Story Help!

Recently I’ve been planning to write a fantasy story, dark-themed (sort of), surrounding the fae. [name_f]My[/name_f] biggest struggle when writing is naming my characters, so I was hoping some of you guys would be a big help and give me some names.


A good place to start would probably to ask what aspect of the name you want to portray the “darkness” (that sounded way more dramatic than I thought it would).

[name_f]Do[/name_f] you really care about meanings? Try searching up names with meanings like “night”, “dark”, or “shadow”. Names like [name_f]Melanie[/name_f], for example.

Then there are others that just feels dark. For me, these are names like [name_f]Andromeda[/name_f], [name_f]Bellatrix[/name_f], and [name_u]Nyx[/name_u] (which coincidentally is also the goddess of the night in Greek mythology)

Then there are names that are as literal as you can get. Names like Omen, [name_u]Shadow[/name_u], Cosmos (maybe?). Many of these can possibly be used as aliases though.

[name_f]Hope[/name_f] that helps. Good luck!


Names that give me a dark vibe are [name_u]Onyx[/name_u], [name_u]Raven[/name_u], and [name_f]Ebony[/name_f]. Here are some Nameberry and Behind the Name articles you could check out.

Night Names are [name_f]Heavenly[/name_f] | Nameberry
23 Names that mean dark | Nameberry
Names with “dark” in Meaning - Behind the Name

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Hi! I totally agree with @Vulpix!
Here’s some other options, just a bank of names I’m throwing out there:



Some ideas:


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[name_f]My[/name_f] first thought was, if you have a story with darkness, you need characters with light in them. So there are names like:

[name_m]Lucifer[/name_m] “light-bearer”
Lux/Lucia/Lucian “light”
[name_f]Kiara[/name_f] “light, clear; little dark one; cockatoo; first ray of sun” :arrow_left: I thought that meaning was especially intriguing
[name_f]Alina[/name_f] “bright, beautiful”
[name_f]Nell[/name_f] “bright, shining one”
[name_u]Raiden[/name_u] “thunder and lightning”
[name_f]Aine[/name_f] “brightness, splendor”
[name_u]Phaedra[/name_u] “bright”
[name_m]Uri[/name_m] “my flame, my light”
[name_u]Zohar[/name_u] “light, brilliance”

I also think of attributes and look up what they are in Latin on Google Translate for fantasy name inspiration.

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