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How do you choose a name (and a surname) for your OCs? 

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29 deviants said Names come naturally in my head lol I don't have to struggle to find some [a.k.a. I am the Lucky Bastard xD]
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15 deviants said I use online random generators, going on until I find something I like or that would fit the character
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14 deviants said Other (comment)
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9 deviants said I keep a list where I add all the names I like when I hear them - I choose from there

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:iconcandyexorcist:
candyexorcist Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Student General Artist
All of the above!
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Otaku-Mom Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't really HAVE any OC's, unless you count DnD characters, and those I name based of of their race, class, gender...and such. 
In video games, I seem to gravitate towards something that seems to 'fit' the game. If all else fails, I go with 'Paige' or a gender neutral name like 'Jo' or something. I don't bother with surnames unless I NEED to have one.
Sorry if I'm not much help. 
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Ota-ni Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I usually choose a natonality/country for my oc and then I search for names that could fit ;;u;;
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zero0810 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I should start doing the same... sometimes I don't even decide a nationality for my OCs (especially the "secondary" ones xP)
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Kallian91 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Per quei pochi ocs che ho e che non ho mai disegnato ne finito (yay me) ho sempre aspettato che il nome arrivasse da solo :'D
Coi generatori random non mi trovo :\ Ne ho provati molti ma boh non ho mai trovato nomi appropriati.
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zero0810 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I generatori aiutano un po', poi cominciano a proporti sempre gli stessi nomi, e alla fine ti stufi di cliccare =3=
Di solito non li uso, ma in caso di necessità (=disperazione) vado a perderci un po' di tempo. Quelli vanno bene più che altro per scegliere i nomi in The Sims xD (ho avuto dei Sim con dei nomi talmente assurdi... xD)
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Kallian91 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah non ci avevo mai pensato di usarli per the sims xD di solito per comodità uso nomi già esistenti, tipo in TS3 a parte il mio pg uso nomi Marvel, e in Medieval LOTR o cantanti (Chirurgo Till Lindemann è il mio preferito xDD)
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zero0810 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Non andrei mai da un chirurgo con un nome simile, come minimo mi squarta con una sega circolare Llama Emoji-07 (Hopeless or Scared) [V1] xD
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SoundlessRoom Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some OCs I made only because I heard a name i loved
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zero0810 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand, many of my OCs were born just like that Rentarou Nodding Icon 
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neurotikiya Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Frecuently, names come to my head buf many times, if I don't like them, I use a list to delete or choose tha names ^^
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Winged-Seahorse Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used behindthename.com. It has pretty good search functionality, lists name meanings and you can limit names by nationality and that kind of thing. It also has a random name generator and a surname sister site, it's the whole package in one!
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zero0810 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know the site - but not the existence of its sister site! *__*
I just took a look and already found at least ten surnames I can use! *cries of joy*
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Winged-Seahorse Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah the sister site doesn't have many entries but lists of surnames are so hard to come by it's a blessing!
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YukiRiku Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
I pick a few names I like, write them down, fold the paper, then put the first and sir names in separate hats and draw them out, it isn't a very good method but It works in a pinch
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RocioZero Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a list of many names written in some pages, and I pick from there when I need it. Or I make a sort of brain storming to choose one. But usually I have a faint idea of what I'm looking for -characters always tell something about them, even if they're brand-new.
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zero0810 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a list - and it's quite a long list - but when it comes about secondary characters I don't feel like "waste" one of those precious names... I'm a bad OC's owner xP
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RocioZero Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, it's just normal to want the best for our children <3 In my case, I choose ugly names for some of them sometimes, since most Spanish names are... well, ugly for me xD
But yeah, I leave "the most precious names" for OCs that really deserve it :D
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:iconnilfea:
Nilfea Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
I go here: www.behindthename.com/

And then just pick a letter that I want the name to start with or just go through some random ones :D
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:iconzero0810:
zero0810 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like that site because provides the meaning of the name too - if only it would stop to give me always the same names =3=
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Nilfea Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
Ah yeah I usually have like a letter in my mind that I want the characters name to begin with x'D so I got throught the list and see what kind of name has a meaning that would fit my OC0~ >u<
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zero0810 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is also a good idea! I'll try this too èué
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Dabel-Liska Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I pick a name/word that connects with the character in some way, then mix it with a common name and I have a rare name XP
That or just write some name/words backwards and see if I get something I like 😅 EXPERIMENTS! X3
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zero0810 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To write words backward looks like a good idea! I'll definitely try it! Lovely Shoujo (Nods) [V4] 
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Dabel-Liska Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Yay X3
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DiosApollos Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
All of them, really. lol First names I don't really have that much trouble thinking up, but surnames I almost always have to look up. xD
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zero0810 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Surnames are a pain =3= maybe it's because of that that I tend to create characters related to each other, to recycle surnames? °-° ... xD
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DiosApollos Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, they are. x.x And yeah, I do that too. xD lol
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Casubens Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
it depend with me
sometimes i give name with signification that i find on internet or that i create myself, 
i use generator,
i write random names,
or they come naturally,
it can appen that i change the spelling to try to make it "original"
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:iconzero0810:
zero0810 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same - but often I can't rid of the sensation of have chosen a name that doesn't fit the character ;v;
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CosmicLolita Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I first create a character, get to know their personality, and a suitiable name 'comes' to me naturally ;)
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:iconzero0810:
zero0810 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I was this lucky xP
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owKaii Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I name them in relation with some words I want to associate with the caracter, or I find names, or symbol with some meaning. If they are adopts, I sometimes ask the artist if they don't have an idea of name (since they are the real "parent"lol) x)
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zero0810 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a wise way to proceed - sometimes I don't even know what a name means, I choose it only because I like how it sounds ^^" and maybe then I discover that has an horrible meaning xD
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LittleLeGere Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Sometimes, I'm inspired by a real name and I change a little bit to make it original or I'm totaly lazy XDD (Mummy, Ghost & Dude X')) )
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zero0810 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But sometimes lazily chosen names are the best names :P
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LittleLeGere Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
But in my case, when I see this words, I think about my OCs, not the real meaning of the word XD
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zero0810 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually keep a list of all the names that I like, but usually when I create a character I already have in mind one or two names. Now I find myself in a situation where I have to name several characters not enough important to receive a name from that list, and I don't know what to do (many of these characters doesn't even have an aspect in my head, but I need eleven characters, that means eleven names and surnames, argh)
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