name / n. 1. Word or phrase by which an individual person, family, animal, place, thing, or class of things is spoken of, etc. 2. Famous person. 3. Reputation.
The names in Square's flagship series are usually more than just random syllables. Many of them have histories and backgrounds, either in linguistics or mythology, from diverse cultures, both ancient and pop.
The original version of this document was the "Origins of Character Names in Final Fantasy" by Mark Rosa and Andrew Vestal. The current version is vastly extended from the original, to the point where it only makes up maybe 30% of our current material.
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Original Credits (in chronological order)
Tatsushi Nakao, Zimeon Lundstrom, Anthony Michael Zayas, Khan, Hector Squiabro, Kurt Stoyle, Chaim Gingold, Laughin' Boy, Carla A. White, Kate Malloy, Andrew Thompson, Nora Stevens, Jeff Zitur, Doug Reed, Billy J. Bissette, Jerry Russell, Franz Keller X, Marcelo X, Arthur Ching, Eric Loiselle, Sarita Appavu, Brandon Carper, Kenshin, Minako Takahashi, Mark Schmidt, Kevin A. Kanda, Bob Hansen, Sarah Tilson, Olaf, Daniel Anzulovic, "Sabrewulf" Fauci, Todd, Evan Pollino, Jan Siren, Mike Masse, Randy Robinson, Ryan Kaylor, Ben Elgin, JMS Troll, Claud, The Mage, David Barton, Jeff Thyren, Will Sirota, Erik Connors, Masashi Ito, Jeremy Baker, Dave Choe, Elliott, Staci Trekles, Eric Krieger, Margretta Meyer, Antony Hernandez, Craig Grabarczyk, Karl Martin, Pat Maher, Kevin G. Roberts, Jennifer Schumacher, Alethia Cyrus, Adam, Eli Waggoner, Fritz Fraundorf, Alejandro Ferrer, Mike Holmes, Noah Sproat, Chris Boyer, Katryn, Jean Desjardins, Matt Hanyok, Douglas Michael Zwick, Arcanus Dominus, Xbalanque, silentshadow, Alex Scott, BRPXQZME, cristobalcid9, Megaman984, Cain Highwind, Damian Maxwell, Christoffer Bagger Christensen, Khessed, Aelfwine, Matthew Chouest, Barak Michener, ChaosAkita, Alex Scott, tylerhauck, LittleUnicornBoy, Sebastian, Paul Zim, andrepasteur, Yama dev/null, Ghostcipher, DarkFalzz, WTG3, mistersaturn, Joey Martin, Alvanista12, Wilfredo Martinez, Nate, Jack, Duncan Kolba, Praetor Rusty, Isamu, Masonvygr, paperkut_98, Trevor Powell, Kim Arntsen, weapon_x_33, Javier Alvarado, sunken_state, LuizaTSM, Tabris, Guillermo Kelly, vize, Jeffrey Goebeler, ChristinaJStrife, Sam Massey, Ultima Mage Dyne, Psi