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Alien Species Name Generator & Backstories

Phillip felt the hair on the back of his neck stand up as a cold sweat washed over him. The shutter was wrenched open from the outside as a mass of swirling tentacles and teeth came squeezing through the hole.

“Screerkaits!” he screamed, as he broke into a run for his life.

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Any good sci-fi story should be awash with all kinds of alien life forms, from the almost-human to the unimaginable. Here’s a list of names of alien species for your stories.

Good Alien Names

Good Alien Names should sound exactly that – alien. Think plenty of letters at the far end of the alphabet coupled with apostrophes in odd places:

  • Uzaid
  • Trenqeil
  • Grinzuils
  • Traascods
  • Uvo
  • Rulgrairs
  • Dan’e
  • Vuuq’u
  • Keso
  • Zimo


Ugmuils are strange, fungus-like creatures that seem to be able to survive in the vacuum of space. Their spores can often be seen accumulating on the outside of spaceships after long voyages.

  • Akzeix
  • Akvuls
  • Vraaqeots
  • Bhangoith
  • Shinnath
  • Sum’oll
  • Ehlur
  • Racers
  • Scroz’ars
  • Straucaid


Zids are the name given to a group of adorable, rodent-like creatures with six legs that have recently become all the rage as pets across the galaxy.

  • Stogmeox
  • Xovels
  • Bhaegiell
  • Noddo
  • Zulgeth
  • Fets
  • Kramniens
  • Ghokets
  • Cikvin
  • Vraaczek
  • Trovaks
  • Scugzed
  • Phoroid
  • Shovars


Dhairlea are a sentient species of green humanoid aliens, known across the universe for their incredible skill at technological development.

  • Screerkaits
  • Kromes
  • Screq’ae
  • Civuls
  • Khairkods
  • Ox’els
  • Iscik
  • Arnu
  • Eivan
  • Icirs
  • Vircar
  • Khek


The Taelmin are a species of humongous, quadrupedal reptiles that inhabit the planet of Talleuale and are the reason why nobody has dared to try colonize the planet itself yet.

  • Scretels
  • Qur’in
  • Scaizeins
  • Scrak’aids
  • Dhehaell
  • Shuvaith
  • Shoca
  • Qernuth
  • Kucrals
  • Fostrins
  • Xurkril


The Urken are a race of cyborg humanoids who were forced to flee their home planet after a machine uprising. Now they float through the void of space, making their home on derelict asteroids.

  • Erkred
  • Drocceix
  • Olkiens
  • Phumnih
  • Alzill
  • Kadaiks
  • Soldrik
  • Khimmit
  • Khunqrein
  • Graequts
  • Astrals
  • Crun
  • Ulvuns

That’s our list of Alien Species Names! Hopefully, there was some inspiration for you to take forward into your own sci-fi games or stories. Be sure to comment with your favorite name below and don’t forget to share the article with a friend or two!

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Cassidy Ferrari
D&D is a creative practice for me, in which I can explore everything from the surreal to the divine. I like to use names as a storytelling device, so every interaction helps players to build a stronger mental image of the world. I hope that my articles for Codex Nomina help you have more fun with fantasy names!

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