Half-Orc Names DnD 5e Complete Guide and Suggestions
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Orcs were described in Dungeons & Dragons as savages and barbaric creatures. They raid settlements through organized assaults and ambushes. But they have utmost fear in violating their beliefs and superstitions, therefore making them easy targets for manipulation and control. There are instances that Human warlocks take over and lead Orcish tribes to be united within a battle. Some Orc tribes propose alliances with strong human cities or settlements that they fail to invade to fight a common enemy. If Orc invasion is proven to be fearsome, an alliance of Orc and Humans is more formidable. Successful campaigns of Orcs and Humans often lead to a longer relationship between the tribes through marriages… of Orc and Humans, of course. And ta-dah! Half-Orcs are born.
In this guide, we’ll discuss further the Half-Orc race. What makes them different from their Orc brothers? Or are they not different at all? We’ll be able to see how their human blood affected their lives and create appropriate names for them. You’ll be guided to our Best Male and Female Half-Orc names and Best Class-Specific Half-Orc names. There’s also a bonus Funny Half-Orc names and a ranking of our Top Half-Orc Names Suggestions at the end of this guide.
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An Evil Within
No Orc escapes the influence and grasp of Gruumsh One-Eye, the Orc creator. This includes the Half-Orcs because of their Orc blood, though their Human heritage limits this influence. Some of them gradually hear Gruumsh whispers in their dreams and calls them to unleash their rage. Some Half-Orcs experience a rush of adrenaline in battle as if they are excited to kill someone, and later on, feel anguish upon their uncontrolled actions.
Half-Orcs are not entirely evil, but evil is born within them. They can only either turn their backs from it or embrace it whole. Unlike their Orc cousins, Half-Orcs have control of their emotions. They do not just feel rage and impulses, but they can suppress and control it. Insults against them are either effective or not. They can ignore it or treat it personally. They can feel sadness and are mournful for their fallen friends. But Half-Orcs are Humans too. They laugh lively and happily at jokes and fun pleasures. They like to drink, feast, and wrestle with their companions. They even dance and sing as any human would do. Half-Orcs are also short-tempered, thanks to their Orcish blood, and may tend to fight more than argue just to prove a point.
Half-Orcs have grayish skin color, broad foreheads, protruded jaws and teeth, and has a strong and tall body build. Like their Orc cousins, they consider their scars as an ornament and pride depicting their experience in battle. But there are scars that they wish to hide from others, such as one that resulted from slavery or exile. These are marks of humiliation and defeat and they hide it in shame.
Among all the races, Half-Orcs are the most likely to be accepted by Humans. Most Half-Orcs live within Human lands while few live with isolated Orc tribes. Although there are humans who despise Half-Orcs because of bitter experiences and violence from Orc raids. They stereotype Half-Orcs and brand them evil like their Orc cousins. But Half-Orcs are determined to gain acceptance and a place in the world. Some of them are reserved and preferred to be left alone, keeping attention to themselves. Others display piety through good deeds. The rest grow tough and scary to intimidate others to avoid them.
Below is the summary of Half-Orc’s racial features and traits.
Half-Orcs are almost as strong as their Orc cousins but do not have penalties in their Intelligence score. They have a bonus +2 to Strength and a bonus +1 to Constitution.
Half-Orcs mature a little faster than Humans but not as fast as Orcs. They reach adulthood at the age of 14 and age faster and do not live longer than 75 years.
Half-Orcs have tendencies to lean toward Chaotic alignment and are not strongly inclined towards good. Half-Orcs who grew within Orc tribes is commonly evil while Half-Orcs who grew within Human lands are Chaotic Neutral.
Medium-sized. Half-Orcs are a bit larger and bulkier than humans. They are 5 to 7 feet tall and weigh between 180 to 250 pounds.
Half-Orc’s base walking speed is 30 feet.
Because of their Orc blood, Hal-Orcs inherit Orc’s ability to adapt in the shroud of darkness. Half-Orcs can see in dim light within 60 feet and see it as bright light. While total darkness is like dim light.
Half-Orcs cannot discern colors in darkness, however.
Half-Orcs can make jokes and may tell that they will skin you alive; even if they do not mean it. This makes them more intimidating than funny. They have proficiency with the Intimidation Skill.
Half-Orcs are not easily killed. When Half-Orcs hit points are reduced to 0 but are not killed outright, they can drop their hit point to 1 hit point instead.
Half-Orcs cannot use this trait again until they finish a long rest. But at least you escaped death’s door, right?
Half-Orcs are hard hitters too. When they score a critical hit with a melee weapon, they can roll one of the weapon’s damages dice one more time and add it as extra damage to the critical hit. Ouch.
Half-Orcs can speak, read, and write in the Common and Orc tongue.
Best DnD Male Orc Names
Half-Orc names are based on their culture they were raised in. Half-Orcs adopt Human names when they live in Human lands. Like their Orc cousins, Half-Orc names also have a harsh tone with hard consonants. Some of their names display power and their capability as an individual. Check out some of the DnD Male Orc name suggestions below and their descriptions.
When using this male Half-Orc name, you have an untamed character who wishes to do anything that he pleases.
Your name somehow translates to the word ‘hack and slash’ befitting your impulsive attitude.
You are a devastating force to reckon with when angered. Your Half-Orc name translates to someone being ravenous.
Humans and Orc alike avoid frontal confrontations with you as much as possible.
This Half-Orc name is derived from the Dwarven word for a ‘thunder roll’. You were born on a stormy night and your parents believed that the storms will guide your path to whatever destiny lies ahead for you.
This Half-Orc name describes a wolfish and greedy character. You belong to a nomadic Orc tribe that prefers pillage and raids.
Despite him knowing he is not born evil, he still chooses the evil path with his Orc companions.
You are an exiled Half-Orc when using this male name. You are born proud and you do not wish to admit the crimes accused of you.
Hraalg the Prideful, was accused of killing a commoner when he was drunk.
Meaning ‘voracity’ in the Common tongue. This is not your real name. It was granted to you by the Imperial captain for your courageous feats in the battle against the invading Hobgoblins.
Vorkal often complains about hearing the calls of the One-Eyed Orc. He tries his best to walk away from this calling.
You are an alcoholic Half-Orc when using this name. People in the tavern call you a drunkard.
Haggal is considered a drunken master. Fighting enemies only when drunk.
This male Half-Orc name somehow means ‘a Runner’. You are a nimble Half-Orc who uses your agile talents to defeat enemies and pursue those who try to escape your wrath.
Meaning ‘the Wrathful’. You are a male Half-Orc born from the wilderness. You grew up being trained to fight, to survive, and to become strong.
Arguir hates combat. But the Orc chieftain always forces him to do so. His Mark of Gruumsh becomes visible when he fights and transforms him into a berserker.
Borog is a colloquial Half-Orc name nicknamed to you by your Human and Lizardfolk compatriots. This is because of your brute and bulky built.
Although your attitude is quite gentle and docile.
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Best DnD Female Orc Names
Female Half-Orcs are as tough and wise as their male counterparts. They resemble the same mindset, stature, and nature as with the male ones. Check out some D&D Female Orc name suggestions below.
You are an adept female Half-Orc mage when bearing this name. You are proficient with advanced magics, added to your natural strength from your Orchis bloodline.
Maega was raised within the walls of the Silverymoon and was an apprentice mage from one of the Seven Sisters of Silverhand.
You belong to a band of mixed-race adventurers when using this female Half-Orc name. You are one of the wittiest and clever in the team and a trusted advisor of your Tiefling leader.
Sagrel the Sinister Right Hand
When using this female Half-Orc name, you are an expert tracker and a good hunter. You are commonly enlisted by the guardsmen in tracking rabid creatures that attack farmlands and crops.
Vaaki the ‘Vulture’.
Somehow translates to ‘the Fortress’. You are a buffy Half-Orc who wields a longsword and tower shield. People praise your name because you were always there when duty calls.
You are one of the few who chose to listen to the whispers of Gruumsh. This female Half-Orc is branded as ‘the Butcher of the lowlands’ for her massacre of an entire village.
No one was spared from the blades of Raiiv. She mercilessly butchered every child, woman, and man to her heart’s content.
A wanderer Half-Orc is fir for this female name. You consider yourself as a tormented Half-Orc. You are being called endlessly to fight for Gruumsh and you wish to remove the One-Eyed Orc in your head.
Halaang spent her days wandering the northern lands in search of a cure from the Blood of Gruumsh.
When using this female Half-Orc name, you are a legionnaire of the Imperial elites. They call you ‘the Half-Orc Blocker’ due to your finesse and expertise in shield combat.
This Half-Orc name means ‘wishful’. You are an ambitious Half-Orc who wants to be part of greater fortune. Whether it be great wealth, wars, or glory, it doesn’t bother you for as long as you earn your name from it.
Erga is a common female Half-Orc name. You are a character who prefers to live a simple life. Fix the house, tend to your garden, or take care of your children. But the Mark of Gruumsh is quite deep in you and it is only a matter of time before you are overcome by it.
When using this female Half-Orc name, you are considered a guardian of a powerful wizard. You protect his tower from unwanted visitors and faithfully protect the wizard from grave threats in exchange for accommodation, food, and a little lump sum.
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Class-Specific Names for Half-Orcs
Choosing your class is an exciting part of creating your character for D&D. We get to choose from 12 different classes depending on your favored playstyle and story. In this guide, we’ll suggest names for some specific classes that are commonly (or uncommonly) used for the Half-Orc race. These are the Barbarian class and the Wizard class. A two exact polar opposite class for the Half-Orc race.
Half-Orcs as a Barbarian
Barbarian is a well-known pick for Orc and Half-Orc characters in the first place. The Barbarian class has traits that complement the Orc and Half-Orc races. Barbarian class is also a good choice for players who want to center their character build into Strength and Constitution, while at the same time deals a massive amount of damage with or without critical hits.
More detailed explanations about the Barbarian class on the Player’s Handbook and other D&D 5e game guides. In the meantime, let’s check some of our suggested Half-Orc Barbarian names below:
When using this Half-Orc Barbarian name, you are a corrupted Half-Orc who fully embraced the calling of Gruumsh. You are relentless and out of control. Bloodshed and violence are what satiate you.
Male or Female
You are a freedom-loving Half-Orc who swear to fight for freedom to any Half-Orc and Orcs that are victims of slavery. You are a born leader, charismatic, and everyone sees you as their hero.
You are a veteran female Half-Orc soldier who witnessed and participated in a dozen of fights and sieges. You have a kind heart, however, and wish to attain peace as much as you can.
You are one of the few Half-Orc Barbarians who embraced and follow the path of Gruumsh. You wish to satisfy his calling so you end up joining the raids of your fellow corrupted Half-Orcs.
Male or Female
You are a renowned Half-Orc Barbarian adventurer. You use your strength to lend a hand to people in need… at a certain price of course.
Half-Orcs as a Wizards
Unlike Barbarians who depend on their brute strength, wizards are magic-users. They use spells to inflict damage or to heal or protect themselves from danger. They use a total concentration of magic through studying and understanding arcane arts. Exactly an opposite of what Barbarians would be, right? Though unusual, one can find some good traits from the wizard class that may be well acceptable for the Half-Orc race.
In the meantime, check out some of our suggested Half-Orc Wizard names below:
Male or Female
You are born and raised by the wizards from the School of enchantment. You are an adept Half-Orc wizard who aspires to be a great warlock someday.
When using this Half-Orc wizard name, you are a practitioner of War Magic. You render your service to the highest-paying Noble and support their wars.
You are an adept Half-Orc wizard who trained from the school of Divination. You have the power to predict the future and help your allies.
This Half-Orc wizard name translates to the word ‘Smite’ in the Common tongue. You are well versed in divine magics and you consider every purge of evil as a penance for your indirect link with Gruumsh.
Male or Female
When using this Half-Orc wizard name, you are a wizard character who specializes in the School of illusion. You are well versed in manipulating your foes and instill fear in their hearts.
A Guide to Funny Half-Orc Names
Half-Orc’s life is not as hard as what other races experience, unlike the Tieflings and the Changelings for example. What makes life a bit difficult for them is the curse of Gruumsh wherein some of them are unwillingly drawn to him. It’s not their fault, of course, and it doesn’t stop us from making some funny and witty names for the Half-Orc Race. Check out some of our suggested Top Funny Half-Orc names below. You might get lucky and stumble upon a name that you like if you try our D&D 5e Half-Orc Name Generator now! It’s easy to use and contains unique names for free!
What makes it funny?
A drug-addicted Half-Orc…
Ola! Mi Llamo Dora!
Did we forget to mention that Half-Orcs love to drink? Yeah. Drnk is one of them.
You always call him when there’s something wrong.
“What the heck?!”
What is it?
CAREFUL ON THE N-WORD. We do not wish to insult anyone.
Maybe Link should look for her in Dungeons and Dragons?
A sad and mournful Half-Orc… They can be emotional too, you know?
Nothing much about this name. It’s just funny to see a Half-Orc named Brandon.
Top Half-Orc Names Suggestions
We’re now at the end line for this name guide. So far, we get to know a little bit more about the Half-Orcs. You witnessed some of the Top Male and Female Half-Orc names suggestions. In this section, we’ll rank all the created Half-Orc names including the race-specific names. We based the ranking on how “Half-Orcish” the name is and of course, some personal bias from us. Check out the names below!
We’re placing this name on the number 1 spot because the name is quite nice and it’s a perfect choice for either a Barbarian or Wizard class. We also like the lore deriving the name from the word ‘thunder roll’.
Male or Female
Who said Half-Orcs cannot be honorable? Llavand is an example of a heroic Half-Orc who is against slavery. A Barbarian class is nice for this name and can either be male or female. Pretty neat, right?
Unusual as it may seem, Half-Orcs can be mages too. We like the lore of Maega as someone who grew up from the halls of the wizards. Who knows what power she can wield together with her natural strength? We want to find out too!
Mauriv the Wishful is not your typical Half-Orc. She has an interest in glory, whether it be gold or fame, she will always find ways to be there. We place her in the 4th spot for the nice lore and the pretty Half-Orc name.
Careful, you don’t want this guy angry. The name Vtraal is intimidating. Short and easily remembered. It translates to someone being ravenous, a perfect description for a Barbarian Half-Orc.
Of course, we will include purely evil Half-Orcs on our list. The name Yalle already sounds fitting for a Half-Orc. Combined with her background as someone who embraced the Mark of Gruumsh, we believe this Half-Orc will reach greater heights together with her fellow corrupted brothers and sisters.
The Half-Orc name Arguir directly translates to someone who is wrathful. The name itself has a nice Orcish tone in it. The lore is also good having him as someone who grew up only to fight and survive. He hates fighting, but cannot resist the Mark of Gruumsh during a battle, mighty awesome if you ask us.
Next to the list is Ergor the Smiter. Imagine a Half-Orc who dedicated his life to purging evil? That includes his brethren, by the way. He is very pure and chaotic good, something we don’t usually see for a Half-Orc.
On the 9th spot is Raiiv the Butcher. Like Yalle, she is pure evil and followed the footsteps of Gruumsh. We find her more devastating than other evil Half-Orcs. Take note, she spares no one. Cool!
Last but not the least, Borog! We find him funny for being a peaceful and docile Half-Orc despite his size and scary looks. We want a Borog NPC accompanying our journeys!
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1. Player’s Handbook: Chapter 3: Classes, pg. 45
2. Player’s Handbook: Chapter 2: Races, Half-Orc Traits, pg. 41
3. Player’s Handbook: Chapter 2: Races, Half-Orc Names, pg. 41
4. Volo’s Giode to Monsters: Chapter 1: Monster Lore, Orcs: The Godsworn, Half-Orcs, pg. 88