Three running problems of mine:
- I am terrible at naming characters, and even worse at coming up with names from outside my limited, Euro-centric sphere.
- Most name sites on the internet either encouraged my eurocentrism, had poor or no random generation options*, and/or bombarded me with cutesy baby photos, diaper ads, numerology, and other things I Did Not Want.
- When rudimentary databasing skills are your hammer everything really is a goddamn nail.
Somewhere around last November, my problems collided, and now there's this. Basically I started with Wikipedia's World list of most popular given names and then things, um, snowballed? And yes, I really have been piddling at it for seven months. And yes, it was quite a lot of time (that I don't have) and effort to put into solving a relatively minor problem. I am aware. I was aware from the first. I just did it anyway. As Dan says, no one else can shave the yak quite as thoroughly as I can.
At any rate, it's done, and a minor but irritating illness that kept me from doing anything creatively useful for the past month was the final impetus to polish it off and put it out there. Maybe a few other people will find a random name generator with over 9000 names from various world cultures useful.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to find a new yak....
* Unless the goal is for everyone's name to start with A, presenting me with an alphabetical list is a bad plan.