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Offline Mark

Names
« on: December 02, 2015, 10:44:17 AM »
Here are two of my favourite websites for choosing names for characters. The first is for first names, the second for family names. Both allow you to search according to meaning, origin of name etc.

http://www.behindthename.com

http://surnames.behindthename.com

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Re: Names
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2015, 11:41:52 AM »
"Martin" (chosen at random) from the Roman god "Mars". OK, that's cool. Marty at work will be interested in that. He does not strike a martial figure, but he is in Purchasing...

"Quentin" relates to "Quintus" or fifth child. I must write a fantasy story in which my MC's name is Eight.
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Re: Names
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2015, 11:42:59 AM »
Love that site, been using it for a while. Definitely agree with the recommendation!
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Re: Names
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2015, 11:51:13 AM »
"Beatriz"
Spanish and Portuguese form of BEATRIX
f   English, German, Dutch, Late Roman
Probably from Viatrix, a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator which meant "voyager, traveller". It was a common name amongst early Christians, and the spelling was altered by association with Latin beatus "blessed".

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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2015, 11:59:28 AM »
"Beatriz"
Spanish and Portuguese form of BEATRIX
f   English, German, Dutch, Late Roman
Probably from Viatrix, a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator which meant "voyager, traveller". It was a common name amongst early Christians, and the spelling was altered by association with Latin beatus "blessed".

 ;D

That ^ is truly awesome, oh Blessed Traveler.

JOHN: from Yochanan, "Yahweh is Great". Well, that's sort of dull.  :P
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Re: Names
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2015, 02:37:08 PM »
As usual my surname is too obscure to have an entry  :'(

A very useful resource though I agree, I'm quite a fan of etymology in words (not enough to enjoy the English Language module in it I took at university, hoo boy...)


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Re: Names
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2015, 05:15:03 PM »
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"Beatriz"
Spanish and Portuguese form of BEATRIX
f   English, German, Dutch, Late Roman
Probably from Viatrix, a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator which meant "voyager, traveller". It was a common name amongst early Christians, and the spelling was altered by association with Latin beatus "blessed".

Now if you took a role in the the forums you would definately be a moderatrix by both (semi)name and deed.

Likewise MrJ my pretty common surname has no entry but other sites have listed an incorrect meaning so that may be a good thing.

My check for this sort of site is to use Drinkwater, implying you were too poor to drink beer and common medieval, again no record.

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Re: Names
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2015, 05:55:29 PM »
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"Beatriz"
Spanish and Portuguese form of BEATRIX
f   English, German, Dutch, Late Roman
Probably from Viatrix, a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator which meant "voyager, traveller". It was a common name amongst early Christians, and the spelling was altered by association with Latin beatus "blessed".

Now if you took a role in the the forums you would definately be a moderatrix by both (semi)name and deed.
:D I'm a moderatrix in the Monthly Writing Contest section 8)
(somehow that word/spelling makes me think of whips :-[)
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2015, 06:03:58 PM »
Moderatrix Dominatrix? ;)

My surname is also too uncommon to be there and the meaning of Christian is nothing I need that site for. ;)
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Re: Names
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2015, 06:13:49 PM »
My surname is also too uncommon to be there and the meaning of Christian is nothing I need that site for. ;)

It doesn't like German names (or I guess German names aren't common enough in the grand scheme of things). It didn't have my maiden name or other last names from my family/ancestors (all German)  :D
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Re: Names
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2015, 07:41:37 PM »
My surname is also too uncommon to be there and the meaning of Christian is nothing I need that site for. ;)

It doesn't like German names (or I guess German names aren't common enough in the grand scheme of things). It didn't have my maiden name or other last names from my family/ancestors (all German)  :D
Maybe. But my name is very uncommon even in Germany. There are only about 200 of us (for example: there are 700,000 Müller's).

Around 1,100 persons in Germany (mostly around Hannover and in northern Bavaria) have your maiden name, so it's fairly uncommon too. :)
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Re: Names
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2015, 12:43:53 PM »
My name wasn't that interesting, although I didn't realize a Christian philosopher had been beheaded. I hope I'm not named after him. I would rather be the guy that formed the Justinian code. His wife was awesome! I think that's a better goal to shoot for.
They didn't have my last name, and it's not that uncommon.

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Re: Names
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2016, 07:44:29 PM »
Just gonna leave this here.

http://fantasynamegenerators.com/
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Re: Names
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2016, 04:11:00 PM »
So far, I just make names up. I play with how they sound until I get what I want. Interesting tools though. :)

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