I have started to write a story based on a different planet and I have called this planet Unnamed. Don't ask why, it's a long story. Naming, however, is really the dilemma that I have - I am struggling to decide how to name the creatures that reside on this world. I'll give you a few of examples. There is a creature that is essentially a pterodactyl except it has a round, hard head with a single eye and it can breath fire. Originally I called this creature a Trakee. Just a totally random word, really. I also tried this with a tree-like creature, which I called a Pelaka, and a reptilian creature called the Rabor. Eventually, though, I decided to go for a different method of naming. The Trakee was changed to the Dakee, hopefully making it sound more like a pterodactyl. The Rabor became the Rabile, keeping the first syllable (to try and suggest its rage) but changing the last part to sound more like reptile than boar. The Pelaka had the most drastic name change, becoming the Branik (sort of trying to sound like a branch, maybe even having a sound like dry wood). The only worry I have is that making them sound like real, human words will make it sound a little less convincing, or something like that. The thing I want to know is - does it? Were my original names or new names better? I've also done something similar with the names of the characters.