When I started playing WoW I also bought some sort of thick Strategy guide. It was filled with flaws though as almost everything was based on the Beta. But there was one topic in that book + a cartoon about how to choose a name.
It was suggested that if you didn't have any inspiration, you could look around from where you were sitting and conjure up a name with the items that were there.
So the cartoon that followed this suggestion depicted a character who introduced himself to 2 other players. "Hi I am Armchair, son of Lavalamp and Milkbottle." (not exact quote). While a pretty funny cartoon... It took me a while to conjure up a name. Then I realised that perhaps a name that I had played before during Dungeons & Dragons might be a good one. Played that game from when I was 13 or something until I was 23 with breaks inbetween. But that name had a "used" feeling.
So I eddited a little. The way it is made up now was:
- playing a paladin - one aspect of this = valour
But naming a character Valour would be a bit lame.
- I played the D&D Campaignsetting "Birthright". Included in the box was a namechart. Lots of names had "ae" in it when it would normally be an "a".
So I gathered Vaelour. Still sucked to me. And then I remember reading LOTR. Lorien or Lothlorien (forgive my spelling). Which in turn made my name: Vaelorian, not exactly Vaelorien but somehow this didn't seem right.
So how did you come up with your name?