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Questions tagged [names]

For questions relating to the title of a noun; be it person, place or thing.

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How to create naming conventions for a fantasy society with its own language? [closed]

I'm not a proper linguist or anything, but over the years I've created a fairly basic language for a magic people that I use in my D&D games. So far I've got by with them being ancient and long ...
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A proper latin name for an alien creature [closed]

I am designing an alien creature, an oxygen breather on an Earth-like planet. These creatures have a crest on their back that changes color according to the mood in which they are. That crest is a ...
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Is this map realistic/believeable?

I'm working on this map right now. Is this map realistic/believable? The continent would be about 5 million km² and lies in the temperate climate zone. (I intended it to be smaller than Australia; my ...
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Animal motif for an organized horde of bandits? [closed]

There is supposed to be a bandit horde that is very well organized and terrorizes large parts of a province. It was thought that it had an animal motif, which is also its heraldic arms. Now that I'm ...
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What should my Dyson Sphere be called [closed]

I have written out a Dyson Sphere world with four cities that surround four colossal oceans (each >16000000x the volume of jupiter). I've worked on the flora, fauna, government, pseudo-gravity and so ...
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Creating a derogatory term for non-humans in my fantasy novel? [closed]

I've been writing a fantasy novel in which humans are the ruling class, largely striving to squash all magic users throughout the country. What I'm trying to do is come up with a derogatory term for ...
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What could cause Mozart to be a common name? [closed]

My Keplerians, a humanoid race that looks similar to humans on the outside but is not human, have a futuristic civilization on 1 planet and a stone age civilization on a similar planet. The futuristic ...
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What would be the right Cultural Name of People that Identify being from a Federation [closed]

In my sci-fi book there is a faction that is a Federation (so original right). So a bunch of Colonial Sectors joined together under a federal government to fight against a much more powerful faction. ...
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How to differentiate, male and female names of an alien? [closed]

I am working on a story. I just want to know, is there any easy way to make readers differentiate male and female (alien) characters by reading their names. According to my story those aliens are ...
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What is the best unit of measure for the time portion of a non-earth-bound light“year”?

The question, Reference to Earth in Intergalactic Universe illuminates the shortcomings of the term "light-year", which defines a distance by mixing the universally constant speed of light in a vacuum ...
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Would a society of empaths have names?

My world has a society of mages that can only communicate through empathy. They communicate by reading and projecting the "internal voice", effectively deriving their information from telepathic ...
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Name for God-Type Creature [closed]

I don't know if you are allowed to ask names here but whatever. In my world, this god awakens and is now unleashing its wrath upon humanity for seeming no reason. This creature/god has massive effects ...
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What factors cause a society where people have no family name?

I want to have characters who have no family name. I notice that people in Indonesia and Iceland have no family name. What kind of culture/tradition caused that? Are there any common factors that ...
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What to name a race of rock people? [closed]

I'm looking for a good name for my race of crystalline/rock people. Preferably a fancy/sciency sounding one, as "rockulon" & "bouldera" don't really fit the tone of the story.
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Searching for a database of real historical names

I'm building a world builder out of a SQL database. I'm going to use an implementation of Markov chains to build up lists of 1,000's of names. I'd like those names to have some consistency, so I plan ...
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Universally weak/feeble name for a prey species [closed]

In many languages words have similar patterns, even with different language roots, e.i. Indo-European or Sino-Tibetan. An example being the words for the universal family unit of a male and female ...
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What to name a magic (technicaly mana type) type that runs on emotion? [closed]

I have three types of magic in my world, this unnamed type, spiritual and arcane. All magic types can be used exclusively to create magic. For this emotional magic it would generate from any ...
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How could a humanist civilization favor the selfless?

In a world based on secular humanism, the powerful strive for universal well-being and individuals prefer the long-term profit for all to the short-term profit for one. Because everyone is striving ...
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What is a good title (name prefix) for a class of society that serves as both a civil servant and clergy all in one?

I have a class of people in my world known as "Guardians." They are extremely powerful in this world and have special abilities that are unrivaled by almost every other class of people. They use their ...
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Stumped: What would replace 'names' in an alternate history?

I have an alternate history epoch taking place in 10th Century Islamic Renaissance, but I have a large Bedouin tribe that does not use anything to indicate a person's name or identity. This is a big ...
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How to names for magic system powers? [closed]

This question's quite a complex one, so be prepared. How do I design a consistent naming system, that would have been created by a reigning ultimate authority, who supposedly created the magic in the ...
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If a new nation on an artificial island was founded, what kinds of names might it be given? [closed]

In my story, an artificial island nation is built. I need to give it a name! If somebody were to build a new nation, how would it be named, and what kinds of names might it get? I'm not interested in ...
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what would the scientific name of an angel like creature be?

A human-like creature that doesn't have gender, can not procreate, and was engineered by humans. My story is stuck with a creature that is not possible in real life; I just went from science fiction ...
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Get the names in a modern/real world settings? [closed]

How do you invent the names of the chars in your story in a modern/real world? I find myself in trouble when I need modern names. Any suggestion? EDIT: ok, sorry for the broadness of my question. The ...
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Why would a city not use names?

Assume this is a small city of about 5,000 residents, in a modern day time period. This city isn't geographically or culturally isolated from its surroundings, and it trades often within neighboring ...
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How can I apply SIMPLE unique nicknames for criminals in a rather gigantic world?

At the beginning of my worldbuilding, I thought it would be nice to bond nicknames for characters of either highlighted importance or supernatural power. This naturally appearing differentiation is a ...
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How can I develop scientific names for my species'?

I'm building a fantasy world and I am building the animals that inhabit it. Now I am working on the animals that live in this world, and after building their anatomy, I wonder about their names. I'm ...
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What are names for territories in space? [closed]

So in my universe the galaxy is divided up into cubical volumes of space of 50, 500, 5000, and 50000 light years (roughly it's actually divided into my own unit types, but they're roughly equal). ...
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Culturally Correct Naming Conventions

Names are important, in fact one could argue that they are as important as the people behind them. They help add feeling to the characters and likely come from a specific cultural or subcultural group....
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Do magical fields of study need their own names? [closed]

I have a magic system which is based on the senses. As it stands each sense magic has its own name but my beta reader of the first draft has found the names confusing (the names are pretty terrible). ...
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How can I develop names for my fantasy land?

I'm writing a traditional fantasy novel (minus the cliches). I have a land that the novel takes place in. The land does have a name, which sometimes sounds all right, but most of the time sounds kind ...
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Air, water, and …? [closed]

Suppose you have a planet with two different, immiscible, ocean-forming liquids. You start out immersed in gaseous air, and you can walk down the sea shore where there's a clear interface with liquid. ...
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What to call a civ/nation that has technology but does not utilize or rely upon it?

What would you call a civilization or is their some sort of adjective where people live their lives perhaps mostly in villages and communities, farming etc. but also have available technologies such ...
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How do I choose the right name to suggest English nobility or royalty? [closed]

I want to write a story with tight ties with England, and even with noble families. What surname sounds more classy, purely ENGLISH, royal/noble sounding and posh? Stratford, Windsor, Gladstone, ...
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Suitable name for book of prophecies, book of riddles [closed]

I have used some prophecies and riddles in my stories. All of them were written into books placed in library called Old world diary. That book should have name - to it could be quoted as source of ...
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What kind of names would humans living in Lower Paleolithic Ethiopia have?

I'm writing a story set in the early Lower Paleolithic era, in the area around where Ethiopia currently is. What kind of names would my characters have? Do we have any knowledge of how people were ...
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What is a Dyson Sphere around a planet called?

Imagine that we start expanding the International Space Station until it becomes a ring encircling the whole Earth. Then we started widening the ring until it met at both poles, forming an orbital ...
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Does it make sense for all names to have a common letter or sound?

In a short story that I'm writing, there are four main characters: Myra Alytho Syng Theyna Myra and Theyna are female; Alytho and Syng are male. They all have a few things in common, one of which is ...