By Any Other Name (Goblin Name Generator)

When role-playing in an Orcish environment, it often behooves the game master to have names for their goblin allies.  Below is a table designed to generate names for any goblin or hobgoblin PC or NPC.  Designed in the fashion of Owen KC Stevens’ By Any Other Name articles (dragon magazine #251, 260, 261, 262, 267), it should allow you to generate a name for any goblins, or hobgoblins, in your game.  To use the tables, roll a D20 and consult table one, then roll the appropriate number of percentile dice.

TABLE 1

Roll        Result

1-2          Roll once on table 2

3-6          Roll twice on table 2

7-8          Roll once on table 2 and once on table 3

9-10       Roll once on table 2, insert an apostrophe or hyphen, and roll once on table 3

11-12     Roll once on table 2, insert an apostrophe or hyphen, and roll once on table 3, insert an apostrophe or hyphen, and roll again on table 3

13-14     Roll once on table 2, once on table 3, insert an apostrophe or hyphen, and roll again on table 3

15-17     Roll twice on table 2, and once on table 3

18-19     Roll once the table 2, insert an apostrophe or hyphen, and roll twice on table 3

20           Roll once on table 2, and once on table 3 for a first name, then again on table 1 for a last name

 

TABLE 2

Roll        Word   Meaning

01           A             forge (borrowed from dwarven)

02           Ak           sharp

03           An          eyes

04           Anc        scar

05           Axe        axe

06           Bal          wrath

07           Bar         mighty

08           Bazi        flame

09           Beer      keeper

10           Ben        faith

11           Berk       gauntlet

12           Bo           ancient

13           Bul          anger

14           Cald       related

15           Chi          wonderful

16           D/Dee   stout

17           Dak        useful

18           Dal          ale/beer/wine

19           Dar         Hell

20           Dax        hammer

21           Dell        steel

22           Din         hearth

23           Dini        sword

24           Dink       spear

25           Dok        black

26           Dol         weapon

27           Dore      red

28           Dork      heavy

29           Dow       fierce

30           Durk      wolf

31           Dwa       vicious

32           Efa          kindness

33           Eff          friend

34           El             goblin

35           Emm      mate/companion

36           Erd         elder

37           Esli          skilled

38           Fal          hard

39           Far          ice

40           Fin          enemy

41           Gal         forgotten

42           Garr       honour/duty

43           Gart       bear

44           Gat         ambush

45           Gil           Fiery

46           Gim        happy

47           Gimml   cheerful/cheerfully

48           Guld      fool’s gold/electrum

49           Har         hearty

50           Hark       stalwart

51           Id            craftsman

52           Il              joy

53           Ing          armour/hide

54           Ink          taker

55           Jak          beautiful

56           Jar          Ugly

57           Jard        god/dess

58           Jrr           orc

59           Ka           heal

60           Kard       healer

61           Karr        lord/master

62           Kast       guide/scout

63           Kax         high

64           Ken        bad/evil

65           Kerr       jewel

66           Kil           powerful

67           Ky           chief/principal/first

68           Len         good

69           Mark     gold (borrowed from orcish)

70           Mix        home

71           Mor       brave

72           Nal         Honoured (borrowed from dwarven)

73           Ne          new

74           Nur        sure

75           O             fat (borrowed from dwarven)

76           Ok          white

77           Ol            great

78           Oni         pure

79           Or           protector

80           Ov          cunning (borrowed from dwarven)

81           Palk        robes/clothes

82           Pink       run/running/fast

83           Rah        of the Blood of

84           Ring       king/queen

85           Sharva  crafty

86           Sig          far away/distant

87           Skr          art

88           Ticca      pet

89           Urn        guardian

90           Urnd      skull

91           Urnk      death

92           Urt         berserker

93           Val          messenger

94           Vor         joke

95           Wani      thief/liar

96           Wer       Battle

97           Whu      Iron

98           Worg     worg

99           Yu           rune

100         Zak         anvil

 

 

TABLE 3

Roll        Word              Meaning

01           alka/alsa           husband/wife

02           and                     killer (borrowed from dwarven)

03           annk/anna      giant/ess

04           ara                      blood

05           arf                       bearded

06           barc                    hidden

07           bela                    qualifier, sort of/like/akin to

08           ber                     life

09           bina                    Keeper

10           brin                    wisdom

11           da                       character/personality

12           dare                   burning/on fire

13           dax                     mine

14           din                      smith (borrowed from dwarven)

15           diva                    geas

16           eager                 wizard/sorcerer

17           ee                       hunter

18           ees/is                priest/ess

19           ellc                      warrior/fighter

20           elrc                     rogue

21           en                       pain

22           esk/ess             patriarch/matriarch

23           fall                      strong

24           falr                      of the stronghold

25           fen                     mountain

26           ga                        cry out/yell

27           galen                 lost

28           gaz                      Rock

29           gem                   stone

30           gerr                    strength

31           glok                    stars/glittering/sparkling

32           grin                     everlasting

33           habr                   maim

34           hat                      secret

35           hel                      pious/piety

36           hero                   virtue

37           hil                        speech/voice

38           ifra                      crafter

39           ildk                     fair/just

40           ili                         twin (borrowed from dwarven)

41           ilk                        ally

42           in                         giver

43           ing                      armour

44           ing                      hide

45           ink                      taker

46           ip                         oath/swear

47           ippa                    promise

48           iza                       treasure

49           kad                     large/huge

50           kast                    guide/scout

51           krak                    Keep

52           kris                     short

53           la                         blessing (borrowed from dwarven)

54           ludd                   fortune

55           luk                      lucky

56           lunk                    complicated

57           mek                   city

58           na                       cave bear

59           nor                     silver

60           nuz                     tiny

61           oak                     grave/dire

62           oan                     rope

63           onna                  brewer

64           ork                      gem

65           Raa                     revered

66           raka                    prey

67           ralk                     heart/spirit

68           rarr                     holiday/ritual

69           rat                       rat

70           rek                      vermin

71           renx                   birth

72           rf                         hairy

73           ric                        judge

74           rin                       life

75           rn                        fist

76           rok                      animal

77           ror                      riddle

78           ros                      tree

79           rra                       root/base

80           sand                   gall

81           sh                        moon

82           sung                   rider

83           tahl                     blade (borrowed from Elven)

84           thic                     champion (borrowed from dwarven)

85           thork                 noble/virtuous

86           toka                   cousin

87           tor                      Soul

88           torut                  nobleman/woman

89           tred/tryd         hero/ine

90           ukk                     clan

91           vel                      dragon

92           venn                  cave

93           veri                     precious

94           ves                     child

95           villn                    outcast/exile

96           vrea                   home

97           wyn                    grace/style

98           ya                        host

99           ydd                     ruler/sovereign/leader

100         zan                     a very long time/era

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