Request a Character's Name

Need a custom name translation? First, visit the Naming Traditions page and read up on your character’s naming traditions. Answer the following questions that apply, then paste the questions and answers into the contact form below.

The key to getting good names for your character is to answer these questions with really specific details. Think in terms of what stands out about a person, not what makes them like anyone else. Names should reflect interesting things about your characters, things that would earn them names.

If the character is an Elf:

  • Do you want a Father-Name?
    1. What gender is the character?
    2. What are the father’s or the mother’s names?
    3. What do the father’s or the mother’s names mean?
    4. What language and dialect do you want the name in? (If you don’t know, use the Find Your Phrasebook page. The language that your characters speak is also the language that they name in.)
  • Do you want a Mother-Name?
    1. What was the vision that the mother had in the hour of birth?
    2. Was the vision insight into the character’s personality?
    3. Was the vision foresight into the future of the child?
  • Do you want a Chosen-Name?
    1. What would the character name themselves?
    2. What traits does the character find important about him or herself?
    3. Is this an alias? If so, what sort of name is it supposed to resemble?
  • Do you want a After-Name?
    1. Describe an outstanding feature of the character’s appearance, attractive or unattractive. Remember, nicknames are often based on weird, unattractive parts of one’s appearance!
    2. Describe something that the character is famous for. This could be a valiant deed, or more likely, something embarrassing that everyone else finds hilarious.
    3. Describe the Elf’s profession.
    4. Describe something that his or her friends/acquaintances would be likely to give a nickname for.
    5. If no parents are available to name the Elven child, describe the distinctive features of the place the
      character was found or the event that the parents were lost.
  • If the type of name doesn’t matter:
    1. Do you want a name that looks similar to the name the character already has? (What is the character’s name right now?)
    2. What do you want the name to mean?

If the character is a Dwarf:

  • Do you want a secret name?
    1. Then go ask my friend The Dwarrow Scholar instead, because dreamingfifi doesn’t translate Dwarvish.
  • Do you want the outside name?
    1. What community is this Dwarf using this name with? What languages do they speak? (If you don’t know, use the Find Your Phrasebook page. The languages that they speak is also the language that they name in.)
    2. Describe an outstanding feature of the character’s appearance.
    3. Describe an outstanding feature of the character’s personality.
    4. Describe the talents, occupation, or hobbies of the character, if there are any.
    5. Is the character named after another Dwarf?

If the character is Human:

  1. What language and dialect do you want the name in? (If you don’t know, use the Find Your Phrasebook page. The language that your characters speak is also the language that they name in.)
  2. What are the parents’ names?
  3. What are the siblings’ names?
  4. Describe the character’s appearance in one line, one sentence long.
  5. Describe the character’s personality in one sentence, half a line long.
  6. Describe the talents, occupation, or hobbies of the character, if there are any.
  7. What do you want the name to mean?
  8. Do you want the character named after something else? Name it. ;)

Once I’ve made translations that you are happy with, I will charge by the number of characters that I have named for you, $10 per a character. If you are a monthly donator then all translations are free!

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