I wrote too much about how to pronounce my Skyrim character’s name recently, and there was a Daily Grind on Massively OP about character naming, too. It’s a common topic, really, and I don’t think I have a special angle on it or anything, but I am hoping that some people will come along into my comments and tell me about their character names or ones they have seen because I love that kind of stuff.
The other thing that brought this to mind was that I was playing Runes of Magic last night, which I play on an EU server through Steam and a US server through the launcher, and I use very different naming styles on each of the servers. My husband, who has had very little interest in gaming at all, leaned over and watched me play for a while last night, and I suddenly became self-conscious about playing a character named “Instantsoup” on the US server. He didn’t comment on it, so I didn’t try to explain, but I think I would have felt better about playing on the EU server where my character of the same class and race is named “Kaulana.” I am not embarrassed for other gamers in the game to see my characters named Instantsoup and Mershmerllo, but it felt different when someone from outside the game and gaming saw it. That’s probably another bizarre personal hang-up to add to the list.
I draw names from many different sources. Sometimes they are real names, sometimes they are descriptive names, some come from other languages, some are from conlangs or are made up on the spot for their aesthetic, and sometimes I give my characters goofy names.
My BDO list consists of a set of characters with made-up-on-the-spot names (Lovani, Lobit, Emindra, Cyneshia), one named after a brand of appliances (Hotpoint), and then a whole bunch named after places in Western or West Central PA (Aliquippa, Sewickley, Gibsonia, Zelienople, Windber, Coraopolis, Fishertown, Slippery Rock, Callery, and Charleroi).
I played a Shadow Knight in EverQuest named Jeezlueez Beegtrouble. That was my main for a few years.
I also once had a secondary EQ account full of support characters of various levels that had a bunch of characters with the same name spelled differently. I wish I could remember the name, but it was probably a bit like my daughter’s Kindergarten classroom 10 years ago: Emily. Emilee. Emaleigh. Emmaleigh. Emmalee. Emma-Lee. Emmelli.
This turned into a bit of a confessional. You’ve seen some of mine. Let me see yours. Please share the good ones, the bad ones, and the WTAF ones you have seen or used. Please. I want to see them.