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.
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.
Here is a list of twenty female nomad names, along with a translation. Roll a d20, or pick the one that appeals to you.
|1||Altan Boke||Golden Strength|
|2||Altan Derkireci||Golden Runner|
|3||Bayar Checheg||Joy Flower|
|4||Burgujin Chagan||Eagle of White|
|5||Chagan Sube||White Needle|
|6||Ekejin Baghaturia||Mother of Bravery|
|7||Erdenedei Bayan||Jewel has Wealth|
|8||Erdenejin Noghu||Jewel of Green|
|9||Getegurcijin Bayar||Tracker of Joy|
|10||Osol Gal||Increased Fire|
|11||Qara Enq||Black Peace|
|12||Qara Vachir||Black Thunderbolt|
|13||Qorin Burgud||Twenty Eagles|
|14||Qutudei Suren||Dignity has Majesty|
|15||Shria Tegus||Yellow Perfection|
|16||Subedei Kecegu||Needle has Ferocity|
|17||Surcidei Kelegei||Archer has Silence|
|18||Surcijin Noghu||Archer of Green|
|19||Teijurban Artai||Has Three Stripes|
|20||Teinegan Ulagan||Has One Red|
Likewise, here is a list of twenty male nomad names. Once more, the translations are also provided.
|1||Altan Chinua||Golden Wolf|
|2||Arslachin Bayar||Lion of Joy|
|3||Arslachin Tegus||Lion of Perfection|
|4||Artai Artaighuci||Striped Beast Herder|
|5||Artaightachin Keletei||War Beast of Eloquence|
|6||Artaightadai Yeke||War Beast has Greatness|
|7||Artaighuchin Kecegu||Beast of Ferocity|
|8||Artaighucichin Bora||Beast Herder of Grey|
|9||Artaimachin Koke||Riding Beast of Blue|
|10||Chinuachin Yeke||Wolf of Greatness|
|11||Dalan Surcin||Seventy Archers|
|12||Dologhon Oyugun||Seven Wisdoms|
|13||Jurgaghan Artaighun||Six Beasts|
|14||Koke Cuburi||Blue Flowing|
|15||Oyuguchin Arigh||Wisdom of Purity|
|16||Qachachin Suren||Flank of Majesty|
|17||Taitabin Mongo||Has Fifty Silver|
|18||Ulagan Delger||Red Abundance|
|19||Unegechin Mongke||Fox of Eternity|
|20||Unegedai Keletei||Fox 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.
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.