How to Pick the Best Name for your Game Characters

Every gaming character requires a name that is remarkable, unique, memorable, and of course, easy to pronounce. He or she can have a very interesting background, an appalling or intriguing personality, and even the most difficult situation; yet all these, including your character, can be easily forgotten, especially if his or her name is something like Bob or Jane Smith.


Most of the time, picking the most suitable name for your antagonist and protagonist can be daunting and may take a lot of time, especially when you do not have the slightest idea on how to begin. Here we have a couple of tips and ways on how you can choose the perfect name for your game character, so you can soon come up with a name that has a perfect mix of cool and uniqueness.


Choose a Name Based on its Meaning

To add more subtext to your character, pick a name that easily symbolizes or signifies the character’s role in the story. An example would be, if the character in your adventure or action-packed screenplay is a mentor, a guide to the protagonist, or a knowledgeable person who has authority, you may want to consider naming this character Sage.


Even if you do not choose to name your character by meaning, it is still smart to look up and know the literal definition of all your characters’ names. Knowledge is great, and you never know when a new piece of information can inspire and motivate you.


Match the Character’s Name with the Theme

If you are someone who is fond of symbolism’s, you can try this tip; write down your story’s theme then after, use a name generator or go through those baby name websites to search for possible names that are connected to your story’s theme.


Get the Era Right

If your character is a young girl around the age of eighteen, working in an antique shop in England in 1930, you definitely should not choose names such as Marina or Maegan, unless having a girl with an unusual name in this setting is part of your plot. To make your character’s name appropriate for your story’s setting and theme, browse for popular or common names in the era you are writing.


Sometimes, small public libraries will have a list of really old high school yearbooks on their shelves, and those things are great for finding names that fit perfectly for the proper era of your story.


Make Use of an Encyclopedia and Bring Out your Creative Juices

No matter the genre, think and focus on the place where your story is set since your story’s setting can greatly inspire names perfect for your characters. Is the story taking place in a sunny mountainous area and is it part of your character’s culture? Once you have thought about this, do some research on people who have mountains as a part of their history to get more inspiration for your character’s name.



Giving appropriate and suitable names to your characters is a great challenge, yet give it some time, thought, and doing a little research will soon give you the enjoyment in it. Go through some of the names used by great authors and use them as an inspiration, let loose and have your mind wander to let that creative side of yours working.