Naming a character: why character names matter


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Here are my PFS character names,
Lafethalyn Tahlsar - My deceased Half Elf Witch, his name comes from Dragon Magazine #251 which includes a few tables for randomly generated elf names, it means Moon Healer Bolt Blade Seeker
Andraste - my Aasimar Oracle, Not taken from Dragon Age, I took it Celtic Mythology, it is the name of a Briton goddess.
Rinne - My Razmiran Priest, comes from the word Reincarnation I forget what language it was, but this is a reused name from when I used to roleplay a character that was in fact reincarnated.

My other Pathfinder characters mainly PbP:
Louise Van Andel - Human MALE cavalier, this name, like many of my names is actually randomly generated with behindthename Louise is a feminine form of Louis which comes from Ludwig, meaning famous warrior Van Andel simply means "from Andel, Netherlands".
Nikoleta - Magus Kingmaker, Greek feminine of Nicolas, meaning Victory to the People.
Winifred - Sorcerer Kingmaker, Anglicized form of Gwenfrewi which means "white, fair, blessed" "reconciliation, peace"

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I'm fairly new to PFS with only 4 games under my belt. I've got a Gnome Barbarian the Linnorm Kingdoms who picks up a new title or two with every adventure. Currently, he's made it through the entirety of First Steps and become Jottun Archibaldsson, formerly of Halgrim in the Ironbound Isles, formerly of the independent floating Gnome Nation of Gogpodda, Breaker-of-Knees, Giver-of-Candy, Ghoul-Beheader, Krenshar-Splitter.

Somehow my Gnome Barbarian managed to spot the fake Azlanti object at the last encounter but I've yet to think of a suitable title to add that doesn't sound goofy. Appraiser-of-Azlanti-Artifacts? Has a silly ring to it.

I've been lucky that most of the folks I've played with in Society play have come up with interesting names. One guy from my home game though names everything with a pun or joke. I just shorten it to something that I can live with. Though, Jottun would prefer to be called by his full name and title. Isn't their a prestige award for someone to announce your arrival?

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I had a Jedi named Ttam Sirrom once. Funny or clever?


JohnF wrote:


I've got a ranger called Gil Robinson ...

Ranger! Ranger, Gil Robinson!


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Hehe

I wonder how many here will understand that joke.


KenderKin here....

Ok so how seriously should the character naming process be.

I mean I spent hours and hours naming this character.

I was watching some show about 80's music and one of the bands from England it said that one guy went to Godalming college.

So I looked and thought Godalming was a good last name for a paladin.

A few days later I saw Keanu reeves for some reason and tried to remember that movie he was in, eventually I remembered it was Constantine.

So the full character name became this!


RainyDayNinja wrote:

I try to keep things fantasy-sounding, but I also keep to a chemistry theme in naming my characters:

-Butyl Ithyomsson, cleric of Torag
-Friedel Crafts, and her mighty steed Aryl
-Aziridine, the archer
-San Xiao Ji Jia Ben (which theoretically translates to "trinitrotoluene"), my bombing alchemist

and so on.

My EQ wizard was Trinytro Tolyou-Eene. His cleric Brother was Iodo. My buddy's Rogue was Mehtylene Scissoring. I beleive his monk was Lanthanide.

Ah, the good ole days...

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HalfOrc barbarian at the table with a great ax... named "Bob".

Yeah, it's a verb.


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I usually spend some time on the name of my PC — I'll play with Google translate or other name 'net pages — but I enjoy that part of character building, and fully recognize not everyone does.

I don't mind joke names (I play a Magus named Rosham Bowe, after all), nor do I mind the occasional Bob or whatever. People get enjoyment out of the game in different ways. Play the game the way you wanna play it.

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I have a tien sorceress that I'm bringing to a game tonight whom I have yet to name. :/

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This thread had been fun to read through. I acutally find naming my characters to be very difficult. I like fantasy names, but don't have the knack for making them up. Since I inevitably play humans, I usually just google old names, or non-english ones. And right now, I'm on a trend of starting every first name with the same initial as me, my wife, or kids, so I get;

Osric Longstride Ranger - Osric being the name of several Anglo-Saxon kings and also has a neat tie-in to 1st Ed. acronym. and Longstride from latest Robin Hood movie.

Darius Marel Rogue - acutally a carryover from an old NPC name in my first homebrew.

Oswin Durnhelm Cleric - Oswin means "divine friend" and Durnhelm is a re-spelling of the name Eowyn uses while posing as a man in LOTR.

Dietrich Wenger Fighter - Germanic form of my own first name, same intials as me - not super creative.

Anton Lamarque Paladin - I wanted a French name, and Lamarque was the last name of a famous Fench general whose death sparked the June Rebellion so famously depicted in Les Miserables.

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Jiggy wrote:
I have a tien sorceress that I'm bringing to a game tonight whom I have yet to name. :/

just a suggestion:

grab a first name of some Tien NPC from a scenario... and add in the last name from a different one.

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nosig wrote:
Jiggy wrote:
I have a tien sorceress that I'm bringing to a game tonight whom I have yet to name. :/

just a suggestion:

grab a first name of some Tien NPC from a scenario... and add in the last name from a different one.

Wait, you mean there's more Tien NPCs than just Amara Li?


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I try and come up with something memorable, although experience has caused me to limit it to three syllables.

Mytiazair half-elf arcane trickster, literally means "Emerald Magic Lightning" (according to Races of the Wild)
Deceased Estate elven diabolist - at least that's what he puts on his Chelish tax forms...
Grolschmir Dutch beer, Russian satellite, a gnome.
Itzamna Supposedly an egyptian god of chaos and knowledge, another Osirian gnome...

I did try, however, to name a character after a real-world person, a cleric by the name of Kernighan with his companion Dennis. I've found that this is not a good idea, as the 0.5% who understand it groan, and the rest think the name is horrible, until you explain it, and then they groan.

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Jiggy wrote:
nosig wrote:
Jiggy wrote:
I have a tien sorceress that I'm bringing to a game tonight whom I have yet to name. :/

just a suggestion:

grab a first name of some Tien NPC from a scenario... and add in the last name from a different one.
Wait, you mean there's more Tien NPCs than just Amara Li?

or get a copy of Master of Devils... It's even a good read.

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Mike Mistele wrote:
JohnF wrote:


I've got a ranger called Gil Robinson ...
Ranger! Ranger, Gil Robinson!

Exactly.

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Benrislove wrote:
Rei wrote:
Benrislove wrote:

I have the following.

Arcanis
Vieras (veerus)means alien/unfamiliar in finnish (he's a wayang)
Tarnas
Tylion (tillian) or Ty, half-elf maneuver master monk
Valta (val) means set fire to in latin. Burning Arc blaster :)
Taikuus (tai) Conjurer wizard, means "Magic" in Finnish
Kal Jakir (Zen archer, kinda like superman...)
Grimbulg Ironkeg, Animal companion's name is Gnom
Trayce

Since you seem to enjoy Finnish names, I'd like to point out that Valta is also a word in Finnish. It's a bit hard to translate into English without context, but it translates to something like "the power given by right of rule". Vieras can also be translated as "stranger/guest". Taikuus' nickname also translates to Finnish. It means "or". :P

Googling what your character's name might mean in different languages is a pretty smart thing to do. I once ran into a pair of roleplayers whose characters were siblings, both of whom coincidentally had given their characters names that meant something in Finnish. The boy's name was Verstas, which roughly translates to "workshop". The girl's name... was the swear word version of "poop".

VALTA IS NOW THE BEST NAME EVER! That is awesome:)

also your second paragraph is a wonderful story. Has to be awkward to speak finnish and call a character's name realizing that you are swearing everytime.

I like Finnish a lot, it seems to translate pretty well, and uses similar sounds to english, so many of the words are pronounceable even to the language impaired such as myself :)

The example cheliax names in the books seem to be a strange mix of Finnish and Italian.

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Jiggy wrote:
nosig wrote:
Jiggy wrote:
I have a tien sorceress that I'm bringing to a game tonight whom I have yet to name. :/

just a suggestion:

grab a first name of some Tien NPC from a scenario... and add in the last name from a different one.
Wait, you mean there's more Tien NPCs than just Amara Li?

Well, Hao Jin was a Tien sorceress. If you want to go the crazy angle, you can have your character claim to be her. Or just use the last name, and claim to be a descendent, whether it's true or not.

As for my own character names, I get them from a variety of sources. Here's all of my PFS character names, and their explanations:

1. Mash - His full name is Reginald Bartholomew Brightsword VII. He comes from a snobby family of paladins, but he rebelled to become a barbarian instead, and took his nickname from his battlecry: "MASH CRUSH KILL DESTROY!!!" The last name comes from the stereotypical genre naming convention of last names made from stringing together two short words that tie into the character. With martial types, their family weapon is often included in such a name, such as Sturm Brightblade in Dragonlance or Roy Greenhilt in Order of the Stick.

2. Sister Isabella - Full name Isabella Maria Victoria Brightsword. The pun is that she's both a sister in the religious sense (cleric of Sarenrae) and the actual sister of my first PFS character, Mash, which explains the overly long and slightly pompous sounding name. Which isn't to say that any of the words in her name are pompous, just that it's pompous for a noble family to give their children such overly long names.

3. Corin LaDrock - I honestly don't remember how I came up with this one. It just sounded like something that would work in a medieval fantasy setting. The boring name with no real reason for it kinda matches the character, who I never did give much of a personality. There's a reason he's still only level 2, and I've made 10 more characters since him.

4. Seamus Luckleaf - He's a leprechaun wannabe. Halfling cleric of "Lady Luck" (Desna) who wants to spread the luck around, with an Irish accent and stereotypical Irish first name. Again, the last name follows the typical genre convention of combining two short words. Obviously, the "Luck" part is from the character concept, and the "leaf" part is typical of plant based words used in naming halflings or elves with that compound word last name convention. (ie Belkar Bitterleaf from Order of the Stick)

5. Yzarctihstab Garblenarf - I took the bit about male gnomes having overly long, inpronounceable names to heart. Garblenarf just sounds like a gnomish name. As for his first name, read it backwards. These days, most people just call him "Baron" at the table, because he has acquired an official Taldan title.

6. Azkadellia - Named, and loosely based in other ways, after a character from a SciFi Channel miniseries. Often goes by "Az" for short, just like her TV counterpart.

7. Qassir - Qadiran who looks like a stereotype right out of 1001 Arabian Nights, with his loose clothing, turban, and scimitar, except that he's half the height, because he's a halfling. His name is the Arabic word for "short". I thought about giving him a last name, but I believe it was in Humans of Golarion that I read that Qadiran swordsmen usually only have one name, and this halfling is trying to fit in with that human culture in every way.

8. Norowareta Nagagorjo - Nagaji oracle. Nagagorjo comes from the list of suggested nagaji names in one of the books. Being Tien, I figured his family name would come first, and being cursed and banished from his home village, I figured that it would make sense for him to lose his family name and have it replaced by the Japanese word for "cursed". So his name in English would be Nagagorjo the Cursed. Goes by "Gorjo" for short.

9. Catherine Brightsword - Full name Catherine Elizabeth Cassandra Brightsword, because two middle names just sounds more pompous and fits in well with the Brightsword family (like her siblings, Mash and Sister Isabella, above).

10. Erikenzira Mensah - Known as "Erik" for short. I wanted to do a smart fighter, so he's a Lore Warden with 14 intelligence. Yes, the last name is a reference to the real world genius organization Mensa. I was having trouble coming up with a personality for him, and the idea of dumping his charisma and making him an arrogant jerk came to mind. So his first name comes from the D&D cartoon character Eric, who has a similar personality, but expanded to make it sound more like it's from a fantasy world.

11. Kelladorf Wizzlefarb - Again, taking to heart the bit about male gnomes having overly long names, but not having any reason behind these particular names. I usually just call him by his last name, because it's easier for most people to say.

12. Green Beard the Pirate - Because what would you expect a half orc pirate to be called? Real name Groknarr (pronounced Grok-nAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRR).

13. Hoshi Daisho - Hoshi just sounded appropriately Japanese for a kitsune character. Daisho is the Japanese word for a traditional pairing of two swords, usually a katana and wakizashi, used with one in each hand. This ninja actually uses that fighting style, though with a wakizashi in each hand instead of mixed weapons.

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My characters:

Renras 'of the road' - human cleric of Desna (reincarnation of a cleric of Fharlanghn from a home game)
Torgar - dwarven barbarian
Zobek - Chelaxian crossbowman (this name must have stuck in my subconscious, because I saw an RPG book with the same title later...)
Ramah - Vudran aasimar Champion of Irori
Samei - kitsune sorcerer
Caltzontzin - elven bloatmage
Tamfeg - wayang rogue
Pergolitzmerse - gnome oracle
Sledge - human inquisitor of Gorum (unintentionally named after the TV show, and whenever I play him I hear Peter Gabriel in my head)
Elliana - aasimar cleric of Korada

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1. Bbauzh ap Aghauzh - Half-Orc Rage Prophet from Realm of the Mammoth Lords

2. Eben Timothy - Elf Wizard/Paladin/EK from Kyonin. Other, lesser humanoids don't deserve to know his real name, so he allows them to call him Eben Timothy. He doesn't respond to Eben... you must say his whole name.

3. Arawkaw - Tengu Court Bard

4. Clorrup Finglefingers - Gnome Alchemist/Cavalier on an Axebeak named Bird. He also has a Porter named Man Servant.

5. Vendel Naughton - Ifrit Fighter / Rogue with fighting fans.

6. Phan Tam - Dwarf female Monk

7. Forge Jorge Cordaryal Florinio Perez des las Alas El-Jorday - Kitsune Musketmaster

8. Sssstryxsss - Nagaji Saurian Shaman with his Pteranodon Wystyxss

9. Sha'ol Khudra - Aasimar Sorcerer

10. Dead Guy 1 - because he died to a level 7 pregen death in a 7-11 scenario.

11. GM Credit guy, who has yet to be named.

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Andrew Christian wrote:
8. Sssstryxsss - Nagaji Saurian Shaman with his Pteranodon Wystyxss

Can you imagine if you brought this character and then discovered that your GM has a lisp? That'd be an... interesting session. :/

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chuckle...

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thunderspirit wrote:

I usually spend some time on the name of my PC — I'll play with Google translate or other name 'net pages — but I enjoy that part of character building, and fully recognize not everyone does.

I don't mind joke names (I play a Magus named Rosham Bowe, after all), nor do I mind the occasional Bob or whatever. People get enjoyment out of the game in different ways. Play the game the way you wanna play it.

I personally abhor joke names or common names like "steve," but you know what? It's a game and it's a name. Who the heck cares? Their tears are all equally delicious (except Caubo's whose tears were extra salty and bitter).


I guess I have one silly name (not the goblin, because, well he's a goblin).

#-1 Galen Stonedeep - Dwarf. Never made.
#-2 Trevalyn Darkstep - Human Ranger. Retired at 7th level for being boring.
#-3 Lialda Longsorrow - Eldritch Knight - 9th level. Got bored mostly because she never had a good personality, killed her off under a pile of rubble while working for the Aspis Consortium. Raised back to life by a Hellknight. Debating what to do with her.
#-4 Genome De Nhom III - My one joke name, said with a french accent. 15th level Gnome Cleric. Waiting for Siege GM credit.
#-5 Dr. Fraz Finkleton - Gnome Bard/Oracle of Lore 9th level, been slow tracking since slow track was first allowed.
#-6 Prince Mutabu - Was going to be a Mwangi character of some sort...
#-7 Teodrel - 4th level Elven Alchemist. Haven't played him in ages.
#-8 Daisuke Intonjutsu - 5th level Tian Ninja. Intonjutsu is the art of concealment and escape. I usually write his name for the GM as Dice-K.
#-9 Kyle Baird 315 - Worst Name Yet
#-10 Garble Facechomper Goblin Feral Gnasher. Somehow has survived to 6th level, hoping to hit 7th level right before playing Bonekeep at Gen Con.

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nosig wrote:

HalfOrc barbarian at the table with a great ax... named "Bob".

Yeah, it's a verb.

IF he named his axe, Bob. What is his name?

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My characters:

Kyros Deun: Half Elven Cavalier. Looked through half elven names and misread Kyras. I wanted to give him the last name Dunbar, but that was taken, so I wen through a few different ideas.

His weapons are Smacky (A warhammer), Woundcauser (A triednt), Weed Whacker (A sword) and Chaircritter (A bow)

Ivan YagerHuman sorceror. Name pronounced with a Russian accent. Was thinking through ideas of Eastern Europe soudning names and adapted Yager from Jager, German for huntsman.

Custom JerryHuman Fighter. Playing Lego LOTR with my brother, he created a character named Tom. I didn't bother naming mine, so he was Custom J. Tom and Custom Jerry. Ayup.

Nesod the Monkchinegun (Pronounced Nessid):Human Zen Archer Monk. Nesod stands for Never Ending Storm Of Damage as a pseudonym (being an escaped criminal). The Monkchinegun came fromn the anime Trigun, with the name character Vash the Stampede. Monkchinegun because that's what he'll become, in character explained as his overconfidence and vanity.

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I am pleasantly surprised that what I thought was going to become a bitter and argumentative thread about badwrongfun has actually turned out to be an interesting read about all the interesting techniques people have used to name their characters. Just to throw my own into the mix . . .

PFS Characters

Trade Princess Katarina - I have had a female rogue character named Cat in D&D 3.5, D&D 4 and PF. This one decided to go by Katarina once she obtained the Qadiran vanity title, just because it sounded more impressive.

Doctor Barjandar - I was trying to think of a name that sounded like the suggested gnome names, without just taking one directly.

Augustine "Auggie" Jaeger - A tiefling, with the maw trait. He is roughly modeled on Oggie the Jaegermonster, from the Girl Genius comic.

Qibli - I was going to name my Sylph character Sirroco, after a kind of wind. Then I was reading the Wikipedia page about the sirocco and found that it is called the qibli in parts of North Africa, and I liked that better.

Sagan the Stargazer - A heavens oracle, and reference to Carl Sagan.

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Bryn Calfaria - He is named after a hymn tune. I was just singing along in church one morning, and decided that it sounded like a good name for a rpg character.

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Tim Statler wrote:
nosig wrote:

HalfOrc barbarian at the table with a great ax... named "Bob".

Yeah, it's a verb.

IF he named his axe, Bob. What is his name?

"Feet". Having started life as a slave, he was "sold" to a intelligent Great Ax named "Bob", so he's "Bob's Feet".

Sczarni

I am making a cleric of desna i am tempted to name J'Kerry Whack, the abbot of Costello, fourth Duke of Erl....

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Akinra wrote:
I am making a cleric of desna i am tempted to name J'Kerry Whack, the abbot of Costello, fourth Duke of Erl....

realizing that he would be a Manarch - is that why he'd be a cleric of DESNA?

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If the cleric wasn't CG Desna follower, she would sit at home and stab peons. The religion is the motivating factor for PFS over family. . .


Might as well list mine:

Yomotsu Kakuriyo: A tengu bones oracle. I wasn't entirely sure on the naming conventions for Tengu so I went with Japanese. His first name is a reference to Yomotsu Hirasaka, the slope to the land of the dead, Yomi (Yomi is also a nickname given to him sometimes, but he usually doesn't like it if it's not family or close friends who call him that). His surname means afterlife. It's a pretty punny name, I realize, but it seemed to fit. Hopefully I don't run into anyone who knows japanese when I play him...

Seimei Kakuriyo: A tengu life oracle, older sister of Yomotsu. Her first name was a tad fuzzier, since I couldn't actually get at the connotative meanings of it, but it means "life" or "pure and clear". I thought it fit since she's rather good natured and dedicated to trying to keep people alive.

Ukom Sabretusk: My half-orc alchemist. Her first name is a shortening of the Swahili word for redemption, although I don't think I got the connotation right now that I think about it. Her surname is reference to her very prominent tusks, and in universe was her mother's clan name.

Moredecai Jehoshaphat: Andoran human gunslinger. Wasn't entirely sure what to name him, so I just threw together some biblical names I thought sounded cool. I thought about naming him Saul, since he's estranged from his son (who I thought to call Absalom), but people said Mordecai was cooler.

Mwezi Kuhani: A half-orc summoner/barbarian that I'll probably never use. His name supposedly translates to Moon Priest because

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He was more or less supposed to be a Persona 3 reference to Shinjiro Aragaki, whose arcana was Hierophant in P3 and Moon in P3P, but I figure it sounded exotic enough, soo....

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I played with a guy in Missouri who told me of his Taldan character named "Pierre Saint Jacque, of the Brothers Saint Jacque *clap, clap.*" Seriously, whenever anyone said his name, EVERYONE at the table would clap twice.


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I played with a guy in Missouri who told me of his Taldan character named "Pierre Saint Jacque, of the Brothers Saint Jacque *clap, clap.*" Seriously, whenever anyone said his name, EVERYONE at the table would clap twice.

That's awesome! I wanted to have a character named Norm! Norman.

On a related note, one of the regulars in Deep Space 9's bar is called Mron.

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nosig wrote:
Tim Statler wrote:
nosig wrote:

HalfOrc barbarian at the table with a great ax... named "Bob".

Yeah, it's a verb.

IF he named his axe, Bob. What is his name?

"Feet". Having started life as a slave, he was "sold" to a intelligent Great Ax named "Bob", so he's "Bob's Feet".

Sounds like one of the four Trollkin heroes from the old Runequest product Munchrooms. Nose-Biter's Feet.

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DesolateHarmony wrote:
nosig wrote:
Tim Statler wrote:
nosig wrote:

HalfOrc barbarian at the table with a great ax... named "Bob".

Yeah, it's a verb.

IF he named his axe, Bob. What is his name?

"Feet". Having started life as a slave, he was "sold" to a intelligent Great Ax named "Bob", so he's "Bob's Feet".
Sounds like one of the four Trollkin heroes from the old Runequest product Munchrooms. Nose-Biter's Feet.

opps! figured me out! yeah, we stole it from there. some of us are old RQ players.

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nosig wrote:
DesolateHarmony wrote:
nosig wrote:
Tim Statler wrote:
nosig wrote:

HalfOrc barbarian at the table with a great ax... named "Bob".

Yeah, it's a verb.

IF he named his axe, Bob. What is his name?

"Feet". Having started life as a slave, he was "sold" to a intelligent Great Ax named "Bob", so he's "Bob's Feet".
Sounds like one of the four Trollkin heroes from the old Runequest product Munchrooms. Nose-Biter's Feet.
opps! figured me out! yeah, we stole it from there. some of us are old RQ players.

LOL, glad to hear it.

I have four PFS characters.

Sheliantha. She's Varisian, and I worked with the guidelines in the Varisia book.

Bree-Bran. Expatriate Chelaxian paladin of Iomedae. This is her nom-de-guerre, and it just came to me. I have no concious idea of the source.

Steel-Arrow. He's Kellish, and a worshipper of Gorum who is losing his faith as he gains mastery of the bow. He wants no evil magician to know his family ties.

Forlanderion. An elf wizard from Kyonin, using a very stereotypical elvish name. He might have an agnomen, but he's been out of circulation studying books for a long time. Warrior of Old trait, and Breadth of Knowledge feat.


My character names come from all over the place.

Current characters:

Fridthjofr: A human rogue in a game where we're all vikings. The name is the Norse for Peace-Thief, according to some site or another. I browsed Norse name lists until I saw something that sounded right with a meaning I liked.

Ianven Kaldasha: A half-orc wizard, in a 1-20 campaign. I wanted to be called Ian, so I added a suffix to that for my proper first name. Kaldasha sounded fantasy-ish. I might have gotten it from a fantasy name generator, or it might have just sounded right.

Schtalgard: A dwarf fighter with lots of hit points who uses In Harm's Way to take hits for his friends. It's Stall-Guard, just fantasied up.

Karek Kogan: A dwarf barbarian I play on these forums. I hit some random dwarf name generators until I found something I liked.

Some past ones:

William Jonas: A jack-of-all-trades human in a game that focused on guns.

Father Amoz: A cleric of God the Father in a game that used Christian-based deities. Biblically, Amoz was the father of Isaiah.

Jatembe and his eidolon Jaya: Jatembe was a Mwangi Summoner in Serpent's Skull. I pillaged his name from the setting because we all loved the way it sounded. Jaya was taken from Magic: the Gathering, again because I liked the name, and justified as "flame" in Jatembe's native tongue.

Ventnor Garten: My favorite. A dwarf ranger in a 1-20 game. I named him after the Monopoly property, for some reason lost to the sands of time. His father was Marvyn Garten, his mother was Atlan Tika, and his sister was Vatra (after Water Works). My DM wondered where I got the name, and I told him it was from a game he had played before. He hassled me endlessly about it, and I never told him. After a couple of years, when the game was almost over, I got a enraged voicemail message with a single sentence - "IS IT FROM MONOPOLY?". Apparently, he had been playing Monopoly that night and did a double-take at the name of the property.

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So what kind of dodgy character names are we talking about?

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Avatar-1 wrote:
So what kind of dodgy character names are we talking about?

Rogues' names of course. :-)

I have two rogues, Roddy Vintner, he is a hopeless drunkard that only adventures to get money so that he can drink.

Ringo. Each adventure he finds some souvenir and has it made into a ring.


The player is not responsible for how the pc got named!

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I wonder where my name comes from?
I go from place to place in search of things old and magical...
I have a large number of magic wands (for a long time I would get one on each of my adventures...)
and some people are surprised by what I do...


Am I a bad person for naming my Tien Ninj... er, Cultural Attaché, "Jackie Li"?

-j

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Mindchemist that makes the big boom.


Welp my characters use
Haldrid/Haldred depending on when they were created.
I had a fighter named Faldreth the Bearded.
A wizard named Viagris the Firm.
Necromatic Cleric of Zon-Kuthon named Cialis the Risen.

Usually I use a combination of Fantasy name either from mythology or lore. Sometimes whatever is on T.V. Add descriptive adjective. Done.

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rknop wrote:
Brett Cochran wrote:

I have yet to see a GM call an eidolon by name (except me).

I've done this. Had a player in my game playing a summoner with a very-aptly named Eidolon "Throatripper".

Eidolon Chaney

I couldn't resist the pun. It was either that or Billy Eidolon.

Nonnie Kaneis is an assumed name. Nonnie is short for Anonymous; Kaneis is Greek (or some ancient language of Golarion) for Nobody (if Google Translate is to be believed).

He changed his name after he fled Taldor. His name results from his back story.

Liberty's Edge

OK, lets see...

Azhrarn The Dark One LE Human Necromancer 1E greyhawk (Cheese factor alert as he had talisman and sphere of annihilation)

Ashen-Shugar CG 1/2 Elf Fighter/Magic user 1E & 2E (Yeah Yeah, I love that series)

Shaka Rei TN Halfling Druid Dark sun ( Still the scariest world I've ever gamed in)

Mung The Merciless LN Barbarian Homebrew world ( Classic low int and wis fighter who adored breaking magic items in the name of Krom)


Here's my take on names - if your character's name is a pun, reference to pop culture or history, or word from another language, consider having a shorter form of the name or a nickname to use when people groan and roll their eyes when you introduce yourself. For example, I'm playing a gnome who introduces himself as "that helpful (or other adjective) gnome, Anis Aniland", but besides introductions, I don't pull the pun out and just go by Aniland (or Anis or 'the gnome', he isn't picky).


I have to say, that although I am not a fan of Bob the Barbarian, I think it is just as bad when the clever/thoughtful names are things like Mixleplyx. I can't tell you how many times I have played at a table where no one, can pronounce or remember the names of any of the characters. You end up just pointing and grunting and saying rogue or wizard. It might as well have been Bob.

Sczarni

Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson?

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