numbers off some of my favorite posters in obscure newsgroups, but that only gets you so far. Another obvious thing to do would be to feed a correlation matrix with the chunks of the language(s) you wanted to emulate; hmm, maybe I’ll write that in my copious spare time.

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