Mac OSX Name Gen Files

The files below are formatted to work with Scrivener for Macintosh.  These same files are all available for Scrivener for Windows here.

I do not own Scrivener for Mac so I cannot directly vouch for them.  If you have trouble with these files, please do not hesitate to leave a comment either here, or over on this thread at the Literature and Latte forums, which I check regularly.  I would also like to thank Arthur Laurent over on those forums who pointed out the difference in formatting, helped me learn the proper formatting, and did the conversion for the Virginia, Civil War, and Biblical lists.

Currently only my United States based lists and Biblical lists have been transitioned to Mac format.  If you have a desire for my era British and Russian files, drop a comment, and I’ll get them converted as soon as I can.

Biblical First Names
I’ve pulled this list together from a couple sources, and I can’t promise I won’t be expanding it in the future (in fact, I hope to).  The names on the list are a combination of Greek, Hebrew, and even some Egyptian in origin.

Virginia First Families:
A list assembled from this Wikipedia page.  274 last names.  Good for colonial era America onward.

19th Century US Names
These come from multiple sources.  The Civil War names are based on generals who fought both sides in the war.  The 1812 names are based on muster lists from Illinois and Alabama.  The 1850s list includes a sampling from the 1850 US Census.  Only the 1850 lists include female names.

US First Names By Decade:
Assembled from Social Security Administration records, these files each 1000 names, representing the most popular first names in the United States for the year indicated.  I’ve long used the SSA records to come up with character names.  The trick is to remember these are birth years, so a 50-year-old character in a book set in the 1970s should draw from the 1920 list.  These lists are all sorted in order of popularity, so should be compatible with the Name Generator obscurity slider.

US Census Lists
These lists come from the archives of the 2000 US Census, and feature the 1000 most popular last names for Asians and Latinos living in the United States, and a massive list of every last name used by at least 0.001% of the United States.   Neither ethnicity list is curated.  This means that Smith is on both lists, as there are enough Americans of both Latino and Asian origins for that name to show up in the top 1000.  The third list contains nearly 19,000 names.  You have been warned.

Old English Names
Taken from lists of British names dating back to the 1200s, these provide a nice sample of English names in the 1200s, 1300s, and 1600s.  The 1200s First Names list is the most extensive, coming from the Fine Rolls of Henry III, a fantastic cross sampling of first names from the era.  This might be just me talking, but as I’ve run these names in the generator, they have a great high fantasy feel about them.  I did some curating of the 1296 last names, removing all the “filius” and “uxor” names, which mean “son of” and “daughter of.”

NEW! 1872 German Names
These names were taken from a list of emigrants leaving Germany that year. Which means they lived there. Right? Which means it’s a cross sampling of names used in German in the mid 19th century. Sadly, while the list includes first and last names, the first names aren’t gendered. So there’s only a last name list.

NEW! Historical Russian
This was a combination request/challenge from a friend of mine who had a MASSIVE list of Russian first names from the 13th to 15th centuries.  I really do mean massive, this list is actually larger than the combined US first name list above, which means it takes a few minutes to install.  Be patient.  I probably haven’t crashed your Scrivener.  As with the English lists, these feel fantastic for use in fantasy

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    #1 by Rick Baines on March 6, 2012 - 3:43 pm

    Thanks for these – I’ll definitely make good use of them.
    If it’s not too much trouble, please could you also post the lists of British names that you have too?
    I’m British, and so I generally set stories here as it’s what I know.
    Thanks again for these list though – quite useful having names sorted by decade rather than just a large generic list.

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      #2 by DLThurston on March 7, 2012 - 9:31 am

      I’ll get them up this weekend. Just as a warning, so you’re not disappointed, they aren’t modern British names but era specific names from the 1200s-1600s.

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    #3 by Rick Baines on March 7, 2012 - 10:00 am

    Thanks a lot. Thanks for the warning about their content too, but I’m sure I’ll find a use for them anyway. Cheers :-)

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    #5 by Richard Valentine on June 12, 2012 - 1:01 am

    I admire your dedication to researching these historical names, thank you.

    I wonder if you can point me at a similar resource that might have Muslim, Arab and Middle Eastern names suitable for the Scrivener Name Generator?


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      #6 by DLThurston on June 12, 2012 - 8:03 am

      I’ve not come across any, but I’ve also not looked for any. I’ll certainly keep an eye open and pass along any I find.

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    #7 by Richard Valentine on June 12, 2012 - 8:33 am

    Thank you

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    #8 by Jon on November 6, 2012 - 1:26 pm

    Awesome resource. Thanks for putting in the legwork!

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    #9 by Sophie Dawson on December 1, 2012 - 1:59 pm

    These are great. Thank you so much. I hope you develop more. Some German names would be good as well as other northern European names. I write Historical American fiction and could use them.

    I’d like to know how to build the lists also. There may be a tutorial somewhere but I don’t know where.

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    #10 by John Hamilton on February 4, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    This is a wonderful resource. Thanks for posting!

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    #11 by Eoan on April 4, 2013 - 9:04 am

    I would be highly interested in the file of Russian names. I am doing work on a story involving Baba Yaga, and they would be of great assistance.

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      #12 by DLThurston on April 4, 2013 - 7:06 pm

      I’ve got a list of first names on the Windows side that I can turn into a Mac file. Would have to track down a last name.

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      #13 by DLThurston on April 4, 2013 - 7:38 pm

      …And there you go. Can’t always turn around a request that quickly, just happened to already have the files for Windows.

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    #14 by Eoan on April 4, 2013 - 8:36 pm

    THank you. I had seen the Russian names on the windows side, and thought i might ask. Thank you again.

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    #15 by Elizabeth on June 17, 2013 - 9:49 pm

    Thank you! This is going to be so much fun to play with.

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    #16 by Feather Qwill on September 9, 2013 - 11:00 pm

    These are amazing! You must have put a lot of time and effort into them.

    Scrivener is asking me if they’re ordered by obscurity. Should I say yes or no?

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      #17 by DLThurston on September 10, 2013 - 7:50 am

      The US names by decade are ordered, the others are not.

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    #18 by Sandra Pirtle on February 3, 2014 - 4:36 pm

    How many times can I say thank you?
    My book has a huge cast, and I am often of the grid writing, so I can use the great online generators. Now with your help, my in the field chapters won’t be filled with xxx1, xxx2 and etc.

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    #19 by Mel on July 4, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    These are wonderful to have to help make an already great feature in Scrivener even better. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    #20 by Danielle Green on April 1, 2015 - 5:26 pm

    These are awesome thank you! Do you happen to have any Russian last names to go with the period list of first names?

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    #22 by James Coyle on April 23, 2015 - 10:22 am

    I would love to get a list of Italian male & female names.


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    #23 by Adam Jones on June 10, 2015 - 5:40 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this excellent work.

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    #25 by Bryn on April 16, 2016 - 11:52 am

    Excellent! Thank you very much for this. If I want to make my own, it looks like you have them as CSV files. I have a book from Writer’s Digest for character naming and it has Arab names. Being somewhat lazy, I’d love to create a list to import to Scrivener. How would I do this?

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    #26 by Turen on July 30, 2016 - 2:57 am

    With every little thing that seems to be building throughout this particular subject matter, your points of view tend to be relatively radical. However, I appologize, because I do not give credence to your whole plan, all be it stimulating none the less. It seems to me that your opinions are generally not totally rationalized and in simple fact you are generally yourself not really totally certain of your point. In any event I did take pleasure in examining it.

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    #27 by Donna jones on November 7, 2016 - 8:10 am

    Please add a list for French and Norman names 11-12th century!

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    #28 by Laura on February 5, 2018 - 12:36 pm

    This is truly awesome. And they work on Scrivener 3. Thank you for sharing these!

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