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Do you want breath that can burn through concrete? Do you have a passionate desire for gold? Does soaring through the sky as a magisterial creature of the air sound like an awesome time? If so, then give in to the call of the dragons, with The Dragon Name Generator!

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

  1. Choose what type of fantasy name you want
  2. Choose how to get your dragon name

  3. Choose the gender of your name

About The Dragon Name Generator

About The Dragon Name Generator

How to Generate Dragon Names

You have the choice of either creating a random dragon alter ego, or one that's specifically based on your first and last name – while the random option will give you different options every time you click! This generator gives you the option of creating both male and female dragon names, as well as neutral ones if you haven't decided what gender you want your dragon to be yet. It's ideal for fantasy writers searching for inspiration, tabletop RPG players looking for a new dragon character, or if you're just looking to add a bit of colour and draconic grandeur to your day!

About The Dragon Name Generator

We created the dragon name generator in 2012. We wanted to create something that generated names suitable for the epic Dungeons and Dragons campaign we were playing with our friends, but that would also work for World of Warcraft and other online RPGs like Dragon Fable, Dragon Age, Dragon Nest, Black Dragon, Dragon Hearts, and Dragon's Mark. We hope you enjoy the dragon name generator. The dragon artwork is by an awesome artist friend of mine called Jamie Carr, who was also part of that epic Dungeons and Dragons campaign!

How We Designed The Dragon Names

We wanted to make the generated dragon names sound ferocious and memorable with lots of personality. Dragon names should be suitable for creatures that strike fear and awe into humans, so we decided our dragons should have titles added to the end of their names. We also decided that the dragons' names should be visually descriptive, because people who live in fantasy worlds alongside dragons would probably want to name the dragons based on their appearance and be able to tell them apart and name them from a long way away! That way they can decide if the dragon is a friend or an enemy and whether they need to run away and hide! We also thought that the dragons might have names for each other, and that they might have their own language. So we designed the names to have a pattern of the dragon's name for itself, followed by a visual descriptor, and then a title based on the dragon's reputation or behavior.

Adding Descriptions To The Dragon Names

Once we had the name and title structure in place we had to come up with lots and lots of individual parts of dragon names. We wanted to make sure that the name parts worked well with each other, so we had to do a great deal of testing! After we had our big list of dragon names in place, we decided to create descriptions to go with the names, and then we had to test all of those together too!

Dragon Names in Mythology

Why are myths about dragons so universal in human cultures? According to anthropologist David E Jones, it's because dragons are an imaginative amalgam of all of our natural predators. They resemble big cats, venomous snakes, and predatory birds all at once. When we lived in trees hundreds of thousands of years ago, these predators were our biggest threats, and fear of them is programmed deep into our DNA. Dragons are also associated with fire, and often dwell in deep bodies of water - two more natural threats to our safety.

In Akkadian and Mesopotamian mythology Ušumgallu, Bašmu and Mušmaḫḫū are the names of three dragons or serpents. Ušumgallu means "great dragon"; in Sumerian and he is usually described as a dragon-lion demon, Bašmu means "venomous snake"; and he is described as a horned snake with two forelegs and wings, and Mušmaḫḫū means "exalted serpent" and he is described as a hybrid of serpent, lion, and bird.

In ancient Babylonian mythology, the goddess of the salt sea is depicted as a gigantic sea serpent named Tiamat, who mates with the god of the fresh waters called Abzu or Apsu, who is depicted as a lion-like winged creature. Together they create the younger gods, who later kill Abzu to usurp his role as lord of the universe. Tiamat is enraged and creates the first dragons, filling their bodies with venom instead of blood.

Dragons are even depicted in the Bible. In the Book of Psalms, the sea dragon named Leviathan is slain by Yahweh as part of the creation of the world. In Revelations, the author describes a creature he calls the Great Red Dragon, which has seven heads, ten horns, seven crowns, and a massive tail.

In Ancient Greek mythology, a dragon-like monster named Typhon who has one hundred serpent heads that breathe fire is slain by Zeus, whilst the similarly named Python, who is depicted as a serpent or a dragon that lives at the centre of the earth, is slain by Apollo with poisoned arrows. Heracles, meanwhile, is the slayer of a water dragon with many heads called the Hydra of Lerna.

Dragons Without Names

In the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, Beowulf battles with an unnamed dragon who is angered by a slave stealing a jeweled cup from its lair. Contrary to popular belief, the dragon is not Grendel, or Grendel's mother, these two monsters are thought to be giants who are the descendants of Cain.

Perhaps the most famous legend is about a similarly unnamed dragon who plagues Silene in Libya. It lives in a pond and spews venom that poisons the countryside. It is slain by Saint George, who happens across the dragon just as the princess of Silene has been left as a sacrifice. Saint George spears the dragon with his lance and then leashes it with the Princess's girdle and leads it back to Silene. The entire town agrees to convert to Christianity when George slays the dragon.

Dragon Names in Chinese Mythology

China has a vast and fascinating mythology about dragons, where unlike the rest of the world they are seen as positive forces and symbols of luck and prosperity. There are many dragon names in Chinese classical texts, and they often derive from the suffix -long, which is the Chinese word for dragon. Dragon names in Chinese mythology include Tianlong (heavenly dragon), Shenlong (god/thunder dragon), Fucanglong (hidden treasure dragon), Dilong (earth dragon), Jiaolong (crocodile dragon), Panlong (coiled dragon), Feilong (flying dragon), Qinglong (azure dragon), Qiulong (curling dragon), Zhulong (torch dragon), and Chilong (demon dragon). Some Chinese dragon names derive from the prefix long-, such as Longwang (dragon kings), and Longma (dragon horse). Other dragons do not have long as part of their name. For example Hong (rainbow serpent), Shen (giant clam, sea monster), Bashe (ba snake), and Teng (soaring snake).

Dragon Names in Folklore

One interesting British legend is a story about a dragon named The White Worm, or The Lambton Worm. According to local folklore, the young John Lambton from the Lambton Estate in County Durham was a rebellious fellow who missed church to go fishing in the River Wear. John catches a small eel-like creature that he declares to be the devil, and he throws the eel down an nearby well. Years later, John goes away to fight in the crusades. Meanwhile, the eel grows into a huge white serpent that poisons the well and eats the livestock. The worm emerges from the well and wraps itself around a local hill seven times. The White Worm terrorizes the area for a number of years until John returns home and vanquishes it by covering his armor in spear heads.

Dragon Names in Literature

Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, wrote a novel inspired by the white worm myth called The Lair of the White Worm. But perhaps the most famous dragon in literature is the dragon Bilbo has to battle in The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Tolkien's dragon is named Smaug, which is a wonderfully evocative name that manages to summon up the idea of a very smug, self-satisfied dragon with a large horde of gold.

In modern literature, Anne McCaffrey's dragons of Pern are perhaps the most well known. The dragon riders of Pern use intelligent, fire-breathing dragons to fight a threat called Thread, an all-consuming microbe that rains down on the planet from space. Some of the memorable dragon names from her series include the bronze dragon called Mnementh, the queen hatchling named Ramoth, the two queen dragons named Wirenth and Prideth, and the white dragon runt called Ruth.

The popular writer, George RR Martin, writes novels that include dragons. The heir to the Iron Throne, Daenerys Targaryen, hatches three dragon eggs in a funeral pyre. She names her baby dragons Drogon, after Khal Drogo, Rhaegal, after Rhaegar Targaryen, and Viserion, after Viserys Targaryen. Daenerys's dragons aren't the only dragons in the series. Martin refers to many legendary dragons by name, for example, Balerion, Vhagar, and Meraxes, all of whom were named by Aegon the Conqueror. Other dragons mentioned by name include Sunfyre, Syrax, Caraxes, Meleys, Arrax, Vermax, Shrykos, Morghul, Tyraxes, Dreamfyre, Vermithrax, Ghiscar, Valryon, Essovius, Archonei, Vermithor, and a dragon known only as "the last dragon." Other dragons have more conventional and evocative names, for example, Martin also mentions some dragons called Seasmoke, Sheepstealer, Silverwing, and Stormcloud.

Christopher Paolini is the author of the Inheritance Cycle series of children's books. The first novel is called Eragon and is the story of a farm boy of the same name. He finds a mysterious stone in the mountains, and a dragon he names Saphira hatches from the stone, which was really a dragon egg.

Another modern series of books about dragons is the Temeraire series of nine novels by Naomi Novak, which is a reimagining of the Napoleonic Wars with an air force of dragons. The series is named after the dragon Temeraire, who is a particularly rare and interesting Chinese dragon. Some of the dragons named in the series include Arkady, Iskierka, Kefentse, Levitas, Lien, Lily, Maximus, Nitidus, Dulcia, Messoria, Immortalis, Mokhachane, Volatilus, Perscitia, Kulingile, Churki, Lady Kiyomizu, and John Wampanoag, an American dragon.

The Ballad of Sir Benfro series by James Oswald is a series of novels about dragons, centering around a dragon named Benfro. Benfro is a little dragon who is orphaned when humans attack and kill the dragons in his village. The series tells the story of how Sir Benfro becomes a hero who saves his world from magical destruction. Oswald makes lots of interesting naming choices for his dragons - Sir Benfro is named after a county in South Wales! Many of his dragons are given the title "Sir," and a number of his characters are named after breeds of sheep, for example, Benfro's human enemies include Beulah and Clun, whilst the land the adventures are set in is called Llanwenog. Meanwhile, the dragons are given names like Gog and Magog, named after the apocalyptic biblical lands, or perhaps the legendary giant Gogmagog. Other dragons in the series are called Frecknock, Cerys, and Myfanwy. Oswald uses many Celtic origin Welsh names in his series, which are fitting names for dragons, considering their strong association with Wales.

Dragon Names in Films

Many dragons in films don't have names, but some significant ones do. In the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent turns into an enormous purple and black fire breathing dragon during the climax of the film in order to battle Prince Phillip. Dragon Maleficent makes a number of appearances in other Disney TV shows and films, and even battles Mickey Mouse.

In the 1981 film Dragonslayer, a dragon named Vermithrax Pejorative terrorizes the kingdom of Urland. A wizard named Ulrich is enlisted to defeat the dragon. Much like the legend of Saint George, the Princess of Urland is about to be sacrificed to the dragon, having rigged the lottery system to force the King to act. When Ulrich is killed, the wizard's apprentice, Galen, steps in to take over the battle.

In the 1996 film Dragonheart, Bowen, an English knight, befriends a kind dragon named Draco. The kingdom they live in is ruled by a tyrant King named Einon. Bowen learns that Draco once replaced Einon's wounded heart with half of his own heart on the promise that Einon would rule with justice and virtue. However, Einon has become a tyrant, so together they set out to defeat him.

Perhaps one of the most famous dragons named in film is Falkor the Luckdragon from The NeverEnding Story series. Based on a German book, the story is about a boy who finds a book in a bookstore. The book tells the story of a land called Fantasia which is slowly being devoured by "The Nothing." Fantasia's ruler, the Childlike Empress, falls ill, and a young hero called Atreyu is given the task of discovering the cure. When Atreyu is trapped in the Swamps and almost dies of exhaustion, he is rescued by Falkor, a large furry, scaly, long white dragon with a friendly, dog-like face, who helps him with his mission.

A modern classic that has become a firm favorite with children is the film How to Train Your Dragon, based on the book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The story takes place in a magical Viking world where a teenage Viking named Hiccup is training to follow his tribe's tradition of becoming a dragon slayer. When he captures his own dragon, he comes to like it and befriends it instead. The dragon is a small, cute, black, cat-like creature with big eyes, of a rare breed of dragon called a Night Fury. He names the dragon Toothless. The story is of how dragons and Vikings come together to fight a gigantic dragon named the Red Death.

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