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A Ben Cumberbatch-like name generator

Project description

Benerator Cumberpy is a name generator written in Python that generates word pairs similar to “Benedict Cumberbatch”. There already exist generators like this. However, they create new words, such as “Boobiedook Cumberfinkle”.

Benerator Cumberpy will create pairs of existing English words that fullfil certain criteria. Examples could include “Benefits Coordination” or “Benevolent Cucumber”. There are over 480 million possible combinations.

The script works both in Python 2 and 3.

Install and run Benerator Cumberpy

Make sure you have Python installed, and (optionally) create a virtualenv.

To install Benerator Cumberpy, run pip install benerator-cumberpy

To run Benedict Cumberpy in terminal, run:

Available commands
Command Description
benerate Print only a name-surname pair.
hello-ben Print a sentence like “Hello there, my name is Bronzelike Certificate.”.

For added hilarity, pipe the output of hello-ben through cowsay (Win: cowsay for Windows, Linux: apt install cowsay or whatever else your distro uses, OSX: if you have HomeBrew installed – brew install cowsay).

Example:

$ hello-ben | cowsay -f stegosaurus
 ____________________________________
/ Hello there, my name is Beetleweed \
\ Correctioner.                      /
 ------------------------------------
\                             .       .
 \                           / `.   .' "
  \                  .---.  <    > <    >  .---.
   \                 |    \  \ - ~ ~ - /  /    |
         _____          ..-~             ~-..-~
        |     |   \~~~\.'                    `./~~~/
       ---------   \__/                        \__/
      .'  O    \     /               /       \  "
     (_____,    `._.'               |         }  \/~~~/
      `----.          /       }     |        /    \__/
            `-.      |       /      |       /      `. ,~~|
                ~-.__|      /_ - ~ ^|      /- _      `..-'
                     |     /        |     /     ~-.     `-. _  _  _
                     |_____|        |_____|         ~ - . _ _ _ _ _>

You can also use Benerator Cumberpy in your Python script.

For example:

# your_script.py
from benerator_cumberpy import benerate_name
from benerator_cumberpy import hello

benerate_name()
hello()
$ python your_script.py

Bestselling Corridors
Hello there, my name is Belial Cobalt.

Where do the words come from?

I found a list of English words to use – this one. Then I made two lists – first_names.txt and last_names.txt based on the following criteria:

First name (end result: 16692 words):

  • starts with “B”
  • is at least 6 letters long
  • is not Benedict

Last name (end result: 28786 words):

  • starts with “C” or “K”
  • is at least 6 letters long
  • does not start with “ch”
  • is not Cumberbatch, though it wasn’t in the dataset anyway

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