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    Last names

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by alenajingle, Jul 8, 2009.

    I'm writing a story that has a bunch of students. I'm not sure if this is the correct place or even the correct site to be asking this, but could you please post as many last names that you can think of? They need to fit this criteria:

    *not made up (actual last names)

    *old-fashioned/fairy-tale sounding

    here are examples:

    Huntress
    Meriweather
    Tweed
    Greenfield
    Shoemaker
    Gardener
    etc...

    also, could you give me a list of as many feminine-sounding last names you can think of? Thanks very much!
     
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    Goodwin
    Elsey
    Taylor
    Dawson
    Merrick
    Bell

    That's all I got for now.
     
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    what i usually do for last names is consider what ethnic backround they may come from, and then google common surnames from that language. however this might not help you, cause it looks like you're writing a fantasy story.

    Carter
    Strousser
    Renkin
    Porter
    Gaits
    Messinger
    Owens

    Feminine last names are kinda hard, but i know what you mean.

    Lohener
    Kyrlisle
    Nottingham
    O'Reiley

    meh. not sure if that's what you're lookin' for.
     
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    Appleby
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    Archer
    Baker
    Blackbourne/Blackburn
    Blackwood
    Bloodworth
    Butcher
    Bird/Byrd
    Carpenter
    Cartwright
    Carver
    Cheshire
    Collingwood
    Downer
    Draper
    Duke
    Dwerryhouse (literally: "dweller at the dwarf-house.")
    Dyer
    Earl
    Eldridge
    Fairbairn/Fairchild
    Fay
    Fenn
    Fisher
    Fletcher
    Forester
    Fox (Originally a nickname for cunning people and redheads.)
    Frost
    Gully (Originally a nickname for a big person, means "giant")
    Haggard
    Hardwick
    Hawk
    Heath
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    Tanner
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    Thorne
    Tinker
    Underhill
    Underwood
    Willoughby
    Winter
    Wolf/Wolfe

    I... actually didn't know there even was such a thing as feminin-sounding surnames. oO
     
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    You could use a phone book, or the credits at the end of a movie. The latter is good if you need names common in a particular country, and you have a movie filmed in that country.
     
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    Also, this site: http://surnames.behindthename.com/
     
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    And you may use some exotic (asian) names like

    Ahmed
    Zaman
    Mahmud
    Hussain
    Chowdhury
    Pandey
    Shukla
    Das
    Chuang
    Cheng
    Lim
    Lou

    or some tough ones like
    Balakrishnan
    Madabhushi
    Muralidharan
    Venkatraghban etc :D
     
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    Anything that begins with 'nic' is usually feminine.

    On that note, why don't people ever give their characters patronymics? It's a lot easier, and if you bastardise the spelling then you've got a surname that could go with any character, regardless of their ethnicity.
     
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    Just type in [Ethnicity] surnames on google (i.e. "Vietnamese surnames", or "Chinese surnames", or "Arabic surnames"), and you'll find A LOT. And I mean A @#$%@#$% LOT. I've done it tons of times, and it always brings up results.
     
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    hey thanks for all of your help! i've got all the last names i need now!
     
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