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Random name generators

PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:28 am
by filkata
Do you use random name generators? In what cases? What features make a useful one? What features you wish they had?

Re: Random name generators

PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:48 am
by ostarella
I have tried them, but my experience has been that, unless you're going for unpronounceable names for a fantasy story, they're not worth much. If I'm' actually stuck for a name, I just open the phone book and randomly stick my finger on some page. Once for first name, once for second name. A book of baby names also works for first names, and the yellow pages for surnames.

Re: Random name generators

PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:27 am
by filkata
Yes, I agree they are useful only when you are looking for fantasy names.
I am working on a random name generator of my own . I tried to keep the names pronouncible and add helpful options like easy copying but I would like some feedback from prople that use such tools.

Re: Random name generators

PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:03 am
by robjvargas
I don't really believe in name generators. All the names I've generated have FELT generated. I will use an online anagram generator for some of the characteristics I want my character to have, and see if a "namelike" option comes up.

Re: Random name generators

PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:12 pm
by FindingMargaritaville
I'm only 250 words into what might, or more likely might not, become a book of short stories. I enjoy character-making, probably to the detriment of the plot or anything else. So, while a name generator for me is an intriguing idea, I agree with the previous pst that it will feel generated. So I enjoy coming up with names.

Re: Random name generators

PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:45 pm
by mike m.
[quote="filkata"]Do you use random name generators? In what cases? What features make a useful one? What features you wish they had?[/quote]
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the govt prints lists of names by popularity
both first and last names

you can find other lists of names to use as a guide