Tieflings are a humanoid race found in the Players Handbook for the 5th Edition of Dungeons and Dragons. While these beings can trace their roots back to human lineage, at some point their line was infused with the essence of a demon. This demonic pact could have occurred generations back, but the dark taint on the soul remains. Because Tieflings largely come from human stock, they largely lack their own culture that most races share. Because of this, their naming convention is less predictable. Learn how to pick the most accurate names with our Tiefling Names Guide!
Tiefling Names 5E Guide
You can always just pick a name at random or push a button on a name generator. However, if you want a deeper understanding of the background of your character, it is helpful to know the culture and naming conventions of your character’s race. Below, we discuss not only common examples of Tiefling names, but also the conventions that bring these names about.
Do Tieflings Pick Their Own Names?
Many races carry unique naming conventions based on their culture or home region. Tieflings do not have this shared culture, given that they are essentially an offshoot of another race created entirely as a choice. Because of this, there are no cultural norms that go into selecting a name for your Tiefling character.
Some Tiefling lines maintain their human surname from one generation to the other. For example, a Tiefling born into a family in Calimshan might keep the name and traditions common with their ancestors from that country.
More frequently, Tieflings will adopt a name derived from the infernal language that reflects their fiendish heritage. This could include adopting their demon kin’s name as a surname, or making use of a single name that is an adaption from infernal language.
What Are Virtue Tiefling Names?
While many tieflings adopt a name from the culture in which they were raised, some choose so-called “virtue” names. Instead of being reflective of their culture, some tieflings choose a name that embodies a virtue they hold dear. These are typically one-word names that tieflings take in an effort to find their place in a world that feels foreign to them.
A recent trend among young Tieflings is to forsake both their family and infernal names in favor of a “virtue” name. These names reflect a virtue the Tiefling upholds our believes is their destiny. Below, we consider examples of both infernal and virtue names.
See Also: Drow Names Guide
How Are Tieflings Named?
Traditionally, infernal names are gendered based on the supposed gender of the demon that spawned the bloodline. Virtue names are ambiguous, applying evenly to either gender. Below are some examples of each type of name.
Male Infernal Names
Female Infernal Names
Concluding Our Tiefling Names Guide
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