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Surnames

Post by Fahnn » Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:19 pm

I'm planning what will probably be another terrible BASIC game (it's a sports simulation, but I don't want to say much more than that yet as I think it's a bit over-ambitious and may come to nothing). Anyway, it's going to involve generating (from a list of probably a hundred or so surnames) a fairly large amount of character names and for the moment I've just been going through the phone book (yeah, I still have one of those) to find common English (and some non-English) names. But I thought - in addition that that - it would be nice if anyone from here would like to have their surname included as part of the list.

If you would like that, please post your surname in this thread (but if you don't want your name on a public forum, just PM me instead). I'd love to include as many people from here as possible.

This isn't some weird identity theft thing, by the way. Honestly, that's just not my scene.
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Re: Surnames

Post by Fahnn » Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:17 pm

Sorry for the double-post but this might be something else that you lovely people can help me with. I've started the names database with Spectrum-related people (and a few from the C64). They're just more interesting names than generic phone book names. So far I'm going to be using (deep breath):

Austin, Bowkett, Bagley, Brewster, Brattel, Butler, Brown, Braybrook, Bentley, Carter, Cumming, Crow, Cecco, Cooke, Croucher, Drummond, Daglish, Evans, Follis, Galway, Garcia, Gibson, Hollis, Hubbard, Hare, Jangeborg, Jones, Kerry, Lever, Liepa, McNeill, Mitchell, Megler, Minter, Marsden, O'Connor, Oliver, Priestley, Phillips, Panayi, Pickford, Ritman, Robinson, Reidy, Rainbird, Sinclair, Smith, Singleton, Stamper, Sievey, Turner, Townsend, Toms, Tang, Urquhart, White, Whittaker, Westcott, Yates

Are there any glaringly obvious omissions? Is your favourite programmer not there? I'm not sure how many names I'll include, I'll probably start with about a hundred but this could expand depending on how much memory is available once the main game is done. I can easily fill out the list with the names of my non-computer friends but would kind of like them all to have at least some tangential relation to our favourite computer.
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Re: Surnames

Post by Ast A. Moore » Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:04 pm

Both Cooke and Smith are in your list, so I’m good. ;)

But you can add Follin, Bruty, and Perry.
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Re: Surnames

Post by Fahnn » Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:31 pm

Ast A. Moore wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:04 pm
Both Cooke and Smith are in your list, so I’m good. ;)

But you can add Follin, Bruty, and Perry.
Done! I shouldn't have missed those. Any more would be much appreciated!
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Re: Surnames

Post by Turtle_Quality » Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:43 pm

I would add some of the people who created the speccy -

Dickinson
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Re: Surnames

Post by DouglasReynholm » Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:55 pm

If 'tangential' counts, then how about Braben and Bell? or are they/Elite more associated with the Beeb?
EDIT: Also, Everiss(Bruce), Ward (David), Cousens(Rod), Pape(Bob), Darling(Brothers), Lamb(Mike), Owens(Paul)..
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Re: Surnames

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:53 pm

You must include some foreign surnames (I only see Garcia and Jangeborg) as there's no prestigious league (at least in football) without foreign players ;)

Ruiz
Menendez
Granados
Rada
Delcan
Salgueiro
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Re: Surnames

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:57 pm

... and what about Sugar? ...

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Re: Surnames

Post by Evil Genius » Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:03 am

The late Steve Cain and Ian Weatherburn of Imagine.

Graeme Baird of Realtime

Mervyn J. Estcourt (Deathchase)

Mike A. Richardson (Durell)
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Re: Surnames

Post by Fahnn » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:32 pm

Thanks everyone, some great suggestions here.
Turtle_Quality wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:43 pm
I would add some of the people who created the speccy...
Done!
DouglasReynholm wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:55 pm
If 'tangential' counts, then how about Braben and Bell? or are they/Elite more associated with the Beeb?
Oh absolutely, I already had a couple of C64 programmers. I've put the rest of your suggestions in too, the more the merrier!
Juan F. Ramirez wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:53 pm
You must include some foreign surnames (I only see Garcia and Jangeborg) as there's no prestigious league (at least in football) without foreign players ;)
These are especially great, thanks Juan! I've been really struggling for non-Anglophone names and as the game is supposed to be international, I really need a lot more. I'll throw Sugar into the mix too even though he's a [censored] [censored] who [censored] with [censored] [censored], and also a [censored] and a complete [censored].
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...Cain...Weatherburn... Baird...Estcourt...Richardson
I'll have Cain, Baird and Estcourt but Weatherburn and Richardson will have to wait for now (too long). I'm keeping them all to a maximum of nine characters, partly for memory reasons but mainly for display reasons. Could change that, though, early days yet.

Not that it's particularly important, I still have nothing for N (surprisingly) or I, Q, X or Z (unsurprisingly). Not much bothered about the latter four but would like a couple of Ns.
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