A related approach involves taking a name that implies (or, better yet, states openly) thatyou are an elf or some other kind of nonhuman, magical being. This works best if you arewilling to act the part obsessively, and to get really petulant when anyone fails to respondaccordingly. Subtlety should be avoided; nobody will catch something like "LordElrandir" unless they know Tolkien inside and out. Try something more like "LordCeleborn Pointears the Real Live Elf."
Fantasy or Fiction
The burgeoning field of fantasy fiction offers another source for fashionable craft names,and in many cases, for interesting complications as well. One popular approach is tochoose the name of your favorite character; as with nonhumans, this works best if you play the part, and throw a tantrum unless everyone else plays along. Given luck and asense of the popular, you may be able to choose everyone else's favorite character, too,and end up tussling over a name with a dozen other people.(Mercedes Lackey is a goodauthor to try if this is your goal.) Both this and the last category have the added advantageof making it clear that, as far as you are concerned, the Craft is simply a setting for make- believe games; this can help spare you the annoyance of actually having to learnsomething about it.
Inventing a Name from Scratch
The best way to do this is to come up with something that sounds, say, vaguely Celtic, perhaps by mangling a couple of existing names together, and then resolutely avoidlooking it up in a Welsh or Gaelic dictionary. Luck is an important factor here, but thereis always the chance that you'll manage something striking. It took one person of LadyPixie's acquaintance only a few minutes to blur together Gwydion son of Don and Girion,Lord of Dale, into the craft name "Lord Gwyrionin," and several months to find out thatthe name he had invented, and used throughout the local pagan scene, was also the Welshword for "idiot."
Following a Grand Tradition
Though the ink is barely dry on most of our modern pagan "traditions," there's at leastone ancient European tradition that many people in the Craft follow: the tradition of stealing things from non-Western peoples. Fake Indian craft names are always chic,especially if the closest thing to contact with Native American spirituality you've ever hadis watching Dances With Wolves at a beer party. Better still, mix whatever Craftteachings you've absorbed with a few ideas you picked up from a Michael Harner book, break out the buckskins and the medicine pouches, and proclaim yourself a shaman.Mind you, there are people out there who have received real Native American medicineteachings, and they may just turn you into hamburger if you piss them off; still, that's therisk you run if you want to be really trendy.