Feb 22

Table Tools 02; 80 Nomad Names


This article appears as a Guest Post on Ennead Games.


As a GM, I use up names for the inhabitants of my world at a frightening rate, and I am sure that it is the same for your game. The current cycle of my Tales of the Hero Wars campaign is set in a wasteland blasted by foul magic, and home to several tribes of mounted nomads. Thus, my current requirement is for nomad names.

Cultural Names

Naming the nomads


I have compiled a table of Mongolian-esque elements of names. This table includes an assortment of nouns, verbs, colours and numbers, some of them divided according to the sex of the bearer. Plus, there are a handful of linking words to facilitate some of the combinations.


Depending upon the roll of a dice, the elements of the table are combined to create suitably nomadic names. As the table features a translation of the “native” name, then English versions are also possible. As my game is set within a nomad tribe, then I use the English names as everyone can speak the nomad tongue.


However, if the game were primarily set outside of the nomad lands, then the native version would be preferred. Naturally, a nomad Hero could reveal the translation of her name to her fellow travellers. Thus, it would still be useful to know the meaning of the native names.

Female Names.

Here is a list of twenty female nomad names, along with a translation. Roll a d20, or pick the one that appeals to you.

d20Nomad NameTranslation
1Altan BokeGolden Strength
2Altan DerkireciGolden Runner
3Bayar ChechegJoy Flower
4Burgujin ChaganEagle of White
5Chagan SubeWhite Needle
6Ekejin BaghaturiaMother of Bravery
7Erdenedei BayanJewel has Wealth
8Erdenejin NoghuJewel of Green
9Getegurcijin BayarTracker of Joy
10Osol GalIncreased Fire
11Qara EnqBlack Peace
12Qara VachirBlack Thunderbolt
13Qorin BurgudTwenty Eagles
14Qutudei SurenDignity has Majesty
15Shria TegusYellow Perfection
16Subedei KeceguNeedle has Ferocity
17Surcidei KelegeiArcher has Silence
18Surcijin NoghuArcher of Green
19Teijurban ArtaiHas Three Stripes
20Teinegan UlaganHas One Red


Male Names.

Likewise, here is a list of twenty male nomad names. Once more, the translations are also provided.

d20Nomad NameTranslation
1Altan ChinuaGolden Wolf
2Arslachin BayarLion of Joy
3Arslachin TegusLion of Perfection
4Artai ArtaighuciStriped Beast Herder
5Artaightachin KeleteiWar Beast of Eloquence
6Artaightadai YekeWar Beast has Greatness
7Artaighuchin KeceguBeast of Ferocity
8Artaighucichin BoraBeast Herder of Grey
9Artaimachin KokeRiding Beast of Blue
10Chinuachin YekeWolf of Greatness
11Dalan SurcinSeventy Archers
12Dologhon OyugunSeven Wisdoms
13Jurgaghan ArtaighunSix Beasts
14Koke CuburiBlue Flowing
15Oyuguchin ArighWisdom of Purity
16Qachachin SurenFlank of Majesty
17Taitabin MongoHas Fifty Silver
18Ulagan DelgerRed Abundance
19Unegechin MongkeFox of Eternity
20Unegedai KeleteiFox has Eloquence



Should you wish, you could gain double service from this table, and use both columns to generate a nomad name. Applying this method, you could randomly pick from either column, perhaps rolling a d6 with the results 1-3 indicating a native name, and 4-6 a translated one. It could be argued that some nomads would stubbornly introduce themselves by their native name, while others would offer up a translated name.


Thus, you now have 80 nomad-style names to add to your game.


For more lists of names, be sure to visit Chris at Ennead Games.


I would like to thank Chris for offering me the chance to post on his site, and welcome to Tales of a GM any new visitors who have come to visit from Ennead games. Please let me know if you like these names, or find them useful, in the comments below.

Happy Naming


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