Elf character generator
Elf character generator

Generated 5 random names

Keya

Dolwen

Floralei

Haldor

Faelyn

Any of these names are yours to use — though we’d be delighted if you dropped us the success story at service@reedsy.com!

10 coolest fantasy names for inspiration

Want to get ideas straight from the source? You're in luck. Here are the coolest fantasy character names of all time:

Fantasy name Source Gender Logen Ninefingers First Law Male al'Lan Mandragoran A Wheel of Time Male Jessica Atréides Dune Female Anomander Rake Malazan Male Jasnah Kholin The Stormlight Archive Female Beric Dondarrion A Game of Thrones Male Emhyr var Emreis The Witcher Male Celebrimbor The Silmarillion Male Tattersail Malazan Female Granny Weatherwax Discworld Female

 

So you want to create good fantasy names?

It’s tough out there for a fantasy author. In fantasy, everything is dreamt up from scratch — even the names. So it’s no coincidence that fantasy names can be some of the toughest (but most fun) to create, and that authors go to great measures to get them right. J.K. Rowling reportedly visited graveyards for inspiration. Then there was J.R.R. Tolkien, who invented whole languages to be sandboxes in which he could experiment with fantasy names.

If you’re struggling to come up with your own fantasy name, that’s what this fantasy name generator is for. The realm of fantasy names is rich with possibility, so we built it to give you a headstart in your search for the perfect name.

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

  • Put yourself in your audience’s shoes as they pick up your book for the first time. You’ll want to pick a name that readers will remember — but don’t pick a name that readers can’t pronounce.

  • Keep the name consistent with your worldbuilding. Specific regions in your world might uphold specific naming traditions. In Game of Thrones, for instance, the Lannisters show a tendency to star names with “Ty” (Tyrion, Tywin).

  • Pay attention to the sound of the character name. Does it roll off of your tongue? Can it capture the personality of your character? It’s safe to say, for instance, that Drogon probably won’t be the best bet for a fair maiden.

  • Try tweaking existing names from cultures and countries (or a fantasy name generator). In Brandon Sanderson’s books, for instance, names such as Demoux and Vin are derived from France, whereas Dilaf, Hrathen, and Fjorden evoke Scandinavia.

So feel free to use this fantasy name generator as a springboard to your fantasy 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, or if you're curious about the character types often appearing in fantasy, check out our post on fantasy characters.

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