Gnome Names: +250 Examples & Generator

If you are planning on running a Dungeons and Dragons (DND) campaign based in a mythical world with gnomes, here is a list of 50 Gnome names that you can use as inspiration to create your own. 


I tried to capture not just names, but also concepts. This would work for any fantasy setting or gaming system that involves gnomes, specifically DND.


Many Gnomes had a wispy mustache and hair on their heads that gave way to copious amounts of chin scruff.


Their natural curiosity led them to great achievements in alchemy and engineering, though on occasion this would lead them to invent something that had disastrous consequences.


They were small humanoids approximately a foot or so high at adult height. Unlike dwarves, gnomes were usually stocky with no facial hair. 


Gnomish women, known as gnomes, had diminutive voices which gave rise to the misconception that all gnomes were female. 


They were known for their eccentric humor, their inquisitiveness, and their ability for engineering.


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Male Gnome Names

Gnomes are a great race of people. They are short, often bearded, love beer and fun. But, what happens when you want to create a character? 


Well, we are here to help you with a list of male gnome names taken from the 5e D&D adventure Hook Mountain Massacre


This will make playing a gnome even more fun than before or give your character a nice twist and backstory.

1. Babak

Babak is a Persian name for boys that comes from the same origin as "Babacar" and "Kamal". The meaning of the word Babak is "dad".

2. Egan

Egan is a personal name of Gaelic origin. The meaning of Egan is "heat". The popularity of Egan is very much on the rise in the United States.

3. Malin

Malin is a name of Old English origin.


It means "fighter". Malin was the name of an Anglo-Saxon saint in addition to being the name of several other people, including three early kings of Norway (see below).

4. Gorman

The meaning of the name Gorman is "Boy with blue eyes". It is of Irish origin. It is commonly used as a surname but can be used as a given name as well. It might also be noted that in Ireland it was not at all uncommon for families to use this name.

 

It was common among various Irish families living throughout the country but it was still most popular in the northwest counties of the nation where the original inhabitants were people from Scotland and Wales.

5. Kane

Kane is a surname with a number of origins and spelling variations. The Gaelic origin of the name means "person who likes to fight". 


It is borne by several unrelated families in Ulster, northern Ireland and emigrated to Great Britain and North America. 


In Scotland the name is in many areas spelled "Kayne", but pronounced the same way as Kane, not in the French way of the same spelling.



Female Gnome Names

Everyone loves to be unique, whether it’s making up a new cocktail or naming your new pet guinea pig after a Dragon Ball Z character. 


When it comes to naming in D&D we often go to the normal fantasy names such as Dave, Steve, or Jolanda. 


With names like Kylo Ren and Darth Vader these seem almost mundane when put side by side. 


So in this section I’ve decided to write a list of female gnome names that are sure to make your players question your sanity and fantasy roleplaying games.

1. Belita

Belita is a Spanish feminine name. It derives from the Germanic Belinda and Belinde, which means "charmer". The "-ta'' suffix in Spanish names usually means "belonging to". In addition, this name can also be used in the Basque language, meaning "snow".

2. Jenna

Jenna is a feminine given name. The name originates predominantly in the Arabic language. However, it may be of Biblical or Irish origin as well. 


In Arabic, Jenna means "child", and is of meaning distinct from the meaning in English. 


The masculine equivalent to Jenna is Jihad, meaning "struggle" (or perhaps derived from Ijtihad).

3. Tawnie

Tawnie (English origin) - Meaning "small one" or Song of the birds. Given Names that mean little or offspring are English given names. Their meaning and origin come from the family of Old English and Celtic languages.

4. Adva

Adva is an ancient Hebrew name with root Aday which means signal. In the Biblical context this may be associated with the waves of the sea or waves in action, moving and fluid. 


Adva name meaning can also mean motion and serene flooding. In the last centuries this name was used rarely, as it sounds a bit hard for the modern ear. 

Adva has its roots in the Middle Eastern region and is considered to be one of those Biblical names that have connections with a few kings of Israel such as Saul and Jehoram.

5. Posy

The name Posy is of English origin and means "flower." This name of British Isles and America fame is pronounced POH-see. 


A beautiful word which as a first name came to the fore in the late '90s, Posy has a solid seven letters that lend themselves to nickname potential.




Gnome 5e 101

In appearance Gnomes are characterized by their long noses and beards (both often curly), large floppy hats, and fondness for both practical jokes and mechanical inventions. 


They were known for their eccentric sense of humor and as such their exploits were often on the whimsical side. Given their status as a vulnerable race, Gnomes had little to no influence over the outcome of major events in the world.

The Past

The kobolds were themselves enslaved a thousand years later by dragons, which are not native to the Realms. 


Dragons abandoned their subterranean home in −9920 DR when they discovered that over the course of a thousand years, Netheril had grown into a powerful kingdom that was rich in magic. 


Netheril had also begun construction of floating cities using magic and flying ships using technology.



Ecology

Like dwarves, gnomes were as short and slender as humans. In fact, it was often difficult to tell male and female gnomes apart when they weren’t armored or dressed differently, since they averaged about the same height and weight. 


The main physical difference between the two races was that a gnome’s eyes were commonly larger than average, with a wide-open look.


Nature

Like elves, gnomes were born with 100% mental capacity. However, gnomes had natural tendencies toward curiosity and creative thinking that impacted their ability to retain knowledge. 


Gnomes had relatively short life spans and reached maturity at age 35. 


They were extremely long lived compared to humans and dwarves, but their extended years didn’t slow them any less than any other race in terms of physical abilities.


Fighting Skills

Their fighting styles were developed over centuries as nimble and spry creatures who rapidly dug holes in the ground for ambushes. 


They were known to wear a wide range of armor and shield types into combat including leather, studded leather, ring mail, and chainmail. 


Gnomes often relied on surprise and morale damage to quickly eliminate enemies allowing them to simply use knives on anyone fortunate enough to survive their initial onslaught.

Mother Country

They generally lived in a clan system, led by the eldest member of the community called a clerical head. 


These clerical heads combined all aspects of gnomish society; they decided when to move their community, where to set up camp, and how to respond to threats from monsters or invaders. 


It is not known what gnomes called themselves. 


Faith

The Gnomes' original deities were the Seldarine, and the most important deity among them was Garl Glittergold


Other deities in the gnomish pantheon included Gaerdal Ironhand, Urdlen, and Baervan Wildwanderer.  


Gaerdal was viewed as a smith god, who taught the gnomes metalwork and stonework and the ways of the earth (as opposed to Naergoth Bounel, who was viewed as an architect-like figure). 


Urdlen's faith was more akin to human worship of devils or demons than to those of dragons or eladrin, though this may have been a misconception on part of humans.


Lifetime

Gnomes are a humanoid race originating from the plane of Fae. They are tiny, only reaching around 3 foot tall. 


Gnomes are commonly found among elves, and occasionally humans. Gnomes believe in cherishing their relations to others, when not being tested their friendships are strong. 


Lifespan of gnome race is up to 300 years


Sub-Races Of Gnome

One of the most beloved races in fantasy RPGs is the Gnome. They are tiny creatures, near impossible to defeat in a fair fight, and they make wonderful guides and allies to your group. The real question up for debate is how many sub-races of Gnome really exist?


 Is it really just one subrace with a few names based on the environment? 


Or is there more to it than that? Scroll to learn the answer 

Forest gnomes

They had a love of nature and animals which they tended using magic. Legend states that they originally lived under tree roots before being forced out into the open by evil forces or turning their roots into legs to avoid detection.

Rock gnomes

Rock gnomes, or gray gnomes as they were sometimes called, were a little known subterranean race that predominantly inhabited the Vast and the Sword Coast


They mainly occupied burrows beneath rolling, wooded hills throughout Faerûn and have left evidence of their craftsmanship in the form of a few scattered standing stones. 


They are most famous for their metalworking skills and during the early years of Gondor they contributed much to its architectural heritage.

Deep gnomes

Deep gnomes hated all that belonged to the drow—creatures who enslaved their kin in the Realms Below. 


They had a quest to recover as much of their lost heritage as they could, but that quest would inevitably lead to conflict with their drow overlords…


They were far stealthier, much more combative, and avaricious than surface-dwelling gnomes.

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