Sumerian Name Generator & Backstories

A crowd of townsfolk always surrounded the market stall, eager to share gossip and buy barley from its colorful owner. Both offerings made her much loved, and earnt her the name U-zi-šaĝal – one who has life-giving food.

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Urukuta

Udu

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Ĝakanaheti

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Nirĝal

Dubhur-Ereškigal

Nagarša

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The Sumerian people formed one of the cradles of civilization, meaning they had many unique customs and beliefs that make them perfect for creative exploration. Following their unusual naming conventions is sure to enhance your storytelling!

Good Sumerian Names

Choosing a Sumerian name offers the opportunity to get really creative, as they were built using descriptors of everything from a person’s appearance to their relationship with particular gods. This means you can either choose a name based on the nature of a character you’ve already designed, or pick any of these options as a starting point for your creations.

  • Almunidu
  • Buru
  • Ursaĝtur
  • Enragub
  • Namkulinidu
  • Bara-namtara
  • Abzu-kurgal
  • Kura-agal

Tila

Tila, the one who survived. After a great flood swept away most of her village, the nomads who found her unscathed among the wreckage knew this was the only suitable name for her.

  • Bazi
  • Nar
  • Dubsar

Zurzur

Named for the profession he inherited from his father, Zurzur was a kind man who took to his role of caring for the town’s animals with enthusiasm.

  • Urukuta
  • Luzi
  • Zabartur
  • Zinibagu
  • Sudaĝ
  • Piriĝ

Female Sumerian Names

While most Sumerian names were unisex, there are some which you may feel are more suited to your female characters than others. However, it’s important not to fall into stereotyping by only opting for the names which relate to appearance – there’s no reason why she can’t be named for her strengths and successes!

  • Ama-i-de
  • Igigina
  • Mašda
  • Guduga
  • Munustur
  • Zena
  • Anita

Burutur

Burutur, meaning “little bird”, was a name chosen by the whole village. Not one citizen had failed to hear her melodious voice, ringing across the fields while she worked.

  • Nibanda
  • Munus-sa
  • Simtur
  • U-zi-šaĝal
  • Sala
  • Mula
  • Zagintur

Inimzida

It was in the courts that Inimzida earnt her designation as one who speaks righteous words, standing up for justice where the men of her town would not.

  • Melam-kura
  • Kulitur
  • Kiaĝ
  • Sasa
  • Igihuš
  • Kasa
  • Piriĝ-kura

Male Sumerian Names

The names listed here are also unisex, but many relate to activities that are more typically associated with men in the Sumerian era. Perhaps your character is a headstrong warrior, or a priest who has dedicated their life to service in a temple – choosing a name that reflects their path will ensure it’s authentic.

  • Šumah
  • Musub
  • Ursaĝ
  • Mes-zi
  • Lugid
  • Udu

Niĝirzi

Niĝirzi had earned his designation as a trusty herald through years of faithful service to the King, never failing to deliver a message no matter how harsh the journey.

  • Šubur
  • Nagarša
  • Ses-tur
  • Nitasa
  • Itie
  • Mesabzu

Ur-kiši-du-a

The strong legs which gave Ur-kiši-du-a his name supported him to the last hours of any battle, even as his companions fell to heat and exhaustion.

  • Nemur
  • Maš-du-a
  • Bara-usuše
  • Nitazi
  • Duta
  • Ennu

Sumerian Last Names

Sumerians did not use last names as we currently do, but many personal names included prefixes or suffixes which denote a person’s relationship with one of civilization’s many deities. Building a character’s name using these additions will add authentic color and depth to their story.

  • Ba-Dumuzid
  • Ninurta-adlal
  • Amar-Ningišzida
  • Šu-Nintinuga
  • Dubsar-Nisaba
  • Ka-An-ma

Iškur-gimu

Iškur-gimu, meaning Iškur is my guide, dedicated his life to the god when his prayers for heavy rainfall were answered, ending the drought which threatened his family’s survival.

  • Sag-Enki-gal
  • Ur-Nanna
  • Marduk-bad
  • Ninan-Ninhursaĝ

Dubhur-Ereškigal

Designated as Dubhur-Ereškigal, the artist of the Queen of the Underworld, she took to her duties by showing her town the beauty in destruction and their own mortality.

  • Izkur-Enlil
  • Ur-Utu-zi
  • Ninšubur-almah
  • Marduk-bad
  • Nisaba-egirsu
  • Ur-Nergal

I’ve loved learning about the unusual naming conventions of the Sumerias, they tell incredible stories before you even get to know a character! Which of these have you liked best? Let me know in the comments and please do share this article with other fans of ancient history.

Cassidy Ferrari
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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