In light of many, MANY issues with naming policy, I came to mess stuff up and talk names
Specifically human names here, I can cover other species by request.
So first you need a first name, something that doesn’t raise an eyebrow. Something that isn’t ‘Bark’ or ‘Dingleberries’. “But Yoshi!” I hear you say, “Those are such unique interesting names, how else do I stand out from the crowd?”
ok maybe you didn’t say that but bear with me.
A name can come from anywhere, it doesn’t have to be English in origin, in fact many names aren’t! Dylan is a Welsh name, specifically the name to a Pagan Welsh god of the ocean. Ludwig is a German name, Logan is actually a Scottish name, et cetera, et cetera. If you’re in a pinch you can always use sites like Nameberry to pick out interesting names!
And as for last names? There’s the usual ‘Jones’ or ‘Jackson’, maybe ‘Williams’, but a little dive on the internet can get you so, so many more! There’s:
- Patronymic names, these are used by Oozelings too, the ones that are like the aforementioned ‘Jackson’ (son of Jack), or Jameson (son of James), or Henriksen (son of Henrik)
- Job names, Fletcher (someone who makes arrows), Smith (blacksmiths), Mason (stonemasons), and stuff like that, there’s a decent list on Wikipedia! Category:Occupational surnames - Wikipedia
- Location last names, these came most likely before patronymic ones, where there weren’t as many people and you could be, say, “George from Ashton”, over time though towns would have grown to make these last names moot, as there could be many Georges in Ashton.
You can mix and match to your liking, and find the perfect name to use!