What do you think of Gaylord Oglesby as a name?
Umm…depends on who he is.
He’s a serial killer in my book.
Gaylord? You’re kidding.
Yes, Gaylord, what’s wrong with Gaylord?
You’re going to call a serial killer Gaylord.
But no one would suspect him, would they?
I would. It’s no wonder he became a serial killer when his parents named him that.
Well, how about Lucius Grubb?
Hmmm…yeah, I like that.
Lucius Grubb it is then.
Ever had that conversation with a friend or fellow writer? A fellow writer will always understand your problem. A friend…well, they’re probably accustomed to your strange questions so they won’t be too surprised.
There are a few random name generators out there on the internet, but I’ve recently discovered two that I think are a cut above the rest.
The first one, Random Name Generator, allows you to choose common, average or rare names. You can pick from 10 to 100 names, male, female or both. Overall, it will generate over 480 million choices.
The second site, Writers’ Den is more complex and gives you a character name generator, first line generator, character profile generator, or plot idea generator.
So, have play and let me know what you think.