I'm making a game (or planning to, at least) and to do that, I need a way to automatically generate names for the NPC "bosses" (long explanation and irrelevant here). Something like this is a good example of what I mean.
I have an idea that I can just build a database of names by nationality, maybe first/last pairs, and assign them randomly, with an ignored names list so I don't get something like Homer Simpson and get sued or something.
The problem with that is that I'd need to build up a massive database of names for that to work. It would either take forever or cost money, unless someone has a list of names available for free already.
I have another idea where I make random pairs of vowels and consonants, flip a few, and add them together, but a quick program that does that generated names like these:
(For anyone interested in the code, you can see it here)
These are... kind of a mouthful. Well, except "Gozidi" -- that one could work. Still, the success rate is clearly not very good.
Is there anything I could do to make the names sound nicer (see below), or should I start making that list? Can I somehow mimic the way humans decide if a name is decent or not, with at least some accuracy? I'd much prefer something like this to a lookup in a big list.
What I mean by "nicer" is that, instead of random combinations of characters (which it is, to be fair), things that sound like actual names. They can be from any culture (or sound like they are), real or imaginary, anything at all, so long as your stereotypical dumb, monolingual American like me can say 'em without too much trouble.
If you need extra clarification, go ahead and ask. I'm not really sure what to put here.
Addendum: So far as I can tell, there really aren't tags that fit this question all that well. If anyone who's been here longer can recommend some, that'd be awesome.