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BlueLucario
05-20-2009, 04:26 AM
I'm trying to come up with some names for assassin and I need some help.

Does anyone know what blade means in Japanese? Or sword perhaps?

profen4
05-20-2009, 07:06 AM
katana = sword

Willowmound
05-20-2009, 01:26 PM
Are you trying to say, what is the Japanese word for blade?

Cyia
05-20-2009, 01:40 PM
I always liked the idea of naming an assassin something that had nothing to do with killing - like Kwannon. (basically "Goddess of Mercy"). How does your assassin categorize killing? Is it for money? Necessity? Fun? Maybe a name that's indicative of his/her personality would be a better fit.

BlueLucario
05-20-2009, 04:49 PM
Are you trying to say, what is the Japanese word for blade?
Yeah.

I felt that I just need a word that means blade. Something intimidating.

Kayley
05-20-2009, 05:02 PM
I've heard it as ken, bure-do, yaiba, or katana.

dpaterso
05-20-2009, 05:58 PM
Try finding your own answers (and kicking off interesting thoughts) by doing a Google search on strings like japanese word for blade (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=japanese+word+for+blade)

And, don't stop writing because you can't find a suitable name, use a temporary name and keep going.

-Derek

wordmonkey
05-20-2009, 06:56 PM
Blade

ken, bure-do, yaiba, katana

Sword

subeta, ken, yaiba, mi, katana, tsurugi, tou

http://www.freedict.com/onldict/jap.html

Clair Dickson
05-20-2009, 08:32 PM
Hmm... you could give the girl a name like Kennedy or something similar that is shortened to Ken as a nickname (and Ken also being one of the Japanese words for sword or blade.)

I also like the idea of going with a name unrelated to being an assassin. If she was born as a regular girl, she wouldn't very likely be named anything related to killed. She could be named Pixie or Courtney or something. But that's also my bias... I had bad guys with evil names. I like normal people who happen to end up doing bad things.

Maryn
05-20-2009, 11:57 PM
Nobody cradles their newborn and bestows a name which is perfect for an assassin, or a thug, or a superhero. I'm adamantly opposed to giving that kind of name to characters in anything written for older teens or adults.

Maryn, going on the record

Cyia
05-21-2009, 12:48 AM
Nobody cradles their newborn and bestows a name which is perfect for an assassin, or a thug, or a superhero. I'm adamantly opposed to giving that kind of name to characters in anything written for older teens or adults.

Maryn, going on the record

Unless it's a family business/tradition

BlueLucario
05-21-2009, 01:04 AM
Nobody cradles their newborn and bestows a name which is perfect for an assassin, or a thug, or a superhero. I'm adamantly opposed to giving that kind of name to characters in anything written for older teens or adults.

Maryn, going on the record
Let's leave that at the other thread. Located at the Sandbox.

dnic
05-22-2009, 03:35 AM
Try this: http://www.behindthename.com/

And just throwing this out there: http://surnames.behindthename.com/

Might want to try and find something not so literal for a name. The names they have in their databases are ones that are and can be used.

BlueLucario
05-22-2009, 11:02 PM
Try this: http://www.behindthename.com/

And just throwing this out there: http://surnames.behindthename.com/

Might want to try and find something not so literal for a name. The names they have in their databases are ones that are and can be used.
Not character names. Just something assassins would call themselves.
*facepalm*

Since my question is already answered....

If you want to discuss names, feel free to discuss it my thread located in the sandbox.

dnic
05-23-2009, 12:54 AM
- facepalms and head desks - Oops. Sorry. I just read your first post and went with that.