Name Tools

I’m blatantly stealing this from the comment section.

There are various online tools that give frequencies of names in, particular countries. Two are (UK names) and (US names). Given that stories need names, these look like a fun resource.

A game I’ve been playing with both is attempting to come up with plausible sounding names that are actually unique.

For example Jason Harpman. I think that sounds innocuous (apologies to any actual people called “Harpman”) and not made-up but both tools indicate that the name is unique. The trick is to pick a surname that uses syllables that occur in English/Anglo names and/or are one-syllable common words in English. Obviously ‘man’ is a plausible end syllable for an English-sounding name, as is ‘smith’. So something like “Helen Oaksmith” might work. (Again – apologies to any actual people called ‘Oaksmith’).

Some possible end syllables (some nonsense, some words, some stolen from place names):

  • er/ter/ster
  • idge/ridge/didge/bridge
    (you may need to play with an inital consonant to make it work)
  • ver/over
  • man
  • smith
  • tham
  • ford
  • don
  • den

Start syllables – short English words. You should get some actual names as well as fake names when you pair them up:

  • Cat
  • Dog
  • Fish
  • Harp
  • Oak
  • Tree
  • Grey
  • Black
  • Wood
  • Stone

8 thoughts on “Name Tools

  1. I am pretty sure I’ve seen something similar on the Statistics Sweden website for those who are interested in Swedish names (on my phone or I might be more motivated to dig out the actual link).

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    1. There’s one for Norway too, based on the civil registry and thus precise. Although as a privacy measure it will only say “3 or less” for uncommon names.

      I suspect most international tools like this are based on Facebook profiles or similar, and not very precise.


    1. It’s Gaelic, innit? (At least the second part) So you’re unpronounceable outwith Ireland and a bit of western Scotland.

      Most of us can manage the Michael part, tho.


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