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A Cool First Names List for Character Creation

Updated on September 13, 2017
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Coming Up With Funny, Unique, Unusual, Cool or Strange First Names for a Character Can Make Them Unforgettable

Picking a good first name for a fictional character (or a real person, for that matter) is something that will impact their entire lives, and often in ways we (or they) can't even imagine. As much as we hate to admit it your first name always makes a big first impression, which can make people remember you more easily or take take them longer to remember you which, in turn, will take them longer to connect with you.

The list of first names found below will give you a good place to start in coming up with a name for your creation, especially when paired with a memorable last name. Keep in mind that a person's name is important. If you've ever picked a name for your character and then after writing a bit of your story, realized that the name just does not fit your character, then you know the importance of a good first name. First names can be plain, weird, odd or unique, but they must feel right; that takes time, patience and experimentation. I hope this list of names gives you a good starting point and wish you good luck in finding what you're looking for. Thanks for giving the article a chance.

Name suggestions for girls can be found in the top half of the article, while name suggestions for boys can be found in the bottom half.

The Ever Growing List of Cool and Unique Girl Names

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Cool First Names For Girls A-G

Abigail
Aditi
Alena
Alice
Alisha
Ally
Amara
Amelia
Amy
Angelique
Anna
Antonia
Astrid
Athalia
Audrey
Autumn

Barbara
Becky
Bette
Beverly
Bianca
Blanche
Brandy (This drink played a big part in my sister's conception; her name is Brandy.)
Brenda
Bridget
Brittany
Brooke
Bryna

Camille
Carla
Carmen
Cassandra
Cassia
Catherine
Cheryl
Chloe (For some reason Chloe and Zoey get mixed up quite often.)
Christina
Claire
Clarissa
Claudia
Claudine
Colleen
Connie
Constance

Daniela
Daphne
Davida
Denise
Diana
Diara
Dimitra
Dorothy

Easter
Edith
Elisha
Eliza
Elizabeth
Emily
Emma
Erika
Eunice (Definitely an old-fashioned first name for a girl.)
Eva
Eve
Evelyn

Faith
Fay
Felicity
Fiona (Derived from Gaelic word fionn meaning "white or fair".)
Fush

Gabrielle
Gail
Gal
Gillian
Grace
Greta

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More Cool Girl Names H-P

Hadley
Haley
Hannah
Hayden
Heather
Helen
Helena
Hilary
Holly

Ida
Ima Jean
Inbee
Ingrid

Janet
Jennifer
Jeri
Jessica
Jillian (People often shorten this one to "Jill".)
Joan
Jolie
Judy
Julia
Julianne

Karine
Kate
Kathy
Katrin
Kay
Kim
Kristen
Kristy
Kylie

Laura
Lauren
Lavinia
Lena
Leslie
Lexa
Lillian
Lily
Livia
Louisa
Luana
Lucilla
Lucretia
Louella
Lucy
Luna

Madeline
Maggie
Margo
Marilyn
Marisa
Marisol
Martine
Mary
Megan
Mercedes
Meryl
Michelle
Mila
Mirim
Missy
Molly
Monica
Morena

Nadine
Nadja
Naomi
Natalie
Nicole
Nikki
Nina

Octavia
Olive
Olivia
Opel
Ophelia

Paige
Pamela
Pauline
Pearl
Peggy
Penelope
Phyllis
Piper

Tips For Coming Up With First Names People Won't Forget

  • Extremely long or multi-word first names usually just end up being shortened into something that can be more easily remembered. In my opinion, these types of names should be avoided.
  • Short two or three letter names are not as common as you might think and can give a person's name a certain uniqueness, especially if paired with an interesting last name.
  • Knowing your character's ethnicity or race will determine what kind of first name to choose. Do you want to go with what is normal for a particular race or country or do you want to go against the norm.
  • Names that are hard to pronounce can come in handy if you want to introduce a comedic aspect to your story or film; what would be even better if you had people purposely mispronounce an easily pronounceable name to cause anger or embarrassment to a person.
  • Say the name out loud; you might even try carrying on a conversation with your character. Take notes on how it feels when when you say the name. Does it make you feel the way you want it to?

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Girl Names Q-Z

Qamar
Qitarah
Queisha

Rachel
Rebecca
Reese
Robin
Rosa
Ruth

Sabrina
Sally
Samantha
Sandra
Sandy
Sasha
Selisa
Selma
Shannon
Sharon
Shirley
Sidney
Sienna
Simbi
Sissy
Sophia
Sophie
Stacie
Stella
Stephanie
Summer
Susan
Sybil
Sylvia

Tangie
Tiana
Tilly
Tina
Turia

Ulyssa
Uma
Ursula

Vanessa
Velma
Viola
Vivian

Whitney
Willa
Winona

Xandi
Xena
Ximena

Yadira
Yasuo
Yolanda

Zara
Zelda
Zoey

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The Ever Growing List of Cool and Unique Boy Names

Cool First Names For Boys A-G

Abbott
Abe
Adrian
Aeneas
Afram
Albert
Angelo
Antonio
Arn
Arnell
Artem
Arthur
Atticus
Austin

Balin
Baltasar
Brad
Brandon
Bruce
Bud
Byron

Cain (This name comes with a bit of baggage.)
Cam
Christopher
Claude
Cliff
Clint
Cody
Colin
Cooper
Corey
Cornelius
Cos
Cotton
Curtis
Cyrus

Dale
Dalton
Darius
Dennis
Devin
Dikembe
Drake
Don
Duke
Duncan

Eagle (An unusual name inspired by a majestic animal. A trend that will continue?)
Ed
Edmond
Emiliano
Enoch

Fabian
Franz
Fred

Gaston
Gavin
George
Gerald
Gibbon
Glen
Gord
Griffin

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More Cool Boy Names H-P

Hans
Harry
Haskell
Hassan (An Arabic name that means "to be beautiful or good".)
Hector
Hedeki
Hilmar
Hoyt

Ian
Ira
Isaac
Ivan

Jacob
Jake
Jehu
Jerry
Jesper
Jordan
Judd
Julian
Jushin

Keith
Kendrick
Keon
Kevin
Kirk

Larry
Larsrence
Law
Linnie
Lou
Lowell
Luis

Mads
Magnus (“great” in Latin)
Marcus
Marlan
Mason
Maurice
Max
Mel

Neville
Noah (Not really one of the more common of the "Bible names".)
Nolan
Norman

Okaro
Olan
Oliver
Orson
Oscar

Patrick
Perry
Peter
Phillip
Pico

More First Name Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure the name matches the time period. Some first names can belong in any point in history, while others are very unique to that particular era.
  • Paying attention to the ending movie credits can give you some name ideas. You can even mix and match to create something better than the movie had.
  • Knowing the meaning of a name can be useful, but only if it stands out or is integral to the story itself... and revealed at some point, of course.
  • Need a name in a pinch? Just look around the room you're in. Almost any object you find can be used as a first name, even if it's just a temporary name (Wall, Staple, Edge, Pen, Can, Powder, etc.).
  • Driving around town can reveal all kinds of inspiration for coming up with a good first name. Street signs, store fronts and directions can often lead to unusual names that people don't think of that often.
  • Try giving a boy a first name that traditionally belongs to a girl or giving a girl a name that traditionally belongs to a guy. I can tell you from personal experience that guys with girly names have a much tougher time in defending their name while growing up, which in turn often makes them tougher.

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Boy Names Q-Z

Quan
Quincy

Radko
Raymond
Rex
Rey
Robert
Rod
Roderick
Ronnie
Rufus
Rusty
Ryan

Sam
Sammy
Samual
Scott
Sean
Sergei
Seth
Sheldon
Simon (Be prepared for some "Simon Says" jokes.)
Sonny
Storm

Tampa
Terry
Tevin
Thiago
Tiberius
Todd
Tully
Tyler

Uyless

Vince
Vinny

Walter
Warren
Wayne
Wesley
Wilkie
Willy

Xander

Yaegar
Yannick

Zachariah
Zack
Zed

One Final Cautionary Thought About Picking A First Name

Be very careful when choosing a name that describes or is starkly different from what a person looks like (i.e. a poor person named Charity, an albino named White, and so on). This can leave a sour taste in some of your audience, especially if they feel they are being specifically targeted. Some comedies are able to pull this off, but in my opinion, it's best to not try this tricky naming tactic.

© 2017 Don

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