BJD Naming Woes

Have you ever gotten a doll that you absolutely fell in love with, but simply cannot figure out a name?

That happens to me more often than I would like to admit. I have dolls that have been nameless for 6 months or more! >.< And while I could just keep the sculpt name, that just doesn’t feel right to me.

Since my dolls are not characters based off of a pre-existing story, I usually end up trying to name them as they arrive.

Currently, I have one new arrival and another on the way that will need names soon.. Below are just a few things I look at, or think about, when I’m trying to decide on a name.

Usually what I try to do is think about how their character feels to me –

  • If the doll is a girl: is she a girly-girl? Tomboy? Does she like modern clothes? Fluffy dresses? or is she comfortable in anything?
  • If the doll is a boy: is he a macho-man? Metro? Flamboyant? Just like to dress in comfy clothes? Dressy clothes? or again – comfortable in anything?

Answering some of those questions helps me when I’m trying to think of names.

The other thing I do, sometimes, is think about what I’m interested in, either in general as a long standing interest or a new-found favorite. For example, I love playing my violin and music has always been a huge part of my life. I have a newer doll (not yet here on the website) that is named Gretta; short for Allegretta which is a play on the music term Allegretto. In all honesty, I have one of my girls (Chiyo) who is named after Chiyo in Azumanga Daioh because she has brown pig-tails, and at the time I had just finished watching Azumanga Daioh (again).

If you are looking for an anime-ish name – what are your favorite animes? That may help give some ideas for names.

And don’t be afraid to combine parts of names and/or make up new ones!

Once I have a few name ideas (if I still can’t decide), I like to check out their meanings on baby name websites to see if the meaning of a name may match the personality of the doll.

How do you decide on a name? Any tips & tricks for others? Feel free to leave a comment!

Here’s hoping these 2 new girls don’t take me 6 months to name! 😉

Let the brainstorming begin!

~ Tiarah =^.^=

Descriptions & Colors

When I am writing descriptions, I always find it difficult to remember alternative color names to the standard ROYGBIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet), Brown, Black, & White.

While browsing the Unofficial Etsy Forums, I came across a post with synonyms of other colors. I thought this information was great and decided to share. As I come across new synonyms, I will be sure to add them to the list. If you have any to share, feel free to leave a comment! 🙂


  • brick
  • burgundy
  • cardinal
  • carmine
  • cerise
  • cherry
  • coral
  • flushed
  • fuchsia
  • garnet
  • geranium
  • magenta
  • maroon
  • pink
  • rose
  • rust
  • salmon
  • scarlet
  • wine

  • apricot
  • brass
  • copper
  • melon
  • gold
  • dark orange
  • orange peel
  • tangerine
  • carrot orange
  • burnt orange

  • amber
  • bisque
  • blond
  • buff
  • chrome
  • cream
  • gold
  • ivory
  • lemon
  • saffron
  • sand
  • tawny
  • canary
  • champagne
  • citrus
  • honey
  • straw
  • sunshine


  • emerald
  • apple
  • aquamarine
  • blue-green
  • chartreus
  • fir
  • forest
  • grass
  • green-blue
  • jade
  • kelly
  • lime
  • malachite
  • moss
  • olive
  • pea
  • peacock
  • pine
  • sage
  • sea green
  • spinach

  • sky
  • royal
  • cobalt
  • indigo
  • navy
  • cerulean
  • teal
  • sapphire
  • turquoise
  • aqua
  • ultramarine
  • azure
  • periwinkle
  • cyan

  • amethyst
  • blue-violet
  • bluish red
  • lavender
  • lilac
  • magenta
  • mauve
  • mulberry
  • orchid
  • periwinkle
  • plum
  • pomegranate
  • violet wine fuchsia plum


  • blush
  • hot pink
  • coral
  • fuchsia
  • rose
  • salmon

  • amber
  • auburn
  • bay
  • beige
  • bister
  • brick
  • bronze
  • buff
  • burnt sienna
  • chesnut
  • chocolate
  • cinnamon
  • cocoa
  • coffee
  • copper
  • ginger
  • hazel
  • henna
  • khaki
  • mahogany
  • nut
  • rust
  • sepia
  • tan
  • terra-cotta
  • umber
  • brunette
  • chocolate

  • charcoal
  • coal
  • ebony
  • jet
  • obsidian
  • onyx
  • pitch
  • raven
  • midnight
  • ink

I hope it helps in the case of any description woes you encounter!

~ Tiarah =^.^=