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Character Naming Resources

20,000 Names
http://www.20000-names.com/index.htm

African Names
http://www.namesite.com/namesite/mainpage.html

Afrocentric Names
http://www.namesite.com/index.php

Alfabette Zoope Name Lists
http://www.zoope.com/about/about_names.html
Good lists of names and meanings, including many non-western names.

BabyCenter: Baby Name Search
http://www.babycenter.com/baby-names
Searchable by name, type of name, country, or meaning. (Slow.)

BabyNameAddicts.com
http://www.babynameaddicts.com
"We have over 51,000 names, with meanings, origins, popularity graphs, surveys, and more! Pronunciation, full search functionality, and more are coming in early 2005."

BabyNamesCube.com
http://www.babynamescube.com
Another extensive collection of names and meanings, from a variety of cultures.

Baby Name Genie
http://www.babynamegenie.com/index.php
If you're absolutely stuck trying to generate names for your characters, try this "genie," which will come up with a first and middle name based on the last name that you provide. (Great if you think "Layton Chad" would be a good name for a baby... or a character...)

BabyNameTrain
http://www.babynametrain.com/
A number of resources, including a random name generator that will give you ideas for first, middle and last name combinations.

BabyNamesHeaven.com
http://www.babynamesheaven.com

Baby Names HQ
http://www.babynameshq.com/
Names and their meanings from a variety of cultures; Biblical names; and "most popular" names for boys and girls.

Baby Names List
http://babynames.allparenting.com/
An extensive resource of over 25,000 given names, including their meanings, categorized by origin/culture or by ABC. We also offer an advanced search option, and a name suggestion tool.

Baby Name Network
http://www.babynamenetwork.com/

Baby Names of Asia and the Pacific
http://www.heptune.com/ocnames.html

Baby Names of Ireland
http://www.babynamesofireland.com/

Babynology
http://www.babynology.com/
Lists of names, some with meanings and some without, from around the world. Some of the lists look good; others have some rather dubious entries. Still, a lot of info here!

Behind the Name
http://www.behindthename.com
History and etymology of first names from around the world, including Biblical names.

Biblical Baby Names
http://www.biblical-baby-names.com

Biblical Names for Baby
http://www.ballina.net/babynames/

Biblical Names, List of
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Biblical_names
This list is taken from Hitchcock's New and Complete Analysis of the Holy Bible by Roswell D. Hitchcock, New York: A. J. Johnson, 1874, c1869. NOTE: I've reviewed a number of Biblical name lists, and have found that meanings given in this particular work do not always agree with many other lists, so I'd recommend cross-referencing.

Cal Poly Pomona Name Pronunciation Guide
http://www.csupomona.edu/~pronunciation/
Guide to pronouncing names from a variety of languages; search by language or country, or search the lists for pronunciations.

Chinese Names
http://www.mandarintools.com/chinesename.html
This site enables you to generate Chinese names based on desired characteristics, and gives links to other good name and language sites.

Cool Baby Names
http://www.cool-baby-names.com/
This site has a number of interesting categories in which to search, such as Biblical names, Shakespearian names, flowers and plants, colors, animals and birds, etc.

European and Arab first names
http://www.vornamen-liste.de/index_eng.html
Name collection with emphasis on European and Arab first names. Presently offers only an extensive list of names; promises eventually to expand into a database that lists the country and meaning behind each name.

SCA College of Arms - Name Articles
http://heraldry.sca.org/names.html
The Society for Creative Anachronism's page on names, naming, names by culture, names by history, and much more.

Indian Baby Names
http://babynames.extraprepare.com/

Indian Baby Names and Their Meanings
http://www.indiaexpress.com/specials/babynames

Irish Names
http://www.namenerds.com/irish/

Last Names Meanings Dictionary
http://www.last-names.net/

Meaning-of-Names.com
http://www.meaning-of-names.com/
Nearly two million names and over 45,000 meanings and histories.

Medieval Names Archive: English, Old English, and Anglo-Norman Names
http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/english.shtml
Excellent lists of names and articles on names from a variety of periods; well-researched and definitive.

Medieval Names Archive: Names from Other Countries
http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/
Names and articles on names from cultures and periods around the world.

The Name Machine
http://www.babynameshub.com
Ranks the popularity of names over the past 100 years.

Name Yo Baby
http://www.nameyobaby.com
Another baby name database.

Parenthood Web
http://www.parenthood.com/baby-names/
Allows you to search for all names on file for a particular region.

Quick Baby Names
http://www.quickbabynames.com
20,000 searchable baby names and their meanings, with popularity charts based on US statistics, and "a nifty little name "filter" that makes choosing a baby name a whole lot easier."

Sikh Names and Their Meaning
http://www.sikhs.org/names.htm

SuggestBabyNames.com
http://www.suggestbabynames.com/
I like the way this site is set up to let you search by country of origin (first place I've seen with Aztec names!). You have to click on a link to get the meaning for each name, and not all names include meanings (again, see the Aztec list), but very useful overall.

Think! Baby Names
http://www.thinkbabynames.com
Resource on names for writers. Provides the meaning, origin, history, religious significance, and popularity of first names.
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Recommended Reading


Character Naming Sourcebook

The Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames

The Oxford Dictionary of First Names

The Secret Meaning of Names

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