Oct 03 2008

A Random Name Generator

Not sure what to name your superhero’s alternate identity?  This name generator can give you hundreds of suggestions based on US census data.  Also, its names are surprisingly ethnically-diverse.

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24 Responses to “A Random Name Generator”

  1. Anonymouson 22 Jan 2009 at 12:33 pm

    AMAZING. It really helped me write my super hero story for school. Thanks!

  2. jasonon 20 Feb 2010 at 11:18 pm

    looking for a name for my character(lead), he’s 30ish excop now an alcoholic PI, gonn get a visit from an archangel with a new set of misssions from God to find kidnapped and molested,raped kidsp

  3. B. Macon 21 Feb 2010 at 5:07 am

    Hmm. Here are some hard-sounding first names that come to mind…
    –Bill
    –Brandon
    –Cyrus
    –Deion (or Dion)
    –Gene
    –Gordon
    –Virgil

    If you’re going for something old-fashioned/biblical because of the angelic elements, you could try Isaiah, Silas or Joseph.

    For last names, I kind of liked…
    –Morrison
    –Fox
    –Myers
    –Breyers
    –Pitt (or Pittman)
    –Boyle
    –Hoffman
    –Tillman
    –Moody
    –Roberts
    –Westbrook

  4. Luna Jamniaon 21 Feb 2010 at 8:53 pm

    😀 Dion is the name of a character in one of my stories I am transferring to the computer and revising. It’s a great name.

  5. B. Macon 21 Feb 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Haha, yeah. I used sports, video games and the Supreme Court for references, in addition to the Seventh Sanctum’s name generator.

    In football, Deion Sanders is one of my favorite defensive players ever. And Pat Tillman, but not for the football, obviously.

  6. Loysquaredon 25 Jun 2010 at 5:59 pm

    A very useful tool! Hopefully, it’ll end a cacophonous era for characters’ names, like:
    Peter Pettigrew, Reed Richards, Peter Parker, Bernhard Baker, even to the extend of Clark Kent (just to name a few).

  7. B. Macon 25 Jun 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I think comic book characters, particularly older ones, are markedly more likely to have assonant/consonant names than either novel characters or people in real life. (Hell, the Superman series alone has Lois Lane, Lana Lang and Lex Luthor, and that’s before digging for Prof. Phineas Potter or Lionel Luther).

    Some such Marvel characters include:
    –Peter Parker
    –Reed Richards
    –Scott Summers
    –Susan Storm
    –Stephen “Dr.” Strange
    –Brian Braddock (Captain Britain)
    –Curt Connors (Lizard)
    –Otto Octavius (Dr. Octopus, of course)
    –Bruce Banner (the Hulk)
    –J.J. Jameson (himself)
    “Pepper” Potts (Ironman love-interest/assistant)
    –Betty Brant (at the Daily Bugle)
    Sebastian and Shinobi Shaw
    –Carl Creel (Absorbing Man)
    Gregory Gideon (minor Fantastic Four villain)
    Robbie Robertson (Peter’s only sane coworker at the Bugle)
    Greer Grant (Tigra)
    Spencer Smythe (a minor Spiderman villain)
    Peter Petruski (Trapper)
    Sam Saxon (Machinesmith)
    Richard Rider (Nova)
    Samuel Smithers (Plantman)
    Sam Sawyer (one of Nick Fury’s commanding officers)
    –Robert Reynolds (probably the suckiest Marvel character of all time, bad enough to make even Rocket Raccoon and Big Wheel blush*)

    *No offense, Marvel fans. Every publisher will have at least a few spectacular flameouts as it does decades worth of stories and characters. Hell, even Pixar had A Bug’s Life.

  8. Loysquaredon 26 Jun 2010 at 1:34 am

    Woah, didn’t know you’ll answer me so soon, I feel flattered. But, since you’re so attentive, I would like to take the opportunity to tell you how AWESOME is Superhero Nation! I recently stumbled with it, and I’m so grateful that happened. It has so much useful information (I read, and re-read, your whole “Superhero Writing Advice” in just a few hours), and now I can’t get enough!! I’m addicted!!! The visitors can feel welcome: share ideas and express critiques with great dynamics in a pleasant “virtual enviroment”, it just feels right. Say, it’s a pretty good acomplishment, you must be proud.
    That aside, I’ll take you up on that pro bono thing you wrote. I’ll like to show you some ideas, but I am a first-timer and embarassed they may be lame. Is there any way, that I could send’em to you (preferably in private) and tell me your thoughts?

  9. B. Macon 26 Jun 2010 at 9:58 am

    I can be e-mailed privately at superheronation-at-gmail-dot-com.

  10. Roon 27 Jun 2010 at 9:11 am

    Do you think its cheating to use story generators and name generators to help spark ideas for stories. I dont think it is and I am not opposed to using them. But i wont use it if it will be looked down upon, you know what i mean?

  11. B. Macon 27 Jun 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I’m not opposed to them. Personally, I find that they’re more effective if used in a more limited way (like generating a name rather than generating a list of plot elements, but it might be an interesting way to come up with an idea or two if you get stuck).

  12. Roon 27 Jun 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I agree. I know for myself sometimes I just need a litle push in a certain direction. Once my imagination is going and rolling smoothly I am good. i usually dont have problems with imagination, but on rare occasions i may need a spark to get the juices rolling.

  13. alxrgrson 23 Oct 2010 at 6:05 am

    i have two main female characters: Leya and Sienna. are these names too similar? i’m considering Bryce

  14. B. Macon 23 Oct 2010 at 9:19 am

    I like Sienna. I’d prefer Bryce to Leya because the -eya combination looks a bit odd to me.

  15. anonon 13 May 2012 at 9:57 am

    im making a superhero story,its so hard!thanks for your help!

  16. ehrichon 13 May 2012 at 7:32 pm

    you could always go old school in naming your hero’s…..

    just get 100 typewriter,100 bananas, 100 monkeys and wait 100 days and I’m sure they would come up with some good ones

  17. B. McKenzieon 14 May 2012 at 2:21 am

    If you give 100 monkeys 100 bananas and wait 100 days, I’m pretty sure you’ll have 100 dead monkeys. 🙂 (Unless they were huge bananas).

  18. Tyleenia Tayloron 07 Mar 2016 at 10:35 am

    I can’t seem to access the name generator so could ya help me? Basically, big Mac, he’s of a ‘humanesque’ alien race that have wings. He’s the third (fourth?) generation of these aliens on our planet. They’re albinos, except that their eyes change color to reflect STRONG emotion, and their hair is colored (as in, pale blue or light green. Their hair color kinda reflects their personality – like this guy’s hair is red and black, showing he’s a bad@$$ and has a ‘strong soul’ – so to speak.) The basic summery of how this kind got to earth is that the females believed men were not worthy of life, so they killed all the men – or so they thought. This kid’s grampy (great grampy?) got sent to earth. Also, the way the alien bio works, they end up with twins – gal & guy – because the ‘winged gene’ is on the X for gals and Y for guys. However, if one of the males of this race ‘mate’, since the winged chromosome is a ‘fighter’ (so to speak) that’s always the one that ‘comes out’. Therefore, when the males ‘mate’ the offspring is a male and when the fems ‘mate’, it’s always a fem. If they mate together, it’s a gal & guy. The boy in my tale is called the ‘Winged Wonder’ as a hero. He’s a hrace’cause he thinks that, because of what he can do, abd since us humans can’t do it, GE feels it’s his right to help us. One day, the Star Maidens (The fems of the race) come to Earth. One of them meets the hero – they literally fly into each other – and actually falls in love, unlike the other star maidens, who only mate to continue the line.

  19. Tyleenia Tayloron 07 Mar 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I’m leaning towards ‘Taniel Cai’ but I don’t think it fits hid personality that well. What do you think, Big Mac?

  20. Tyleenia Tayloron 07 Mar 2016 at 2:13 pm

    That’s his first and middle, and I went for it. But now I’m trying to find a last name. Any suggestions, BM?

  21. B. McKenzieon 07 Mar 2016 at 7:17 pm

    I’m not the best person to help with this, TT. I’ve never reviewed a romance and I’m not sure I’d be a good fit for this work. (In the interests of professional courtesy, please allow me vagueness).

  22. Tyleenia Tayloron 07 Mar 2016 at 7:49 pm

    It’s mostly a hero take, with a but of romance, and two people of the same alien race trying to stop literal MANslaughter.
    Also, I finally got into the name generator and happened to find some good last names. Here’s the list:
    •Bird/Byrd (He’s got bird wings)
    •Kinny (Like a tall mountain – Mt McKinley)
    •Sykes (Like sky)
    •Goodman/Justice (He’s a hero)
    •Griffith (You COULD say that he’s ALMOST a human griffen)
    •Martin (Like Martian AKA alien)
    •Cline (Like climb – what birds do to get higher in the air)
    •Luna/Moon (In the sky)
    •Randolph (Like Rudolph the flying deer)
    •Blair (Take off the ‘Bl’ and ya get air)
    •Clarke (Like Superman’s first name)

    Also, here’s a generator for fantasy namers who need help:http://www.seventhsanctum.com/generate.php?Genname=weirdname

  23. Tyleenia Tayloron 07 Mar 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Also, Big Mac (sorry if I’m posting too much), have ya checked out my post under the ‘love interest’ page?

  24. B. McKenzieon 09 Mar 2016 at 5:36 pm

    “Also, Big Mac (sorry if I’m posting too much), have ya checked out my post under the ‘love interest’ page?” No. I’m not into romance. Would suggest seeking out another website with genre experience for any genre-specific questions there.

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