User:Maxim/BW English Name Predictions
After much hesitation, I decided to predict the names of Pokémon Black and White characters. I was asked for that by different people. So, if people like my predictions, I feel obliged to carry on. While I may not like BW Pokémon (even though they don't annoy me that much, I still think this is the worst generation), I'm fine with most characters. However, I'm bored of predicting every single CoTD name. I think I'll predict only game characters and the most major anime characters. I also decided to predict the town/city names.
I decided to start from scratch, along with the new era. For older predictions, please see User: Maxim/Dub Name Predictions.
|Japanese Name||U.S. name prediction||Reason||Actual name||Comment|
|Tōya||Clark||From "clear" (if Japanese name is indeed based on 透 tō, transparent).|
|Tōko||Clarice||Same as Tōya.|
|Cheren||Cheren or Nigel||I love the name Cheren, as it comes from Slavic languages (and I'm Polish). But it probably still sounds "too Japanese" for whiny NoA translators. So, I've got an alternate prediction - Nigel, which of course comes from Latin niger.||Cheren||Good. But I think it should have either been kept along with Bell(e) or changed along with Bianca. Cheren and Bianca don't make a good mixture.|
|Bel||Bell or Alba||Again, keep the Slavic-derived name (in my favoured spelling) or use a Latin-derived one.||Bianca||I've thought about this name but I found it a little too obvious. Well, the name itself is okay but doesn't play well with Cheren. It should be either two Slavic or two Romance names, IMHO.|
|Professor Araragi||Prof. Cedar||Because "Prof. Yew" sounds unacceptably ugly to me.||Professor Juniper||At least it's not Yew, at everyone was telling me. Very unexpected but I like it.|
|Makomo||Dorothy||From the root dorm- for "dream".||Fennel||I know it makes sense but I don't like the name. Doesn't sound feminine at all, not even humanoid. Not really a name I'd call my daughter.|
|Shōro||Ramona||She's Unova's Box System operator, so her name shuld derive from a computer technical abbreviation. Ramona comes from RAM, obviously.|
|N||N||Do I have to explain?||N||... ... ... ... ... ...|
|Goetis? Getis? Gaytis? Dennis?||Arcus||Latin for rainbow, a mysterious and ancient-sounding name.|
| From indigo
From viridis (Latin for green)
From flavus (Latin for yellow)
From ruber (Latin for red)
From aurantia (Latin for orange) or aureus (golden)
From caeruleus (blue). Why just Latin? It's the ancient language, so I find it the most fitting. Also, Latin always gives best puns for normal-sounding Eastern names.
|Nobori||Aston or Upton||From the word "ascend" (which is 上り nobori in Japanese. 上り下り noborikudari means "going up and down"). Upton is an obvious choice for him but I can't find any down-based counterpart.|
|Kudari||Desmond||From the word "descend", counterpart to Nobori.|
|Gaidō||Guido||From "guide", obviously.|
| Bourgeoir Family
| Duefeller Family:
|I'm sure that their surname will be Something-feller. Probably something battle-related, so I came up with Duefeller. The names are alikes, but they'll most likely end up being something completely random (Drake shouldn't be kept because of Elite Four Drake).|
|Dent||Verry or Woody||Verry from the word "green" (Verde in Spanish and Italian), Woody is obviously from wood, as he's the Grass Leader. I don't believe that they'll keep Dent, as they'd have to keep all three, as they make the pun together. And I'm sure that NoA wouldn't want a character named "Corn".||Cilan||I've got mixed feelings. Not at all a name I'd give him. I just hope they won't give plant-based names to all Gym Leaders and Elite members. Really, when NoA tries to imitate Japanese naming, the results are really, really ugly. Think your own mind, NoA!|
|Pod||Ross or Burt||Ross from Italian rosso, red. Burt from burning.||Chili||Chili? It's just as bad as having a character named Corn. So, it seems that they're mimicking the Japanese plant pattern after all. That's not good, the names will be strange and will lack originality.|
|Corn||Hyde||Couldn't find any good Blue-derived name. Hyde is from hydro-, prefix for water. Also, a very badass name.||Cress||Oh! A real name finally! It's short for Crescentius, which happens to be my Confirmation name! EPIC!|
|Aloe||Regina or Reggie||From the word "regular". I don't see a reason that Aloe should be left out, it's not a nice name and the translator aren't that fond of plant names.|
|Kidachi||Carter||After Howard Carter, a famous archaeologist. Also, together with Regina, it gives the name of Regina Carter, a jazz musician (this is similar to his Japanese name, which gives Kidachi Aloe combined with his wife's name).|
|Arty||Colbert or Arty/Arthur||Colbert is from coleopter. But they could keep Arty as well (or Arthur, as this is the full version of the name), as it refers to arachnids and to the fact that he's an artist.|
|Kamitsure||Amber|| The word "electricity" itself derives from Greek word electron, meaning "amber" (because it was first discovered while experimenting with an amber). Also, Amber sounds very similar to ampere and can refer to a yellowish color, representing electricity. Hence, I think this is just a perfect name for a female Electric-type leader.
Also, I don't think that NoA will be THAT uncreative to call her "Electra", as almost everyone else thinks.
|Yacon||Diego or Clayton||Diego from "digging" (in the ground), Clayton from clay.|
|Fūro||Avia or Raven||Avia from aviation, Raven is a bird.|
|Iris||Iris or Dracia||One of the candidates to be kept. Dracia is in the case they wanted something more draconic.||Iris||I expected some creativity from NoA. While I did consider that they could leave the name be, I'd really rather them to change it. The more Japanese-based the name translations are, the worse they are. It's too early to judge yet but I really hope that NoA's naming doesn't lose its originality.|
|Shaga||Conrad||Anagram of "dracon", the word for dragon in many languages.|
|Shikimi||Polly, Alma or Esther||Polly from poltergeist. Alma is a Spanish word for soul. Esther is from esoterical.|
|Gīma||Malcolm or Dwight||From the prefix mal- meaning bad (malevolent = bad-willed). Dwight is from twilight.|
|Renbu||Tyson or Faust||Tyson is obvious. Faust is the German word for fist.|
|Adeku||Roderick||I really don't know why.|
|Shooty||Sherman||He's an anime-only character. And PUSA, as we know, is much less creative than NoA. So, I just thought of a similar name. But it's possible that they'll pull another Paul and he'll get an unpredictable name.||Trip|
|Don George||Don Jorge||"Don" is a honorific used in Romance-speaking country (such as Italy or Spain) so I guess "Don George" sounds awkward to an American person (Don + an English name). I think changing it to Don Jorge will do well. Also, it begins with J (like Joy and Jenny), while in Japanese all three begin with Katakana "ji" (Joi/Junsa/Jooji). Can you notice the pattern?|
|Flint||Flynn or Jasper|| There are already two very important characters by the name Flint. So, I hope that they won't use the name once again. It'd be too much. Flynn is a sound-alike and it does just okay as Flint's English name.
Jasper in the case they wanted to call him after a stone (his supervisor is named Prof. Seger. Seger is a stone).
|Professor Seger||Prof. Seger||No reason to change, I guess.|
Towns and Cities
They are all based on cloud names, this seems to be the pattern this Generation. There is no much explanation to my choices - I'm mostly guessing. I'm not fine with all names, some are strange. These names are really hard to predict, hopefully NoA will come up with some nicer names.
|Japanese Name||U.S. name prediction||Actual name||Comment|
|Kanoko Town||Lacuntra Town|
|Karakusa Town||Cumulant Town|
|Sanyou City||Trislucia City||Striaton City||I don't mind...|
|Shippou City||Vertegate City||Nacrene City||Nacreous clouds, eh? Not fond of this one.|
|Hodomoe City||Humisol City|
|Fukiyose City||Cirravia City|
|Sekka City||Altaniva City|
|Souryuu City||Duplivern City|
|Kagome Town||Opacure Town|
|Sazanami Town||Lentimar Town|
|Kanawa Town||Incustrail Town|