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RJK
09-05-2009, 12:46 AM
Just an FYI

I just found this site: http://www.babynology.com/
It's the best I've seen for foreign names. It lists nationalities and cultures I haven't seen anywhere else. I found Punjabi, Pashtun, Afghan, and many others, that have eluded me till now.

Carmy
09-07-2009, 10:21 PM
Thanks, RJK, that's a good one. Have it bookmarked.

Main character names isn't usually a problem for me, but if my MC takes off to another country and meets locals (who will remain minor characters) it's good to know the name I use is apt.

Kurtz
09-07-2009, 10:34 PM
I like the bit on bad baby names, although I would kill to be called Hysteria Jonson or Infinity Hubbard.

Although it is worrying that at least one person has seriously considered naming their child Mictlantecahuatl, which, beyond being a mouthful means 'Queen of the land of the dead'. It makes Moon Unit seem a lot more sensible.

Sofie
09-08-2009, 09:19 PM
It's good for ideas, but I'd be wary of relying on it completely. Looking at just the first page of the Scandinavian section, at least half the names listed are complete nonsense, some are surnames only, and of the remaining names, some have very specific connotations.

Other nationalities might have better lists, but as for the Scandinavian ones, I'd recommend researching any of the names there (if you like them and want to use them) a bit further. Personally, if I ever read a book which featured a Swedish character with a name like Andersson, Nada or Lynae, I'd laugh and put the book down.

(Thanks for the link though, I'm a huge name nerd and really love sites like that)

StephanieFox
09-09-2009, 01:21 AM
It's good for ideas, but I'd be wary of relying on it completely. Looking at just the first page of the Scandinavian section, at least half the names listed are complete nonsense, some are surnames only, and of the remaining names, some have very specific connotations.

Other nationalities might have better lists, but as for the Scandinavian ones, I'd recommend researching any of the names there (if you like them and want to use them) a bit further. Personally, if I ever read a book which featured a Swedish character with a name like Andersson, Nada or Lynae, I'd laugh and put the book down.

(Thanks for the link though, I'm a huge name nerd and really love sites like that)

If you want Scandinavian names, just look in the Minneapolis phone book.

JulieHowe
09-10-2009, 05:50 AM
Thanks for the useful link.

Fresie
09-11-2009, 09:59 PM
Looking at just the first page of the Scandinavian section, at least half the names listed are complete nonsense, some are surnames only, and of the remaining names, some have very specific connotations.

Other nationalities might have better lists, but as for the Scandinavian ones, I'd recommend researching any of the names there (if you like them and want to use them) a bit further. Personally, if I ever read a book which featured a Swedish character with a name like Andersson, Nada or Lynae, I'd laugh and put the book down.



Ditto for Russian. A good half of all Russian "names" listed there are utter nonsense. They're either badly misspelled or just non-existent, completely alien. The people who compiled those lists are entirely clueless.

PS. OMYGOD, I decided to check their French names, just out of curiosity (I live in France) and they're even worse than Russian!!! They're a nightmare! Blacklist this ****!!!

RJK
09-12-2009, 06:50 PM
I've contacted the site, asking them to explain your findings, and tell us their sources for the names.

Fresie
09-12-2009, 10:52 PM
I've contacted the site, asking them to explain your findings, and tell us their sources for the names.

Likewise :) Somehow I don't think they'll reply though