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Modified NPC and Townie Names

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 17th Jul 2007 at 3:02 AM
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[size=4][color=indigo]What This Does:[/header1]

This mod consists of new lists of first and last names for NPC and townies. Any new NPCs or townies that are created when you have this mod installed will get a name chosen randomly from these lists. This should not effect any current NPCs or townies - just new ones.

This mod is best used on a brand new fresh neighborhood. I created a clean custom 'hood and all my sims now have my names, which is really nice. You can see the names of my 'hood's townies, generated with this mod installed, in the screenshot.

This mod is enabled for US and UK English games. Names will not change if your game is installed in another language, and names will be different if you later change your game language to something other than US or UK English.


There are quite a few names - over 400 for each gender and I've randomized the lists, so there should be plenty of diversity in your 'hoods.

I have chosen names with a sound I enjoy. Mostly these consist of names that have English, Irish, and Jewish origins. I also love biblical names, names from history and mythology, and names like Temperance and Chastity for females. There aren't a ton of "odd" names thrown in, but there are some.

The names of all of my own sims are also in there, first and last, too, so you may end up with a few "de Muse" simmies of your own.

[b]Random Sampling of Male Names:
Horatio, Kade, Lewis, Lucius, Asher, Perry, Vernon, Marius, Jaden, Thomas, Jacob, Waylon, Robbie, Oz, Virgil, Israel, Deimos, Ken, Mordecai, Caelan, Gideon, Quinn, Wayland, Steve, Whitaker, Clint, Stephan, Ross, Damon, Wilbur, Linus, Remus, Severian, Ricky, Jair, Warren, Sebastian, Patrick, Lane, Chris, Hermes, Tucker, Freddie, David, Emmanuel, Jordan, Paul, Jarret, Elwin, Thad, Sterling

Random Sampling of Female Names: Diana, Andraste, Celeste, Carissa, Makenzie, Dana, Claudia, Joanna, August, Catherine, Bella, Yasmine, Emily, Jane, Merit, Deanna, Alice, Pamela, Sharon, Cecily, Callista, Mya, Tabitha, Andromeda, Violet, Molly, Jacqueline, Kiersten, Monica, Tatiana, Harmony, Eileen, May, Patricia, Sophie, Labrys, Lara, Beverly, Delia, Evelyne, Jessi, Lynne, Cate, Sunnie, Maxine, Nerissa, Frankie, Virginia, Gabrielle, Shannon, Joanne

Random Sampling of Last Names: Sexton, Marlow, Cohen, Lewis, Frost, Meier, Beck, Novak, Corax, Summerfield, Kravitz, Raines, Weaver, Newton, Tinker, Howe, Gibson, Whitaker, Lane, Garcia, Prescott, Shine, Henson, Morena, Brewer, Clarke, Sherman, Dickens, Burton, Faulkner, Royal, Irving, Spears, Travis, Fitzpatrick, Wallis, Crane, Jephson, Landau, Byrd, Nichols, Ainsworth, Roth, Chapman, Patrick, Freeman, Mercy, Darby, Roman, Thomas, Tyson

[size=4][color=indigo][b]Want Different Names?[/header1]

I realize that this particular mixture of names may not be to everyone's liking. I don't intend any social statement by the names I've chosen - they're merely the sound I like for my 'hood. If you would like to make your own custom list, it's entirely possible to do. Check out the information given by jordi on this thread. I'm not going to be doing any more flavors of this - I made it for my own use and I'm sharing as I haven't seen many/any alternate name lists besides jordi's.


Many thanks go to jordi for his original name mod which this is based on, as well as the text-to-text list converter and instructions in the thread.

Thanks to Quaxi and everyone who has contributed to the creation and development of SimPE.

And of course, thanks always to the rest of the MTS2 staff, especially Delphy, for creating a place where I could learn to do cool stuff like this.

[size=4][color=indigo][b]Installation Instructions:[/header1]

Extract the Live.package file from the rar archive. Place the Live.package file in your My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads folder like most .package files.

Jordi's original thread said that some people have problems if you rename the file, so for best results, please do not rename the file. If you do so, it may not work.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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#2 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 3:03 AM
Thanks! This looks -incredibly- useful, I really appreciate it! It looks great! Thanks!
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 3:05 AM
Haha wow. Good idea. Thank you~
Field Researcher
#4 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 3:05 AM
Thanks!! These are much more to my taste than the weird Maxis ones. :D
Field Researcher
#5 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 3:29 AM
Can this be placed in subfolders?
#6 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 3:38 AM
Very nice work, I hate the townie names, this is a relief, thank you!

Please do not re-upload my houses or Sims anywhere, even if it is just refurnished.

Thank you for your consideration.
Top Secret Researcher
#7 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 3:57 AM
That's fabulous! I'm so tired of the same names over and over. There's nothing wrong with "Sandy Bruty;" I'm just sick of it.

I've made some mods for The Sims 1 -- yes, The Sims ONE :-) -- which you can find at
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#8 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 4:01 AM
angelad428: This works in a subfolder for me. I keep it in a Hacks subfolder with everything else that modifies game stuffs - if you have later expansions it likely will work fine in a subfolder.

Corylea: You'll still have a Sandy Bruty unless you start a new clean neighborhood. Sandy, Goopy, and several of the basic Maxis sims are built into the default neighborhood template and will generate for all 'hoods unless you specifically go in and put a stop to it.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

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#9 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 4:06 AM
Great Job, HP!
Thank you very much for this. :D
#10 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 4:47 AM Last edited by Annelae : 17th Jul 2007 at 5:40 AM.

Have you been spying on my game? Since I just created a new neighbourhood. Currently no townies yet, since I used the deleteallcharacters cheat.

I'm so downloading this!

EDIT: Currently the MTS2 server is acting up for me, so unfortunately I have to bear with Maxis names for now.
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 6:03 AM
Wow, this is truly amazing!
Thanks for sharing.
Field Researcher
#12 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 7:11 AM
This is perfect, exactly what I have been looking for, currently I have Jordi's list in my game, but for some reason, all my female townies have old folks names like harriett and other names that remind me of a grandmother, these names will go perfectly with the new hood I am working on. Thank you!
Test Subject
#13 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 7:40 AM
This looks great! Is it compatible with Jordi's mod (since it's based off of it) or does it conflict?
Field Researcher
#14 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 8:02 AM
Great! Thanks
Test Subject
#15 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 8:22 AM
exilent it was so annoying that it didont tell me the name before your gret hehe now i can make my sims were wolfs without having to wait Thanks again <333
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 8:50 AM
i wonder if you install this and you play in a different language, does this replace also the names in the other languages

my dear lord, it's the ferocious black beast of Rhipsanydoridontodontodontodon, with its large black teeth that can eat 3 humans at once, mate 3 times a year, can reach an average speed of 80 miles/hour, and is 50 ft aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrggghhh

P.S. if you have seen him put this in your signature
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#17 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 10:20 AM
Annelae: Don't use deleteAllCharacters. Follow the link in my first post for a clean neighborhood. That's the right way to do it. deleteAllCharacters breaks things.

Alicelove: You would want to just install his or mine, not both. I don't know if they would conflict in that they would cause something to break/not work, but they are meant to do exactly the same thing so it would be like having two default replacements in at the same time. The game doesn't normally like that.

wargarurumon: As I said in the first post, it does not. This only changes names if your game is in UK or US English. I could have done them for all languages, but that would have made the file bigger, and I figured these were geographically UK/US-ish and people from elsewhere might want something... not quite so Anglo-Saxon as this.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
Panquecas, panquecas e mais panquecas.
Lab Assistant
#18 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 10:36 AM
Thank you so much for this HP!

I'm bringing sexy back - do you do refunds?

:: Garden Of Shadows ::
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 11:09 AM
It's great! Thanx
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 11:57 AM
I can see my first name up there lol. The names sound pretty nice and better than the normals so im downloading them.

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Lab Assistant
#21 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 12:01 PM
Cant see my second name in there so I might add it and some others lol.

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#22 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 2:37 PM Last edited by Annelae : 17th Jul 2007 at 2:37 PM. Reason: changing post to 'feedback'
I did exactly what Jordi posted. I think. Anyway, I did this:

Created neighbourhood. New one.

Used the deleteallcharacters cheat.

Created some new sims.

Anyway, I haven't entered a lot yet, so no new townies have been created.
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#23 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 2:41 PM
I meant using this method:,5861.0.html

Using deleteAllCharacters can cause weirdness and badness with NPCs - much better to just create a new 'hood and not have them generated in the first place.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
Panquecas, panquecas e mais panquecas.
Forum Resident
#24 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 3:13 PM
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 3:20 PM
This is great! No more weirdo Maxis names. Would Komei by any other name still be as ugly?
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