I’ve been a fan of Pokémon since the original series back in the first region of Kanto. Since then the series has steadily worked through Johto; Hoenn; Sinnoh; Unova; and Kalos of the most recent Gen VI.
A friendly discussion exists between myself and another friend who enjoys the games of the merits of naming your captured pokémon: naturally, I do, whilst he firmly believes it to be a waste of his time.
Either way, I as was working my way through a Nuzlocke challenge in Leaf Green, I couldn’t help but wonder if any pokémon names could actually pass for ‘actual’ names.
Both Maura and Amaury are names – but not Amaura. This pokémon was only introduced in the latest games – X & Y – and evolves into Aurorus.
We can never have too many Rose names, right ? This one fits in amongst Rosie, Rosalie and Rosell. Roselia was introduced in Gen III, and also part of her evolution line are Budew and Roserade.
A few years back I had a major crush on the name Magda, and this pokémon has a name that resembles my one-time love. Introduced in Gen II as a new Baby Pokémon type, Magby evolves into Magmar and then Magmortar.
People are starting to consider names such as Bear, Lion and Swan right now, but Swanna feels all the more appealing. Swanna was introduced in Gen V and evolves into Ducklett.
5. Marill / Azurill
I’ve heard people refer to this pokémon as ‘Pikablu’, since it was Gen II’s answer to Pikachu. Azurill is the first form in the evolution line, followed by Marill (pictured) and then Azumarill.
I know people are fond of Minna, so maybe they could love Munna ? This Gen V pokémon evolves into Musharna.
Chespin is the Grass started pokémon for Kalos (the region you can explore in Gen VI games X & Y); he evolves into Quilladin and then Chesnaught.
8. Starmie / Starly
A joint ranking for Gen I Starmie and Gen IV Starly, for obvious reasons. Starmie is one of my favourite Gen I pokémon, but due the team constraints is often left in the PC in favour of my water starter, Squirtle; Starmie is the evolved form of Staryu.
Starly is Gen VI’s answer to Gen I’s Pidgey, and evolves into Staravia (stunning name) and then Staraptor (less stunning name).
This pokémon comes from the newest generation, and is also part of the newest type of pokémon: fairy-type. Floette evolves from the hard-to-pronounced Flabébé, and will eventually evolve to Florges.
This name to me rather resembles a less delicate Delphine. Delphox is the final form of Gen VI fire starter Fennekin, with the middle evolution being Braixen.