I feel sicker than a dog.
Have you ever seen a dog that was so light-headed and dizzy it could barely stand up and walk? I certainly haven’t.
I’m really late on today’s post, so I’ll just do something short that will help the majority of the visitors to my blog:
Tauren Paladin Naming 101
As I have mentioned before, this is far and away the most common Google search term that has found my blog. Up until now I have only joked about it, but here are a few general naming tips.
Don’t name yourself Holycow. Seriously. You will laugh at it for about 5 minutes, then you’ll see a hundred others of your ridiculous brethren and you will inevitably log out and give up on that sad, sad character.
The Tauren are a proud and noble race, worthy of a magnificent moniker and of being subjected to a million lame jokes.
Paladins are also (generally) an upright and noble class, in search of some grand cause or something. If you take roleplaying even remotely seriously, do not ever name your paladin Plasticbag or Likmyponybut.
Side note on that roleplaying thing: I do not mean the total act-in-character bit or organizing massive roleplaying guilds and events. That is an entirely different matter, one I have no and desire no experience in. My kind of roleplaying is in understanding my character.
I can’t just level a character. He/she has to mean something to me. Not that I get seriously emotionally attached to them, just that they have meaning. I can’t just roll a warrior because the guild needs melee dps. It has to be more than that. Maybe he’s an orc who grew up with his buddy Draenosh (Can anyone remember what it means in Orcish?) and he always looked up to High Overlord Saurfang. (Side note: this happened. My first time after seeing ICC I rolled an orc warrior named Delefang)
Or maybe I’m a druid who has recently awakened from the Emerald Dream and who now wants to explore the whole world, see how it has changed, and how he can heal it. Delerius had been a dreamer, and I tried to go to as many zones as possible on him, complete as many quests as I could.
My paladin wanted to be tough. She wanted to show off how strong she was and how she could tank better than any of the guys. But in the end she got distracted by pretty shiny things and kind of became a princess-type. I found this obnoxious, and I haven’t really played her since.
I speak for myself, but I think the majority of WoW players would agree with me that this connection with their character is important to them. With this in mind, let’s get back to the naming…
Some characters are named for their heritage. I mean, people are. Just check out all the last names out there. You can only have 1 name in WoW, no first/last name combinations, but maybe your name reflects the family you came from? If so, take a look at other Tauren names.
From WoWWiki, quoting the WoW RPG:
The language of the tauren is often harsh and low sounding, which is reflected in the names of their children. The last name of a tauren is usually a family name, handed down through the generations. If the tauren has performed some act that has made an impression on the elders of his tribe, however, he may choose to take on his own last name to commemorate that act. Tauren have several names. They receive a name at birth and another during a ceremony to celebrate reaching adulthood. This adult name describes some event in their lives or some notable individual characteristic: for instance, Blackhide, Earthborn, Halfhorn, Hidemaker, Riverwatcher, Scar, Splithoof, Stormchaser, or Windrunner. A tauren may also acquire a third name that he uses when dealing with outsiders.
- Male Names: Azok, Bron, Turok, Garaddon, Hruon, Jeddek.
- Female Names: Argo, Serga, Bessey, Beruna, Halfa.
- Family Names: Darkthorn, Thunderhoof, Stormhorn, Quillsplitter, Stonebreaker, Plainstalker, Spiritwalker.
Again, you can’t have both a first and last name, so you’ll have to pick one. If all you want is a first name, go hit the random name generator a couple dozen times. But if you didn’t like that, well maybe that’s why you Googled “tauren paladin names” 500 times.
For last names, notice how they are almost all compounds of 2 simple words. Either a noun and a participle, or two nouns.
An excellent example: “Sunwalker” would have been an amazing Tauren Paladin name, if, you know, that wasn’t the name of the Tauren Paladins. Don’t do it.
Starting with something sun/star/light related would be very fitting for a paladin. If you follow the lore of the Tauren however (or if you did the pre-cata intro quest), you may notice that the Tauren druids worship the sun while the Night Elf druids worship the moon. Elune is the moon, An’she is the sun. Or at least, that is what the lore says.
Maybe your character doesn’t have a remarkable heritage. Maybe he’s just a common cow from Bloodhoof Village. If he is not known for his heritage, maybe he is known for his appearance. I once made an albino Tauren druid, named him Sunpaw. He was all white, with the lighter horn color, and so his name both fit his class and his appearance. (He had a friend named Moonpaw, who never made it past level 10)
Or they could simply be named for their actions. Perhaps you vanquished the Palemane tribe single-handedly (hoofedly?) with a frying pan. Frying pans, who knew right? With said frying pan you bashed in the skull of the gnoll leader Snagglespear. From this example your name might be Snagglebane or Panslayer or Gnollbasher. And I’m sure you could come up with something better than that even.
One final note. Whatever you do, please please please please please PLEASE do not EVER use alt-code symbols. They are confusing, they frustrate your friends (as if you had any) when they try to add you to their friend lists, and they serve no real purpose other than to announce to the world “I’m not creative enough to come up with something better than what someone else already did”. Come on.
There you go. Tauren Paladin Naming 101. Enjoy.