Last Updated on January 22, 2023
Keep scrolling to learn more about Owlin naming patterns and how you can use them to create the perfect name.
You spread your wings and take flight, head on a swivel, watching for any oncoming spells as you dash towards the opposing team’s mascot. As you look to the left, a firebolt is headed your way, but with the arc of a wing you expertly dodge it.
The crowd cheers your name “GLI-TTER CLAW! GLI-TTER CLAW!” and you speed up, sending a ray of frost behind you to discourage anyone following you. This year, Lorehold is winning the Mage Tower cup, and it’s all thanks to you.
Creating an Owlin Name
Owlin’s are a recent addition to the growing list of playable races in D&D 5e. This race of humanoid owls was an exciting addition to the roster.
Unfortunately, their description in Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos was rather lackluster and gave us no naming tradition to speak of.
That’s why we’re here.
I’ve done the research, and while there aren’t many named owlins in the sourcebook, it was easy enough to find a pattern and come up with names for you.
Here are the named owlins from Strixhaven:
- Javenesh Stoutclaw
- Shuvadri Glintmantle
- Mavinda Sharpbeak
- Captain Dapplewing
As you can see, it’s a pretty basic naming structure (fantasy first name, adjective + bird part) but we should really flesh it out a bit more.
Let’s start with that last name and talk about where it comes from.
Owlin Last Names
So obviously, that last name is a bit of a physical description. It’s like a caricature, you take the most prominent physical feature and you point it out.
This owlin has a sharp beak, Sharpbeak, this one has stout claws, Stoutclaw.
What’s interesting is that we aren’t told whether this is a family name or more like an honorific title. Is there a long line of Stoutclaws that have attended Strixhaven University? Or do young owlins start with a first name until reaching adulthood, when they receive a name based on their appearance?
Maybe young owlins are given a childhood placeholder and receive their adult names, later on, sort of like elves. For example, perhaps Javanesh was called Javenesh Pinktuft, for a pink tuft of fur on his head, until he came into his own and received the name stoutclaw.
These are the questions you get to ask yourself as you name your owlin character. And who knows, maybe both types of naming traditions exist, allowing for some varying cultures of owlins within the worlds you explore.
Then there’s the first name, which we really don’t have to look too much into. It’s essentially just a fantasy name. There does feel like a hint of hindi inspiration in the naming structure, but that could be entirely incidental.
After all, we only have a handful of names to work with. As far as I’m concerned, any name you enjoy saying is a good first name for an owlin.
Rolling an Owlin Name
If we follow the naming convention that we’ve seen in strixhaven, then we get three different parts of the name to come up with. Below are a few d20 tables you can roll on.
Owlin First Name
Last Name Adjective
Last Name Noun