->'''Gordon:''' What do Krill names sound like?\\
'''Ed:''' I don't know! I don't think anybody knows.\\
'''Gordon:''' Probably exotic and alien.\\
'''Ed:''' Probably, yeah. Like Quarz-Noth, like that kind of thing.\\
'''Gordon:''' Zang ob'Tozon.\\
'''Ed:''' Kreeyewlox-stein.\\
'''Gordon:''' Probably not ''stein.''\\
'''Ed:''' No, not ''stein.''\\
'''Gordon:''' Like... a-Haj Valorp.\\
'''Ed:''' Froozhen-Gla-Jah.\\
'''Gordon:''' Häagen-Dazs.\\
'''Ed:''' Yeah, see, any one of these could be right! We don't know!
-->-- ''Series/TheOrville'', "Krill"

Sci-fi and fantasy writers often find themselves with the challenge of creating dozens, if not hundreds, of exotic-sounding names for their characters and locations.

Perhaps it's just because they want something that sounds pleasing to their Anglophone audiences, or maybe they are unaware of how strange foreign names can sound even here on Earth, but in the end their countless alien species will have remarkably similar-sounding names, always adhering strictly to English phonology, or deviating from it in very minor ways.

Television sci-fi writers seem to be fond of using a particular formula: The name may start with any consonant followed by any vowel. For an example, we'll start with "Ga".

The next letter will be either an R or an L (sometimes both) '''or''' either an M or N. Next up is another vowel, usually followed by R/L or M/N. An R or L may be followed or substituted with another consonant, usually something soft. This would give us something like "Galdin" or "Gamar."

If it's a woman's name, a "feminine" (to Western ears) ending such as -a or -ia will usually be added, eg. "Galdina," "Gamaria."

Names will sometimes end with T, D or K, although these are more common in the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy warrior race]]. They will commonly be given names with hard consonants and guttural sounds. Sounds such as K, Ch, T, Th, Z and sometimes X are favored - K especially as the last consonant, if not the last letter. R may also be used as a final letter, if only because it makes a good excuse for someone to make a hearty "ARRGH!" sound: "Well met, [=GormARRGH=]!"

Writers are also fond of using the PunctuationShaker on [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy warrior race names]] like salt on cheap French fries.

Female members of the warrior race may be exempt from the harsher-sounding names carried by the men and given names that fit the former formula better: for example, Klingons such as Sirella, Larna and Mara.

On the other hand, elves will virtually always have names and a language that sounds Tolkien-esque, full of soft sounds such as Th, Dh, D, L, R, M, N, and V. Doubled-up vowels are popular, and names often as not end with the letter L or N. Elven names are often on the long side, usually passing the seven-letter mark on a regular basis. Where a female character in a sci-fi show would be called Marin, an elven female would be named Marianael.

Vowels are often doubled up to increase the exotic factor; usually A and U-- Maara instead of boring old Mara. (A for nice aliens, U for mean ones. Bonus points if the name is some variant of Cruul/Kruul.)

As a corollary, you can often tell a lot about a race just from the names of its members: the harshness of the species is often directly proportionate to the harshness of its language. You will probably never see a race of peaceful agrarians with names such as "Gorthog" or "Churgzak," nor will you ever see a race of bloody warriors with names like "Mathiella" or "Farlian". You can bet that someplace called "Jakrizag" isn't going to be a world of green meadows and fluffy bunnies. Someplace like that will have a pleasant-sounding name like "Elasolia". In some cases, even the ''same name'' will appear harsher in the transcription that an author adopts for the language of a harsher culture: [[http://www.zompist.com/kitlong.html#orthography "Dhârkalen" sounds harsher than "Darcaln"]] despite being pronounced almost the same way.

Mind you, most of the patterns described above do have limited [[TruthInTelevision factual underpinnings]], in what is (somewhat dauntingly) called a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonority_Sequencing_Principle Sonority Sequencing Principle]] by phoneticians.

Unless the setting as a whole has some kind of ThemeNaming (like [[Franchise/DragonBall all the villains in an arc are refrigeration equipment or musical instruments]]), anime aliens often seem to have repeated sounds in their names. It might be because Japanese onomatopoeia tend to be reduplicated like that (they use them for a lot more things than sounds, e.g. "shibu-shibu" means "reluctantly"), and the reduplicated words in alien speech are meant to symbolize [[StarfishLanguage a collection of inhuman sounds]].

APlanetNamedZok is a SubTrope. See also AVillainNamedZrg, PlanetOfHats, NameTron, XtremeKoolLetterz, and FantasticNamingConvention.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/SgtFrog'', the Keronian race and a select few from other alien races have names that adhere strictly to an ABB rhyming pattern. Keroro, Giroro, Tamama, Kururu, Dororo, you get the idea.
* The Deviluke in Manga/ToLoveRu seem to mostly follow the "duplication" structure, with their princesses named Lala, Momo, and Nana. Their male names don't seem to follow it, i.e. Gid and Peke.
* The Ctarl-ctarl in [[Manga/OutlawStar Outlaw Star]] also reduplicate, like their ambassador Aisha Clan-clan and their flagship the Orta Hone-hone.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}}'s cousin is named Kara, which is an example of the trope, but an odd one in that the name became popular in English as an actual name after the introduction of the character, to the point where on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' she just calls herself Kara and there's nothing weird about the name. In truth, it isn't actually alien, rather of Proto-Italo-Celtic origin (Italian "beloved", Irish "friend"), but as stated above, it was hardly ever used as a given name until long after Supergirl started.
* Averted in the Mike Baron and Steve Rude comic ''ComicBook/{{Nexus}}'', where most of the aliens have names like Dave, Fred, Sinclaire, and Tyrone. Fred converts to Judaism and changes his name to Judah.
* ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' has a lot of made-up or spelling altered names: Tinya, Brin, Luornu, Jo Nah, Wimena... to name a few.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Parodied in a ''ComicStrip/RobotmanAndMonty'' comic strip, where Monty is writing a paragraph for a fantasy novel. He activates his word processor's spell-check function... causing his computer to selfdestruct.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* There are plenty of alien personal names in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'': Stal, Keelan, Grynun, Fi'ar, Remlar, Terdan, Lyndess, Grunnel, Brox, As'taris, Ma'ar, Kerrun, Sapsa, Deris, Bayanis... but just try to figure out which ones are male and which are female.
** WordOfGod has it that the names are internally consistent based on a scheme of the author's own.
* The now defunct ''FanFic/BothSyllables'' series expands on the [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim Irken]] naming themes mentioned below. Specifically, it's stated that Irkens tend to have longer names, but contract them to a compound of the first letter and last syllable; for example, Zim's full name is '''Z'''ernin'''im'''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Discussed in ''Film/GentlemenBroncos'', in which a sci-fi writer orders a class of young writers to name their characters things like this, insisting a girl rename her character, Teacup, Tylonious.

* Completely averted by Creator/JRRTolkien. The names of his characters are not only meaningful in the (invented) languages, but he also has complete pronunciation guides, and also ''multiple'' fantasy alphabets supplied. He even has [[ShownTheirWork rules for how the same letters are used for different languages]] (like how, say, Italian and English don't use the Roman alphabet in quite the same way).
** Then again, the languages and orthographies very much follow the "harshness of language = harshness of species" rule: the Elvish languages Quenya and Sindarin are very vowel-heavy with a lot of L's and R's; particularly Quenya, which looks and sounds a lot like Latin. Non-Elvish languages seem to go in a scale from softer to harsher as follows: [[{{Atlantis}} Adû]][[AndManGrewProud naic]], [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarvish]] (which in the first drafts of the mythology were an evil race, later becoming neutral, and only turning good when ''Literature/TheHobbit'' became canon) and then of course [[BlackSpeech Orkish / Black Speech]]. Harshness is also reflected in the different orthographies.[[labelnote: Such as:]]For Quenya, the spelling is quite based on Latin's (mind the hard C's and G's!), with accents for long vowels; Sindarin sounds less like Latin, but also uses its conventions for C/G and long vowels, with extra-long vowels marked with a circumflex. The harsher languages invariably use K instead of C and use circumflexes for simple long vowels.[[/labelnote]]
* The ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' is full of these: the hero's kingdom of Alagaësia, an evil emperor/king named Galbatorix, hideous mooks called Ra'zac, brutish orc-like creatures called Urgals, a beautiful elf named Arya and homeland of the elves Alalea.
* ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' gives us Vl'hurgs, G'Gugvunts and Silastic Armourfiends of Striterax (whose army is called something even scarier), though Douglas Adams was deliberately and famously [[RefugeInAudacity having fun with this trope]] throughout the series. He also parodied it with Trillian, which sounds at first to the audience like an alien name, but we soon find out the character is actually a human woman from modern-day Earth, and she just has an odd nickname (it's short for Trisha [=McMillan=]). He also dips into various different aesthetics of science fiction for his alien names - Zaphod Beeblebrox's name is ssupposed to sound RaygunGothic, 'Vogon' is supposed to sound a bit ''Doctor Who'', Hotblack Desiato is supposed to sound like a character from a dystopic science-fiction story, and so on.
** Hotblack Desiato is in fact the name of a genuine London [real] estate agency.
* The aliens created by Creator/LarryNiven ''always'' have names like this. ''Literature/KnownSpace'' alone has aliens with names like Chmee, Kdapt-Riit, Lloobee, Hrodenu, Kzanol, Halrloprillalar, Harkabeeparolyn, Phssthpok, and Kawaresksenjajok. The only exception are those aliens who possess vocal apparatus that make their names are so unpronouncable to humans, like the Pierson's Puppeteers (who choose names from the alien cultures they are working with as nicknames) or who don't use personal names (like the telepathic Grogs, who can instinctively tell who is being referenced in a conversation, or the Bandersnatchi, who just never bother with things like names). Also there are the low caste Kzin who are named after their jobs (Speaker-To-Animals). What do you expect from a writer whose full name is "Lawrence Van Cott Niven".
* Niven once collaborated with a few other authors on a shared-world building project. The planet they were creating was originally going to be called Thrassus. Niven thought it sounded too Latin, so he changed the name to Thraxisp.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' have an odd one indeed: Hork-Bajir. A rather peaceful race, despite the tough-as-nails name. Except they have blades EVERYWHERE. But they wouldn't hurt a fly. Until the Yeerks got hold of 'em.
** And then there's the Andalites, whose names run the gamut, but are always at least three part. Aximili-Esgarrouth-Isthill, anyone?
*** The middle name is from one of the parent middle names, if you look at Ax's parents' names in ''The Alien''.
** Yeerk names indicate the parental grub and have a number designation afterward that refers to their order of origination from the tri-parent. Originally the number changed as rank changed, but it was retconned to be permenant. In the case of a twin, one is the prime and one the lesser, like Visser Three and his brother. The prime gets all the best hosts and assignments. So, Visser Three is [=Espin9466=] prime, the 9466th grub from the Espin tri-parent and the prime twin.
* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey pays ''a lot'' of attention to her naming conventions in the ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' series.
** All dragon's names end in TH, but the reason for this is never explored in-story.
** It is traditional on Pern to name a child with a combination of the first half of the father's name, and second half of the mother's name. This is occasionally abandoned when the result is awkward, or could cause confusion as to paternity.
** All male dragonrider's names have an apostrophe stuck in: their names are shortened forms of their pre-Impression names. A prequel novel tells us that it is the dragons that first started doing this and that they, at the time, shortened the names of both men and women. Shortened names are meant to be easier and quicker to shout while in the air, which explains why the dragons turned Falarran into F’lar. (The danger of mishearing names is apparently not as important.) After Jaxom Impresses Ruth, Lessa[[note]]Additional capital letters available at reception upon request[[/note]] wryly notes that weyrwomen usually choose names that produce something nice when shortened: J’xom and Jax’m don't quite cut it, to her ears. (FridgeLogic: J’om is dead easy.)
* Averting this was the original inspiration for Robert Heinlen's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'', to the point where the original title was "A Martian Named Smith".
* Creator/HarryTurtledove's reptilian Race from ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' have OnlyOneName each and it's inspired by {{Sssnaketalk}}. It's noted a few times that repeated letters in their names (such as the character Ttomalss) are sounded separately and are not compounded together. For the same reason, if the combination 'SH' is found in a name, it is pronounced 'ss-hh', not 'sh'.
* The Ghiscari people from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have a naming convention which will make any evil alien proud. Lots of Rs and Zs and Ks, and a generally unpleasant sound which makes one (Westerosi, i.e. Fantasy Anglo-Saxon) character dismiss: "They are all Harzoos to me". They are a people of slavers with cruel and unusual customs.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise had plenty of these: Kalo, Malin, Cadmar, Domar, Talas, Talla, Keval, Melora, Latara, Liria, Gilora, Tagana, Onaya, Damar, Danar, Toran, Nador, Aluura and Anara. The token {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s, the Klingons, had names such as Kang, Kor, Koloth, K'Voc, Kaz, Klag (Klingons are very fond of K, it seems), Morak, Brok'Tan, Leskit and Thopok.
** In the original series, there seemed to be a specific rule about this. ''Every'' named male Klingon had a name beginning with K, while male Vulcans had names beginning with S and ending in K, with three letters in the middle, and females had names beginning with T'. ''Enterprise'' stuck to this mostly, as did the earlier movies (with the exception of Saavik, a half Vulcan-half Romulan woman, and Maltz, a Klingon crewman). Worf broke the pattern.
*** A [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] is hung on the similarity of Vulcan names in the ExpandedUniverse novel "The Lost Years", which explains that the "S, three letters, K" pattern is in honor of Surak. In a flashback, a contemporary rival of Surak berates another Vulcan (who has just changed his own name to fit the pattern), pointing out as the years go by, Surak's followers are going to have to come up with increasingly ridiculous names. Also note: Assuming that their alphabet has 26 letters and English pronunciation rules, this allows for ''at most'' 17576 distinct male Vulcan names, many of which will not be pronounceable, and no more than ten thousand or so names which will be.
** On ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'', all Talaxians have an X somewhere in their name.
** In the novelization of the "reboot" movie ''Film/StarTrek'', Nero explains that Romulan names are all but impossible for humans to pronounce correctly, so it is customary to render them into English by pronouncing the closest phonetic equivalent ''backwards'' (Which Romulans find less grating than hearing their names consistently butchered). Nero's name is really closer to "Oren", but the "r" can not be faithfully reproduced by a human.
*** In an interesting coincidence, this means that Sela, the half-Romulan daughter of Tasha Yar, may actually be named something close to "[[AliceAllusion Alice]]".
** The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' [[Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse Novel Verse]] has a series of "rules". While there are exceptions to all of these (no one culture or race can be truly homogenous in any custom), we have the following trends.
*** Tellarites have three names, usually of one or two syllables, the middle being a connective that appears to be chosen from a small pool. Examples include Bera chim Gleer, Bersh glov Mog, and Mor glasch Tev. (The names seem to suggest that these porcine aliens are SpaceJews.)
*** Hermats have a name followed by a number, e.g. Burgoyne 172 or Rulan 12.
*** Among the Nasats, names are letter-number-shell colour, e.g. P8 Blue, Z4 Blue, C29 Green or V1 Red.
*** Triexians have two names connected by "na", e.g. Krelis na Then and Arex na Eth, or sometimes "ko", as in Nexa ko Tor.
*** Andorians have long first names and a family name prefixed with th', sh', zh' or ch', depending on gender (e.g Thirishar ch'Thane, Hravishran th'Zhoari, Sessethantis zh'Cheen or Kellarasana zh'Faila). They also have a shorter "familiar" name to compensate for the length- in the four examples given, these would be Shar, Shran, Thantis and Kell.
*** Coridanite names very frequenly end in a V.
*** Tholians have a single name, which usually ends in "ene". Examples include Loskene, Tezrene, Yilskene and Kasrene.
*** Damiani names have two syllables separated by an apostrophe, followed by a letter, an apostrophe and ullh, ullho or ullhy. Examples include Ra'ch B'ullhy, Je'tran T'ullh and Ne'al G'ullho.
*** Romulan names commonly end in "k" (Charvanek, Ruanek, Kalavak, N'Vek), as do Vulcan names (Tolek, Sivek, Taurik). D' and N' are common Romulan prefixes, while T' is a Vulcan feminine prefix.
*** Thallonians have the honorific "Si" (Zoran Si Verdin, Jang Si Naran, etc).
*** Betelgeusians like the "uu" sound, and apostrophes, e.g. Kuu'iut or Uuvu'it. Rhaandarites like the "aa" sound (Gaanth, Zaand).
*** Manraloth like the "ae" sound, e.g. Giriaenn.
*** Denobulans like "m", "g", "p" or "f" sounds.
*** Betazoid males have names of one or two syllables (Tam, Cort, Gart, Ven), the females of two, three or four (Anissina, Mollarana, Damira), while their family names often end in n (Enaran, Kaldarren, Povron) or x (Xerix, Mryax, Xerx).
*** Efrosians tend to use a "Ra-" prefix on the surname (Ra-Yalix, Ra-Havreii, Ra-Ghoratreii), but not always.
*** Benzite names are two syllables and harsh-sounding (Meldok, Salmak, Cardok).
*** Tzenkethi names have four components: individual name, job, echelon within that job, proficiency grade. Example: Alizome Tor Fel-A, with "tor" indicating a position as special agent to the Autarch, "fel" being her membership in the "problem-solver" echelon, and "A" indicating the highest proficiency in that role.
*** Chelon names have lots of short, sharp syllables that sound like wet clicks and snaps - "i"s and "t" are common (Rinsit, Simmerith, Jetanien, Miltakka)
*** Alonis have long names like Quirmirkis, Nerramibus or Liezakranor. When off-world, they add a shorter additional name to the beginning to designate their function (“Tel” is diplomat, “Los” is soldier), and split the name in two (e.g. Los Tirasol Mentir is probably Tirasolmentir back home, Ambassador Tel Ammanis Lent is probably Ammanislent).
*** Bolian names tend to be one or two syllables.
** In fact, most races and cultures show patterns in their naming, often subtle ones. It is possible in many cases to identify a character's species or culture by name alone.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' have more than their share - for example: Orlin, Harlan, Mallin, Nyan, Darian, Ren'al, Kalan, Pallin, Merrin, Marin, Perna, Sallis, Selana, Vala Mal Doran, Shayla, Zarah, Chaya Sar and Ladon Radim. Prominent Jaffa (the warrior race) had names such as Teal'c, Bra'tac, Se'tak, and Gerak.
** Oddly enough, even though he's an alien, Jonas Quinn has a rather Earthly-sounding name. The actor's name is Corin Nemec. Does that seem right to you?
*** Many of the aliens on the show are really humans, and descended from natives of Earth. While their cultures had millennia to evolve independently, the presence of significant cultural continuity with Earth is a common plot point. This means the show has its own "Laws of Names," with character names being one (of ''many'') hints as to what ancient Earth culture their ancestors represented.
*** Even ''more'' oddly, it's the ''SG-1'' (which takes place in ''this'' galaxy) characters who are likely to follow the Law, but in ''Atlantis'', a great many aliens have two names and stay far from the PunctuationShaker. Milky Way, we get Teal'c, Shak'l, Fro'tak, and all those -n names (most of the above list comes from SG-1.) Pegasus, we get Acastus Kolya, Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex, Lucius Lavin, the aforementioned Ladon Radim... okay, there ''are'' still several -n names, but it's not as ubiquitous. Earth-style names are actually quite unusual for the Milky Way. You're still hard-pressed to find women whose given names don't end with A, though.
*** The more normal names in ''Atlantis'' are in keeping with the show's theme -- almost everything there was influenced strongly by the Ancients, and the Ancients have a very Latin naming scheme to associate them with the Romans (the Romans being to roads what the Ancients were to stargates, more or less). Even the Ancient language is basically CanisLatinicus.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'''s Romanadvoratrelundar (Romana for short) fits quite well, although her full name is rarely used on screen.
** The planet Raxacoricofallipatorius
** The Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe.
* Extra-terrestrial ''PowerRangers'' have names like Andros, Zhane, Karone, Maya, Trip, [[PunnyName Kat Manx, Anubis "Doggie" Kruger,]] and Tyzonn.
* ''Series/TheOrville'' lampshades this in the episode "Krill," when Ed and Gordon try to come up with plausible names for their alien disguises.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Parodied in a ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' short story in which an illusion-masked Volo visits Menzoberranzan. Asked his name by a drow official, he barks out a made-up series of Xs and Zs that he hopes will sound sufficiently drow-like. [[spoiler:He gets busted, not because his random choice of syllables is complete unpronounceable nonsense, but because it's a ''female name'' for dark elves.]]
* Zigzagged in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.
** While Ork and many Chaos names follow the usual Ks-and-Rs-out-the-wazoo route, the Tau have [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Tau_language a complex system that contains the Tau's homeworld, caste, rank, and personality.]]
** The existence of a partial Ork phraseology means that many names can be translated as deed names or boasts. For example, Nazdreg Ug Urdgrub means (roughly) Wealthy Destroyer With Lots of Cunning (though it can also be read as White Cut From Swarm of Hidden things, the Ork language being both context-dependent and made to do an awful lot of work with only a few glyphs).
* The [=FASA=] ''Franchise/StarTrek'' game justified Klingon naming patterns by saying adult Klingons change the first letter of their name to show what their adult career is. A Klingon child who was named Vlou at birth, and who goes into the Imperial Navy, would change his name to Klou. Since most of the Klingons seen in the original series were Navy ....

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'''s characters generally follow this trope to a T. Garrus, Liara, Wrex, Kal'Reegar, Tali'Zorah... There are simply too many examples to list.
** Quite a lot of Turian names mimic Latin, although Garrus Vakarian's surname sounds Armenian.
* Despite the name being Japanese in origin, Garamos (translated here as Galamoth) from the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series fits the above naming example almost perfectly.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' universe has some ''two dozen'' plus races, [[MassiveRaceSelection 10 (to date) playable]] and many more [[LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces present or mentioned]]. Nearly all of them have their own {{Fantastic Naming Convention}}s, with the [[OurElvesAreBetter races of Mer (Elves)]] and the [[PettingZooPeople "Beast" races]] being quite alien. To note:
** The [[WitchSpecies Altmer (High Elves)]] and [[ForestRanger Bosmer (Wood Elves)]] have naming conventions which borrow from [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien]]'s Quenya and Sindarin {{Con Lang}}s, respectively. Altmer names to be very vowel heavy with lots of "-il," "-ar," and the like suffixes (ex. Angoril, Ancotar, etc.). Bosmer names use a lot of "th" sounds, plus plenty of "d's, f's and g's" surrounded by soft vowels (ex. Glarthir, Fargoth, Enthir, etc.). According to supplemental materials of in-universe [[UnreliableNarrator questionable accuracy]], Altmer names are actually [[YouAreNumberSix complex strings of numbers]] that merely ''sound'' like a name if you aren't fluent in their language.
** The [[JackOfAllStats Dunmer (Dark Elves)]] are a varied bunch. Velothi (Ashlanders and rural House Dunmer) Dunmer names draw heavily from ancient Mesopotamia, leading to them sounding like they're straight out of ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''. This works well with their ancient [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedra]] worship (most Daedric ruins have similar names, such as Ashurnabitashpi). More "civilized" Dunmer have a characteristic "Dunmerish" sound (ex. Falanu Hlaalu, Nels Llendo, Hlireni Indavel). The Dunmer nobility also use the names of their [[TheClan Houses]] as prefix to their names (for example, Redoran Hlaren Ramoran, King Hlaalu Helseth, etc.). The Telvanni Masters use one name only (Mistress Dratha, Master Neloth, etc.).
** [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs (Orsimer)]] have traditionally Orcish sounding first names and surnames, and the surname gets the prefix "gro-" for male orcs, "gra-" for females. (Ex. Yadba gro-Khash, Borba gra-Uzgash, etc.) The surname in most cases is the name of the Orc's same-sex parent. In other cases, the surname is the Orc's home stronghold. (Ex. Burz gro-Kash is "Burz of Kash").
** The extinct [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] seem to have used to build names by mashing hard-sounding consonants together, although it's unclear whether that was actually the case or just a transliteration issue (since Dwemer language and alphabet varied wildly from Tamriel's ''lingua franca'' of the day, Aldmeris). Names known from modern sources contain vowels, such as Yagrum Bagarn (although he could've taken up the name for convenient interaction with his hosts at Tel Fyr), Kagrenac, or Dahrk Mezalf. Names mentioned in books - not necessarily (Bluthanch, Nchunak, Nblthd). Their naming convention mostly reinforces their [[BlueAndOrangeMorality enigmatic nature]] and [[FlatEarthAtheist alien culture]].
** The [[CatFolk Khajiit]] have single names with prefixes and a PunctuationShaker, for example Ra'Virr, Dro'Zel. These are generally honorifics bestowed or sometimes assumed (this is seen as arrogant). Unlike Argonians, they usually feel no compulsion to translate them. Sometimes no prefixes are added. (Ex. Vasha, Wadarkhu)
** The [[LizardFolk Argonians]] are seemingly named (in Jel, the language of the Argonians) after unique traits they display while still hatchlings and, if they have frequent dealings with non-Argonians, get those names translated into Tamriellic. "Haj-Ei" becomes "Hides-His-Eyes," for example. In other cases, their name in Tamriellic is based on their profession. "Quill-Weave" is a writer, "Makes-One-Soup" is a chef, and "Lights-Sparks" is a mage.
** For additional details on these (and other) races, see [[Characters/TheElderScrollsRaces The Elder Scrolls: Races]] sub-pages.
* In ''Website/{{Neopets}}'', Grundos, which are alien from Neopia, usually have names like this. But that only applies to (most) plot/game characters; 'user'-owned Neopets (Inlcuding Grundos) may have Names like this, or common names with numbers added.
* Most of the aliens in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' have names like these. Notably, most of the names ending in -a do not belong to females, as Krotera, Yukabacera, and [[GenderBlenderName Asha]] are all male. The only other named aliens are Tor, Vateilika, Ansaksie, Iosa, Hel Sarie, and Kiron.
* In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'', the Luminoth have names like U-Mos, A-Kul, and other variations that involve a letter, dash, then three more letters. There is also U-Mos' mother V-Mos, so the second part might be like a last name.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' milks the MeaningfulName trope for all it's worth for the first names of the characters, and the last names are more often than not a case of LukeNounverber.
** Orcs use harsh-sounding, warlike letters. "Garrosh", "Drek'thar", "Aggra"
** Both elven races use flowing names, with blood elves trying to outdo the night elves in terms of poshness. "Alleria", "Sylvanas", "Illidan"
** Tauren (and tuskarr), being down-to-earth people, use 'gravy' consonants a lot. "Magatha", "Baine"
** Draenei, being lawful but exotic, spice these with double vowels. "Maraad", "Iduuna", "Dornaa".
** Trolls use XtremeKoolLetterz and apostrophes a lot, implying mischief and a sinister side. "Zul'jin", "Zalazane", "Zanzil"
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has the Voidborn champions follow the [='=] naming convention: Cho'Gath, Kha'Zix, Vel'Koz, Kog'Maw and Rek'Sai.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', when Jimbo the trucker (who also writes bad romance novels) decides to start writing bad fantasy novels.
-->'''Jimbo:''' First one's gonna be titled "March of the Sword-Princess Leihaephaera".\\
'''Marten:''' Wow, how do you spell that?\\
'''Jimbo:''' No f***in' clue. Lotsa A's and E's, I guess. But it sounds cool.
* In Homestuck the trolls usually have two names that are each 6 letters long, 12 in total; for example: 'Karkat Vantas'.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Website/DeviantArt: The NavaVerse for the most part only exhibits names whose letters ''do not appear in the same arrangement anywhere else on the internet''. Sometimes, an unusual username, one of this nature, can tip other users off as a sign that these users are hackers or spambots.
* ''Website/SFDebris'': Hilariously exaggerated in his review of ''Series/TheXFiles'' pilot episode when the FBI section chief asks how a case involving the paranormal would be prosecuted.
-->'''SF Debris''': I point you to the disastrous case of Kramer vs. Gelavan-pah-doi!-doi!-bloop-ooh-ueh-fwuh-whoop-whulululululuh which showed how difficult jurisdiction can be in establishing these cases.
* It was discovered in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' that every sentient human species whose vocal apparatus was similar enough to that of humans and whose language was in the frequency range to be audible by humans, somehow tended to have names that were rather similar to Terran names. This was driven home rather powerfully when the High Chancellor of the Pelkon Confederacy, Luuk Skeewa Kirr, visited earth.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', most Irkens have short names, such as Zim, Tenn, Tak, or El, but there's also a one shot character named Gasploodge and several Irkens with names like Skutch, Larb, Spleen, Spork and Skoodge. WordOfGod has it that they didn't try too hard at consistency since an alien planet would have names that vary wildly just like ours. WordOfGod also has it that Shloonxtaplonxtis exists as a member of the Resisty solely to parody this trope, though, so they were at least aware of the LawOfAlienNames.
* Subverted somewhat in ''WesternAnimation/GalactikFootball'' where all the aliens have names like Warren and Nealy and the heroes have names like D'Jok, Sinedd and [=MicroIce=].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Lrr, Ndnd, Kif (a rather mild example), Morbo, Melllvar ("that's Melllvar with three L's"), and Turanga Leela (even though she is actually a human mutant who was passed off as an alien).
** An episode features the interplanetary registration lines to apply for Mars University. It's alphabetized by first letter of family name: A through J, K through Y, and the longest line, Z. Guess which two were made up of humans and which one was all aliens.
* [[MeaningfulName Warhok and Warmonga]] in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. From [[{{Spoonerism}} Lorwardia]], no less.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' with Roger. However, the then emperor of his planet was named "Zing".
* Ignignokt and Err, the Mooninites, from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''. However, one Mooninite is named Cliff. Averted in the case of Emory and Oglethorpe, as they are named after colleges.