So You Want To Name a Character: A Non-Comprehensive List of Resources


Naming Resources

Behind the Name 

the etymology and history of first names; also gives meaning when possible

has a name generator that is v. useful
Baby Names, Pet Names, Sim Names, Story Character Names. Thousands of names from around the world sorted and categorized by country, language and meaning. Many of the names include detailed etymology; all include meaning.

Character Name Database

Writers! Feel free to explore this 60,000 name database in search of the perfect character name. This is the world’s largest database of forenames complete with origins, meanings, and numerology interpretations – brought to you by Vanessa Grant and Muse Creations Inc.

Think! Baby Names

Resource on names for writers. Provides the meaning, origin, history, religious significance, and popularity of first names.

Quick Baby Names

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.”

Nearly two million names and over 45,000 meanings and histories. 

Medieval Names Archive: English, Old English, and Anglo-Norman Names

Excellent lists of names and articles on names from a variety of periods; well-researched and definitive. 

Medieval Names Archive: Names from Other Countries

Names and articles on names from cultures and periods around the world. 

SCA College of Arms - Name Articles

The Society for Creative Anachronism’s page on names, naming, names by culture, names by history, and much more.

"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." 

You have reached the website of a Swiss given name enthusiast who will try hard to infect you with some enthusiasm about that subject too. is not a mostly static website with just some basic search and browsing thrown in, but a web application with fast-growing functionality. Enjoy!

Most PopularMost popular baby names from nearly 50 countries, provinces and cities

LanguagesOver 100 of them, including Albanian,Tagalog and Malay

Nameberry includes an authoritative 50,000 name database developed over two decades, a daily blog on baby names, unique lists and features , and a vibrant community of expectant parents and name lovers. 

Baby Names Finder

We’ll help you find the perfect baby name. Search for boy or girl names by first letter, number of syllables, meaning, origin, and more — or look up a name you like and we’ll suggest related names you might love. Not sure where to start? Get tips for picking a baby name and browse our baby name inspiration lists.

judearaya said: baby center has a thing, where if you pick one name, it generates a web of names that are similar or that are often picked as sibling names, and you can poke around that way?

Info about names at least sometimes includes info about popularity over time/region/etc.

Naming Statistics

name trends (USA)

name statistics (USA)

babynamefacts: popular names by country 

Most Popular Given Names in the USA by Year 

The Name MachineRanks the popularity of names over the past 100 years.


My lovely beautiful gorgeous friend Bianca took some pictures of me in the spring and I love them so much I cannot even tell you






I guess you could say they died in the
*puts on sunglasses*
Heat of the moment

I love how the two main characters just died in a wall of fire in a commercial and the fandom’s all like: Yep, uh huh, that’s normal.

Well, it is. Dying in a demon triggered fire is a Winchester tradition at this point.

Did you just-?

This post is a cascade of perfection.

(Source: winchesteurs)

There were reportedly at least 10 different nationalities aboard the plane, including 173 people from the Netherlands, 44 Malaysians, 27 Australians, and smaller numbers from Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Philippines, Canada and New Zealand. Many of the passengers were AIDS researchers, on their way to a conference in Australia.


So here’s my tip of font using in graphic design. I made this list of fonts I suggest to be used more often and fonts I suggest to be used less often. Especially from Helvetica to Gill Sans, they are really popular fonts to be used by professional designers. They all work finely whether in graphic design, web design or typography.

From Rockwell to Parisish, they are fonts to be used in typography or artworks, mostly for vintage style. They are probably not suitable in some formal occasions. But they will be your good choice when you want to make a fancy coffee shop banner.

You might be surprised that Arial and Times New Roman are in my less used list. But don’t stop using them in your homework and essay- well, now you probably understand why you shouldn’t put them in your graphic works.

The rest of the fonts are what I constantly see people using in their graphic works and I must say that even tho those fonts look cool and fancy, they actually don’t look as quality as you think.

BUT, that doesn’t mean you should delete these fonts from your computer (oh but delete Comic Sans for God’s sake) They can still be used for certain situation, as long as you handle them well. However, please never do something like using Colors of Autumn as the title and Typewriter as the concept, unless you’re trying to drive someone crazy.

(Source: cuphaz)