The Character Name Generator

Create a Character Name and Personality

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Writers! Are you naming a fictional character? Choose a historically and socially accurate name with The American 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 your character name gender
  3. Choose the decade of your character's birth

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? Mix things up with our character generators!

We have a series of different character name generators that produce names for all kinds of different ethnicities. This name generator produces European American names. You can choose your name by decade of birth, to create historically and socially accurate names. The names are taken from US census data for popular first and last names throughout the last century, from the 1880s onwards to the 2000s.

Our real (as opposed to fantasy) 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 character you've just thought of.

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 need help to come up with convincing character names that will bring your adventurer to life, our character name generators can give you 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 character name for each member of your cast can be surprisingly difficult – and our character name generators give you the opportunity to craft an immense number of convincing potential characters with whom to populate your stories.

Unlike other generators, our generators 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 countries to our character name generators, thus giving you the chance to explore different character mixes and potentially give you some fresh directions from which to approach your work. As a writer, by generating character names and personalities in this way, you may discover a new story waiting to be told.

We are currently putting our real name generators through a big overhaul and adding a lot more countries, as well as additional, new personality information. Check back soon to see how our improvements are going!

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