I rolled up a new WildStar Medic last night and spent some time deliberating over her last name. In games with dual names, I try to keep the first name constant for friends’/guildies’ easy recognition, so the last name becomes a catch-all for creative expression. I decided to go with Elysian, which has a pretty ring to it.
Names are important. Oh so important. They’re often the one aspect of a character that is utterly unchangable after a character is born (although not always — some MMOs will let you pay or petition to rename). My wife and I recently concluded a multi-month quest to pick a name for our fourth child, a process that is difficult when the bottom-line rule is “something we both have to agree upon” and we have very different tastes in names. We were acutely aware of how vital it was to pick a name that would fit for all ages, a name that was flexible (nicknames, etc.), and a name that wasn’t too bland, too weird, or too common.
I used to employ a lot more naming variety in my characters in MMOs back before I blogged and settled down into a singular naming convention. “Ghostfire” was a name that I plucked from a Magic: The Gathering card that I particularly liked. “Platypus” was an animal that I always found amusing, including its name. “Twisty” had a short, fun ring to it. I liked “Trixie” for its old-timey sass. “Echoes” was my WoW druid, and I had a good run with that name. I also had a “Snappi” for a long time as another character.
I think I first employed “Yeti Yesterday” as a superhero character in City of Heroes — I loved the unusual alliteration that went with it, and I’ve carried on the Yeti legacy through both Guild Wars and The Secret World.
As I’ve said before, “Syp” was created in 2006 for a new World of Warcraft character after I deduced that people only typed three letters of your name when they were addressing you in-game anyway. There are derivatives of this: Syppi, Sypster, and (my least favorite) Sype.
Here are some other names that I wrote down in a file that I never ended up using — feel free to steal them! Mostly they were words that I went, “Yeah, that has a good sound to it” and wrote down.