Update: The naming contest has closed so comments on this post have been turned off. Thanks to everyone who participated! The winners will be announced in a separate post.
It’s the last week in the Summer Reading event, and while we still have an awesome giveaway going this week from the incredible author Honor Raconteur, I’m running a slightly different contest as well.
The Revived, the third book in my A. M. Sohma series “Second Age of Retha” is on track to launch in mid September, but I wanted you guys to be part of it, so I thought it would be awesome if I gave you all a chance to submit character name! That’s right, a handful of minor characters in The Revived are waiting to be named.
The contest starts today and lasts through Friday, August 31. Each reader can only submit once, and each submission can contain a maximum of two names total. If you submit more than two names, you’ll be automatically disqualified. (This is to give everyone a fair and equal chance, and to ensure that the winners have read the rules!) Submission is easy–just leave your suggestions in the comments section. (Some necessary legal stuff is down below, too.)
Here’s a few details about some of the names I’m looking for:
- female mystic
- male spellbinder
- a REALLY fantasy-ish name of either gender (We’re talking hardcore fantasy here)
- female scout
- male swordsman
- female bard
- male rogue
- a gender neutral name for a hunter
Once the Summer Reading Event ends, I’ll post the winning names! Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this last week of giveaways, recommendations, and book fun. Thanks for reading, Champions!
If one of your suggested names is chosen, you are not entitled to rewards, royalties, or wages, monetary or otherwise. By offering suggestions for names, you’re agreeing to contribute the name for the book, movie, audiobook, and any other version or form of the book without any sort of reward, wage, or royalty. While there are eight characters that need names, K. M. Shea reserves the right to adjust the number of chosen names to her discretion.
So, for hardcore fantasy, I’m always amazed that almost no one seems to know that the big celebration (immediate win party) at the end of the war for Lord of the Rings takes place on the Fields of Cormallen. So, maybe something like Cormalline, if it’s a woman, or even Cor, for short, for a male.
Brock, for the male rogue.
Marnie Macke says
Mailifrawn Azdor or Kenna Saldron
Idk I just like the name Oliver or Ollie
(All former MMORPG characters of mine :D)
Hannah Korson says
Pheonix ( gender neutral)
Elgin: the meaning of the name Elgin is: Noble; white.
Arielle: Feminine form of the Hebrew Ariel (lion of God). Var: Ariela, Ariella. Can be pronounced “REL” or “AH R – EE – EH L”.
female scout: Chameleon Camille
Fantasy ish name: Anarion-Celebob Haldir (a.k.a Bob, because, come on, nobody can remember such a long name)
I kind of hoped that you ment 2 names per character, but apparently not… To bad
So my two names are: Arrow and Sigrid ( reminds me of secret 😉 )
Female scout: Zeeyo (see you/ cju)
female mystic: Mab
Varaania for the female mystic or fantasy name, and Valen for the female scout.
Elizabeth Davis says
Ooh, wow, there are so many great names submitted already. But here’s what I’ve come up with!
Male Swordsman – Arild Edge. Meaning: ‘”Battle commander”.
Female Bard – Lyra Highnote. Meaning: “Musical instrument”.
May the best names win! 😄
Zeke, age 12 (uses Axelent for his gaming log in)
Female Scout – Rose, which is short for Rosalind
Male Rogue – Nick
Jake, age 14 (uses OldManBluff for his gaming and coding log ins)
Really fantasy name – Cy’li-delidan
Male swordsman – Greg
Aidan, age 17
Male spellbinder – Kellivar
Female bard – Celia
I am offering my top two names that I believe would fit the world of Retha.
Rowen – “Little Red Head” / A type of tree with Red Berries. (Either Gender)
Xandria (zan-dree-uh) – Protector/Defender of Man. I love how different the spelling is and the underline meaning. (Female) (yes, it is my name but it does not change the fact that it is a wonderful name and uncommon)
Emily Lynd says
Elthyian for a major fantasy name & Strattus for a mage or swordsman.
Viola-bard (in honor of the underrepresented viola players of the world…I don’t play viola either. Everyone needs a cause, right?)
I personally love the name Nakida it means little warrior.
For the swordsman I picked the name Buvo! It sounds epic 😄 And for the gender neutral hunter I really like the name Finley (that name also fits for the bard too!) thank you!!!
For any of the guys –
Male swordsman – Inigo Montoya (“You killed my father…..”)
Female bard – Tui (Maori name for a New Zealand songbird and used as a girl’s name)
Cherie Smith says
female scout- Hide_N_Seek (Hellen)
male swordsman- Mr. Stabby (Tom)
Can’t wait for the next book. As a person that appreciates puns, Axellent made me crack up. Here’s my usernames: Glowrious for male spellbreaker (hehehe), or Silhouette could work for either the female scout or male rogue.
My sister has always loved the name tobias kale and i love the name meghan.
Stephanie Heidenreich says
Not that you need any more suggestions, but my recent experience with D&D brought ‘Nat_Won’ to mind. ‘Dee_20’ (or something similar) could also work.
Star Shower/ Starshower
Melody Haunt (like a haunting melody 😊)
Alvin Greunke says
Konk – Male Rogue, master of dual sword combat, Chaotic Good alignment, kind of a robin hood of sorts type of character, stands up for those who can’t stand up for themselves, regardless of who you are. Was my first character back when World of Warcraft came out. 😀
Another suggestion if these are “player names” and not npc’s is Balzac, name of a city, but also a clever way around naming policies for the immature male player 😉
I love the name Aya_Glassglove 🙂
and Chrome_Cougar or Cece for short
female mystic: Endless Song
male spellbinder: Call of the Void
Looking forward to seeing what names are used in the next book! I’ve been counting down the days, I love this story so much!
Ciara Robinson says
For the fantasy name:
(The name is Japanese and the first part means lord. The second part means fox and refers to Japanese folklore)
For the female scout:
(mainly because that’s been my Xbox user name since I was nine years old. At the time, I used the name aurum instead of gold mainly because I thought it sounded cooler :/
Saiya for the Female Scout
Sonata for Female Bard
It dawned on me last night while I was trying to go to sleep that “Gregorian Chant” would be a really funny name in a video game (if the late-night humor doesn’t translate, sorry about that).
And since I’m on a musical kick, I’m nominating “Metronome” as an awkward but music-related name for a female bard.
Sabrina (or Rina as a nickname)
thank you so much 😄💜
Female scout: Lythwyn Silvermane
Female mystic: Maelyss Alduin
Kara Lindsey says
Female mystic – Tarmiala “Mia” Zharge
Hardcore Fantasy – Lorvena Sunspell
Can’t wait to read it! I did not think I would like the MMORPG books as opposed to your usual fare, but you’ve got me hooked!
Maxgaget is male D&D rogue. And Karia is my name for everything 😊
I use Anza for my D&D.
I’ve always liked Wynre as well for a female name.
Ellen A says
Ellywick Vaxander & Theta “Curiosity” Charles
Rachel Rutledge says
female scout- Nova Black
female bard- Kara Knight
Inconstantia and Auris
Names are my favorite thing! But I will follow the rules and only put two. (You’re killing me, Kitty!)
Male: Hexlon (Hex for short, if necessary)
Female: Emerentiana (Emeri for short, if necessary)
I absolutely love the name Bellalyse for females, I use it for every game I play! As for a really fantasy name, I always wanted a character named Eilanym.
Is Bellalyse from the book Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow?
My gamer tag that I love and have had for a long time and it’s Harry Potter inspired 😉
I think this could work for any of the female characters.
Drew Kylman – for any
Allegra Fortissimo – female bard
Tailiho – after a super creepy urban legend
Taylor and Chrysopeleia (Chrys for short)
Alex (gender neutral Hunter)
Mystic (I know, it’s kind of weird to name a few left mystic Mystic, but I think it’s a pretty name)
Female mystic: Hélène
Female bard: Rosalie
My friends and I played a LOT of MMORPGs and we ended up using two names repeatedly: Minstrel Cycle and Shooty D’Arrow, :D. So if you’re willing to accept bad puns for your bard and hunter/scout/ranger, I’d love to see one of us in your story!
Jess W says
For female bard Violin-t (username pun off of violent, Vi for short). For gender neutral hunter name Rowan (like the tree)
Lauren Eubanks says
Aria and Cephas
Ariden and Siviril.
Anastasia Spaun says
Viophelia was my Dreanai Death Knight on WoW.
Lirias is my Khajit Nightblade on ESO.
Leona and Lily
Nemeril and Zed
Arenezia and Maverick.
Lyrica (female bard)
Ithilrien (female fantasy name)
Amanda Bell says
Praelia – female scout
Azra – female msytic
Jane Anderson says
Ruru- hunter- meaning an owl native to new zealand
Amanikutall – Male
Darlanthala – Female
Kayzli & Ryker
For the male swordsman: Harmattan
Meaning a dry, dusty wind that blows through west Africa.
For the female mystic: Mirage
Atherias- just sounded real fantasy
Nisha- means “night” in sanskrit- typically female
Jeremy Griffiths says
“Savannah” for female scout in honor of Savannah Georgia, the birth place of the Girl Scouts 😉
“Auryon Chase” for gender neutral hunter. Both names mean hunter.
Nancy Gilliam says
Roam – male rouge
And let – female scout
Nancy Gilliam says
Auto correct changed the names for some reason
Name one is supposed to be : Roan
Name two is supposed to be: Ansley
Ellis – gender neutral
Deryn- Female Welsh-meaning Bird
Brendan Salter- male character
Just a strong male name combo I like
FrigynSkadi- mystic, really fantasy-ish name.
A mash up of three Norse goddesses. Frigga goddess of beauty, love and marriage. Sigyn goddess of loyalty and faith. And Skadi the “snowshoe” goddess; a goddess of winter and hunting in the mountains.
Nicknames can range from something “normal” like Adi or something more silly like Rigy.
Matt (Egyptian Goddess of Order) – Female Mystic
Artemis (Greek Goddess of the Hunt) – Female Scout
Audire -(it’s the latin root of the word audio) I thought for the female bard but could be anything really.
Lady Vesper Solas ElNagm- Roughly Lady Evening Starlight (or more accurately Light of the Star ) Latin-Irish Gaelic-Arabic combo.
Clare N says
Lisa F. says
Ian McAllister – for any of the male roles
Alex -for gender neutral
Minarette – female scout
Enzo – male rogue
I like the name Scapegoat ( it’s actually a named of female bard character in my D and D group) and the name Baakshi ( as a random fantasy name I thought looked and sounded cool)
Puck (Robin Goodfellow)
Gender neutral hunter name: Trixen
Female bard – Adelaide
Gender neutral hunter’s name – Fin
Inque (pronounced ink)–or Silent Inque; Mystic Inque; Inque of Death; Inqueling; etc.
Fletcher (male rogue) and Krystal (female mystic or bard)
Female Bard: Sheryl Speare
Female mystic: Sybilla/Sybil
Kim Gregory says
Male rogue – Fynnagan or Finnagan
Female scout – Catlyn
Fantasy name – Bel-regus
Kivabryn for the crazy fantasy name
Ronin for whatever you want
I like Ronin.
I like Terni (turn-eye) and Rae.
Star Phoenix and Silent MetalPaws
TinyJellyfishOfDoom – Pekipaki is the Tongan name of a stealthy tiny blue jellyfish in the South Pacific that blends so well into the ocean that you don’t see it until it is too late. Sneaky little buggars. You don’t even see them on the beach until it is too late!
MadammeFweeba- Fweeba Wibbith is the name my nephews have me because they could not say ‘Silipa Elizabeth’. I have used it as my name a time or two while gaming because it still makes me smile.
For the gender neutral name: Aaryn/Aaron
For the female mystic: Eadlyn
Serena Williams says
Pekipaki- Tongan name of a tiny blue jellyfish that has a huge sting. You never see these guys coming! They blend so well with the ocean, and even on the sand they’re so small you end up sitting on these without realizing it. Lol. Could be fun for a hunter or a rogue.
Talamasina – Tongan name of a Princess, kind of translates to ‘story of white ‘ or ‘telling the white’. Could be a fun name for a mystic or a bard.
🙂 Happy name choosing to you!
I just thought, for the latter, you can have “Kip” for short or something
Just a thought 🙂
Lynnette Lamance says
Tristan and Trieste
Ghostly Water says
Fyre (because to me it seemed like it might fit with at least one of the personalities that would go with your brief descriptions of these characters)
Naeris (seems easy to read and pronounce but also really fantasy to me)
Female Bard: Ceridwen Baird which mean “fair poetry” and “poet”
Kahlta (short for kalt Hände which is German for cold hands)
Michelle Rudell says
Michelle Rudell says
Names my husband & I like/have used in our mmorpg gaming- Females: Echoe, Zeeva, Calypso; and Males: Rabadash, Threshage, Tisroc
Lindsey Griffin says
For the Swordsman: Gallinore (which I thought was an Actual King Arthur name, until I looked it up)
For the Rogue: Euryloches
the Rogue is in celebration of the Queen’s Thief, Eugenides
His nickname could be Loki, for a little more famous super-villian jokes
Rookk and Edynn
Male rogue: Trae
Gender neutral hunter: Ashwin
Male swordsman: Pax
Female bard: Avianna
Extremely fantasy name: Walburga the (insert adjective here)
Female scout: Axelia
Female mystic: Seren
Male spell caster: Aeryl
Mystic – Mnemosyne (it might be slightly easier to drop the first ‘M’) is the Greek Muse of Memory. Mystics are usually seen as people who can understand the future, but I heard it suggested that they can do only because they know and understand the past.
Swordsman: Edmund Ironside; real Anglo-Saxon king, known as the warrior prince. He was really cool, but had a gruesome/humorous end…
Elise A says
Anadda (uh-nah-thuh) Gherund and Tamaliya Kapoor. I went with a Welsh-ish spelling for the first, lol.
Terry Blackwell (swordsman)
Wren Silvertongue (bard)
OOH! I like Wren Silvertongue! It’s the sort of name that whispers stories to me!
So, Kitty, if none of these get used in the other Revived books…does that mean they’re up for grabs, lol? Or at least revert back to their originators?
Bardaga Wardance and Bleikur Pinkdanger. Bardaga means battle in Icelandic and Bleikur means pink.
Ellena insley says
MalevolentDay, MalevolentNight, cool name for any female character.
Arcane Winter (female)
Thyane Bloodstone (male or female)
Lopt Seawind (female, if you wanna do male would be Loki seawind)
Tazmin Noir (female)
Athena Rayne (female)
(These may or may not be my gamer tags, and names of characters, but have at them. Lol)
Rhoswyn as the female scout, and Cavan as the male swordsman
I reckon a LOTR universe name or a King Arthur kinda name would be cool 😀
Genevieve for female bard
Brynn Swiftfoot for a female scout
Crispin sounds like a solid male sowrdsman and Ardenthis would be good for for a mage. 🙂
Citara Peregrin (Lyre Pilgrim in Latin)
Female Mystic- Tiva means “loves to Dance” or Dancer, also my shortened gamer handle
Hunter – Mason Ryan get them to go by either name as both are unisex.
gender neutral name for a scout: Avery
fantasy-ish name: Lionel Locksburrow
Breathnú (Bre) -for the female scout
Fiach (Fi) – for the hunter
Female Scout – Lasaravis
Gender neutral name- Sheath
In case any one is wondering, the name Larsavis came from the names Lasaraleen and Aravis from The Horse and His Boy in the Chronicles of Narnia.
I thought I was the only adult that still loves “the Horse and His Boy”. ❤️
Edel E.M. says
I like The Horse and His Boy too!!! It’s just sad that no one films it bc the Pevensies are only only in one scene! 🙁 it has intrigue, adventure, and a “wilder” Aslan. Sometimes I wonder if it would have been more popular out of the set as a stand alone.
Maybe my favorite of the series! We’ve pulled a lot of gamer handles out of this book, too … my brother-in-law still mains with Tisroc, may he live forever.
HORSE AND HIS BOY!!!!!
One of my all time favs!!!!
I feel like “BoltOfTash” would be an interesting user name…particularly if the character could fly/fall.
Or get stuck on a nail halfway down 😉
Woohoo! Bolt of Tash!
For any of the characters-
Actually, would like to change entry ‘Indigo’ to ‘Renee’- comes with ample opportunity for nicknames (Wren, Nae, Nae-Nae, etc)
High Fantasy – Thimbrythil
Female Mystic – Lorea
😀 Looking forward to the next installment!
Jessie Clark says
Antonia Mae says
(If we’re talking usernames ^_^)
Everly and Ithilwynn
jessica barefield says
Male rogue: Nightshade
Female mystic: Lumina Myst
Hawthorne “Hawk” West
Percival Blackdragon – male swordsman (this was my LOTRO main for years and would be awesome if it was a book character) Gremlyn Pursestrings – Male Rouge – seems like an appropriate rouge name.
Anthony Romero says
male spellbinder – Ciarán O’Callaghan
female bard – Kabrina (Brina) Harper
Keza and Hobbs
Female Mystic: Arabella
Male Spellbinder: Gwain
Peggy Brown says
Suggestions: Aurora for any female and Raven for any male. And a comment about naming – Please make all the names very dissimilar. I read fast and HATE it when an author names two or more characters very similar names. Chuck and Chase. Mary and Maria. Jose and Joe. Areile and Araible. Evan and Eva. Unless they are twins or from the same tribe or clan or something, then I pay attention, but the rest of the time I just register the look of the name and go on. Later I am into a scene and get yanked out because the character is doing something that makes no sense. Oh, that isn’t Miles, it is Mike. Now, who is Mike? Help! And fantasy books can be the worse because so many of the names are made up and there is no associations to each in my brain. So, PLEEEEASE, help a reader. Thanks. PBB
Oh this is true with my dyslexic brain too. I read super fast but struggle with Proper Nouns can’t read Russian novel because too many names are the same shape.
Oh, I have the same problem!!!
“Sauron” vs “Saruman” caused me no end of confusion the first time through LOTR…
Sparkly Unicorn- weird fantasy name
I thought they would be pretty ironic…
Hunter is such an awesome name for a hunter.
Edel E.M. says
I think Hunter could be a great name for a non-hunter too. Oh the comedy of explaining over and over that you associate with something completely different from your namesake 🙂
ill go with what i hope to name my kids one day: Phoenix and Siren <3 for whichever characters youd like~
Klint Golden says
female scout Amerith Longsight
female bard Damija Sirensong
Megan Cunning says
Female mystic – Velandra
Female scout – Annabelle 😉
Reanna Knight says
Kay J says
Female scout: Tallisa (Tally)
Female Bard: Taelyn (Tael)
Ari-El for the hunter
Eleazar for the swordsman
Lauren Money says
Sarah Maske says
Sage and Alexander (lex)
I love the name Drake
Female name: Avis
Male name: Thurston
2. Eowadriendil (Adrien)
Claidissa and Nyna
Stephanie Pruitt says
Arylian (mystic) and Tyrseti (spellbinder)
G. Bailey says
Rei for a girl. Or guy. It’s the gender neutral one! And Hugo for a male spell whatever. Thing…
Bry Collard says
Elvira and Athens
Rhea, for a female mystic. And laron for the male rogue!
Edel E.M. says
Just names, not meant for any specific minor character listed
This is a super fun post! Please announce the fan suggested names matched to the minor characters at the end! 🙂
Arbre and Nellu
Railyn and Allyster