The "What's a good name for this?" thread:

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1926 JHM27th Feb 2013 05:51:48 PM from Neither Here Nor There , Relationship Status: I know
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I need a few reasonably common Ethiopian surnames, if at all possible, with maybe one or two less common ones.

I'm also Googling this, but I want to do a little comparing and contrasting...
1927 MorwenEdhelwen5th Mar 2013 08:51:16 PM from Sydney, Australia
Aussie Tolkien freak
What's a good name for a Dark Lord? (He's fully human, it's the same fantasy world as my Urban Fantasy).
The road goes ever on. -Tolkien
1928 SeptimusHeap5th Mar 2013 11:15:19 PM from Valle di Muggio, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
Tadpole
The Doom X?
1929 montmorencey5th Mar 2013 11:45:10 PM from the quaint town of Grimm, Bismarck and Gauss
So...yeah.
Doesn't your Urban Fantasy have something to do with Finnish people, or Norse people, or...I hope I'm not mixing up stuff here. But basically, if it suits the setting, you could translate something along the lines of 'Dark Lord' into the Finnish...Norse...something...language. Or take two villains from the Edda and mash up their names for bonus reference points.
Complicated - because simple is simply too simple.
1930 MorwenEdhelwen6th Mar 2013 12:12:08 AM from Sydney, Australia
Aussie Tolkien freak
@montmorency: Thanks.
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1931 MaxwellDaring6th Mar 2013 11:04:18 AM from Beyond the Event Horizon , Relationship Status: Singularity
Bring On The Singularity.
I'm working on a transhuman Space Opera of sorts. Transhumanity has occupied six solar systems including their own. I fave five of them already:

Sol: Names of planet originate from Roman mythology, home system of transhumanity.

Yggdrasil: Names based on Norse mythology, nine planets, named after the Nine Worlds.

Olympus: Based on Greek mythology, seven planets, named after the Gods.

Oyashima: Based on Shinto, eight planets, named after the eight islands of ancient Japan.

Prajapati: Based on Hinduism, seven planets, named after the heavenly worlds.

First of all, Is there any problem in the method in naming the planets? There might be a name that's Artistic License Religion. Second, I am having difficulty thinking of a name for the sixth system. It should be based on a Terran mythology, and shouldn't be biblical. If you can think of a name for the system that I like, the number of planets, and what in general they're named after, then I'll let you name one of the explorers who went through a wormhole to find this system.

edited 6th Mar '13 11:05:23 AM by MaxwellDaring

1932 Eagal6th Mar 2013 05:36:40 PM from This is a location. , Relationship Status: Waiting for Prince Charming
This is a title.
How about Ashanti? Anansi, Onini, Osebo, Mmoboro, etc
The madness is catching.
Aomarama? Based on Polynesian gods: tama, Kane, hina, rongo, whiro and ku?

How about a name for a species of humanoid koalas?
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Wihu-mah?
Theres sex and death and human grime in monochrome for one thin dime and at least the trains all run on time but they dont go anywhere.
1935 MaxwellDaring6th Mar 2013 09:51:51 PM from Beyond the Event Horizon , Relationship Status: Singularity
Bring On The Singularity.
@Eagal, I like the idea of having a system themed after prominent African myths. Perhaps they would be based on the myths of whatever African nation had the most successful space program. Unfortunately, I don't see Ghana using exotic matter to stabilize wormholes.

I'm thinking that there would be a mostly unified Neo-Africa by the time FTL tech and first contact happen, so now I'm thinking the system would be named after a mythology in either southern(de-facto capital of a unified Africa) of central (space elevator) Africa.

@Eagal, you are still credit to team. You may pick the name of your explorer, and one day you will find one of my books in the clearance shelf of a dollar store, and you will smile and tell the person next to you how you helped forge a decent to mediocre sci-fi novel.
1936 Eagal6th Mar 2013 10:41:30 PM from This is a location. , Relationship Status: Waiting for Prince Charming
This is a title.
Hmmm...with the assumption that he is from South Africa, the name of the explorer shall be, drum roll please...Jacob Meyer.


On the topic of the thread:

What's a good name for a retired mercenary who works as a butler. Possibly of Irish extract.
The madness is catching.
1937 montmorencey6th Mar 2013 10:47:11 PM from the quaint town of Grimm, Bismarck and Gauss
So...yeah.
James. (I'm sorry. I couldn't resist. Please ignore me.)
Complicated - because simple is simply too simple.
[up][up] McGuinness?

Alternatively, look up this page for ideas if you're looking for a first name.
1939 MaxwellDaring7th Mar 2013 09:29:35 AM from Beyond the Event Horizon , Relationship Status: Singularity
Bring On The Singularity.
I have decided to go for the Khoe-San religion due to its greater quantity of research into the subject as well as the existence of a pantheon, making more suitable for a system name.

Kaagn is the the name of the sun in the system, which is simply called Khoesan. Kaagn is the supreme god of both the Khoe and San ethnic groups, and is also often portrayed as a trickster. This makes sense for a sun with erratic solar storms.

Coti in the name of one of the two habitable world in the system, Tsui'goab is the name of a gas giant known for massive thunderstorms, and Heitsi-Eibib is the second habitable world and capital of Khoesan. I figure the system will have five worlds. It is now written in the servers of history, forever engraved into the optic computers; Jacob Meyer, leader of the expedition into Khoesan.

End of query.

edited 7th Mar '13 1:28:35 PM by MaxwellDaring

1940 DrFurball7th Mar 2013 11:58:10 AM from All Along the Watchtower , Relationship Status: Love blinded me (with science!)
Isle Delfino Style
I have a plotbunny (I swear I'll get to it one day) about a competition for godhood. One of the gods in the pantheon has fallen, so the strongest warriors from each village have assembled at the tallest mountain. Whoever can prove themselves by braving the dangers and monsters and reach the top first will become a god.

But I have no idea what to call this tale. I also want pseudo-Greco-Roman names for my protagonists, a man with fire elemental powers, and a woman with electric-based abilities.
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1941 Eagal7th Mar 2013 12:34:25 PM from This is a location. , Relationship Status: Waiting for Prince Charming
This is a title.
Helios and Jupitera? [lol]
The madness is catching.
Dapper Gentleman
[up][up]Aw man, that's precisely the sort of story I would love to write, and you had to go and think of it first! Curses! tongue

I can at least offer what I think is a pretty good title: Ascension. I do love double meanings!
"And every life is a special story of its own." —The Stargazer, Mass Effect 3
1943 MorwenEdhelwen9th Mar 2013 02:45:27 AM from Sydney, Australia
Aussie Tolkien freak
What's a male Celtic (any Celtic language) name that can easily be shortened? I want something rare and easily pronounceable, not anything from the Arthurian legends.

edited 9th Mar '13 2:50:29 AM by MorwenEdhelwen

The road goes ever on. -Tolkien
Cheesus!
So... A name for an Broken Angel girl? Please don't go Biblical on me though.

Funny, I thought of Ascension as an Accidental Innuendo.
Cheesus!
Doublepost again. We really need a delete post button.

edited 9th Mar '13 2:51:11 AM by sunember123

@Morwen: Try this page. If that doesn't work, look up the pages for Irish and Scottish names.

edited 9th Mar '13 5:57:47 AM by peasant

1947 ohsointocats9th Mar 2013 01:11:45 PM from The Sand Wastes , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
I need a name for the hero of this story.
@Morwen Edhelwen

What about Aidan-Aid (rather silly sounding), Donaghy-Don ,Finian-Finn I will say right now I just looked at online site and pick some that I think sounded nice with shortend form, I don't know if they have actuall shortend form.

[up][up] Did you forget a link? Because just "heroic name" is pretty vague.

That said, this site will generate the names of famous heroes, if that's what you're looking for.
1950 Noaqiyeum9th Mar 2013 02:09:00 PM from Kcymaerxthaere , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The it-thingy
[up][up] Sam

[up] I know Finian/Finn is a real shortened form. I think Don is, too (also of Donahue, Donovan, &c).
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