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

This is a character name generator that creates realistic names and character descriptions. Are you looking for a fantasy name, a Halloween name, a Christmas elf name, or a superhero name?

Simply select your choices from the form below and click the button to generate your character name and description!

  1. Choose how to get your character name

  2. Choose the gender of your name

About The Writer's Character Name Generator

About The Writer's Character Name Generator

In need of inspiration? Fed up of staring at a blank page and trying to find the right name for a character? Need to name a baby in a hurry? Then we have the solution!

We have a series of different character name generators that produce names from different countries. This particular page produces random American and English names. If you pick specific American ethnicities via the links above, you can narrow your selection by decade of birth, to create historically and socially accurate names. The American names are taken from US census data for popular first and last names throughout the last century, from the 1880s onwards to the 2000s.

These name generators are mainly aimed at writers and creators who are looking for appropriate and convincing names for their characters. Whether you're having your first go at NanoWriMo, or you're an experienced writer in need of a quick name for that minor player you've just thought up, we aim to bring some inspiration.

They are also useful for gamers and roleplayers, especially for players of historical, mystery and pulp adventure games like Call of Cthulhu, Trail of Cthulhu, Feng Shui, Deadlands, and Space: 1889. If you want to bring your adventurer to life, we can help you create a fresh and vibrant persona to add to your new campaign!

Especially when writing a novel or a series of stories, coming up with a fitting name for each member of your cast can be surprisingly difficult and time consuming. We hope to make things easier by giving you the opportunity to craft an immense number of convincing potential characters with whom to populate your stories.

Unlike other sites, we provide a random personality type for each character created. Our personality types are based on the Big Five personality model, which scores users on a five-factor scale abbreviated to OCEAN – openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. The Big Five data is the "gold standard" of psychological research, and more up to date than other models.

We are continuing to add new pages to this section of the site, giving you the chance to make character names and personalities from a variety of countries. Maybe we can help you to discover a new story waiting to be told!

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