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Elven Names

Elvish Name Conversion
Elvish Name Conversion

Elves prefer names that flow off the tongue like wind through the trees. One of the most common problems GMs and players alike have when playing non-human characters is naming them. Most non-human characters can’t be named from a list of historic names, forcing DMs to make up totally new names. It is difficult to come up with names that are appropriate for non-human characters and consistent with one another. This is especially true for a GM who may find himself trying to come up with a large number of such names on short notice, yet without appropriate names, non-human characters often loose their unique flavor. Especially in the case of elves, it is important that names represent and reflect the race’s special attitudes and philosophies

The elven name generator below has been presented to assist with this daunting task. Although this could not possibly represent all the possible names for a race as old and diverse as the elves, this list can serve as a starting point and quick reference to create a large and consistent list of names.

How it Works

Each elven name consists of a prefix (from Table 2) and one or more suffixes (from Table 3). Definitions have been included in these tables to help determine what a name means once it has been generated. In the case of suffixes, male and female endings have been included where appropriate. Alternate spellings have also been provided in some cases. In Some Cases a formal house name can be generated as well by rolling randomly on Optional Table 1B. These formal House names would be used for ancient noble houses, usually of Grey or Gold Elf Descent.

You may randomly generate an elven name by rolling on Table 1. If you prefer, it is also possible to pick a set of definitions you like and assemble the name that matches them. If your character is a ranger who is fond of bears, you might decide her name should reflect this. Looking at the definitions, you decide her name will mean “Bear-Friend.” This results in the name “Rethar,” “Reethar,” or “Reithar.”

If you don’t like a particular combination, try some of the alternate suffixes listed, or add an “a,” “e,” “i,” “l,” “r,” “s,” “sh,” or an apostrophe. Although not every combination of prefixes and suffixes will sound right, usually only a minor change is called for. If you can’t make a particular name work, try one with a similar meaning. If you didn’t like “Reithar,” try a name that means “Bear-Sister” instead. If you have randomly generated a name and don’t like its definition, try altering the order of the words. It is also possible to use the definition as just a starting place for the name’s meaning. Often the definitions can be combined in a poetic way for better results. In the case of a three or more syllable name, try dropping one or more of the definitions. Anenfel could mean “The Hand of Autumn’s Lake,” “Lake of Autumn’s Hand,” “Autumns Hand,” or just “Autumn Lake.” Don’t worry about two names sharing the same meaning or having two definitions for one name. According to The Complete Book of Elves, the elven language is so full of subtlety and nuance that only native speakers fully understand it. Two names may sound the same to a human, but an elf would know the difference

Table 1A (D10)

D10 Result
1-4 Roll once on Table 2 and once on Table 3
5-7 Roll once on Table 2 and twice on Table 3
8-9 Roll once on Table 2 and once on Table 3 for a first name, then once on Table 2 and twice on Table 3 for a second name
10 Roll once on Table 3, add an apostrophe, then roll on Table 2 and twice on Table 3

Table 1B (D10)

D10 Result
1-3 Roll once on Table 4 and once on Table 5
4-5 Roll once on Table 4 and twice on Table 5
6-7 Roll once on Table 4 and once on Table 5, add an apostrophe, then roll again on Table 3
8-9 Roll once on Table 4 and once on Table 5 for a first name, then roll on Table 1 again for a second name
10 Roll once on Table 5, add an apostrophe, then roll once on Table 4 and once on Table 5

Table 2: Prefixes (D100)

D100 Result
1 Ael: knight
2 Aer : law, order
3 Af : ring
4 Ah : crafty, sly
5 Al : sea
6 Am : swan
7 Ama : beauty, beautiful
8 An : hand
9 Ang : glitter
10 Ansr : rune
11 Ar : gold, golden
12 Arì : silver
13 Arn : south
14 Aza : life, lives
15 Bael : guardian
16 Bes : oath
17 Cael : archer, arrow
18 Cal : faith
19 Cas : herald
20 Cla : rose
21 Cor : legend, legendary
22 Cy : onyx
23 Dae : white
24 Dho: falcon
25 Dre: hound
26 Du: crescent
27 Eil: azure, blue
28 Eir: sharp
29 El: green
30 Er: boar
31 Ev: stag
32 Fera: champion
33 Fi: rain
34 Fir: dark
35 Fis: light
36 Gael: pegasus
37 Gar: owl
38 Gil: griffin
39 Ha: free, freedom
40 Hu: horse
41 Ia: day
42 Il: mist
43 Ja: staff
44 Jar: dove
45 Ka: dragon
46 Kan: eagle
47 Ker: spell
48 Keth: wind
49 Koeh: earth
50 Kor: black
51 Ky: ruby
52 La: night
53 Laf: moon
54 Lam: east
55 Lue: riddle
56 Ly: wolf
57 Mai: death, slayer
58 Mal: war
59 Mara: priest
60 My: emerald
61 Na: ancient
62 Nai: oak
63 Nim: deep
64 Nu: hope, hopeful
65 Ny: diamond
66 Py: sapphire
67 Raer: unicorn
68 Re: bear
69 Ren: west
70 Rhy (Ry): jade
71 Ru: dream
72 Rua: star
73 Rum: meadow
74 Rid: spear
75 Sae: wood
76 Seh: soft
77 Sel: high
78 Sha: sun
79 She: age, time
80 Si: cat, feline
81 Sim: north
82 Sol: history, memory
83 Sum: water
84 Syl: faerie
85 Ta: fox
86 Tahl: blade
87 Tha: vigil, vigilance
88 Tho: true, truth
89 Ther: sky
90 Thro: lore, sage
91 Tia: magic
92 Tra: tree
93 Ty (Try): crystal
94 Uth: wizard
95 Ver: peace
96 Vil: finger, point
97 Von: ice
98 Ya: bridge, path, way
99 Za: royal
00 Zy: ivory

Table 3: Suffixes (D100)

D100 Result
1 -ae (-nae) : whisper
2 -ael : great
3 -aer / -aera : singer, song
4 -aias / -aia : mate, husband / wife
5 -ah / -aha : wand
6 -aith / -aira : home
7 -al / -ala (-la; -lae; -llae) : harmony
8 -ali : shadow
9 -am / -ama : strider
10 -an / -ana (-a; -ani; -uanna) : make, maker
11 -ar / -ara (-ra) : man / woman
12 -ari (-ri) : spring
13 -aro (-ro) : summer
14 -as (-ash; -sah) : bow, fletcher
15 -ath : by, of, with
16 -avel : sword
17 -brar (-abrar; -ibrar) : craft, crafter
18 -dar (-adar; -odar) : world
19 -deth (-eath; -eth) : eternal
20 -dre : charm, charming
21 -drim (-drimme; -udrim) : flight, flyer
22 -dul : glade
23 -ean : ride, rider
24 -el (ele / -ela) : hawk
25 -emar : honor
26 -en : autumn
27 -er (-erl; -ern) : winter
28 -ess (-esti) : elves, elvin
29 -evar : flute
30 -fel (-afel; -efel) : lake
31 -hal (-ahal; -ihal) : pale, weak
32 -har (-ihar; -uhar) : wisdom, wise
33 -hel (-ahel; -ihel) : sadness, tears
34 -ian / ianna (-ia; -ii; -ion) : lord / lady
35 -iat : fire
36 -ik : might, mighty
37 -il (-iel; -ila; -lie) : gift, giver
38 -im : duty
39 -in (-inar; -ine) : sibling, brother / sister
40 -ir (-ira; -ire) : dusk
41 -is (-iss; -ist) : scribe, scroll
42 -ith (-lath; -lith; -lyth) : child, young
43 -kash (-ashk; -okash) : fate
44 -ki : void
45 -lan / -lanna (-lean; -olan / -ola) : son / daughter
46 -lam (-ilam; -ulam) : fair
47 -lar (-lirr) : shine
48 -las : wild
49 -lian / -lia : master / mistress
50 -lis (-elis; -lys) : breeze
51 -lon (-ellon) : chief
52 -lyn (-llinn; -lihn) : bolt, ray
53 -mah / -ma (-mahs) : mage
54 -mil (-imil; -umil) : bond, promise
55 -mus : ally, companion
56 -nal (-inal; -onal) : distant, far
57 -nes : heart
58 -nin (-nine; -nyn) : rite, ritual
59 -nis (-anis) : dawn
60 -on/onna: Keep/Keeper
61 -or (oro): Flower
62 -oth (-othi) : gate
63 -que : forgotten, lost
64 -quis : branch, limb
65 -rah(-rae; -raee) : beast
66 -rad(-rahd) : leaf
67 -rail/-ria (-aral; -ral; -ryl) : hunt, hunter
68 -ran (-re; -reen) : binding, shackles
69 -reth (-rath) : arcane
70 -ro (-ri; -ron) : walker, walks
71 -ruil (-aruil; -eruil) : noble
72 -sal (-isal; -sali) : honey, sweet
73 -san : drink, wine
74 -sar (-asar; -isar) : quest, seeker
75 -sel (-asel; -isel) : mountain
76 -sha (-she; -shor) : ocean
77 -spar : fist
78 -tae (-itae) : beloved, love
79 -tas (-itas) : wall, ward
80 -ten (-iten) : spinner
81 -thal /-tha (-ethal / -etha) : heal, healer, healing
82 -thar (-ethar; -ithar) : friend
83 -ther (-ather; -thir) : armor, protection
84 -thi (-ethil; -thil) : wing
85 -thus /-thas (-aethus / -aethas) : harp, harper
86 -ti (-eti;-til) : eye, sight
87 -tril /-tria (-atri; -atril / -atria) : dance, dancer
88 -ual (-lua) : holy
89 -uath (-luth; -uth) : lance
90 -us /-ua : cousin, kin
91 -van /-vanna : forest
92 -var /-vara (-avar / -avara) : father / mother
93 -vain (-avain) : spirit
94 -via (-avia) : good fortune, luck
95 -vin (-avin) : storm
96 -wyn : music, muscian
97 -ya : helm
98 -yr / -yn : bringer
99 -yth : folk, people
00 -zair /-zara (-azair / -ezara) : lightning

Table 4: House Name Prefixes (D100)

D100 Result
1-3 Alean: the noble line of
4-6 Alea: traders in
7-10 Arabi: daughters of
11-13 Arkenea: mages of
14-16 Auvrea: blood of the
17-20 Baequi: blessed by
21-23 Banni: holder’s of
24-26 Cyred: warriors from
27-30 Dirth: victors of
31-33 Dryear: champions of
34-36 Dwin’: walkers in
37-40 Eyllis: lands of
41-43 Eyther: the forests of
44-46 Freani: friends to
47-50 Gysse: clan of
51-53 Heasi: those above
54-56 Hlae: seers of
57-60 Hunith: the sisterhood of
61-63 Kennyr: sworn to
64-66 Kille: people of
67-70 Maern: defenders from
71-73 Melith: mothers of
74-76 Myrth: honored of
77-80 Norre: sacred to
81-83 Orle: guild of
84-86 Oussea: heirs to
87-90 Rilynn: house of
91-93 Teasen: trackers of
94-96 Tyr: mistresses of
97-00 Tyrnea: children of

House Name Suffixes (D100)

D100 Result
1-3 -altin: the branch
4-6 -anea: the night
7-10 -annia: the willow
11-13 -aear: water
14-16 -arnith: fire
17-20 -atear: the way
21-23 -athem: the dragons
24-26 -dlues: the bow
27-30 -eluvath: the leaves
31-33 -eplith: the forest
34-36 -ettln: magic
37-40 -ghymn: the forgotten ways
41-43 -itryn: history
44-46 -lylth: the blade
47-50 -mitore: the moon
51-53 -nddare: the winds
54-56 -neldth: the arcane
57-60 -rae: powers of light
61-63 -raheal: the gods
64-66 -rretyn: the heavens
67-70 -sithek: quicksilver / mithril
71-73 -thym: challenges
74-76 -tlarn: mysteries
77-80 -tlithar: victory
81-83 -tylar: the healers
84-86 -undlin: the lover’s kiss
87-90 -urdrenn: the light
91-93 -valsa: silken
94-96 -virrea: success
97-00 -zea: the crystal

Sample Names

  • Male Names: Aegnor, Aerandir, Anarion, Anar, Annael, Aradan, Aranwe, Beleriond, Beren, Bregolas, Caranthir, Celeborn, Celebrant, Celegorm, Cirdan, Lorindol, Isildur, Ciryon, Culurien, Curufin, Curufinwe, Cuthalion, Earindil, Earendur, Eanil, Eearnur, Earrme, Ecthelion, Edain, Ekkaia, Elemmire, Elendil, Elendili, Elendur, Elrond, Elros, Eluchil, Elured, Elurin, Eol, Eru, Falathar, Faelivrin, Falathrim, Feanor, Feanturi, Fenarfini, Fingolfin, Fingon, Finrod, Firimar, Gelmir, Glorfindel, Gwindor, Ingwe, Logolin, Legolas, Lenwe, Maglor, Maeglin, Maedhros, Olorin, Olwe, Orodrth, Sulimio, Saeros, Soronume, Vilya, Vala, Valimar, Valandil, Valinor, Valmar, Vanyar, Voronwe, Varda, Thranduil, Turgon, Ulmuri, Vaire, Umanyar

  • Female Names: Aerin, Amarie, Aranel, Diora, Dior, Earwen, Eilinel, Eilistraee, Elbereth, Eledhwen, Elenna, Elentari, Elerrina, Elenwe, Elwe, Luthien, Morwen, Miriel, Oilosse, Oromea, Tinuviel, Elwing, Emeldir, Eonwe, Este, Finduilas, Finwe, Galadriel, Gloredhel, Ilmare, Indis, Laurelin, Nenuviel, Nessa, Nienna, Nienor, Niniel, Osse, Rian, Tintalle, Uinen

  • Family Names: Aldaron ("Treelord"), Celeblass ("Silverfrond"), Celebrindal ("Silverfoot"), Cuthalion ("Strongbow"), Dorontellen("Oakenheel"), Elenloth ("Starflower"), Elerrina ("Starcrown"), Elenya ("Starday"), Elessar ("Elfstone"), Elwing ("Starspray"), Fanya ("Whitecloud"), Galadhrindal ("Treeroot"), Galavathar ("Moonshadow"), Galondel ("Moonwhisper"), Gwalothlhûn ("Blueblossom"), Hathollina ("Bladesinger"), Isilsir ("Moonbrook"), Lendgannel ("Sweetharp"), Lasselanta ("Leaffall"), Lomelindi ("Dusksinger"), Lorindol ("Goldenhead"), Mallos ("Waterflower"), Mîrloth ("Gemflower"), Mîrlotte ("Gemblossom"), Mîrmîdh ("Dimonddew"), Mithmeril ("Grayflower"), Nailo ("Nightbreeze"), Narmiriel ("Flamejewel"), Nallos ("Goldflower"), Ningloron ("Waterflower"), Ninquelote ("Whiteblossom"), Niphredil ("Snowdrop"), Ondolinde ("Stonesong"), Ordan ("Leafdancer"), Seregon ("Redstone"), Sereloth ("Redflower"), Silima ("Elfcrystal"), Singollo ("Graycloak" or "Graymantle"), Sinsule ("Greywind"), Talagan ("Harper"), Tathren ("Willowvale"), Tinuviel ("Dusksinger"), Toss ("Blackthorne"), Undomiel ("Evenstar"), Ungholhorn ("Spiderwood"), Vingilot ("Foamflower")

  • Weapon Names: Aeglos ("Snowpoint" or "Snowthorn"), Aegnor ("Fellfire"), Agarwaen ("Bloodstained"), Anduril ("Flame of the West"), Anglachel ("Iron of the Flaming Star"), Anglinde ("Ironsong"), Angrist ("Iron Cutter"), Anguriel ("Ironstar"), Belthronding, Earrame ("Sea-wing"), Glamdring ("Goblynbane"), Gurthang ("Iron of Death"), Kalrist, Maegnas ("Spiderbane"), Menelmacar ("Skyblade"), Mormegil ("Black Sword"), Narsil ("Fire" and "White Light"), Orcrist ("Foecleaver"), Ringil
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