Questions tagged [names]

A name is a word or set of words by which a person, animal, place, or thing is known, addressed, or referred to. Questions with this tag seek help where the use of a name affects a rule or system of their world. This tag is NOT to be used to ask questions of the form "what is the best name...?" which are off-topic.

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how would you call a star when referring to a "sunset" or "sunrise" [closed]

So, I've been developing a worldbuilding project, and I have an issue with this one planet's star, the planet it's called Xin Anhui, that means "new Anhui" a province in China, based on the ...
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What's a shorter word for this type of magic? [closed]

I'm having difficulty naming one of the magic types in my conworld. The current name is manipulation magic. However, I'd like to find a shorter word for it, that's 2-4 syllables in length, though ...
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What might a time travel facility be called? [closed]

In the real world one may catch a train at a station, a flight from an airport, a bus from a depot, a boat from a port or terminal. If one were to travel through time inside a time machine what would ...
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Need help figuring out gods with a theme of hammers or foxes [closed]

So, I'm writing a story about a group of superheroes, and all of the heroes have codenames based on different mythical gods and goddesses (ex., the stealth-based one is Nyx, the flying one is Horus, ...
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Why would a family only go by their last names? [closed]

In my story there's a family which only refers to themselves by their last name. They only go by their first names when in company with other members of their family, but even then they tend to use a ...
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Help with naming [closed]

Name suggestions So I have a magic system that's based on creating and manipulating certain "fields" and need some help with names for the magic and the users. I don't want to call them ...
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Advice on building some African styled names? [closed]

So in my little fantasy setting I got a fairly large and long standing dragon run empire. One of the cornerstones of its power is families of dragonbloods, humans with a dragon in their bloodline (the ...
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How Might We Name AI's Designed to Protect All the Earth? [closed]

PROJEKT ' VERDANT PALISADE ' The year is 2020. A meeting of the UN Security Council is held, disclosing the initial success of a joint project between several member states and handing over authority ...
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Naming Continents [closed]

I'm creating continents for my fantasy world but I need help creating names. I still haven't decided how many continents there will be, but I'm already having trouble coming up with names. Does ...
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Alternatives to taxonomy [closed]

Are there alternarive methods to taxonomy for defining creatures and their relations with living and extinct relatives?
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What are good alternatives for 'Admiral' in a space force? [closed]

I'm currently writing a far-future sci-fi novel. I have officer ranks and their equivalent positions sorted for my space force, I have decided to follow my in-universe naval rank structure for a ...
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How can I have the name of the first tribe on a newly discovered continent established as the entire continents name, even after kingdoms are formed?

I have a group of humans who discovered a continent that has no civilisations yet. They settled at a small region and they name their tribe and their lands after one of their Gods. They believed he ...
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Proto-German name for Plant People

I was considering calling plant people in a setting, "skoagraz," which is a combination of the words for forest (skogaz) and flood (agraz). Flood seemed a good word to imply inclusiveness, ...
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How to decide what language(s) to use for place names? [closed]

I have a homebrew world for a TTRPG where I have generated languages for each of the cultures populating the planet. When referring to those places (on a map, in the player's guide, in-game, etc.), I'...
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What kind of names are suitable for colonies, in-universe? [closed]

I'm making an alternate colonial scenario, and it comes with its own client states, settlements, and other things that the coloniser must have a name for. Historically, those names were often ...
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Names based on real world culture

I'm trying to name the gods of the pantheon of my world with names inspired by real world cultures and civilizations. My concern is that I come up with names that aren't culturally insensitive; ...
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Procedurally generating a galaxy's worth of names

Background I am investigating the practical utility and limitations of a procedural-generation-based naming scheme for stars and other notable or significant interstellar structures (e.g. nebulae, ...
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Naming parallel universes

In a parallel universe system (previously discussed here and here), portals are mechanical door frames that, when activated, cause a copy of your universe to appear on the other side. You and your ...
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Different ways of going about worldbuilding besides making up words and drawing maps?

I'm really not interested in creating a language for my world, especially having to make up names for the peoples and places. Or drawing maps. Mainly because I'm neither a good linguist nor a good ...
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In a world where magic is so common that animals can do it, what kinds of surnames would exist? [closed]

A handful of societies determined last name by profession in some cases, resulting in surnames like Smith, Baker, Butcher, Fisher, Shepherd, Tanner, Schneider, Farmer, etc... Most of these professions ...
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What is the scientific name for an intelligent species that can breed with all other known intelligent species? [closed]

Ship log: It has been a year since we discovered the alien species that now are dubbed Venusians. Our first impression was that all of them look like extremly beautiful human females. Our second ...
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How different from reality should a complete fantasy world be? [closed]

Consider a story set in a completely fictional place, not even necessarily on a planet, perhaps an infinite plane of uniform density or something. There is zero connection with Earth and anything that ...
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What is a good name from mythology for a group of humans who cannot feel pain or emotion? [closed]

I've got a situation where I need a name for a group of humans who cannot feel any pain or emotion (Kinda like CIPA, but without emotion as well). These have been stripped off them by a supernatural ...
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Tricks for naming worlds [closed]

One thing I have seen time and time again are people giving their worlds names. Personally, I find this a rather difficult process, since everyone in my world calls their Earth 'Earth' and the people ...
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Is there a standard terminology for female equivalents of terms such as 'Kingdom' and if so, what are the most common terms?

I'm writing a political system where women hold a higher rank in society than men. Almost immediately, I ran into an issue with the naming of locations. Now, if a land ruled by a king is a kingdom, ...
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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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