Creating a character for Dungeons & Dragons is always fun – it gives you the chance to start fresh, and try something new. Whether you’re designing your first D&D character or setting up one for your next campaign, an important part of your character is their name: it gives other characters and NPCs a sense of your nature and history right off the bat.
But how do you come up with a great genasi character name? And are there any genasi name generators to make the whole process easier?
I’ll be honest: I didn’t know much about genasi before researching this guide, in part because my group has never played with one (either while I was a player or for the campaigns I’ve DMed). But after learning more about them, I’m sold on playing a genasi for the next time I design a character, and this research was as much for me as for you.
Below, you’ll find a bunch of information about genasi and genasi naming conventions. If you just want to jump to the third-party genasi name generators I recommend, use the table of contents below to jump right to that section. Good luck coming up with an awesome name for your genasi character!
Basics about Genasi
The Genasi are a race of humanoid beings with ancestry from one of the four classical elements – earth, air, fire, and water. Genasi are typically born to human parents, but their elemental ancestry grants them unique abilities and traits.
There are four subraces of genasi, each corresponding to a different element:
- Earth genasi: Earth genasi are have the ability to move through solid earth as easily as a fish swims through water. They also have increased durability and resistance to physical damage.
- Air genasi: Air genasi have the ability to move through the air at great speeds and levitate. They also have increased dexterity and are resistant to lightning damage.
- Fire genasi: Fire genasi have the ability to produce flames from their bodies and resist fire damage. They also have increased charisma and are resistant to fire damage.
- Water genasi: Water genasi can breathe underwater and move through water with ease. They also have increased wisdom and are resistant to acid damage.
Genasi are often viewed as outsiders due to their unique abilities, but they can be found in many different cultures and societies throughout the world of D&D. They are known for their strength, resilience, and connection to the elemental forces that shape the world.
Genasi, as a race, have a few characteristics that are common across all four subraces:
- Elemental Ancestry: As mentioned earlier, genasi are humanoid beings with ancestry from one of the four classical elements – earth, air, fire, and water. This ancestry manifests itself in their unique abilities and physical traits.
- Independent and Individualistic: Genasi tend to be independent and value their personal freedom. They are often driven by their own goals and ambitions, rather than a desire to conform to societal norms.
- Strong-willed: Genasi are known for their strong wills and determination. They have a natural resilience to the forces of the world, both physical and emotional.
- Prone to extremes: Genasi are known to be intense and passionate, sometimes to the point of being extreme. This can manifest in many different ways, from their personalities to their physical abilities.
- Connected to the Elemental Planes: Genasi have a natural affinity for the Elemental Planes, and some may even feel a sense of duty or responsibility to protect and preserve these realms.
- Outsider Status: Due to their unique abilities and ancestry, genasi are often viewed as outsiders by other races. This can sometimes lead to mistrust or discrimination, but genasi are also known for their resilience in the face of adversity.
Overall, genasi are a diverse and fascinating race, with a deep connection to the elemental forces that shape the world of Dungeons & Dragons.
Well-Know Genasi in the D&D World
I did a bunch of research to try and come up with some genasi characters from the official D&D sourcebooks that I could share here, to give you a sense of how genasi characters are made and genasi names in the official materials – but I wasn’t able to find any notable genasi. (This seems like a fun opportunity for an NPC as a DM, though!)
However, the popular Critical Role podcast has had several genasi characters of note. In Campaign 2 (“The Mighty Nein”), The Gentleman (aka Babenon Dosal) is a water genasi. In Campaign 3 (“Bells Hells”), there are two genasi in the main party: Ashton Greymoore (played by Taliesin Jaffe) is an earth genasi barbarian, and Dorian Storm (played by Robbie Daymond) is an air genasi bard.
All of these characters show the diversity of ways to create, play, and name a genasi character.
Genasi Naming Conventions
Here are some tips for coming up with a name for a genasi character in Dungeons & Dragons:
Consider their Ancestry
The names of genasi can be inspired by their elemental ancestry. For example, earth genasi names may have a grounding or earthy quality to them, while fire genasi names may have a fiery or passionate tone.
Additionally, genasi names may be inspired by the humanoids from whom they descend or among whom they were raised (such as halflings, for air genasi). So a genasi might have a first name related to their elemental nature and a surname related to the humanoid race of their ancestors, if that’s part of their backstory.
Look to Real-World Cultures
Many real-world cultures have names that are inspired by the elements or have meanings related to nature. Researching the naming conventions of different cultures can provide inspiration for naming your genasi character.
Play with Sound & Language
Experiment with different sounds and language to create a unique and memorable name. This can involve combining different words or using unusual letter combinations.
Consider Your Character’s Personality
The name you choose for your genasi character can reflect their personality. A name with a strong or bold sound may reflect a character who is brave or confident, while a softer or more melodic name may reflect a gentler personality.
Remember that the most important thing is to choose a name that you and your character both like and that feels true to their personality and backstory.
Genasi Name Ideas by Subrace
Here are some examples of names that might be suitable for genasi characters in Dungeons & Dragons:
- Earth Genasi: Terra, Gaea, Gaia, Rocky, Stone, Clay, Granite, Pebble, Boulder, Dusty, Sandstone, Onyx
- Air Genasi: Zephyr, Breeze, Gale, Tempest, Windy, Whisper, Stormy, Aeris, Sky, Nimbus, Cirrus, Cumulus
- Fire Genasi: Blaze, Ember, Pyro, Ignis, Inferno, Heat, Sear, Phoenix, Cinder, Char, Scorch, Ash
- Water Genasi: Aqua, Maris, Oceanus, River, Tide, Wave, Splash, Coral, Pearl, Seashell, Brine, Nautilus
Of course, these are just a few examples, and there are many other names that could work well for genasi characters. The key is to choose a name that fits with the character’s personality, backstory, and elemental ancestry. You can also use naming conventions from real-world cultures or fantasy worlds to help inspire you.
Ultimately, the most important thing is to choose a name that you and your character both like and that feels true to the character’s identity.
Top Genasi Name Generators
If you google “Genasi Name Generators” – which you might have done to end up on this guide – there are lots of options. I’ve reviewed several of them to see how they do, and here are the three I recommend:
- DnD Names has four different genasi name generators, one for each subrace: Air, Earth, Fire, and Water. Each one provides a full name – first and surname – and I think it’s the best tool out there for coming up with a great genasi name quickly, as several of them on each list were appealing to me as I considered different genasi characters.
- If you’re looking for general ideas for a first name not specific to any genasi subrace, Fantasy Name Generators is a decent place to start. You’ll get lots of ideas, but may want to use another tool to start to narrow down your options or come up with a surname too.
- For another option to come up with a first name only, Codex Nomina has a genasi name generator; it’s my least favorite of the top three based on the options it’s generating, but it is another option if you don’t like any generated by the tools I’ve already mentioned.
There are lots of others out there, but these are the three that I think generated the best genasi names that use the tips above and create pleasant-sounding and exciting names. Have any questions about how to name your genasi character? Let me know in the comments below.