Instrument name generator

This name generator will give you 10 random names for musical instruments, inspired by real instruments from around the world.

Instrument names vary greatly and have no real naming conventions in most cases. Which makes it both easy and difficult to create instrument name, as it can be nearly everything. Piano, guitar, violin, harp, none of these seem to have too much in common with each other in terms of their name.
Then there are all the hundreds of instruments from other cultures with their native names, like the taiko and shamisen from Japan, the ukulele from Hawaii, the vuvuzela from South-Africa and the balalaika from Russia to name just a few.

To make it even more diverse, fantasy has its own infinite number of languages, cultures and thus instruments with their own names. An Elvish instrument name will probably sound very melodic, while an Orcish instrument name will likely sound more guttural.

The one thing many instrument names do have in common is that they tend to sound melodic. Often similar to how the instrument itself will sound. There are exceptions of course and as mentioned, some fantasy cultures will likely have more guttural names, but at the very least it's something you may wish to consider.

The names in this generator will range from more traditionally styled names to more fantasy styled names. The names have been separated into 3 categories, although the first could be seen as 2 as well.

The first 6 names are fairly short names. The first 3 will always end in a vowel and the second 3 will always end in a consonant. This means the first 3 tend to be the ones which sound more melodic, while the last 3 have a tendency to sound more guttural.
The names are constructed randomly, so not all might be a perfect fit depending on what style you're looking for, but this way most, if not all, styles are present.

The next 2 names incorporate a real instrument name or name part to create a new version of that instrument.
The last 2 names are longer names and can thus vary greatly in style. These names are also randomly constructed and due to their length could potentially end up looking like a bit of a mess. There are plenty of names which will fit all sorts of styles though, the really messy ones are quite rare.

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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