Date (year & month) name generator
This date name generator will give you 10 random names of years and month, which will be suitable for both modern, futuristic and historic settings depending on the category you pick from.
The names have been divided into 4 categories.
The first 2 names have a code name as a year name (like 5B, 8Q, etc) and a random name for the month. This method is used a lot in fictional works in which the exact year isn't too important and also meant to mask the exact year as to prevent comments from people about whether or not the technology was available in that exact year.
This masking is also the reason behind the star-date naming system of Star Trek.
Names 3, 4 and 5 have a random name for the month and an animal name for the year (Year of the Fox, etc). These names could be used for any setting, but usually fit historical settings best. The animals could give special meaning to that year.
For example, 'year of the caterpillar' could mean a big transformation happened/is supposed to happen in that year. Not all animals will have an obvious meaning of course, but they could be used for other meanings, similar to the Chinese system.
Names 6, 7 and 8 have random names for both the month and year and could thus be used in any setting, in (almost) any language.
The last 2 names have a more descriptive name for the month and an animal name for the year, like names 3, 4 and 5. These names tend to fit historical settings best, but many names could be used for all.
These month names give special meanings to what has passed or what might come. For example, 'month of sorrow' could be a name given to that month after it has passed and that month was particularly gloomy. It could also be named this before the month starts, as the people expect that month to be terrible.
To start, simply click on the button to generate 10 random names. Don't like the names? Simply click again to get 10 new random names.
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