This is a trick question because while he was my first toon, Tum wasn’t always my main. I went with Siori for quite some time. Her name honestly has no meaning, that I’m aware of. I simply rolled a Night Elf with my wife, and wanted a Rogue. I stared at the screen for a few minutes before deciding on that name. It sounded well and fit the character (always a must for me).
As for Tumunzahar (Tuh-muhn-ZA-har), I’ve tried to track down the direct translation that I swore it represented. I believe it to be “beacon of light” or something similar, but Google has not been kind in confirming this for me.
As you can see, I’m not the kind of person to name a toon “Uberpriest” or some other such nonsense. Nothing against those folks who just play the game as a game, I simply happen to be in the RPG bracket of MMORPG. Every time I roll a character I put some effort and thought into it. I want something that fits my character, sounds appropriate, and in most cases rolls off the tongue quite well. It doesn’t matter if I’m going to play the toon for 10 levels to get a bank alt, or carry it to endgame.
Sure, sometimes names are taken, but that just encourages creativity. As I’ve said before, the day Dwarf Shamans were announced I went and reserved Egwydorian on my server. It’s Welsh for “Master of the Elements.” Not all the characters I roll have meaning. Some just come to me either prior to, or during, creation. Indeed, I view each toon as an actual character and must have a proper name. Sometimes I’ll buck the trend. I used to have a Warrior named Rootintootin. He was a Gnome and I thought it was a priceless nickname that fit him well.
I know some folks use part of a name for all their toons, others stick with meaning for each and every one, and others are inspired by certain fictitious figures. What goes into your naming?
Also, a quick update on last week’s checklist, as I actually completed all the items on the list, though as you know from yesterday Golstaff didn’t last long after reaching level 10.