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FAMENAME
Generating Barsoom Via Computer

David Bruce Bozarth

Copyright © 2004

Way back when (1980s) I wrote a QuickBasic program called FameName which did several things. One was Name The Baby from a collection of more than 15,000 names for boys and girls. More fun was added in creating a section that could name businesses from user input. For giggles an "Alien Names" randomly generated was included. During the last update to the program I included a series of data tables that would produce names based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom.

Below is 20 repeats using FameName's BARSLAT.SNL and BARSODD.SNL, which differ in syllable structure. One is based on Latin and and the other one odd constructions. These lists are similar--the results are less than desirable for writers, ie. just gosh darn too exotic; yet, almost as many are extremely intriguing.

Certain letter combinations were retained between both lists because of the common usage by Burroughs: Aaa; ia, io, ian, or, nai, for example. These tend to produce ugly results which suggests deliberate usage by the author when creating names for his characters. In real life the author or fun fan interested in naming conventions will discard 90% of these results as either AWKWARD, ODD, or ABTUSE.

The more amazing thing to consider is how perfect ERB's character names were in context of the stories. FameName uses the same building blocks the Grand Master obviously used in creating character names. The aid of instanteous random generation by computer makes it painfully obvious that syllables haphazardly collected required insight, imagination, and purpose to achieve a lasting impression in the reader's mind.

The Edit column indicates my personal thought process of "what makes a good name" for a character, place, thing, or creature. YOU might see a different combination of syllables/letters. My edits are only 12 entries deep. Have fun! FameName runs under DOS only. Download a copy of the program here at ERBmania! NOTE: As of 2017 the download is deprecated .... there are too few systems on which this antiquated program can run.

Bars Latin Edit Bars Odd Edit
Aaanzat Anzat Aaanai Anai
Ablak A-Blak Abhom Bhom
Adstee x Addab x
Advad Avad Agjedd x
Ahaad New Linear Measure? Ahlgel A-Gel
Aio   Ajium Ajum
Ajlah   Akajedd Akajed
Akasav Kasav Aksha Askah
Akazov   Alltja Altja
Akphun Akphu Alnas Lanas
Akul   Altol x
Allnol Alnol Anabus  
Anho   Anaod  
Ardox   Angis  
Arhe   Anjha  
Arrthis   Anvor  
Askad   Apers  
Astak   Araryk  
Athoraaan   Arrhad  
Athotz   Arsis  
Athxar   Arthsta  
Atven   Arthtunj  
Axlon   Arthurt  
Ayhor   Ashov  
Ayok   Athorjun  
Aytdur   Atok  
Banga   Atsis  
Banthse   Avax  
Bokvad   Aymadeur  
Boled   Balja  
Boltor   Baltok  
Bosfak   Banxak  
Braxar   Barjah  
Calbal   Barlen  
Cardos   Bosmal  
Cheezar   Brasak  
Clurosotz   Busdwar  
Cochee   Bussis  
Corcluros   Buszith  
Coryam   Calbra  
Corzith   Calrok  
Cosab   Carpand  
Coseur   Cazak  
Dadur   Checlur  
Dahlseen   Cheebal  
Dai   Clurpha  
Dakdjus   Coloth  
Dakquas   Corphalmal  
Danelum   Dabtija  
Daneus   Dahlla  
Darban   Dajmul  
Darsat   Dajvo  
Darswoo   Dakthrox  
Diaayt   Daktun  
Dihnads   Danah  
Dihnkab   Danebar  
Dihnno   Danejas  
Djushe   Daneo  
Doraj   Dangmult  
Dordus   Darban  
Doren   Darraya  
Dorfo   Darskov  
Dosaj   Datart  
Dosam   Datkal  
Doxrav   Datseen  
Doxtol   Dedej  
Dronem   Dejel  
Dronjak   Dejzat  
Dulla   Denar  
Durki   Dihntjan  
Duso   Dorghr  
Dwarnal   Dotarari  
Dwarry   Dotarhohr  
Edthas   Dronild  
Edtor   Durkov  
Edwen   Dwarpad  
Emaka   Edas  
Enda   Emham  
Enzan   Enot  
Erthark   Ensbra  
Esil   Enskab  
Estdia   Ergar  
Esthohr   Erssor  
Estthu   Exsoj  
Eurjas   Fadxa  
Fakhaj   Falkom  
Faksis   Falsil  
Fakvar   Flomo  
Faljha   Florp  
Falsab   Floryerst  
Florgur   Foiz  
Florin   Fonathor  
Fogo   Fonox  
Folah   Gathora  
Fotoom   Gathsak  
Galo   Ghaart  
Ganux   Ghadia  
Gaxan   Ghanu  
Gelha   Gharid  
Gellah   Ghekkob  
Ghekli   Ghekrid  
Ghekpax   Gheksite  
Ghronpin   Ghektjan  
Glorzu   Ghraymad  
Gooven   Ghronwar  
Gosad   Gisghr  
Gosak   Glorjah  
Gosxo   Gooclur  
Gure   Goofad  
Hadus   Gosna  
Haflor   Gozzan  
Hajar   Guras  
Hajdron   Gurild  
Halmors   Gurkos  
Halpho   Gurmak  
Hanvar   Hanro  
Harvia   Hanyers  
Heza   Hartun  
Hinhe   Hasos  
Hohrom   Hatads  
Horpi   Hati  
Iaaka   Haton  
Iaakor   Hatthan  
Idra   Havsof  
Idzu   Heban  
Ilat   Hedja  
Ilchee   Hektan  
Ilga   Heri  
Ilgoo   Heuv  
Ithsith   Hohrhom  
Jadaaan   Hoonkar  
Jadgur   Horo  
Jadpto   Horzfon  
Jahdron   Horzmar  
Jaksomp   Horzod  
Janka   Hovathor  
Jaskar   Iaarr  
Jaxak   Iina  
Jedwar   Ijaim  
Jetis   Ijakand  
Jevan   Ildaka  
Jhaxum   Ildhom  
Jooghek   Illlon  
Joogmar   Illrus  
Junhaads   Imari  
Junhaj   Imdab  
Kadur   Inadon  
Kaihoon   Inas  
Kaiphys   Inaya  
Kamvo   Izvak  
Kanzan   Jadbra  
Karhoon   Jadent  
Kaszode   Jadlak  
Kaus   Jalhin  
Kidu   Jalshang  
Kikad   Janiss  
Kimuls   Janos  
Komel   Jath  
Korlla   Jatom  
Korro   Jatro  
Kugo   Jedre  
Kuthas   Jetth  
Lachux   Jote  
Lahwar   Jusath  
Lakdars   Kadlat  
Lakzor   Kajkob  
Landon   Kajom  
Larvak   Kallak  
Latar   Kamkam  
Latvo   Kamthi  
Lenmad   Kamtmad  
Liot   Kamtsis  
Lito   Kansaymad  
Lonjav   Kansmult  
Lonmai   Kansun  
Lontoo   Kantana  
Lorat   Kasoro  
Lorlum   Kimro  
Lovad   Kojaka  
Lukcal   Kojra  
Lumgur   Kordars  
Lumotz   Kornut  
Luudno   Kosgoo  
Mais   Kossal  
Maisof   Kulild  
Malfo   Ladban  
Manmos   Lade  
Marab   Ladgah  
Masul   Laeuls  
Mebar   Lahkan  
Medis   Lahxo  
Medmai   Larthas  
Medzad   Liaraj  
Melme   Liari  
Milrak   Litoom  
Mophai   Llanux  
Mophys   Llanvo  
Morgur   Lorari  
Morompt   Lorqai  
Morsro   Lotan  
Mosda   Lothda  
Mosdan   Lothina  
Mospin   Luurov  
Mosto   Madjed  
Mosvi   Maika  
Moszar   Makhe  
Mular   Makkant  
Mulghas   Makrus  
Mulphun   Mantmo  
Myrdia   Matlae  
Myrho   Mediss  
Naghek   Medrax  
Narthark   Milean  
Nasrid   Modar  
Nour   Mogjun  
Nurcal   Mogol  
Nurda   Myrath  
Okzav   Myrdarra  
Ollhal   Myrdox  
Ollnol   Myrel  
Olmal   Naihan  
Ompttai   Naizu  
Omptvag   Naltard  
Onkar   Nalur  
Onmak   Nasuls  
Oom   Nathraj  
Ori   Natnu  
Orthu   Natoom  
Oru   Norid  
Otal   Notmo  
Otco   Novcos  
Otzdus   Novurt  
Otztul   Nusnur  
Pajha   Nusus  
Pankal   Nutdej  
Panluk   Nutdur  
Parmal   Nuxak  
Paxquas   Odnu  
Phaiaj   Odpho  
Phaimil   Ogruz  
Phaipnox   Okant  
Phaithrog   Okkob  
Phaitok   Okturg  
Phaitur   Olte  
Phalum   Omven  
Phoreur   Ormdahl  
Phovan   Ormiss  
Phunban   Orokos  
Phundar   Oronai  
Physvag   Orova  
Pinhohr   Otzti  
Pnoxnur   Ozaa  
Pnoxpa   Ozalia  
Pnoxphys   Ozaphy  
Pokan   Ozaruz  
Pote   Pamul  
Ptangmul   Pandflor  
Ptangza   Pankvad  
Ptarthlat   Pantbos  
Ptolo   Pantdjor  
Ptorco   Paphy  
Quasho   Parthari  
Quaso   Parthdja  
Rafak   Paxlan  
Raje   Paxtos  
Rapur   Phaila  
Rapvak   Phaotark  
Rased   Phavos  
Ravtul   Phorsoom  
Ridgos   Phorxus  
Ridtoom   Phunnas  
Rolum   Phunrap  
Ruza   Physuld  
Ruzlo   Pimsor  
Ryco   Pinscar  
Ryluud   Pinzit  
Ryraj   Pobos  
Sabnol   Pohoon  
Sabphor   Ptjus  
Safa   Ptos  
Sakmak   Quasol  
Saptang   Quaspin  
Sarbra   Quasras  
Sarsty   Quastos  
Saxan   Qugis  
Sehaads   Rabstra  
Shaon   Rarad  
Sharga   Ravkim  
Simar   Repha  
Siteda   Riddu  
Siteptarth   Righr  
Siyam   Rionov  
Skeelno   Rodu  
Sobim   Roeur  
Sofka   Rojzam  
Soflla   Ropt  
Soflor   Rovsom  
Sompptan   Ruzdej  
Soomsi   Ruzkul  
Susathor   Ryktos  
Susgo   Sabmyr  
Sustoo   Sabpim  
Taitok   Sakkam  
Takjah   Sakra  
Taktis   Saltai  
Tallar   Sarpus  
Tallla   Sattur  
Tamlor   Savid  
Tamptor   Savur  
Tanpi   Savzu  
Tanpin   Sedor  
Teakor   Sero  
Temai   Shanggoo  
Tezode   Shangkamt  
Thadjus   Silmyr  
Thakcal   Silsom  
Thangur   Sioll  
Tharfal   Sitetok  
Tharjas   Sivtol  
Tharjun   Solzith  
Tharul   Somnas  
Thasof   Sompgos  
Thernfak   Sompkan  
Thernjha   Sompmed  
Thisptan   Sompxo  
Thisras   Sondahl  
Thissen   Sormult  
Thorko   Sorzith  
Thorwen   Sotan  
Throgakor   Styem  
Throgdahl   Stysta  
Throxpnox   Susyan  
Thunai   Tagel  
Thurddus   Tampja  
Thurdyan   Tampkoj  
Thuvpax   Tardis  
Thuvras   Tardno  
Tisab   Tarhad  
Tisgur   Tarkjun  
Tisith   Taspnox  
Tjanto   Tavthan  
Tokwoo   Teetor  
Tolcos   Teezak  
Toldwar   Tesiv  
Tolti   Teum  
Tonlach   Thakoll  
Toohek   Thanat  
Toombok   Thanghron  
Toomed   Thanhan  
Toomlen   Tharkghr  
Toompho   Tharre  
Toompo   Thasobus  
Torsith   Thernpo  
Toszav   Thernthurd  
Tothto   Thinov  
Tulompt   Thogath  
Tulwen   Thopt  
Tunayt   Throgaaan  
Tunbar   Throgthrox  
Tunsis   Throgurr  
Turghron   Throxfal  
Tusdwar   Thud  
Tustok   Thurdkai  
Ugan   Tijal  
Ulkim   Tithflo  
Ulssomp   Tithlla  
Umdwar   Tjanmul  
Umen   Tokzat  
Umla   Toltoom  
Uri   Tolxax  
Uthzith   Tothchee  
Uxxa   Tothfon  
Vadayt   Tothkant  
Vadmak   Tothlach  
Vadshang   Tunpho  
Vakdab   Tunthurd  
Vakjas   Turgphy  
Vanphal   Tusith  
Vaphor   Udarth  
Varath   Udtamp  
Varsen   Udto  
Vasjak   Ukalk  
Vasoom   Uldtun  
Vazak   Ulia  
Vental   Ulmarth  
Venti   Ulskamt  
Viadan   Ummed  
Viall   Urjak  
Viasak   Urrgan  
Viayt   Urrnox  
Vishar   Ussthol  
Voil   Uthloth  
Vorhaads   Uthurr  
Vorio   Uvdan  
Vorkim   Uxzand  
Vorvar   Vajcal  
Vothu   Vajhat  
Vouls   Vaklum  
Voxum   Vaktos  
Warlak   Valdhad  
Wenluk   Valex  
Wenpar   Vandjun  
Wenphys   Viaad  
Wonar   Vixa  
Woozak   Vorpin  
Woozu   Warte  
Xakbal   Wenkalk  
Xalo   Wenxak  
Xandan   Wohaj  
Xanshang   Xajah  
Xarban   Xaksaf  
Xarrab   Xanmad  
Xumglor   Xartu  
Yamem   Xaxnov  
Yamom   Xaxtoo  
Yandus   Xodkad  
Yanjah   Xusco  
Yerstrid   Yanflo  
Zadmas   Yannat  
Zakbar   Yanox  
Zakcal   Yersghr  
Zakpha   Yerstclur  
Zakskeel   Yerstdu  
Zakyan   Yerstpim  
Zamen   Zadaaan  
Zamkan   Zadjo  
Zanhal   Zadpar  
Zanse   Zamta  
Zatith   Zandtunj  
Zaton   Zaphai  
Zavar   Zithim  
Zavmai   Zithlon  
Zitdan   Zodel  
Zitgel   Zodkal  
Zitsof   Zojah  
Zodeva   Zorang  
Zoshar   Zovtja  
Zovtur   Zudab  
Zuhohr   Zukvor