Sword Names by the Million! Legendary & Famous

Looking for the biggest and best collection of sword names around? If you have a sword to name, whether it is a display replica, your favorite training sword, or a fantasy weapon – you’re in the right place!

Our sword name generator will give you over 6 million of the coolest sword names, all inspired by swords from history, fantasy, myths, and legends.

Before naming your sword, we’ll very briefly take you through the different types of swords, and introduce some cool legendary swords.

If you prefer, you can skip straight to the name generator here.

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Sword Names Contents

Types of Swords
Legendary Swords
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Japanese Names

Types of Swords

Historically, a sword is a double-edged, bladed weapon. In modern history, the length of a sword is between 45 and 80cm but under the umbrella term may include longsword, greatswords, etc., can be much longer. Some ceremonial versions of the Zweihänder made it up to 213cm!

Swords come in many shapes and sizes, and there are over 145 types of swords so, to keep this as short as possible, let’s just look at the main sword groups.

Swords can be classified by either the hilt or blade.

Depending on the hilt length and size of the blade, swords are either single-handed, two-handed, or bastard swords, also known as “hand-and-a-half” swords.

Most swords are “single-handed,” the name for which was only needed to differentiate between other types once they arrived on the scene.

Popular examples of two-handed swords are the medieval claymore, the European longsword, and the Zweihänder – it is literally called two-hander in German!

 

  • Double-edged and straight – These would include the Chinese jian, the European longsword, the Roman spatha, western broadswords (claymore, saber, etc.)
  • Single-edged and curved – Amongst these are the Chinese dao, the Japanese katana, the eastern scimitar, and the western saber.
  • Edgeless thrusting swords – Designed for precision and piercing armor, these include the Western European rapier, the Eastern European scimitar, the Japanese katana, and the Chinese dao.

 

Famous and Legendary Sword Names

Excalibur Legendary
There are some swords that have been etched in the annals of history for their mythical abilities, or simply for the heroic deeds done by their wielder.

Here are some of the most famous, legendary swords from across the world:

Legendary Sword Name Description
Excalibur Known as “The Sword in the Stone” and possibly the most legendary sword in the world. The one who was judged worthy could pull the sword from the stone, and would take the throne of England.
The Sword of Mercy The sword of Edward the Confessor, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England before the decicive Battle of Hastings in 1066. Mythology holds that the blade was broken by an angel to prevent a wrongful killing,
Zulfiqar A scimitar that was a gift from the prophet Muhammad to his son-in-law and Islamic leader, Ali. The sword is admired by millions of muslims as a symbol of faith.
Kusanagi no Tsurugi Originally called the Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi which means “Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven.” An important part of Japanese mythology, the Kusanagi no Tsurugi came from the Gods and may even control the wind.
Durandal The Sword of Roland, the most famous of the 12 paladins of the Roman emporor, Charlemagne. Said to be incredibly sharp and in The Song of Roland, and to have sliced an armored Saracen in half with a single blow.
Honzo Muramusa Muramusa Sengo was one of the most acclaimed swordsmiths in Japan. Legend has it that he prayed for his swords to become ‘great destroyers,’ and in turn, they became bloodthirsty swords of great renown, but often turned on their owner.
The Sword of Goujian Discovered in 1965 and dated to before 403BC, the Sword of Goujian showed no signs of degradations after over 2,300 years buried in damp conditions. It is seen as a Chinese state treasure and can be seen at the Hubei Provincial Museum.
Joyeuse The personal sword of the aforementioned Charlemagne. It was a sabre that is now alledgedly housed in the Louvre, made up from the remains of the original.

Sword Name Generator

Fantasy Sword
Now for the moment where you get to choose your own sword name! We have five categories to choose from. Try them all out and see which one best suits the sword you are naming.

Sword of the Thunder God
Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi
Caliburn
Sword of Nunoboko
Orcist

 

Japanese Sword Names

Lady Drawing Katana
Swords that were used by samurai, the Japanese warrior class, are incredibly cool, known for being incredibly sharp, and looking incredibly beautiful.

The best Japanese swords are as follows:

  • Chokutō – Straight, single-edge sword, pre-9th century AD. The curved blade was found to more proficient, particularly on being drawn from the saya (scabbard).
  • Katana – Most popular japanese blade, between 3 and 4 feet long with the hilt taking a quarter of the blade length with a small guard. The blade is curved by approximately one inch. The three types are:
    • Kissaki-Moroha-Zukuri – Curved and double-edged.
    • Shinogi-Zukuri – Has a ridge all along the blade allowing the blade to flex under strain.
    • Shobu-Zukuri – Has no line.
  • Kodachi – A short version of the tachi.
  • Nodachi / Odachi – A very long verion of the tachi. It found use by infantry in open spaces against cavalry.
  • Tanto – More a dagger than sword, which could be either single or double edged. Ever present on the samurai, it comes in 6 forms:
    • Hira – The Hira’s triangular intersection creates a diamon shape.
    • Hochogata – Appears wide and short. Preferred by Masamune.
    • Moroha – Double-edged, feautiring a diamond cross-section.
    • Osoraku – Has an uncommonly long tip. Slimmer, sharper, but more susceptible to damage.
    • Shinogi – Has a ridge all along the blade allowing the blade to flex under strain.
    • Shobu – Simple and most common design with a smooth angle between tip and edge.
  • Tachi – More curved and longer than, and predecessor to the katana, most commonly used by cavalry.
  • Wakizashi – Close to the length of the katana, but slightly shorter. Used as a back up sword.

They’re just incredible, really. And so are the names you can give them! Here are some of the best Japanese sword names around:

  • Aimi 
  • Akaiittou – “red blade”
  • Amagumo – “raincloud”
  • Aneurin
  • Ashisogi Jizo – “leg cutter”
  • Athalie
  • Benihime – Bleach: Kisike Uruahara’s weapon, meaning “crimson princess”
  • Bushikatagi – “samurai spirit”
  • Faridah 
  • Fateh 
  • Freeshteh 
  • Hadar
  • Ikazuchi – “thunder”
  • Inazuma – “lightning strike”
  • Jarlath
  • Johrah
  • Katen Kyokotsu – Bleach: Shunsui Kyoraku’s weapon, meaning “bones of heavenly blooming madness”
  • Kazeshini – Bleach: Shuhei Hisagi’s weapon, meaning “wind of death”
  • Kimi
  • Kin no Tora – “golden tiger”
  • Kubikiri Orochi – “beheading serpent”
  • Kumorigachi – “broken cloud”
  • Kurou no tatsu – “dark dragon”
  • Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi – “grass cutter”
  • Kyoka Suigetsu – “mirror flower, water moon”
  • Makaze – “evil wind”
  • Mia 
  • Mihai 
  • Mugenjin – “call from the abyss”
  • Myra
  • Nadia
  • Nahir 
  • Nazak 
  • Noor 
  • Nozarashi – Bleach: Kenpachi Zaraki’s weapon, meaning “weather-beaten one”
  • Rane 
  • Rehai 
  • Shichishito – “sword with seven branches”
  • Shingi to Giri – “loyalty and honor”
  • Shinken Hakkyoken – Bleach: Nanao Ise’s weapon, meaning “eight mirror sword”
  • Shisui – “water stopper”
  • Sraque 
  • Sulu 
  • Suzaku – a flaming bird associated with the southerly direction
  • Tahir 
  • Takame – “hawk eye”
  • Tenken – Bleach: Sajin Komamura’s weapon, meaning “heavenly punishment”
  • Tetsuyama – “iron mountain”
  • Uzbek 
  • Wabisuke – Bleach: Izuru Kira’s weapin, meaning “the wretched one”
  • Yorukaze – “nightwind”
  • Zabimaru – Bleach: Renji Abarai’s weapon, meaning “snake tail”
  • Zangetsu – Bleach: Ichigo’s Kurosak’s weapon, meaning “slaying moon”
  • Zantetsuken – “one that cuts through steel”

Conclusion

Dual-wield Sword Behind Back
Swords can be some of the coolest weapons around.

In anime, the swords tend to take outlandish proportions, with awesome angles which may make them unwieldy in real life, but that’s what makes them so cool!

We hope that you have enjoyed all the names we’ve gathered here for you. Which one of our 6 million+ sword names did you go with, in the end? Or did you find inspiration and come up with a name yourself?

Let us know in the comments below!

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David is the pet lover behind My Pet's Name. He is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, holds two degrees and has studied Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare. As well as writing, David has helped over 50,000 people choose the best name for their pet.

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