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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.
- 1812 Male First Names
- 1812 Last Names
- 1850 Male First Names
- 1850 Female First Names
- Civil War Male First Names
- Civil War Last Names
- Above six files as a single zip
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.
- 1880 (Male, Female)
- 1890 (Male, Female)
- 1900 (Male, Female)
- 1910 (Male, Female)
- 1920 (Male, Female)
- 1930 (Male, Female)
- 1940 (Male, Female)
- 1950 (Male, Female)
- 1960 (Male, Female)
- 1970 (Male, Female)
- 1980 (Male, Female)
- 1990 (Male, Female)
- 2000 (Male, Female)
- 2010 (Male, Female)
- All 28 files in one zip archive
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.”
- England 1296 Last Names (1264 names)
- England 1642 Last Names (1305 names)
- England 1200s First Names (Male, Female) (471 names, 206 names)
- England 1379 First Names (Male, Female) (110 names, 69 names)
- All six files zipped
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