This Site Will Generate A Name (And Identity!) For Your Characters

Coming up with names for our characters can be a chore, especially when you have a big cast. We sit and agonise about getting them just right, and while names are important we shouldn’t spend too long worrying about them. Far better to be actually writing your story!


Luckily, there are random name generators online where, at the click of a button, you can have a new name for every one of your characters. Maybe they will fit, maybe they won’t. But at least you’ll have a name.

Fake Name Generator

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The ‘Fake Name Generator’ is the best name generator that I have seen. It’s easy to use, obviously, but there are two things that make it so good.

Name Set & Country

Besides a “Male/Female” setting, the generator allows you to alter the name set and country of origin for your character. This means that you can get specific names for different types of people really easily.

Extra Character Details

This I really love. Along with the random generated name, this site will also give you a whole list of personal details for your character! And not just things like weight, height and blood type either – it even gives you things like occupation, what car they drive and even what their email address is!

Of course, you don’t have to use these, but any one of these details might spark your imagination to flesh out your character.


Hat tip to MediaBistro for the name generator.

For more advice to get you through the rest of NaNoWriMo, follow along with MediaBistro’s NaNoWriMo Tips Of The Day.

Image courtesy of purpleflrs.

Christopher Jackson is the Editor for Fuel Your Writing and a creative copywriter. He is currently working on Project: Snotbook, an interactive children’s storybook for iPad.


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