How to make random names
To make random names I have used public lists of real American and chosen the 1000 most popular male, the 1000 most popular
female names and the 1000 most popular surnames.
United States of America has always been a multi ethnic society due to centuries of immigration from different countries and cultures.
So beside the most common English and American names the lists also contains
a substantial number of Latin, Italian and Spanish names. From northern Europe there are many Scandinavian and German names.
Asia is represented by Japanese and Chinese names and from the Middle East, there's Arab and Jewish names.
Male and female random names
The online generator makes 50% male and 50% female names.
30% of both
male and female names are given a middle name. In 10% of the names the middle name will be a name for the opposite sex or a surname.
Cool random names
The random name generator will often surprise with cool random names.
The randomizers use of cross sex middle names and the mix of traditional American names combined with ethnic inspired ones, will
often result in new and fresh combinations. The result is more surprising, unusual and cool random names.
When we try to make fake names our self
we usually keep thinking in the same tracks. Often we have a limited numbers of real names to chose from. Usually inspired by real life people
we know in person or people we just have heard about.
Try for example to write down all the female names you know. In best you probably only remember a
couple of hundred different ones. Making your own fake names is also
limited by our personal preferences. Overall the result often is predictable and kind of boring
There will of course also a be a lot of bad names. They might sound stupid, ridiculous, be hard to articulate or just
A generator has no way to decide if a name has real star quality or even sound and look realistic. Real quality can only be determined by the human
brain. The machine intelligence can't really be creative or think out of the box.
Find real names
At the census.gov you can find some huge
lists of American names.
They are divided into lists of American male, American female and
At these lists:
lists of English boy and
lists of English girls names
you can also read about the meaning of the male and female names. Fun lists if you wanna put a symbolic quality to your naming.