Tiefling Names 5e Guide and Name Suggestions
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About Tiefling (Race)
Tieflings are creatures that are basically human in shape, though they normally sport large horns of different shapes due to their infernal heritage. These horns can be straight, spiraled, curved, or even in the shape of antlers depending on the bloodline the tiefling is descended from. Tieflings also have thick prehensile tails, pointed teeth, and eyes of solid red, black, white, silver, or gold. Their skin can be human-colored, but can also be various shades of red. Like their skin, their hair can follow human coloration, though it is usually dark and can be deep blue, red, or purple also.
Tieflings grow up around humans who are repulsed and fearful of them, and this creates mistrust and self-reliance in them. Tieflings are therefore slow to trust others, but once they do deem someone trustworthy, they become loyal and lifelong allies.
Tiefling’s otherworldly features come from their infernal bloodline. Tieflings can be descended from demons, devils, or even evil gods. The pact humans struck with these creatures is many generations old, and modern tieflings are reviled for a sin they had no hand in. Some embrace their fiendish nature, while others run from it.
Tiefling alignments vary as much as with humans. Though tieflings are known for a tendency to be devious, they can and do have good and neutral alignments as well as evil. It depends on the personality and aspirations of the individual. However, there is no doubt that life can be hard for a tiefling; they often grow up without the love afforded most human children, so they can become embittered and treat the world as they have been treated in turn. This can lead to a tiefling who wishes only harm to humans. Others go in the opposite direction and try to do good in the world to prove that tieflings can be agents of light.
Tiefling bloodlines can lie dormant for generations, so a fiendish child can be born to some very surprised human parents. Children who are extremely otherworldly in their appearance are not likely to be allowed to live, due to the fear and repulsion of the parents. For this reason, many tieflings now have only a few demonic traits that set them aside from other humans, though all have an aura about them that exudes allure and causes discomfort both.
Tieflings tend to have better reflexes than normal humans. This combined with their ability to hide and deceive means tieflings are often thieves and swindlers.
Tieflings generally don’t get on well with other races given their mistrustful nature, which extends even to their own race. Of aasimars tieflings are especially wary, fearing the aasimar’s celestial blood which is so different from their infernal blood. Tieflings can identify with the struggles of half-orcs, who like tieflings are a source of fear to humans and this is, therefore, the race tieflings are most likely to get on with.
Tiefling names can reflect whatever culture the tiefling grew up in, or they can be Infernal names that point to the tiefling’s fiendish ancestry. Infernal is a language laden with hard consonants, so it has a harsh sound and infernal tiefling names should reflect this. Tieflings, especially younger ones, can also take on virtue names that represent an element of themselves or a concept they strive to personify.
Male Tiefling Names
Male tiefling names should hint at the sometimes devious and always self-reliant and strong nature of these creatures. Here are some examples of male tiefling names in the infernal language:
For more examples of male tiefling names check out our D&D 5e name generator.
Female Tiefling Names
Female tiefling names should be a little softer, but still, embody the traits of the race. Here are some examples of female tiefling names in the infernal tongue:
Take a look at our female tiefling name generator for some more ideas.
Tiefling Last Names
Tieflings normally take the surname of the culture they grew up in but may later choose to adopt a surname indicative of their infernal ancestors. Here are some examples of demon, devil, and evil deity names that a tiefling might take as a nod to their fiendish ancestor:
Tiefling Virtue Names
Some tieflings, especially younger ones who are trying to find their place in the world, take a name that personifies a virtue or a concept. This virtue is something that the tiefling promises to live by. For some, it is a noble virtue that they work over their lives to embody. For others, it is a pronouncement of the darkness within. Here are some examples of tiefling virtue names:
Check out our D&D tiefling name generator for more examples of virtue names.
The witty use of virtue names is a good way to create a funny tiefling name. You can use the virtue name to create a play on words that says something about your character. Here are some examples:
- Irr Reverance
- Kairon Carrion
- Nottso Determined
- Aigo Nowhere
- Evver Weary
Top Tiefling Names
Our favorite male tielfing names are Akemnon and Murdos. These names hold the harshness of the infernal tongue while conveying the strength and guile of the character.
The top female names are Lerissa and Riiqua. These names hint at the allure and charm that a tiefling can possess, but we also imagine these characters to be crafty and devious by nature.
For us, the top tiefling last names are Tyranthraxus and Lillitus. Tyranthraxus was an evil entity who took possession of the bodies of others. He was also called the Flamed One. Lilitus were demons who appeared as beautiful women but were beings descended from succubi. Their goal was to corrupt priests and religious orders.
The best virtue names are Cheer and Temperance. We imagine a character named Cheer to bring light and happiness everywhere they go, and their goal is to make others laugh. We imagine a character named Temperance to have a wild and colorful past, but now they are learning how to maintain balance and restraint, and to do good in the world.
The best funny names are Irr Reverence and Nottso Determined. Irr Reverance is a character who does not take things very seriously and does not respect any human institution. Nottso Determined is a character who tries to stick to their guns but is ultimately weak-willed.