I hate names.

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So, I'm creating a human warlock for an ongoing campaign and as per usual, one of the hardest parts of creation is coming up with a name.
Hes an infernal warlock who weilds a scythe, and is a grizzled veteran, cigar smoking, combat magician type of guy.
Any suggestions on coming up with a name for this guy? 
Call him Bolverk. In the Norse Edda, that is the name Odin assumes when he goes to the giants' land (in disguise) and gets a job as a farm hand to allow him to steal the mead of poetry.

While in disguise as a farm hand, he produces a magical whetstone and sharpens the scythes of his fellow fieldhands to an edge so sharp they cut clear through the wheat and into each other, killing themselves.

Bolverk(r) means "worker of evil" in the prose.
So many PCs, so little time...
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dunno why, but the description resounded the name Gregor into my head. Or Gregory.

Gregor Valian
Gregory Vail
Gregor Rasp
Gregory Rashvul


I dunno
Hmm.. Gregor has a nice sound to it.
I may have to work on that.
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whenever i think of grizzled veteran smoking cigars, i think Edward Blake.

or Jon McClane. no one does "grizzled" better than Bruce Willis
You can say the devil took it as a part of the bargain.
Or you're not allowed to tell it or you'll lose your powers.
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I've always like the Tiefling deal about names like Sorrow, etc. Why not borrow that and just have him introduce himself as "Madness" or something?
Don't give a name. Wait till the party gives him a nick name and go with that, like they often did in the old west. Only don't tell the other players what you're up to.

"What'd you say your name was?"
"I didn't"
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I have a problem with names too. What I did was go through every D&D book I own and write down each unique name I found in an excel spreadsheet. Then I went through several books and what not. I'm pretty sure I have well over 500 names in it now. Granted only a handful of the names I really like, it's nice for NPC and locations in backstories!
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Don't give a name. Wait till the party gives him a nick name and go with that, like they often did in the old west. Only don't tell the other players what you're up to.

"What'd you say your name was?"
"I didn't"



Haha, thats interesting. I may do that for another game.

 
I have a problem with names too. What I did was go through every D&D book I own and write down each unique name I found in an excel spreadsheet. Then I went through several books and what not. I'm pretty sure I have well over 500 names in it now. Granted only a handful of the names I really like, it's nice for NPC and locations in backstories!



Wow. I don't have any where near the patience for that :x
You can also rely on inside jokes and puns.

I have a "Guarneri" family of Tieflings. This is because the first one I introduced was a Bard with a magic violin. The real-life Guarneri's were famous luthiers, or to put it simply, they crafted violins.
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Change one or two letters in a regular name to get a different sounding name.
I'd recomend typing "fantasy name generator" into google.
Change one or two letters in a regular name to get a different sounding name.


Yeah, like Cindi...

I'd recomend typing "fantasy name generator" into google.


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Your human antics and desire to continue living have moved me. Just kidding. You cannot move me physically or emotionally. Wall humor.
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Funny story: InQuest Magazine (I think it was InQuest) had an oversized Chaos Orb which I totally rooked someone into allowing into a (non-sanctioned) game. I had a proxy card that was a Mountain with "Chaos Orb" written on it. When I played it, my opponent cried foul: Him: "WTF? a Proxy? no-one said anything about Proxies. Do you even own an actual Chaos Orb?" Me: "Yes, but I thought it would be better to use a Proxy." Him: "No way. If you're going to put a Chaos Orb in your deck you have to use your actual Chaos Orb." Me: "*Sigh*. Okay." I pulled out this huge Chaos Orb and placed it on the table. He tried to cry foul again but everyone else said he insisted I use my actual Chaos Orb and that was my actual Chaos Orb. I used it, flipped it and wiped most of his board. Unsurprisingly, that only worked once and only because everyone present thought it was hilarious.
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Oh I have a standing rule. If someone plays a Planeswalker I concede the game. I refuse to play with or against people who play Planeswalkers. They really did ruin the game.
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You... You... Evil something... I actualy made the damn char once I saw the poster... Now you made me see it again and I gained resolve to put it into my campaign. Shell be high standing oficial of Cyrix order. Uterly mad and only slightly evil. And it'll be bad. Evil even. And ill blame you and Lizard for it :P.
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I'm trying to work out if you're being sarcastic here. ...
Am going to stop you right there... it's RPJesus... he's always sarcastic
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we can only hope it gets the jace treatment...it could have at least been legendary
So that even the decks that don't run it run it to deal with it? Isn't that like the definition of format warping?
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Uktabi Orangutan What the heck's going on with those monkeys?
The most common answer is that they are what RPJesus would call "[Debutantes avert your eyes]ing."
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This just won the argument, AFAIC.
That's just awesome.
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HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THE BEAR PRODUCING WORDS OF WILDING?! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!
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heaven or hell.
Round 1. Lets rock.
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Blue players get all the overpowerered cards like JTMS. I think it's time that wizards gave something to people who remember what magic is really about: creatures.
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Have fun with it!  Name him Teddy Roosevelt.

I personally tend to figure out whereabouts my character du jour would come from if it was born into a real-life human culture and then find a name that would fit that sort of flavour.  For example, I re-fluffed Changeling history to include nomadic Islander settlements and gave them something of a Celtic flavour, and the character I did this for likewise got a Welsh-ish name, Brynn de Muir (Daggermaster Rogue/Sorcerer).  My favourite and best character is a Shadar-Kai Revenant Swarm Druid.  I conceptualize Shadar-Kai to be a bit like Vikings or perhaps Norse Gods with their appreciation for great achievements and victories and their general tendency towards being as awesome as they possibly can be.  Iceland is a tiny little country that retains a fair bit of this cultural heritage and I decided to fashion a name for her out of Icelandic and settled on Hermaður á Drottningu, or Herma for the sake of brevity.  It means "Soldier of the Queen," obviously referring to The Raven Queen.

There's all sorts of interesting stuff you can pull out of actual languages without resorting to fantastical Tolkien derivatives or settling on kneejerk **** like Willow, Raven, Shadow, Mort, or anything like that.  No offense to them or anything, mind you.

On the other hand, making a 3 1/2 foot tall, 327 lbs. Gnome by the name of Badonkadonk the Curvaceous has its own sort of charm.
Janusso Von Magiusar, name him that, it will get a lot of laughs from people who have played chrono trigger
And he asked him, "What is thy name?" And he answered, saying, "My name is Legion: for we are many."


Considering the character is an Infernal-pact Warlock... themactically appropriate.
I would reccomend against not naming your character anything.

Unless, that is, you want the other players naming you.


Players; what did you say your name was?

you: I didn't

Players: Fine, we will call you "Monkey-Boy then.

You: No that's not my name!


Players: It is now...nice to meet you, Monkey-Boy.
Background is helpful a lot of times.  In some cultures, last name is determined by birth status.  Noble born people would have titles and often would get their family name as well. 

Scottish - Mac or Mc -  like MacArthur  likely the son of Arthur or a clan name
Germany - Von - Between first and last names, only used by nobles  means from as in a noble from a particular regio.
Arabic - Ab or Ibn - meaning "father of" and "son of" as in

abu-al-qasim muhammad ibn abd allh ibn abd al-mut-alib Al hashimi


Father-of-Qasim, Muhammad, son of Abdullah, son of Abdul Mutalib, the Hashimi"


Irish - O' - meaning of or from  and referring to a town city or county.  Sometimes referring to a parent

Norman - de - Some of the early Norman nobility arriving in England during the Norman Conquest differentiated themselves by affixing 'de' (of) in front of the name of their village in France.

The British and Germans have a history of creating family names from a variety of sources:  Occupation, Physical Description, location (place names or geographical features), parents (father or mother), or even who you worked for.

"So, I'm creating a human warlock for an ongoing campaign and as per usual, one of the hardest parts of creation is coming up with a name.  Hes an infernal warlock who weilds a scythe, and is a grizzled veteran, cigar smoking, combat magician type of guy.  Any suggestions on coming up with a name for this guy?"


So, has he earned any titles from his "Grizzled Veteran" look? 
Is he the illegitimate son of some noble?
Maybe he's the black sheep of a family of religious zealots?
Is he from a desert region?
Does he carry the Scythe because he used to be a farmer?
Did he actually make his "deal with the Devil" with a short dude that promised him a pot O' gold?
Does he roll his own Cigars, or does he have them shipped in from some small country where they are hand crafted just for him?

More detail would allow for a much more creative name.  Or were you just looking for us to throw out suggestions?

Cause I'd go with   Devin KilPatrick  and he's always hunting for a guy named patrick to kill.
“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”



Could fit a warlock.....  
Voldemort?

Anyway think its hard naming just one PC, try naming a town of NPC on the fly. Thank god for name generators.
I'm gonna suggest "Abaddon".

Abaddon is the classic fallen angel commonly known as "The Destroyer". In many ancient biblical  passages, his role often overlaps with that of Satan himself. He was the the commanding spirit of torturing locusts and the (fallen) angel of the bottomless pit. He is often associated with sheol, the hebrew underworld.

Although I am also quite fond of the suggestion of Bolverk.
Abaddon is also the name of a quite fantastic metal band! Go with the Odin one! that name seems to fit the character type quite well and its darkly fascinating. as for a family name, why does he need one? He's a warlock. Warlocks are typically outcasts and just maybe his family rejected him.
I have a young rogue/warlock character that was abandoned by his family during a trip to Waterdeep when he was 3 years old. He isn't evil, just very angry....anyway his name is Vlaad with no last name. He's about 15 in the game and just discovering his powers. lotsa fun.
I once had an Elf Barbarian named Saggitarius Bearskin, shortened to Saggy Bearskin. This was for a silly campaign, and as an in-joke in reference to a rogue player we've had whose character barely makes sense, him usually trying to be incognito.... while wearing a bearskin around town. I don't think he knows that isn't typical of townsfolk.
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We use name websties for different cultures depending on the campaign.  Right now we are doing a primal campaign in an Apacalypto type jungle setting so we looked on the internet for a bunch of cool sounding Aztec and Mayan names for our characters.  We did something similar for our viking themed campaign.
I would reccomend against not naming your character anything.

Unless, that is, you want the other players naming you.


Players; what did you say your name was?

you: I didn't

Players: Fine, we will call you "Monkey-Boy then.

You: No that's not my name!


Players: It is now...nice to meet you, Monkey-Boy.



Welcome to the team Fumbles!

...it was always fumbles...
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I prefer to just use comic book naming conventions. Combine two words into an awesome nickname.

Frozentears- my frost breath dragonborn seeking vengence
Doomprophet- my runepriest that predicts deadly futures
foggyglasses- my fire slinging wizard with catarax

I just prefer to have a name that tells you what my character is all about.
I prefer pop-culture references that nobody in the D&D world would catch on to, so it would pass as a normal name like Wasquey Wabit or Warren Peace.

Otherwise, I like latin-flavored like Iratus.
I personally know of two Changelings (in different campaigns) named Odo.  Don't do stuff like that.  Just use a name generator if you can't think of anything.  Get yourself 10 or 20 names, and something is bound to strike a chord.
If your position is that the official rules don't matter, or that house rules can fix everything, please don't bother posting in forums about the official rules. To do so is a waste of everyone's time.

I named a character Flan Tumblebelly and everyone assumed he was fat.  Flan was not ammused.  Good thing he was a 3.5 Telepath and could change their mind.