Most names are handed down, combined with other names, or parts of other names. Is there a name list somewhere? Online, yes. There’s also a Mac app for that; a perfect way to generate a huge list of names on the fly, for baby, for a book, or just because.
What’s In A Name?
Most names in the western world have an origin, but some are combinations of other names, formed to make a unique name.
The nearly free Mac app Roster creates names with a few clicks. Hundreds of names. Thousands of names.
Roster is actually fun to use, and browsing through many hundreds of names is an interesting exercise, particularly if you’re really, truly, deeply in need of a unique name.
Open the app, select the Gender from the pull down menu. Add a first name and a middle name (if required). There’s an option for multiple middle names.
Then add the family name, and enter the total number of names you want Roster to generate.
Other than names for a baby, or the need to choose the right name for a screenplay or book, what else can Roster do?
It’s a good way to generate a list of a few thousand distinct names to populate a database for testing. What else?
And, well, I got nothing.
Roster costs less than a dollar and couldn’t be much easier to use.