25 Beautiful and Unique Fantasy Names


As a writer of fantasy myself, I know that possibly THE HARDEST THING to do in fantasy writing is come up with unique, good names. So here is a list of twenty-five fantasy names that are sure to help in the naming of your next characters, or to provide assistance naming those stubborn characters you just can't find a name for. Without further ado, I hope you enjoy!


























Let's chat! Which name was your favorite? And would you like to see me do more of this kind of post, and if so with what name type? (Dystopian, royal, historical, nature, etc.)

Namarië,
Ellie

34 comments:

  1. Names are such a hard thing when it comes to writing in general... You want to pick something that it easy to say, but represents the character, but without being cliché.

    Cazelle would have to be my favourite name on your list :)

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  2. I love writing too!! I also have a blog where I'm starting to write... maybe you could check it out sometime? http://tgnextdoor.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Sure! (I love your profile pic, btw. :D )

      - Ellie

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  3. i love the name Cianna. it's so pretty. ^-^
    i always am terrible with naming characters. it's something i always leave to the last minute and i've put off starting multiple stories just for lack of names. :3
    i'd love a list of unique names that could work for things like contemporary people set in fantasy style settings. (i.e. pls help me with naming my wip characters. xD jk)
    xx a

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    1. Ahh thank you! :)
      Dude same.
      Sure! Specifically, do you mean like unique, slightly Gothic or fantasical-sounding contemporary names?

      - Ellie

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    2. fantastical sounding contemporary names would be lovely. ^-^
      xx a

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  4. ooh these are BEAUTIFUL. And I agree, fantasy names are hard. XD I almost always just quit on making up ones and go find some from other cultures. (Russian names, btw, are awesome. xD) oh oh I love Niamh. That name is aaaamazing and so pretty.

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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    1. Thank you!
      I do that sometimes - usually for each culture in my world, I'll pick out a language to derive the sounds of all their names from. For example, Elvish is Zulu (Zulu is a surprisingly beautiful language, in my opinion), Half-Elvish is Greek, and the country-that-is-yet-to-be-named-but-will-probably-start-with-W is Gaelic.
      Thank you! That was a Celtic-inspired name. :)

      - Ellie

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  5. NAMES ARE SO DIFFICULT!! These are all really pretty!!

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    1. I agree! And ahhhh, thank you so much!

      - Ellie

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  6. Oh, I LOVE peculiar, fairy tale sounding names. Even if they can be a little difficult to pronounce sometimes XD I really don't like in books when an author takes a plain name from our world, like Sarah or Alice, and spell it in a confusing way in an attempt to make it unique. I mean, come on. But these are PERFECT!

    ❤ Erin

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    1. I know! I do like Alys, but other than that I agree with you. It's especially irritating when all the common-sense spellings are used up and so they resort to "Sahruh" or "Alyss". At that point, one might as well make up an original name.
      Thank you!

      - Ellie

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  7. Beautiful names Ellie! These will be great for when I'm thinking up new characters!
    -Vivian

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  8. These definitely are better than the ones I get from hitting random letters.

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  9. These are all wonderful ideas! It can be so hard to find good fantasy names ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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  10. These are all beautiful names! My favorites are Pendilor and Firesse. I usually need lot of inspiration for naming characters. They all end being called the Main Character, the Main Character's best friend, and so on.

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  11. I see this is where I ought to have commented with my names!

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  12. Ahhh what perfect timing you have, Ellie! lol! I'm currently doing some world building for a new fantasy world and totally got stuck on names. When it comes to making up random, cool-sounding names, I'm usually okay - but names that actually makes sense and have meaning? Eek, apparently not!

    These are beautiful names. :) Thank you for sharing them. If you don't mind me asking, how do you go about deriving your own names? Like, how does that work exactly? I'm really just an intuition writer - I know diddly-squat when it comes to the mechanics of language (e.g. I have no idea what rules to follow when deriving a name to make it unique but retain its meaning). Or am I overthinking it?

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    1. I'm glad it's coming in handy! NAMING PLACES IS SO HARD AGH. For me, I can have plenty of good names - but they just don't //feel// like the name for that place, you know?
      For each culture/ethnicity, I choose an earthly language to derive the sound of the names from. For example, the sound of the Elvish language is inspired by Zulu. (An awesome generator for finding an earthly language/particular sound you like is http://fantasynamegenerators.com). Although I sometimes am inspired by meanings, I often just go with what sounds right or strikes a chord.

      - Ellie

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  13. I like Tirianna the best! I would like to use it in my story!

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    1. Go for it! I'm glad you liked it :)

      - Ellie

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  14. Such beautiful names, Ellie! Like rare gems in a world of 'Hannahs' and 'Averys'

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  15. Yesyesyes! Saving these for future reference. :')

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  16. Lovely names. Niamh is a real Irish name from Mythology meaning 'radiant'.

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