If you’re looking for an elven name generator to help you create your characters, you’ve come to the right place. Designed by fantasy writers for fantasy writers, this fantasy name generator has an extensive list of male and female elf names.
You can use the elven name generator below. You can also find useful information on devising names for high elves, dark elves and wood elves. And we’ll also look at some examples, particularly from popular books and movies featuring elves, like Lord of the Rings. Tolkien elf names, in particular, are full of meaning and intrigue.
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Use The Elf Names Generator
Below, you can find the elven name generator. Simply select either male or female, choose the race—dark elf, elf or high elf—and hit the ‘generate names’ button.
Within seconds you’ll be presented with 5 quality elf names.
There are times when the generator tool doesn’t produce names or may produce the same names. Don’t worry, simply click the generate button and you’ll be given a fresh set of names.
If you’d like any help or support using the fantasy elf name generator, please contact me.
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- What Is A Fantasy Elf?
- How Does The Elven Name Generator Work?
- How Can An Elven Name Generator Help Me?
- How To Come Up With Good Elven Names
- Female Elf Names And Male Elf Names
- Elf Name Examples
- Woof Elf Names
- Elf Surname Generator
- Join An Online Writing Group
- Get Help Using The Elven Name Generator
How Does The Elven Name Generator Work?
The elven name generator is designed to produce quality names that take into consideration my guiding principles when it comes to naming fantasy characters and places.
Those principles are:
- Clarity reigns supreme
- Avoid similar names
One of the issues I encounter in fantasy writing is the author’s need to make a name sound more fantasy-ish. They may look to achieve this by breaking up a name with an apostrophe. Some writers use two or three, even!
Names like this can cause reader frustration. If they can’t work out how to pronounce it or even make head or tail of it, chances are they’re going to grow annoyed and weary and give up on the book. This is something all writers want to avoid.
This fantasy name generator, designed by myself with my years of experience in writing fantasy, takes these principles into account to ensure you get the best and most helpful results possible.
How Can An Elven Name Generator Help Me?
It can be tough, as fantasy writers, to continuously conjure new and unique names. This can be doubly difficult when it comes to the likes of wood elf names and high elf names. Some writers even get stumped coming up with male or female elf names.
It’s natural, therefore, to seek out help and support. And that’s what the elven name generator seeks to do. Designed by myself using all of the insights I’ve gleaned from writing fantasy, you can get lists of quality names with the click of a button. Better still, the tool is completely free to use.
So if you’re looking for cool elf names to use in your novels and stories, give the fantasy name generator a go.
If, however, you’re a little concerned that somebody else might use the name that you’ve chosen, don’t worry. Here are a few things you can do:
- Use a part of the generated elf name – sometimes the fantasy names the generator produces can be quite long. If so, you can take just a part of the name to use for your character
- Merge names together – this is a popular option. Instead of taking just one generated name, you could take two, break them apart and meld them together into a new one.
These quick tips can ensure you get a completely unique elf name.
How To Come Up With Good Elven Names
As we’ve seen, it can be tough to come up with a good elf name that truly reflects who your character is. Not only that, we want our elf names to stand out and help make our characters leap from the page and into reality.
When it comes to creating fantasy elf names, a good starting point is to look at some examples. Lord of the Rings elf names, for example, can give you plenty of inspiration. You can find some of these names in the examples section below.
Another method you could adopt is to look at some of your favourite fantasy books that contain elf characters. For instance, James Barclay’s fantasy series, Chronicles of the Raven, has lots of elven characters with a variety of names.
Computer games are also a minefield of inspiration. Skyrim wood elf names, for example, are myriad and can inspire lots of derivatives and unique variations.
You can take these existing names, rework them by replacing vowels (A, E, I, O, U), break them down into smaller names, or mix them with two or three different ones.
However, if you’re still stuck, try the elven name generator. Within just a few clicks you’ll have scores of names that you can use and tweak for your own fantasy novels and stories.
Female Elf Names And Male Elf Names
In our own world and cultures, knowing the difference between male and female names is quite obvious. In some languages, there are even certain rules that apply to genders. For example, in Polish culture, men’s surnames end with “Ski” and women’s surnames end with “Ska”.
However, coming up with such cultural conventions for our own fantasy worlds can be tough. If you’re completely stuck for elf names, then how would you even determine what’s male and female?
You can find some examples of male elf names in the section below, as well as female ones too, but you can also use the elven name generator tool at the top of this page to get some ideas.
Simply select whether you want male or female elf names and click the generate button and before you know it you’ll have plenty of ideas to get you going.
Elf Name Examples
It’s always useful to refer to examples to help us find inspiration or to gain a greater understanding of something. The same is true when it comes to fantasy elf names.
You could say that the fantasy genre does have some “traditions” when it comes to fantasy races and the names those characters are given. A lot of these traditions come from Tolkien elf names, but over the years this has changed as more and more writers explore the lives of elves and introduce new spins, like dark elves and high elves. It’s therefore worth being mindful of fantasy tropes and cliches.
So to help give you some ideas, you can find an elven name list below for both male and female characters:
Female Elf Names
- Galadriel – Lord of the Rings
- Arwen – Lord of the Rings
- Vartha Do’Urden – Dungeons and Dragons (D&D)
- Sera – Dragon Age
- Shadow – Shadow & Dagger
- Queen Azshara – World of Warcraft
Male Elf Names
- Legolas – Lord of the Rings
- Elrond – Lord of the Rings
- Thranduil – The Hobbit
- Drizzt Do’Urden – Dungeons and Dragons
- Dobby – Harry Potter
Wood Elf Names
Throughout the fantasy genre you can find a range of different types of elves, some of which we’ve touched upon above.
There are the high elves who are depicted as much enlightened or better able to wield magic.
Dark elves, in contrast, are associated with darker arts. They may practice arcane magic or have lower moral standards (they usually are in fantasy genre—a good opportunity for you to paint them in a different light).
But the type of elves that is most popular in fantasy is the wood elf. This name carries a simple definition—they live in woodlands and forests. They may also be depicted as guardians of the woods or they may have a close connection with nature and the world around them.
Tolkien’s wood elves have created something of a trope in the genre—and one people love—but it’s worth looking beyond this to the likes of Dungeons and Dragons for a wider variety.
Wood elves are also closely associated with fantasy archery, bows and arrows, among other types of weapons. Check out the guide below to learn more.
So if you’re struggling to think of wood elf names, try out the generator tool above.
Elf Surname Generator
A surname isn’t always a necessity. Back in the days of old, we didn’t really have them. It was only when the world became an increasingly smaller place that it became more necessary to use in order to identify different people.
Before we all landed with surnames like Jones and Murphy, people were known by the likes of where they were from, or by their parentage. So for example, John Of Liverpool, or John, son of Dwight.
If you want to add an extra layer to your fantasy world, then incorporating something like this could be a smart move. And this is where the elf surname generator can help. Because they’re trickier than coming up with first names. They require a little more thought, as we’ve seen. But you can learn more in my guide below.
Further reading – A Guide To Fantasy Names
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- A way of getting honest and analytical feedback on your writing
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Get Help Using The Elven Name Generator
If you’re looking for more help and guidance using the elven name generator, then get in touch either through my contact page or via my online writing group.
You can also find further guidance and advice on my dedicated fantasy name generator page.
And if you’re looking for specific advice relating to human names, then head here.
Here are some other fantasy writing guides:
- Fantasy writing
- How to write a fantasy novel
- How to write battles and fight scenes
- Fantasy character names
- The knight of chivalry – medieval knights
- Demon name generator
- Human name generator and guide
- The best communities for fantasy writers
- Fantasy archery – a complete guide
- Orc names generator and guide
- Worldbuilding in fantasy
- Fantasy name generator
- Worldbuilding guide and tips
You can also head here to learn more about the history of names in this piece by the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy.
There’s also very useful information on the family names of the United Kingdom, produced by the University of the West of England, Bristol
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