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Non-Trade Related => In-Depth Talk => Topic started by: Sorbet on February 16, 2009, 03:12:13 PM

Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Sorbet on February 16, 2009, 03:12:13 PM
What is it that makes one decide "This is a human name." or "This is an anthro name." OR "This is a feral name." ? I see plenty of "human" names being used for anthro and even feral characters on a regular basis, and I'm just curious to know what makes it STRICTLY a human/anthro/feral name?
Ex, my cat's name is Louie. Louie is a human name, but ... he's a cat. With a human name.
I have a few characters that have object names, such as Lamborghini and Ferrari and well, Sorbet of course. Lambo and Ferr are both anthro characters (actually, Ferr is a car most of the time), and Sorbet is mostly human.

WHAT makes it human or anthro or feral?!
Please do not start an argument or sling mud, I am JUST curious.
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Altria on February 16, 2009, 03:42:35 PM
I don't think any particular name would be classified as ANTHRO ONLY or HUMAN ONLY unless maybe it's a canon character. From what I've seen, people name their characters whatever they want.

However, ferals are different. Most of the time, feral characters are named after objects or words, such as Enrage, Joyride, ect.
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Sorbet on February 16, 2009, 03:55:00 PM
I browse the Alt Tack - Buying forum a lot and I see threads with "BUYING ANTHRO/FERAL NAMES ONLY", so it makes me wonder what someone would consider one of those.

Now that I think about it, I do notice that most feral names are objects and words as you say, and sometimes even emotions like Aggression or whatever.
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Jearu on February 16, 2009, 05:13:10 PM
Yea, I was going to mention that a lot of feral names are of emotions and shit. Who names their animal companions Rage, Frisbee, Ecstatic, Smash, Bottle? (I pulled these names out of my ass, for example only) What makes names like these feral.. and why must nearly everyone conform to it. Take and trip into any feral dream and I can guarantee that you'll be able to make at least ONE sentence out of the players in there.

Anthros seem to be mostly objects or human names. While ferals are emotions/adjectives and verbs.
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Sorbet on February 16, 2009, 05:27:06 PM
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Take and trip into any feral dream and I can guarantee that you'll be able to make at least ONE sentence out of the players in there.

LOL.

I find it a bit silly, though, really. Because I have perfectly good names, but sometimes people won't buy them because they don't fit into whatever category they're looking for, whether it be anthro, human, or feral.
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Fox on February 16, 2009, 05:46:35 PM
Its all a matter of taste, Really.
Yes a lot of people choose a certain category for their characters names to fall in, but saying the reason people don't buy your alts because they dont suit a category is a pretty redundant remark.

The majority if people use a word to describe their character, especially the feral Rpers most of them WILL have a verb, or emotion for a name, and they generally make the character based on that name.

And then again there are people who have perfectly reasonable names for each /category/ as you put it.
Again its really a matter of opinion and taste.
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Hugo on February 16, 2009, 07:23:47 PM
Language evolution, I guess. I haven't met a girl named Agnes under the age of 50.
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Sorbet on February 16, 2009, 07:58:32 PM
Quote from: "Hugo"
Language evolution, I guess. I haven't met a girl named Agnes under the age of 50.

Although Agnes is a pretty badass name...
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Tain on February 16, 2009, 09:15:08 PM
i always thought of the ferals name as like.. 'Bloodfang' 'Silverwind' 'Redpaw' or when it looks like someone slammed their head on the keyboard a bit hard 'Akksinational' 'Zynkshul' something like that..

but i normally make a human character then sometimes base a feral on them since i barely see human artist anymore.. and if i do see one they're prices are reallyreally high.


and i always thought of human/anthro the same names.
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Sookan on February 16, 2009, 09:37:12 PM
i hate furries with names like NIGHTWING DARKFANG and ELISH'Y MAN'R
i've rped with a few of them and i don't remember their names... at all

if it's not a real word or name, i might remember you
(sookan's easy to remember right?)
if there's 2 or more words, i probably won't remember you
if there's random punctuations thrown in there too.. what do you expect

i find that more annoying that verbs or random nouns for names because at least i can remember them lol
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Cinna on February 17, 2009, 02:32:28 PM
Quote from: "Tain"
i always thought of the ferals name as like.. 'Bloodfang' 'Silverwind' 'Redpaw' or when it looks like someone slammed their head on the keyboard a bit hard 'Akksinational' 'Zynkshul' something like that..

but i normally make a human character then sometimes base a feral on them since i barely see human artist anymore.. and if i do see one they're prices are reallyreally high.


and i always thought of human/anthro the same names.


It's funny you say that, I have a friend who made a feral name by hitting the keyboard. Haha, the name turned out to be Euirisie.
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Demi on February 17, 2009, 04:58:14 PM
Here's how I go about this sort of thing.
Human names like "Frank" for example can be interchangeable between human/anthro and feral. I mean I have an umbrella cockatoo named Gabriel. That's a human given name right there.
It's NOT that uncommon for people to give their pets human names so why wouldn't it work for the names of your characters?

Now for feral characters. If it's not something I'd name my pet I wouldn't use it as a name for a feral character.
Before you go off looking up a random drug, medical related or anything to name that generic feral wolf you came up with ask yourself this "Would I name my pet this?"

Now, on the other hand would you name your child "Fluffy, Sparky, Rover, Pudding, Jingles..ect"?

If you did I would feel bad for that kid after laughing my ass off.


There's no real difference between what constitutes Human-Anthro-Feral names. It's up to the owners to decide what they want to do with the name but try to use some intelligence.
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Lovedoll on February 17, 2009, 07:17:26 PM
The line between human and animal names began to draw thin the moment parents named their children after plants and emotions. >:

Naming people after things is common with native americans, asians etc. but it just sounds so awkward in Western languages. That said the only way I consider a name feral is when it's a name relating to nature. Like Starpaw, Moondust, Silverfang etc. etc. etc. The current trend of naming ferals after objects is retarded to me. Ferals are supposed to be close to nature, not be named after an object invented/named by humans.

Anthro and Human names are equal to me, though for the same reason elements from feral names can be incorporated for a 50/50 effect.
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: ali on February 17, 2009, 07:59:29 PM
Quote from: "Lovedoll"
The line between human and animal names began to draw thin the moment parents named their children after plants and emotions. >:

Naming people after things is common with native americans, asians etc. but it just sounds so awkward in Western languages. That said the only way I consider a name feral is when it's a name relating to nature. Like Starpaw, Moondust, Silverfang etc. etc. etc. The current trend of naming ferals after objects is retarded to me. Ferals are supposed to be close to nature, not be named after an object invented/named by humans.

Anthro and Human names are equal to me, though for the same reason elements from feral names can be incorporated for a 50/50 effect.


i think names like rose, daisy, violet, ect. are really pretty and suitible for names... but as for emotions, they might mean in another language, but i can't imagine a child named ANGER or SADNESS... like you said, it'd be weird if it were just that.
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Lovedoll on February 17, 2009, 09:18:46 PM
Oh yeah, those are pretty names, but there are some obnoxious ones I've heard of. I can't recall them off the bat, but uh. Joy and Hope are some... pretty awkward names for a real person to have to walk around with. >:
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Hugo on February 18, 2009, 09:37:18 AM
Don't forget Faith. I'm sure someone's named their baby Rage. It's 2009 after all.
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: alice on February 18, 2009, 10:36:44 AM
Quote from: "Hugo"
Don't forget Faith. I'm sure someone's named their baby Rage. It's 2009 after all.


im going to name my child rage
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: ali on February 18, 2009, 04:00:39 PM
Quote from: "Hugo"
Don't forget Faith. I'm sure someone's named their baby Rage. It's 2009 after all.


faith's cute, actually... as are joy, which can be short for joyce, don't forget...

lol rage
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Cowboy on February 18, 2009, 04:29:55 PM
When I think of an anthro name, I think of those typical 'Dakota Ravenpaw', 'Julie Firetail', etc... but those probably aren't what people are looking for when they ask for 'anthro' names.

But I personally think it's pretty vague to ask specifically for 'feral' or 'anthro' names because I think aren't any sort of specifics anymore. Human names are a bit more understandable and probably mean some common name.

but then again, there IS Sarah Palin with her kids Track, Trig, Willow, Piper, and Bristol...
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: ali on February 18, 2009, 05:27:48 PM
Quote from: "Vanity"
but then again, there IS Sarah Palin with her kids Track, Trig, Willow, Piper, and Bristol...


those poor kids
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Sorbet on February 18, 2009, 05:42:55 PM
Quote from: "Vanity"
When I think of an anthro name, I think of those typical 'Dakota Ravenpaw', 'Julie Firetail', etc... but those probably aren't what people are looking for when they ask for 'anthro' names.

But I personally think it's pretty vague to ask specifically for 'feral' or 'anthro' names because I think aren't any sort of specifics anymore. Human names are a bit more understandable and probably mean some common name.

but then again, there IS Sarah Palin with her kids Track, Trig, Willow, Piper, and Bristol...

Piper is an okay name. I actually plan on naming a kid of mine Piper, Lorelei Piper to be exact, after a Styx song and a favourite plane of mine. :)
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: MAU on February 19, 2009, 03:01:38 AM
Quote from: "Sorbet"
Quote from: "Vanity"
When I think of an anthro name, I think of those typical 'Dakota Ravenpaw', 'Julie Firetail', etc... but those probably aren't what people are looking for when they ask for 'anthro' names.

But I personally think it's pretty vague to ask specifically for 'feral' or 'anthro' names because I think aren't any sort of specifics anymore. Human names are a bit more understandable and probably mean some common name.

but then again, there IS Sarah Palin with her kids Track, Trig, Willow, Piper, and Bristol...

Piper is an okay name. I actually plan on naming a kid of mine Piper, Lorelei Piper to be exact, after a Styx song and a favourite plane of mine. :)

funny, when i thought of the name "piper", i immediately thought of a piper J-3, then i scrolled down and saw this.

not a bad name, really. personally, i prefer more "common" names, and that's how i name my characters. thus what i see as a "feral" name could be suited for both a human and an animal.
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Sorbet on February 19, 2009, 03:20:19 AM
Quote from: "mauser"
Quote from: "Sorbet"
Quote from: "Vanity"
When I think of an anthro name, I think of those typical 'Dakota Ravenpaw', 'Julie Firetail', etc... but those probably aren't what people are looking for when they ask for 'anthro' names.

But I personally think it's pretty vague to ask specifically for 'feral' or 'anthro' names because I think aren't any sort of specifics anymore. Human names are a bit more understandable and probably mean some common name.

but then again, there IS Sarah Palin with her kids Track, Trig, Willow, Piper, and Bristol...

Piper is an okay name. I actually plan on naming a kid of mine Piper, Lorelei Piper to be exact, after a Styx song and a favourite plane of mine. :)

funny, when i thought of the name "piper", i immediately thought of a piper J-3, then i scrolled down and saw this.

not a bad name, really. personally, i prefer more "common" names, and that's how i name my characters. thus what i see as a "feral" name could be suited for both a human and an animal.


And Piper J-3 is exactly what I meant, lol. I hope to own one one day.
Title: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: sht on February 19, 2009, 07:28:17 PM
Whatever makes you happy with your character.
I'm naming my kid, "KILLDEATH1920"
But seriously. Whatever. I don't mind with people naming feral characters after objects, television shows, drugs, fake japanese words, ect. Whatever makes you think, "I should make this a feral" Could be a 'feral name' on your part. Same with Anthro.
Title: Re: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Manco on April 08, 2010, 03:57:24 PM
To be honest I can understand alot of the grievances people have, especially when you get deeper into verbs and see characters like 'Killing' and fathom how the hell that even resembles a name, but how can anyone have the right to decide what's a good name and what isn't? Especially ferals; if you're playing an animal you can therefore assume they have only animal intelligence, I don't see what's so unrealistic about them taking inspiration from actions or the things around them ie White Fang or Watership Down, some of the characters are called names like Lip-Lip or Flows-Like-A-Stream or something like that, which may seem pretty weird to us but would make sense when you only have a crude intelligence.

And let's not forget the very different methods for naming that different cultures have, too; I'm assuming we're all Westerners here, but Anglosaxon names are pretty different compared to, say, Japanese names where they're commonly named after objects ie Naruto, which is pretty weird when you consider it's the topping on ramen, it'd be like calling a kid Salt or Pepper and I'm pretty sure they have weirder names than that too.
Title: Re: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Michelle on April 14, 2010, 07:00:48 PM
i personally think common real-world names are for humans. no matter what language/region the name is popular in, if there's people named it, it's acceptable to me. however, there are some people that name their children weird shit. like frank zappa named his children "dweezil" and "moon unit"... so go figure.

i'm personally a feralfag, and most of my characters names are objects or emotions lol (skull, lyre, etc,.)  my anthro alt, bathory, is named after a real person, elizabeth bathory who bathed in the blood of virgins. i just figured humans and anthros are more closely related, and since they're typically human-esque, they deserved to be "named" that way.
for some reason, i find it too weird to name ferals human names.

there's also the difference with what TYPE of feral dream, or the species of the character.
like tanzania and other african-based dreams, the characters kind of deserve the african vibe when naming (rafiki, mufasa, you know the deal). suits the mood of the dream more, just sayin.
Title: Re: What constitutes a human/antho/feral name?
Post by: Fallon on April 22, 2010, 03:08:57 PM
A lot of times I see feral characters with pretty badass names like Blaze, Gore, Carnage, Smile, Bipolar, Morgrim, etc., they tend to be more creepier names in my opinion. For humans, I would see normal names like my main Fallon, it's a normal name, therefore I made her human. Anthros I don't really use so I don't know...

Any who overall I don't think it really matter, everyone has their own opinion on what they think Feral/Anthro/Human should be, that's why when someone makes a thread saying they are selling specific names like that, I click it, and look at the examples they give. (: