Thursday, June 07, 2007

Thirteen Things about Great Villain Names

Here are some names I'd consider giving to one of my villains:

1. Ambrose – Of Greek origin, means "immortal." Sounds like someone who would be very clever and dastardly, and if immortal, an eternal evil genius.

2. Boris – Of Russian origin, means "battle, fight." Aside from sounding like a meanie, the meaning even suggests trouble.

3. Bronson – Of English origin, means "Brown's son." Sounds like a sneaky, wicked guy.

4. Donovan –Of Gaelic and English origin, means "dark chieftain." Again, the meaning of the name hints at a bad guy.

5. Elkin – Of Hebrew origin, means "God purchased, God created." Okay, so this name implies he might be more of a good guy, but the name just sounds creepy.

6. Gustav – Of Germanic origin, means "stave of the gods." He could be a staff of one of the nasty gods.

7. Hobart – Of Germanic origin, means "bright mind, intelligent."

8. Jackson – Of English origin, means "Jack's son."

9. Jaden – Of American English origin. To me the name suggests a sneaky person who would lurk around and snoop on people, then pounce on them when they least suspected it.

10. Kromar – This is a name I created. To me, it sounds like someone who would be smart and evil. Krom (chrome) could be used as a nickname.

11. Royce – Of Latin origin, means "rose."

12. Wesley – Of English origin, means "Western meadow."
I know it's sometimes used as a hero's name, but I think it lends itself more to a bad guy.

13. Vann – Of English origin, means "God is gracious."

Which of these 13 names would you consider giving to one of your villains? What other names do you think would be great for a villain and why?

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Blogger Robin L. Rotham said...

Ooh, I LOVE Kromar! I immediately thought of the bad guys from the original Battlestar Galactica. Then I thought of a Hell's Angel on a big chrome Harley.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Diana Celesky said...

Thanks, Robin. Haven't thought about where old Kromar is going to turn up yet, but he's going to be one bad ass dude.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Babe King said...

Hah! Hobart is the capital city of my state. lolm

7:11 PM  
Blogger Crimson Wife said...

Well, Ambrose reminds me of the Catholic Saint so unless he's some sort of black sheep rebelling against an overly repressive upbringing I wouldn't think it makes a good villain's name.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Melissa Marsh said...

Dominic. That has always been a villain's name for me ever since I read my favorite book in the world, TREE OF GOLD, by Rosalind Laker. The icky father's name in the book was Dominic.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Diana Celesky said...

oooohhhh . . . I like Dominic, too. Sounds very controlling.

4:45 PM  

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