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Writing reference: Name generator

I found this name generator for coming up with medieval Japanese names


It uses name elements from Anthony J Bryant's An Online Japanese Miscellany

Currently nearly 3,000,000 boys names possible.
Currently over 200,000 girls names possible.

I know I've recommended Bryant's website before.  Put this in your  reference stuff



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Feb. 8th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the resource!
Feb. 9th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
Ooh, I was hoping to find a resource like this! I'll be in need of a few names for one of my fics before too much longer... Thanks for sharing this!
Feb. 9th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
This a wonderful thing! Not only for the times my mind goes blank for names but also just for the geek girl in me!!
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
Ooh, awesome! LOL you don't want to see the notes I had in trying to come up with a name for Sess's company in Fleeting *facepalm* I just stuck a few affixes together and hoped for the best! :P
Feb. 9th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
Just remember that most characters won't have a family name, the myoji...It's a mark of human samurai and noble families...but it's great for generating first names.
Feb. 9th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
LOL, well I was looking for names with certain meanings, not necessarily a family name (already have a couple companies named after the main families in this fic). It's so hard to choose when you're going for a meaningful name, one you don't want to be too obvious or too obscure...*shrug* When it doubt, have one of the characters translate it in the dialogue, LOL!!
Feb. 9th, 2010 03:55 am (UTC)
This page has some really useful stuff (cause he has meanings for words often combined into names in the middle ages:


There's a book out, much used by the SCA Japanese reenactors, that I have been resisting buying, cause all I do is write these little fictions...but this page draws from that info, and this page is really handy....In fact, the name generator draws its names from info he provided.

I've recommended it before and you may already have it, but what the hey, better I mention it again than deprive a friend of something useful...
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
Oh wow this rocks. Except I never do last names in my fic, lol.
Feb. 9th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
It's not the family name that makes it wonderful...there's a fixed number of those...it's the individual's names that make it a jewel...most folks in these stories, unless they're nobility or of a samurai family that was given a family name by the emperor somewhere in the family history or by a daimyo, won't have one...

This one generates period correct first names as well...and for me, that rocks even more, especially when you're looking for a good woman's name.

It'll also give you the name guys used a lot, which is a name that has a number attached, like Daijiro (Big second son). That's the Zokumyo, and was used by friends and family. Then it has their adult name, the nanori.

You can throw away the family name...and just use the nanori...so it's handy for that.

Feb. 9th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
It is definitely useful, and it's awesome that someone put in the time to make it!
Feb. 9th, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)
i already had the 'japanese miscellany' and i used 'behind the name', but the best is the period correct names. that's always great!

you can always find the most fascinating things in unusual places. there is a well researched essay/giude on kanzashi (hair ornaments) at a shop on e-bay of all places-- or travel guides, they have description and pictures of shrines and other historic sites...
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