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The Original Fairy Name Generator

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Do you believe in magic? Are you mischievous and playful? Would a pair of gossamer wings look really good on you? If so, then give into your enchanted destiny with The Original Fairy Name Generator!

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

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

  3. Choose the gender of your name

About The Original Fairy Name Generator

About The Original Fairy Name Generator

You have the choice of either generating a random fairy alter ego, or creating one that's uniquely based on your own full name. The generator can create both male and female fairy names for you (yes, there definitely are boy fairies as well), and it will also give you a description of your fairy, a place where they live, a time when they can be seen, and a portrait of their personality. If you're looking for a cute character for a tabletop roleplaying game, inspiration for a fantasy story, or just to add a sprinkling of fairy magic to your day, then you've come to the right place!

Emma's fairy name generator is the original fairy name generator. It has been online since she created it in 1999 when she made it to teach herself how to code. It was the first generator to create fairy names and it is the only generator to include descriptions and personalities for fairies. There have been many revisions of the fairy name generator. It is something she has put a great deal of work into over the years. It has been copied widely across the internet, but it brings her a lot of happiness to see people using it to make fairy names for fun and to bring some delight and fun into people's lives.

Emma designed the fairy names to be funny, whimsical, romantic, and pretty. She wanted them to summon up a feeling of enchantment and wonder, but also to be cute and sweet. The fairy from Peter Pan is called Tinker Bell, and she wanted the fairy names to sound like Tinker Bell's name, but without actually using her name as she wanted the names to be completely original. She worked very hard to make all of the names high quality by making all of the different components of the names work together. She had to do a lot of testing!

Fairy Names in Shakespeare

As part of the creation of the fairy names Emma analyzed some of the names of fairies in fiction. For example, the fairy in Shakespeare's The Tempest is called Ariel, which we think would make a beautiful name for a baby girl, even though the original fairy was a boy. Shakespeare also mentions a fairy called Queen Mab in Romeo and Juliet, who he describes as the fairies' midwife, who helps sleepers give birth to their dreams. In A Midsummer Night's Dream, the fairy king and queen are called Oberon and Titania. The play also features a fairy character by the name of Puck, or Robin Goodfellow, and minor characters Peasblossom, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustardseed, who are fairy servants to Titania. You will see echoes of these names in the fairy name generator!

Fairy Names in Films

In the Disney version of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, the wicked fairy queen is called Maleficent, although the Disney film titled Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie suggests she was misunderstood! The film Legend, starring a young Tom Cruise, featured a fairy named Oona, which is an Anglicization of an old Irish and Scottish Gaelic name, Una or Oonagh, which means lamb.

Fairy Names in Mythology

Una is also the name of the last High Queen of the Daoine Sidhe in Irish folklore. The Sidhe and also the legendary Tuatha Dé Dannan (people of the goddess Dana or Danu) of Irish folklore, are sometimes thought to be gods and sometimes thought to be fairy folk. The Tuatha Dé Dannan were led by a king named Nuada who was injured in a great battle and had his arm replaced with silver.

Celtic and Gaelic names are favourites for fairy characters, as the UK has a rich history of fairy mythology. In Welsh mythology Gwyn ap Nudd is the king of the Tylwyth Teg or "fair folk" and the ruler of the Welsh Otherworld.

In Arthurian legend, Morgan Le Fey, or Morgan of the Fairies, is the name of a powerful enchantress who is a sometime enemy of King Arthur, whilst Olwen, another lovely name, is the beautiful daughter of Ysbaddaden the Giant. In a fairy tale originating in Norfolk, Tam Lin is the name of a mortal man who has been captured and enchanted by the fairies. We think Tam would make a great name for a baby boy.

Fairies Without Names

Not all fairies have proper names. The fairy in Pinocchio is simply called The Blue Fairy or "The Fairy with Turquoise Hair." Some fairies just have titles instead of names, for example, in Cinderella, the fairy is just called "The Fairy Godmother." Our favourite unnamed fairy is from Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, where the wicked male fairy is given the title "The Gentleman with Thistle-Down Hair." We like it when fearsome characters are given titles instead of names. It reminds us of the title given to Voldemort in the Harry Potter books, "He Who Must Not Be Named."

Fairy Names in Fairy Tales

Sometimes a fairy's name can be a matter of life and death! In the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin, the imp of the same name extracts a promise from a poor miller's daughter to give up her first-born child to him if he spins straw into gold to save her life. The king marries her and when gives birth to her first child Rumpelstiltskin comes to collect, but he consents to give up his claim if she can guess his name within three days. On the third day she wanders in the woods searching for him and comes across his mountain hideaway, and hears him gloating, dancing around his fire and singing, "Tonight tonight, my plans I make, tomorrow, tomorrow, the baby I take. The queen will never win the game, for Rumpelstiltskin is my name!" When she guesses his real name, he stamps his foot so hard in rage that he creates a chasm and falls through the floor. Rather like a fairy tale version of the Barbra Streisand effect, everyone is familiar with the name Rumpelstiltskin today!

How Emma Designed The Fairy Names

Having done all of this research, Emma tried to design the names to sound like something you would expect a kind, friendly fairy to be called. The girl fairy names are mostly based on plants and flowers and the weather and things that glitter and sparkle. Like the nursery rhyme, they are meant to summon up a feeling of sugar and spice and all things nice! The boy fairy names are mostly based on trees and birds and insects and natural elements like fire and ice. They are meant to summon up a feeling of snips and snails and puppy dog's tails! Emma wanted all of the fairy names to be based on elements in the natural world, but also to have a magical and mythical feel.

Adding Descriptions To The Fairy Names

Emma has added lots of descriptions of the fairies' personalities along with their names. She wanted them to sound like real fairies, who have a reputation for mischief and trickery, without making them sound like the scary fairies from ancient folklore. Old Celtic myths about fairies suggest they can be spiteful if you cross them, but children's fairy tales suggest they are also kind and sweet to innocents who are in need of help or who have lost their way in the wilderness. Fairies are also said to be very elusive and hard to see, and Emma wanted the descriptions that go with her fairy names to reflect that. Fairies are sometimes described as only being visible in the light of the full moon, as they dance around fairy rings of toadstools. Unwary travellers who stumble across these fairy gatherings can become enchanted by the singing of the fairies and drawn into the fairies' world. Such intruders are brought before the fairy queen for magical punishments or sometimes marriage! Fairies are very unpredictable!

Emma has also included descriptions of appearance along with the fairy names. The descriptions are inspired by the beautiful paintings of flower fairies by Cicely Mary Barker, whose fairies wear leaves, moss, petals, and bell-shaped flowers as hats. Her fairies are beautiful and have names like "The Sweet-Pea Fairies," "The Almond Blossom Fairy," and "The Christmas Tree Fairy." When Emma was young she had a doll that was a replica of Cicely Mary Barker's painting of The Christmas Tree Fairy, and she adored her! Her family used to fasten The Christmas Tree Fairy to the Christmas tree every year. This inspired Emma to make each different fairy created by the generator have an individual appearance and have its own style of clothing with pretty coloured wings like butterflies, moths, and dragonflies.

Our Other Name Generators

If you enjoyed the fairy name generator, you might also enjoy generating some mermaid names, unicorn names, fantasy names, or Lord of the Rings style elf names. You can also visit the menu to see a full list of links to our character name generators. Do you believe in magic? We like to think the world is full of magic, we only have to look hard enough to find it in each other!

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