An Onomastikon

(Dictionary of Names)


This is a collection of names from around the world which was initially intended to help provide character names for live role-players. It includes short historical backgrounds, male and female first names or personal names, and surnames or family names, from many countries and periods.

The author is not an expert in onomastics or history so would like to apologise if any mistakes have been made. All names included are from genuine sources to the best of her knowledge.

There may be problems in accessing some sections - this is due to their removal for alteration and will be temporary.

Introduction Background, aims and intentions
Sources Booklist and acknowledgements
Celtic Old Celtic, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, Isle of Man
England-Saxon Dithematic and Monothematic Names, Bynames, Religion, Rulers
England-Medieval Medieval, Norman, Biblical, Celtic, Greek, Latin, Norse, Saxon, Rarities, Surnames, Early Modern, Puritans, Rulers
England-First Names Variant Spellings, Modern Coinages, Themes, Foreign Borrowings, Saints' Days, African-Americans, Linknames, Literary Inventions
England-Surnames Bynames, Localities, Patronymics, Matronymics, Old English, Trades, Top 50
England-Colonies Countries and States, Mayflower, West Indies, Pitcairn Island
Europe-Medieval Byzantium, Goths, Huns, Franks, Song of Roland, Lombards, Germanic, Romany
Europe-Western Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Basque
Europe-Eastern Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Greece, Former Yugoslavia
Europe-Scandinavia Old Norse, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands
Europe-Baltic Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland
Former Soviet Union Russia, Republics, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldavia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Ancient World The East, Egypt, Greece, Rome
Africa Ancient, Northern, Eastern, Central, Western, Southern, Islands
America North American Indians/Native Americans

South American States, Inca, Maya, Aztec

India Hindu Names, Hindu Gods, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Sri Lanka, Maldives
Middle East Arab/Muslim - History, Rulers, Names, Male, Female

East - Iran, Turkey, Kurds, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan

Jewish/Israeli - Biblical, Yiddish, Modern, Various, Surnames

Orient China, Mongolia, Korea, Japan

Himalayas - Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal

Indochina - Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Cambodia, Laos

South-East Asia - Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines

Pacific Polynesia - Polynesian Names, Fiji, French Polynesia/Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Maori, Hawai'i, Easter Island, Australia

Micronesia - Federated States of Micronesia, Guam/Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Belau

Melanesia - Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea


As 'real' authors tend to put in a dedication I thought I'd better have one too -

This is for Red Lance!

This collection of names compiled by Kate Monk. Copyright January 1997, Kate Monk. Copies may be made for personal use only.