You’ve just found the best bard names generator around, with over 550,000 possible names for female and male bards!
Not only do you get more bardic names than you can shake your lute at, but we’ll also take you through the process of choosing an inspiring name that can travel the land before you, as well as the considerations you must take before deciding.
If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, which we highly doubt, then have a look at these druid names, you may find one that better suits your bard character – druids are often bards too.
Bards: A (Very) Brief History
How to Choose a Good Name
Famous Bards from History, Mythology and Fiction
Human Name Generator
Half-Elf Name Generator
Human and Half-Elf Surnames
Bards: A (Very) Brief History
Bards are historically tribal poet-singers, with natural gifts in lyrical composition, originating from Celtic origins.
Bards were later referred to as the national minstrels or poets of Britain and Gaul (now France and Belgium, and some of Switzerland, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands).
In Dungeons and Dragons, or D&D, bards are musical characters that weave words and music into magic.
They are possibly the most magically versatile character class, using their musical magic to fortify or encourage allies, dishearten enemies, heal the wounded, manipulate the mind and reinforce their weapons.
How to Choose Good Bard Names
The essence of good bard names depends largely on who they are, where they are from, and what kind of influence they aim to have.
Ultimately, you know your character best and what name would be most suitable – these are only tips and guidelines, so feel free to follow them or color outside the lines:
- Try to avoid the names of already well-known bards
- If your character seeks fame, consider a one-word name. Beyonce and Prince knew what they were doing!
- Make sure it can be easily pronounced; chances are you’ll say it a lot
- Unless you are specifically creating a jester type character, avoid joke names
Famous Bards From History, Mythology, and Fiction
Admittedly, not all of the people featured in this list were not bards, but poets.
Still, bards and poets are of a similar vein so we say you’re allowed to take inspiration from a famous poet!
|Bard’s Name||Who They Were|
|Afan Ferddig||Poet ofCadwallon.|
|Alexander Pope||The Bard of Twickenham’|
|Aneirinor Neirin||Early MedievalBrythonicwar poet|
|Arofan||The poet ofSelyf ap Cynan Garwyn|
|Banjo Paterson||Australian bush poet, or ‘bush bard’|
|Blwchbardd||One of the five early bards (cynfeirdd), listed alongside Taliesin. Nothing is known about him|
|Cian’ or Gwenith Gwawd||One of the five early bards (cynfeirdd), listed alongside Taliesin. Nothing is known about him|
|Dafydd ap Gwilym||14th century Welsh poet who was regarded as one of the greatest Welsh poets of all time|
|Henry Lawson||Australian bush poet, or ‘bush bard’|
|Iolo Goch||Famous for “The Labourer” and known as the master of the [[Cywydd – a Welsh verse form|
|John Cooper Clarke||‘The Bard of Salford’|
|Martin Hearty||‘The Bard of Armagh’|
|Myrddin Wyllt or Merlin||Born in about 540 AD, mythically a magician, but truly a bard|
|Rabindranath Tagore||‘The Bard of Bengal’|
|Robert Burns||‘The Bard of Ayrshire’ (or in Scotland, simply ‘The Bard’)|
|Talhearn Tad Awen||One of the five early bards (cynfeirdd), listed alongside Taliesin. Nothing is known about him|
|Taliesin||A 6th century Welsh bard known for writing the book of Taliesin, believed to have lived between 534 and 599 AD|
|William Cowper||‘The Bard of Olney’|
|William Shakespeare||‘The Bard of Avon,’ ‘The Immortal Bard’ or (in England) simply ‘The Bard’|
|William Wordsworth||‘The Bard of Rydal Mount’|
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|Bard’s Name||Who They Were|
|Abcan Mac Bicelmois||Danann harper|
|Alan-a-dale||A mistrel in the tale of Robin Hood|
|Amairginor ‘Amergin’||Also Amhairghin Glúngheal, orGlúnmar(big knee), is abard,[[druidand judge for theMilesiansin the IrishMythological Cycle|
|Aneirin||One of the five early bards (cynfeirdd), listed alongsideTaliesin. Was said to have written Y Goddinn|
|Cnu Deireóil||The dwarf fairy harper of Fionn mac Cumhaill in the Fenian Cycle|
|Coirpre Mac Etaíne or ‘Cairbre’||Legendary poet and satirist of the Túatha Dé Danann|
|Cridenbél or ‘Crichinpél’||Danann satirist|
|Dandelion||Full name: Viscount Julian Alfred Pankratz de Lettenhove, Troubador and friend of Geralt the Witcher|
|Eochaid Éigeas||A cheif poet of Fiachna Mac Baetain of Ulster. A rival ofMongan|
|Esras of Gorias||Danann druid and poet of the Tuatha De Danann|
|Ferches||Poet-warrior of Ailill Aulomm, slayer of Eogabal, father ofAine|
|Forgoll||A poet and rival ofMongan|
|Harpermaster Robinton||From Anne McCaffrey’s Pern novels|
|Heinen Fardd||Chief poet in the court of Maelgwn Gwynedd|
|Kvothe||From Name of the Wind|
|Loch Lethglas||Fomorian poet of King Indech|
|Mintipper Moonsilver||A bard from Forgotten Realms|
|Morfesa of Falias||Danann druid and poet of the Tuatha De Danann|
|Orpheus||The mythological Greek son of a Muse|
|Semias of Murias||Danann druid and poet of the Tuatha De Danann|
|Sencha Mac Ailella||A character from theUlster CycleofIrish mythology|
|Thom Merillin||From The Wheel of Time series|
|Uiscias of Findias||Danann druid and poet of the Tuatha De Danann|
Bard Names Generators
We’ve got a few name generators at your disposal, one for humans, one for half-elves, and one for surnames.
If you’re looking for halfling, gnomish, or tiefling bard names, you might get lucky while flicking through each of these generators.
Human Bard Names Generator
Okay, we’re going to kick off this naming journey with the human male and female bard names generator.
Although they are human names, you’re sure to find some excellent names for other races too.
Sing gently into the generator below to magically summon a host of names. Or just use the buttons.
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If you don’t fancy using the generator and would rather look at the lists, here are 100 of the best male and female human names around, with meanings!
- Aadny – “God”
- Ailish – “Noble”
- Aingeal – “Angel, messenger”
- Aislinn – “Dream, vision”
- Aithne – “Kernel”
- Alfhild – “Elf-battle”
- Annveig – “Eagle-protection”
- Asa – “God”
- Asdis – “God and goddess”
- Aslaug – “God”
- Astridr – “Beloved God”
- Audgunn – “Wealth; war”
- Berghild – “Rescue-light”
- Bergljot – “Protection, help”
- Bergunn – “Protection”
- Bjorg – “Help; rescue”
- Bodil – “Remedy”
- Borghild – “Fortification; battle”
- Bríd – “Exalted one”
- Brynja – “Armour”
- Cailín – “Girl”
- Caitrín – “Pure”
- Caitríona – “Pure”
- Caoilinn – “Fair and slender”
- Catrìona – “Pure”
- Ceanag – “Diminutive of Ceana”
- Ciannait – “Ancient, distant”
- Clodagh – “Muddy”
- Curstaidh – “Believer”
- Dagmar – “Day-maid”
- Dagrun – “Secret knowledge”
- Doileag – “World ruler”
- Dolag – “World ruler”
- Dolidh – “Diminutive of Dearbhail”
- Donnag – “World ruler”
- Ealasaid – “God is my oath”
- Eidunn – “Happiness, gift; alert”
- Eilish – “God is my oath”
- Eimhir – “Ready, swift”
- Eldrid – “Beautiful fire”
- Elspeth – “God is my oath”
- Embla – “Feminine form of Eirik”
- Erica – “Heather”
- Erna – “Brisk, vigorous”
- Eydis – “Happiness”
- Fionnaghal – “White shoulders”
- Fionnuala – “White shoulder”
- Frangag – “French”
- Freya – “Lady”
- Frida – “Beautiful”
- Gerd – “Enclosure”
- Groa – “To grow”
- Gudlaug – “Betrothed woman”
- Gudridr – “Beautiful God”
- Gudrun – “God’s secret lore”
- Gunborg – “War; rescue”
- Gunhild – “War, battle”
- Heidrun – “Bright, clear”
- Hel – “To conceal; to cover”
- Hjordis – “Sword goddess”
- Hulda – “Hiding, secrecy”
- Idonea – “Suitable”
- Ingeborg – “Help, save, rescue”
- Inghild – “From the Old Norse god Ing”
- Ingrid – “Beautiful”
- Ingvild – “Battle”
- Jorlaug – “Boar; love”
- Kara – “Curly, curved”
- Kjellaug – “Feminine form of Kjetil”
- Magnhild – “Mighty, strong; battle”
- Mallaidh – “Rebellion”
- Muadhnait – “Good noble”
- Muirgen – “Born of the sea”
- Muiríol – “Sea-bright”
- Nanna – “Daring, brave”
- Nerthus – “Goddess of fertility”
- Nuala – “White shoulder”
- Oda – “Spear-secret”
- Ragna – “Advice, counsel”
- Ragnhild – “Battle; advice, counsel”
- Reidun – “Nest, home”
- Ríonach – “Queen”
- Saoirse – “Freedom”
- Sidheag – “Wolf”
- Sif – “Friendship”
- Signy – “Victory”
- Sigrid – “Victory; beautiful, fair”
- Sigurda – “Bride”
- Sìle – “Blind”
- Sinéad – “God is gracious”
- Siv – “Bride”
- Skuld – “Goddesses of destiny”
- Solfrid – “Sun; beautiful”
- Sollaug – “House; war, battle”
- Thora – “Feminine form of Thor”
- Torhild – “Thor’s battle”
- Torny – “New”
- Urd – “Goddess of destiny”
- Vigdis – “Goddess of war”
- Ylva – “Wolf”
- Arne – “Eagle”
- Arnfinn – “Eagle”
- Art – “Diminutive of Artair”
- Artair – “Bear; or stone”
- Arvid – “Eagle; tree”
- Balder – “Prince”
- Barra – “Fair head”
- Beathan – “Child of life”
- Bjarne – “Bright”
- Bo – “To live”
- Bran – “Raven”
- Brandubh – “Black raven”
- Breandan – “Form of Breannan”
- Brock – “Badger”
- Cairbre – “Charioteer, or bearer”
- Camran – “Bent nose”
- Catan – “Small cat”
- Cathalan – “Diminutive of Cathal”
- Cesan – “Spear”
- Chadwick – “Settlement belonging to Chad”
- Ciaran – “Dark, shadowy”
- Coll – “Form of Colla”
- Còmhan – “Twin”
- Conan – “Wee doggie”
- Corc – “Heart; crimson”
- Cynesige – “Royal”
- Duarte – “Guard of his wealth”
- Dubh – “Black”
- Eachann – “Horse lord”
- Earc – “Speckled”
- Eindride – “One, alone”
- Eircheard – “Expert craftsman”
- Emerson – “Son of Emery”
- Eric – “Ruler; ever”
- Erling – “Chieftain”
- Faolan – “Wolf”
- Fìonan – “Form of Fionn”
- Fionn – “White, fair”
- Fionnghal – “White stranger”
- Folke – “People”
- Garbhan – “Rough”
- Geir – “Spear”
- Gillechriosd – “Servant of Christ”
- Gleb – “God-heir”
- Graeme – “Grey house”
- Guaire – “Proud; noble”
- Gudbrand – “God’s sword”
- Haldor – “Thor’s rock”
- Halvard – “Rock guardian”
- Harold – “Army”
- Heath – “Heath”
- Hemming – “Shape”
- Hroarr – “Famous spear”
- Ingolf – “Wolf”
- Ingvar – “Warrior”
- Kendall – “Valley of the river Kent”
- Lachlainn – “Land of lochs”
- Landan – “Long hill”
- Loki – “To break”
- Macbeatha – “Son of life”
- Macrath – “Son of prosperity”
- Manachan – “A monk”
- Maoilios – “Servant of Jesus”
- Maolsneachta – “Servant of snow”
- Marshal – “Marshall”
- Milton – “Mill town”
- Moireach – “Sea-settlement”
- Muireach – “Lord”
- Murchadh – “Sea-warrior”
- Naoghas – “Form of Aonghas”
- Naomhan – “Saint”
- Odd – “Point of a sword”
- Oddmund – “Point of a sword; protection”
- Odhran – “Dun-colored”
- Oisean – “Form of oisian”
- Oisian – “Deer”
- Oscar – “Deer friend”
- Radcliff – “Red cliff”
- Ragnvald – “Counsel; ruler”
- Reidar – “Home of a warrior“
- Rodaidh – “Diminutive of Ruairidh”
- Ròidh – “Reddish”
- Rònan – “Seal”
- Ros – “Promontory”
- Ruairidh – “Reddish-brown”
- Rune – “Secret lore”
- Sawyer – “Sawer of wood”
- Selby – “Willow farm”
- Sigge – “Victory”
- Sionn – “Fox”
- Slade – “Valley”
- Stigr – “Path”
- Suibhne – “Well-going”
- Sverre – “Wild, swinging”
- Tollak – “Thor’s play”
- Torgny – “Thor’s noise”
- Torleif – “Thor’s descendant”
- Torsten – “Thor’s stone”
- Viggo – “War”
- Wulfsige – “Wolf”
Half-Elf Bard Names Generator
If you’re looking specifically for half-elf bard names, then you’re in the right section.
Magic and music – these two abilities are innate for elvish folk, amongst a few others, so you can make yourself a great half-elf bard character!
Part of the fun of making a character comes from the mystery and intrigue of their history. Plus, elves are natural travelers and live for many times the life span of humans, which resonates with the bardic way of life.
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If you don’t fancy using the generator and would rather look at the lists, here are the 100 best female and male half-elf bard names available.
Already got a spot-on first name for your bard, just not happy with their last name?
If you’re opting for a two-part name, you just need to find a matching last name! Make sure that the names sound good together when spoken, look appealing, and aren’t so long as to be easily forgotten.
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If you don’t fancy using the generator and would rather look at the lists, here are some of the best bard surnames available for humans, dwarves, and half-elves.
Dwarf Bard Surnames
Human and Half-Elf Bard Surnames
That’s All For Bard Names
Thank you for taking this naming journey with us, we hope you enjoyed finding the best bard names around!
If you have any other fantasy characters that you need a great name for, have a look at our paladin names and druid names.
Let us know which bard name you decided on in the end, or maybe you can add a great name that we missed. Just comment below!
Some characteristic forenames: French Michel, Aime, Alphonse, Alphy, Armand, Cecile, Celestine, Emile, Fernand, Germaine, Gilles, Jacques.What is a Bardic last name? ›
A bardic name, in the context of the eisteddfod, is a particular accolade, as it is adopted when inducted into the Orders of distinguished bards and writers. The sobriquet could be: added to the surname, as in William Williams Pantycelyn – as a suffixed accolade.Is Bard a guy or a girl? ›
Bard is a boy's name of Irish origin.Who is the greatest Bard? ›
William Shakespeare ( bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English playwright, poet and actor. He is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "the Bard").Who is a royal bard? ›
In Celtic cultures, a bard is a professional story teller, verse-maker, music composer, oral historian and genealogist, employed by a patron (such as a monarch or chieftain) to commemorate one or more of the patron's ancestors and to praise the patron's own activities.What is the name for a Norse bard? ›
A skald, or skáld (Old Norse: [ˈskald], later [ˈskɒːld]; Icelandic: [ˈskault], meaning "poet"), is one of the often named poets who composed skaldic poetry, one of the two kinds of Old Norse poetry, the other being Eddic poetry. Skaldic poems were traditionally composed to honor kings, but was sometimes extempore.What is a bard in Greek? ›
In Greek mythology, a bard was a poet skilled in epic poetry.What is a rare Scottish last name? ›
Cool and Unique Scottish Last Names
Goodlad - Comes from Shetland. Lad means servant. Loughty - Derived from the name Lauchair, meaning sedges or rushes. MacMicking - Means son of Miadhachàin.
To become a bard, a human or half-elf had to begin with very high ability scores: Strength 15+, Wisdom 15+, Dexterity 15+ and Charisma 15+, Intelligence 12+ and Constitution 10+. These daunting requirements made bards one of the rarest character classes.What is a knight last name? ›
The origin of the Knight surname is English. It derives from the Middle English 'kniht' and the Anglo-Saxon 'cniht'. Knight is an occupational surname but may not always be applied to those who are have been given a knighthood and their descendants.
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Trivia. The Bard is nonbinary, but uses any pronouns. It is a common belief that the Bard's hair is pink, but it is actually brown.Was Bard an elf? ›
Bard is a man from Lake-town who slayed the Dragon Smaug and became an ally of dwarves of the Line of Durin and the elves of Mirkwood.Who is the wife of the Bard? ›
Very little is known about the woman who married history's greatest playwright. Anne Hathaway was born in 1556. She was eight years older than the man she married.What is a bard in slang? ›
Bard is an old-fashioned synonym for poet.What do bards sing? ›
bard, a poet, especially one who writes impassioned, lyrical, or epic verse. Bards were originally Celtic composers of eulogy and satire; the word came to mean more generally a tribal poet-singer gifted in composing and reciting verses on heroes and their deeds.What is the best spell for bard? ›
Vicious MockeryPHB: Easily the most iconic bard spell, Vicious Mockery is unique, flavorful, and mechanically fantastic. The damage is relatively small, but the debuff is absolutely worth the poor damage.What is the full name of bard? ›
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Bards were drawn most often to the worship of gods of magic, such as Corellon, Selûne, or others. Good bards sometimes worshiped Bahamut or Moradin. Less moralistic bards were instead sometimes drawn to the worship of Lolth, Tiamat, or Zehir.
A bard is one who writes poems and songs. And a mystic bard is one who tries to search the truth and become united with God through prayer and medication.Who is the Norse god of bards? ›
brag, in Norse mythology, the god of poetry. Bragi was revered for his wisdom, his eloquence, his ability to compose and recite, and his knowledge of poetry. He was also the god of ceremony and the god of skalds (bards).What is Freya's Valkyrie name? ›
This name, Gondul, is known elsewhere as the name of a Valkyrie. Does Freyja take the name Gondul when she is working for Odin as a Valkyrie? It could well be, since Gondul seems to be the chief Valkyrie in, for example, a poem called 'Hakonarmal' composed in honor of a Norwegian king's entrance to Valhalla.What is the Viking name magic? ›
In Old Norse, seiðr (sometimes anglicized as seidhr, seidh, seidr, seithr, seith, or seid) was a type of magic which was practised in Norse society during the Late Scandinavian Iron Age. The practice of seiðr is believed to be a form of magic which is related to both the telling and the shaping of the future.What is the root word of bard? ›
bard (n.) "ancient Celtic minstrel-poet," mid-15c., from Scottish, from Old Celtic bardos "poet, singer," from Celtic *bardo-, possibly from PIE *gwredho- "he who makes praises," suffixed form of root *gwere- (2) "to favor."What is a bard in Druid? ›
In ancient times a Bard was a poet and storyteller who had trained in a Bardic college. In modern times, a Bard is one who sees their creativity as an innate spiritual ability, and who chooses to nurture that ability partly or wholly with Druidism.What is a bard creature? ›
Bard is a creature class introduced in Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. Its creation was inspired by the popular character class from Dungeons & Dragons. Bards are poet-singers and musicians skilled in composing and reciting verses on heroes and their deeds that inspire their allies.What are the 10 rarest last names? ›
What is the oldest clan in Scotland? Clan Donnachaidh, also known as Clan Robertson, is one of the oldest clans in Scotland with an ancestry dating back to the Royal House of Atholl.What is a super Scottish name? ›
Along with Flora and Hector, other Scottish baby names popular far beyond Edinburgh include Esme, Elsie, Evan, Fiona, Graham, Logan, Lennox, and Maxwell. Blair, Cameron, Finley, and Rory are popular Scottish names that work for either gender.
The Bard logo can appear in Bard red, gray, or black. The Bard logo can display in white if being used over a solid field of color or an image.What color is associated with bards? ›
Interestingly enough the Bard class card was given the colors Red and Green, and it was a choice I saw a lot of contention surrounding, possibly more than any of the other classes in AFR, but I do see their intentions here and I think it works, but only as a basis or a single version of a Bard.What weapons do bards use? ›
The typical Bard in a D&D 5e game starts with proficiency in all simple weapons, pistols, longswords, rapier, sap, short sword, short bow, and whip.Who was the last knight to exist? ›
Franz von Sickingen (2 March 1481 – 7 May 1523) was a German knight who, along with Ulrich von Hutten, led the Knight's Revolt and was one of the most notable figures of the early period of the Reformation. Sometimes referred to as The Last Knight.What is the oldest knight order? ›
This painting shows the Black Prince being invested with the Order of the Garter by King Edward III: Nearly 700 years later, the Order is the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain.What was the strongest knight name? ›
William Marshal has been dubbed “England's greatest knight” – and probably the most loyal. He served five English kings from Henry II through to his grandson Henry III, and was 70 years old at the time of the 1217 Battle of Lincoln.What is the name for a Norse Bard? ›
A skald, or skáld (Old Norse: [ˈskald], later [ˈskɒːld]; Icelandic: [ˈskault], meaning "poet"), is one of the often named poets who composed skaldic poetry, one of the two kinds of Old Norse poetry, the other being Eddic poetry. Skaldic poems were traditionally composed to honor kings, but was sometimes extempore.What is a female Bard called? ›
ebullientpropensity said: I think if you really wanted a female sounding equivalent, Minstrel would work out pretty well, since they are pretty similar terms.What is the best spell for Bard? ›
Vicious MockeryPHB: Easily the most iconic bard spell, Vicious Mockery is unique, flavorful, and mechanically fantastic. The damage is relatively small, but the debuff is absolutely worth the poor damage.What is a bard in Greek mythology? ›
In Greek mythology, a bard was a poet skilled in epic poetry.
Jonathan Taylor is 2022's consensus top player in most formats.What is preferred names? ›
A chosen name (sometimes known as a preferred name, a nickname, or a name-in-use) is the use of a name, usually a first name, that is different from a person's legal name. There are many reasons why someone may use a chosen name.How do I name my fantasy universe? ›
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To become a bard, a human or half-elf had to begin with very high ability scores: Strength 15+, Wisdom 15+, Dexterity 15+ and Charisma 15+, Intelligence 12+ and Constitution 10+. These daunting requirements made bards one of the rarest character classes.What is a bard slang? ›
Bard is an old-fashioned synonym for poet.Is bard all female? ›
Bard College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,852 (fall 2021), with a gender distribution of 38% male students and 62% female students.What class is best for Bard? ›
For a classic bard feel, the Half-Elf and the Tiefling are great choices. For a powerful martial bard, the High Elf's ability to learn Booming Blade is perhaps the Bard's best option for weapon attacks. For a powerful support build, the Fairy's flight and innate spellcasting are hard to beat.What is the dream spell for bards? ›
The dream spell is a 5th level D&D illusion spell that can be taken by Bards and Wizards when they hit level nine. It can only affect those who sleep, which means that elves cannot be targeted by the dream spell, even though they still need to take long rests, as they don't sleep in the same manner as other humanoids.What are bards best at? ›
Bards are very good D&D spellcasters. They can cast the highest-level spells in Dungeons & Dragons as well as any wizard or cleric can. However, there's no such thing as too many spell slots or spells known. The Shadow Touched feat improves both and makes the bard even more versatile.