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If you love to create your own superheroes - either for yourself, to entertain your kids, or even to include when writing your own comic books or screenplays - it can be difficult coming up with new names for your characters off the top of your head.
Here at Quality Comix, we’re huge comic book fans and have over 20 years buying and selling vintage comic books, so we know a thing or two about superheroes! We’ve created this handy guide to help you find some inspiration for naming your next female superhero!
Let’s jump straight in.
Step 1: Read our inspiration list
Scroll down to the bottom section of this page. There you’ll find a HUGE selection of kickass female comic book heroes - some well-known, some not so much!
Reading this list will help get your creative juices flowing and fuel your imagination with great character names before you start working on your own names.
Step 2: Soar into the superhero zone
Read a comic book or watch a superhero movie to help get you into ‘the zone’. If you’re short on time, you could try watching movie trailers, or even fan made trailers or shorts to get your brain ticking!
Step 3: Every hero needs an origin story!
If you’re struggling to come up with a hero name from scratch, try writing your superhero’s backstory. Fleshing out the character and figuring out how she became who she is can help spark ideas.
You could ask yourself:
What are her powers?
How did she get her powers, is it something she was born with?
Where does she come from - Earth or a distant planet?
What is her superhero costume like?
Who are the supporting characters in her story - does she have any family or friends?
The more details you can nail down, the easier it will be to decide on a name for your latest female superhero creation.
Step 4: Venture into outer space
Some of the greatest characters in literature, TV and movies take their names from cosmic locations or objects in outer space. From stars and moons, to planets and comets, inspiration can be found all around the solar system!
Some favourite uses include:
Members of the Black family in Harry Potter are all named after stars - Sirius, Regulus, Andromeda, Bellatrix. Even Draco’s namesake is a constellation in the northern sky!
Many Guardians of the Galaxy characters have space-related names, including Nebula (a cloud of gas and dust in outer space), plus the more obvious Rocket and Star-Lord.
Prince Oberon from the Game of Thrones series - Oberon is a major moon of Uranus.
Holmes is the name of a periodic comet travelling through our solar system, as well as the famous detective, Sherlock.
Even Disney uses this trick for their stories - including Ariel (another Uranus moon), Pluto (a former planet), Aurora (as in Aurora Borealis - the Northern Lights), and many more over the years!
Search the internet for the names of stars and moons - you could find your next female superhero name among them! Take the constellation Columba; the meaning of this name is ‘the dove’, so you could use that to inspire your character’s superhero powers… maybe give her a white outfit and the power to fly!
Step 5: Mash up your favourite names
If you’re not there yet, you could mash up some of your favourite comic book character names to make new ones! Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Step 6: Choose a name for your hero’s alter ego
If your female superhero has a secret identity for when she’s not busy saving the world, she needs a great name to go with it. Many of the most well-known comic books use alliteration for their heroes' alter ego or character names - from Peter Parker to Lois Lane, Bruce Banner to Wade Wilson, and Pepper Potts to Steven Strange - making them easier to remember!
The internet is filled with lists of baby names, so once you have a first name down, follow in the footsteps of some of the best writers from Marvel and DC, and pick a last name starting with the same letter.
Here are some examples:
Step 7: Write down your top 10 ideas
Focus on writing a list of your 10 favourite name ideas. Say them out loud to see if they have the same punch when spoken. Then narrow them down until you find THE ONE!!
Female Superhero Name Inspiration for Step 1
Now starting at Step 1, use this handy list of already imagined heroes to fill your brain with ideas and inspiration, and then make your way through the steps to create a powerful name for your own female superhero!
Tempest (Angel Salvadore)
Spider-Woman (May Parker)
Negasonic Teenage Warhead
Venus De Milo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Ravager (Rose Wilson)
Chibiusa (Sailor Moon)
Ghost Rider (Alejandra Jones)
Nelvana of the Northern Lights
Madame Web (Julia Carpenter)
Superwoman (Lana Lang)
Monster Girl (Invincible)
Birds of Prey
Spider-Woman (Mattie Franklin)
Red Riding Hood
Mare Do Well
Vampire By Night
Princess Strong Blossom
Engineer (Angela Spica)
Ghost (Dark Horse Comics)
Huntress (Helena Wayne)
Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)
Sailor Chibi Moon
Thor (Jane Foster)
We’ve come to the end of our guide to creating the best female superhero names! If you follow our steps, you’re sure to have a great name for your new superhero in no time.
And if you’re writing your own story, comic book or screenplay, you might find our helpful guide to creating villain names useful too!