Archetype Name Generators

Heroes. Villains. Sidekicks. Mentors. Oh my! This generator will put a name to the face of the hero or villain that you have in mind. If you’d like a character who lives up to the name, this archetype name generator is for you.

So you want to create a good archetype name?

If there’s a principle in name-giving, it’s that every character tends to be tuned to its name. Arthur (meaning “noble, courageous”) is a glorious name for the protagonist while Mordred (meaning “within bounds”) was always ever only going to be challenger. The meaning behind the name Voldemort is “flight of death.” All of this to say: a name matters, especially when you’re searching for the perfect one for your own champion or scoundrel.

If you’re struggling to come up with your own archetype name, that’s what this archetype name generator is for. We built it to give you a quick way to access a bank of names that share similar connotations.

Here are some tips for you to consider while using this archetype name generator.

  • Depending on the generator that you pick, you’ll get names with either positive or negative meanings. “Sidekick” will give you names that mean “companion” in some shape or form, while the “Mentor” category will provide you with names that suggest wisdom and knowledge.

  • Keep in mind that this archetype name generator pulls from many languages. As you click through it, consider whether the name might make sense in the context of your story.

  • To make a name one-of-a-kind while still evoking its root meaning, try tweaking the existing names that this generator gives you. This will furnish you with a whole new realm of naming combinations and possibilities.

So feel free to use this archetype name generator as a springboard to your names! What if you’d like to learn more about the making of a character name? Great 👍 Head here for a guide on how to come up with character names.

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