The Cambodian Character Name Generator

Create a Character Name and Personality

Writers! Are you naming a fictional character? Choose a realistic and socially accurate name with The Cambodian Character Name Generator.

  1. Choose how to get your character name

  2. Choose your character name gender

About The Cambodian Character Name Generator

About The Cambodian Character Name Generator

In the dominant Khymer ethnic group in Cambodia, surnames are usually taken from the given name of their father, rather than having long-running family names. The naming format is one of father's given name, followed by the individual's given name. The Sino-Kymer (from China) and Viet-Kyhmer (from Vietnam) follow Chinese and Vietnamese naming traditions. The Cham group differ in that they reverse the order of their names, and have the given name first and the father's given name last. Women keep their father's given name after marriage.

While women are often given names relating to beauty, and men are given names connected to virtues, there are also plenty of Cambodian names that are effectively unisex and are used by both genders. With the population of Cambodia being ninety per cent Buddhist, names are often taken from or inspired by Buddhist sources.

Most Cambodian names have fairly simple meanings connected with positive attributes like Khay (triumphant), Phan (to be abundant), Long (dragon), and Bopha (flower or blossom). Some given names would seem insulting to Western observers - for example, the given name Map means chubby or fat!

We've followed the Khymer naming convention in this generator - patronymic name followed by given name.

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