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I take fractions of words and smash them together: (A+Candle+Slain) +(Draconian+Dove) = Andelain Dovenian
I like that 😯

Normally I take the character in mind and give them a stereotype then figure out a name based on that.

I wanted my rogues name to have a Victorian feel thus Lester. If I make a warrior who uses an axe I might go for something Old Norse. If I'm making a necromancer I might want to go with something eastern european. A shaman I would probably be looking at something African. I also use names from mythology and literature but go for less obvious ones; Harvard instead of Odin or Orolin instead of gandalf.
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For NPCs I'll often have to come up with names quickly, which is sad because I'm terrible at it. While I like to avoid nominative determinism as a player (though frequently don't) I'm less careful with NPCs - Though it's always good to avoid going the full Dickens and rolling NPCs like "Chumly Niceguy" or "Draco Badcrook".

Otherwise it's just sounds that work together to create a nice sounding mess.

Lastly, if I'm in a real pinch then I'll just have people defined by role (something that having just read the Annihilation/Authority/Acceptance trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer makes me chuckle a bit more), though normally with the Welsh twist of Jones. Jones the Baker, Jones the Smith, Jones the Butcher, Jones the Sociopath, etc, etc..
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I like that 😯

Normally I take the character in mind and give them a stereotype then figure out a name based on that.

I wanted my rogues name to have a Victorian feel thus Lester. If I make a warrior who uses an axe I might go for something Old Norse. If I'm making a necromancer I might want to go with something eastern european. A shaman I would probably be looking at something African. I also use names from mythology and literature but go for less obvious ones; Harvard instead of Odin or Orolin instead of gandalf.
Thanks. For Elfs I use the Dragon Magazine that has the elf name generator in it. Really good resource. All the suffix and prefixes for the names have meanings and I tend to base my name off the character idea. http://www.angelfire.com/rpg2/vortexshadow/names.html That's the one for Elfs there's another one for Drow. I think Intrepid even mentioned there might be one similar to this for Dwarfs.
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I try to hint subtly (or sometimes not subtly) at some characteristic of the character.

Then, i'll discover later that the name I chose was also the name of a monster of the week on Power Rangers. >_<
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Naming a character takes me forever. I basically take names from everywhere: history, novels, languages. One of my Sundren characters as an example:

Mircalla Mirabel, Colibrite
Mircalla is an anagram of Carmilla, from J.T.S. Le Fanu's fantastic novella of the same name. In his setting, vampires can only give anagrams of their names as false names, so the titular character introduces herself as Mircalla and Millarca at various points.

Mirabel is the surname of a character in Alastair Reynold's Chasm City, namely Tanner Mirabel. A point is made of the character having a commoner's first name and an aristocrat's surname.

Put them together and you have a Colibrite agent with aspirations of nobility.
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I tend to think of the character, and what their background may be. Is it human? Human of humble origins, or perhaps high born? An elf? A dwarf? Each one will require a very different name, and a different sound quality to them.

Sound factors heavily in my decisions, as does the way the letters look together. And too, an unusual, not commonplace name that may have a particularly lovely sound to it.

Or, when that fails?

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I tend to think of the character, and what their background may be. Is it human? Human of humble origins, or perhaps high born? An elf? A dwarf? Each one will require a very different name, and a different sound quality to them.

Sound factors heavily in my decisions, as does the way the letters look together. And too, an unusual, not commonplace name that may have a particularly lovely sound to it.

Or, when that fails?

Birds.
You named your best character after a noun and an adjective. No birds were involved in the making of that name:P
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