While I’ve talked about names before here on Bio Break, I myself am usually pretty boring in that respect. I’ll usually snag “Syp” or some variation thereof — Syppi, Sypster, Syperstar, Syppy, Syperia, Sypsonic — and stick with that in MMORPGs.
However, in heading back to World of Warcraft on a new account this past month, I figured it might be time to try my hand at some different names. I didn’t want to make up some nonsense name or smash words together, so instead I spent more time than I care to admit looking through lists of obscure beautiful English words and checking the WoW character creation screen to see if they were available on my server.
I have four so far, and thought I’d share them with you and what they mean.
So my first is my Druid, who I named Figment. That’s a more common word than the other three on this list, so I’m very surprised it was still available. It means “a thing that someone believes to be real but that exists only in their imagination,” which I find VERY appropriate for an MMO.
The I picked Yonderly for my mostly unused Shaman. Yonderly is an adjective from the 1800s that means “absent-minded, woolly-headed, or weak in body and spirit.” I am definitely woolly-headed at times, so why not?
For my Gnome Hunter, whom I’m parking until the expansion so I can level her up through one expansion, I gave her the name Gwenders. It’s slang for “the dreadful pins and needles feeling you get in your fingers in cold weather.”
Finally, for my Death Knight I went with Photopsia. I think most people assume that I just took the word “photo” and added some random suffix, but photopsia is actually “the presence of perceived flashes of light in the field of vision.” I really liked that.
So what are some of the interesting names you’ve picked for your characters, and what do they mean?