My Secret Recipe to Name Picking
I’d need to know more about your character’s disposition, when and where the story takes place so it fits the time/era and country/location, etc.
But if I ever have an issue coming up with a name I’d either benchmark or understudy awesome “bad boy” names such as Jax Teller from S.O.A, Riddick, Jesse Pinkman, Walter White, O-Dog, just to name a few of my bad boy fav’s and come up with one similar to my character’s disposition, or I use a name generator online:
If that doesn’t work out, I come up with a word or two of what I want the character to represent and look up the words in a different language and go with what sounds cool, since names can and should have profound meaning…
10 Badboy names from a name junkie...
I plucked the following names from the Quantum Consciousness:
01) Kade Coldwell - prickly antihero/badboy*
02) Dartem Magahag - crazy villian/badboy*
03) Wes Gussek - nonchalant antihero/badboy or villian/badboy*
04) Jevin Voaddel - sophisticated antihero/badboy*
05) Zyfen Jox - comedic antihero/badboy*
06) Xayne Lock - unsuspectingly cheeky antihero/badboy*
07) Gattem Skell - dark/brooding antihero/badboy*
08) Tomaj Iilioni (eel-E-on-E) - quietly lethal antihero/badboy*
09) Hexin Quill - no-nonsense antihero/badboy*
10) Payce Reddington - methodical antihero/badboy*
* these descriptions are simply the notions I got with the name.
If anyone reading this wants to use a name or part of a name, please do. I offer them freely. You may also tag me on the post you use a name in, I'll read it and comment.
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When I'm stuck for a name I play "name shuffle" with the folks commenting on the Facebook site of our local newspaper. Use one persons first name, anothers middle and a thirds last name.
today it yielded
Basil Bashment DaSilva
Yuco Dasenca Stringgie
Shelf Viraya Sweetness
I'm still wondering about the person christened 'shelf'
obviously if you play this game with the UK Financial Times you get a different type of name than if you use the Curacao Chronicle but its quite useful for ideas.
What sort of bad boy are you going for? A straight up evil dude? If so, I always find Sylus to be an evil sounding name. Also Felix, Vlad, Lucious and Lars.
If you're looking for more of a rebel bad boy, I can think of Ragan (pronounced Raygan), Axel, Jay, Marcus, Brandon and Benji...