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Romance Novel Title Generator

We’re having a little fun now that it’s the Holiday Season.

Romance novel titles can be so generic, they blend together. This has always been so in the genre, whether it was 40 years ago or in the present day. The popular trend now for historicals is to add “Duke” or another title, or “Rogue,” “Rake,” “Devil,” or “Scoundrel” to a previously known idiom or title. For example, take the books The Viscount Who Loved Me or I Kissed an Earl.

While some of the modern have me groaning, I can look back at older book titles and laugh at their silliness.

No one did formulaic titles better than the folks at Kensington/ Zebra. For over 20 years they released romances that adhered to certain naming conventions. Let’s see:

Happy Adjective/Angry Adjective + State/Location/Native American Tribe OR Another Adjective + Noun with Romantic Connotations = Wild Texas BrideSweet Stolen SurrenderSweet Silken Bondage

We created a romance novel name generator that takes after the Zebra naming conventions. Use the initials of your name to create a unique title. If you don’t have a middle name, that’s ok, this still works. My name, Jacqueline Diaz, would be Jubilant Destiny, which actually sounds pretty romantic. I took my husband’s initials and came up with Enchanting Pittsburgh Marriage, which I’m sure applies to many people, but lacks a certain oomph. Try your hand and see what title you come up with!

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Zebra Romance Novel Name Generator

LETTERFIRST NAMEMIDDLE NAMELAST NAME
AAdoringAlgonquinAmethyst
BBeautifulBostonBliss
CCaptivatingConnecticutCoitus
DDarlingDakota Destiny
EEnchantingEl PasoEcstasy
FFuriousFresnoFlame
GGoldenGeorgiaGlow
HHotHialeahHeart
IImpulsiveIndiana Intercourse
JJubilantJacksonvilleJewel
KKinkyKentuckyKiss
LLustyLouisianaLove
MMagicalMinnesotaMarriage
NNaughtyNantucketNectar
OObsessiveOregonOpal
PPurplePittsburghPassion
QQuiveringQuebecQueen
RRavishingRhode IslandRapture
SSeductiveSeminoleSlave
TTempestuousTucsonTorment
UUltimateUtahUnion
VVirileVermontVirgin
WWantonWyomingWench
XXenialXalapaXanthium
YYellowYosemite Yearning
ZZealousZamoraZinnia

What book title do the initials of your name create? Play around, have some fun, and see what combinations you can come up with!

2 replies »

  1. Hi, Jacqueline.

    I like this idea. From my screen name, my romance title would be “Beyond Fantasy”. If I used my real initials, it would be “Ecstasy’s Torrid Welcome”. You’ve given me some food for thought, so I’ll see if I can come up with others.

    BTW, you are SO right about Zebra/Kensington’s titles and the current tendency toward “cutesy” titles. Some that I have seen:

    “Sex and the Single Earl”.

    “Live and Let Spy”.

    “One Thing Leads to a Lover”.

    “Waiting for an Earl Like You”.

    Clearly, a lot of today’s historical romance authors came of age in the 70’s and/or are 1980’s music fans.

  2. Love the titles!

    Yes, there are many new book titles that are just old song titles repurposed for romance. Sometimes I think they’re cute, but I could do without all those nobles in Romanclandia. There’s too much focus on Dukes!

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