The Art of the Fake Name

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Anonymous asked: “I’ve been trying to come up with some character names that sound foreign, but I don’t want them to sound ridiculous to people who can speak the language they’re supposed to be based on. I know I could always Google baby names, but I’ve been trying to make up names that sound fantastical. Is there any good way of making up names that aren’t as risible as that time a Japanese game developer had to come up with fake American names for Fighting Baseball?”

First off, all fictional names are fake names. It’s just how it is. I’m not going to be exclusively talking about completely fabricated names, because I think that very quickly ventures into dangerous territory, though there are ways to create names that don’t sound ridiculous. 

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