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03-26-2006, 10:08 PM
Not everyone is Catholic, but even if you aren't you know we have these patron saints of stuff.

So, want to instantly access a massive database of real and diverse names from across global cultural boundaries and the last two-thousand years that each carry an instant meaning?


I was just thinking that not everyone knew about this resource, so I thought I'd share.

On a related note, does anyone have resources on the names of meaningful figures from across the time and space in the other major world religions?

Islam, and Hindu, I'm looking for you!

Euan H.
03-31-2006, 05:47 AM
As it happens, I've got two novels in the works at the moment, one with an Arabic/Middle-Eastern flvor, and the other with an Indian flavor, so there y'go...


Indian names (http://www.behindthename.com/nmc/ind.php), with meanings.

Mythological Hindu names (http://www.behindthename.com/nmc/ind-myth.php)

Regnal names for Greater India (http://www.hostkingdom.net/india.html)

The Kurukshetra war (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurukshetra_war)--many of the characters in the Mahabharata

The Ramayana (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramayana)--lists many of the characters


Arabic names, (http://www.behindthename.com/nmc/ara.php) with meanings.

More Arabic names (http://www.jannah.org/sisters/names.html), with meanings.

Structure of Arabic names (http://www.arab.net/arabnames/)

Regnal names for Arabia (http://www.hostkingdom.net/arabia.html), Persia/Iran (http://www.hostkingdom.net/iran.html), the Levant (http://www.hostkingdom.net/holy.html), and Anatolia (http://www.hostkingdom.net/turkey.html)

The Caliphs of Islam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caliphs)

03-31-2006, 06:38 AM
What a great list - thanks

03-31-2006, 08:21 AM
Cool. I like your method better than mine. i go to a translater and translate the same word into different languages to see wich one i like best. That way my names have meaning. Except for the protagonist and antagonist. I took my pros name and rearranged the letters to make the Ants name.

04-02-2006, 12:24 AM

Does anyone have a list of African Religious Figures? Or Native American?

07-27-2006, 02:15 AM
well, I found this...


07-27-2006, 05:01 AM
A list of Native American names can be found here (http://www.cedarseed.com/air/nativenames.html).

09-13-2006, 12:44 AM
On a slightly different bent, here's a list of anagram sites that will help you rearrange the letters of names to come up with other names/words.

Anagram sites (http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=16436)

09-13-2006, 12:51 AM
Cool bananas. Thanks.

09-13-2006, 01:25 AM
Try this link for more names than you can shake a stick at:


Helped me loads while I wrote the book below...

(Ah, Miyazaki fans of the world unite!).:D