I always said I was going to do this, and finally I did. Sadly, due to a hard disk failure, I lost a large number of the good names people have sent me since I first asked for suggestions for the name of my Blood Angels standard bearer.
Names of angels or other biblical/Hebrew characters seem to make good names for Blood Angels and especially Dark Angels (Ezekiel, anyone?). For those of you familiar with Neon Genesis Evangelion, there are Space Marine names all over the place in that show. Here are some I thought might be good:
The 2nd edition codex Angels of Death lists the names of the ten squads of the Blood Angels' first company's terminators. They are
Space Wolves always seem to have Nordic-sounding names (Ranulf, Logan, etc.). I even met one player who named the important models in his Space Wolf army after characters in the epic Beowulf.
In addition to angelic names, I like names that evoke Greek or Roman imagery. This seems to be a common theme with many of the "generic" Space Marine names in WH40K.
Space Marines also honour their Land Raiders, often inducting the vehicle's Machine Spirit into their chapter as a fellow battle-brother. I've already decided to name mine "Warspite", but here are a few others:
Some names just sounded good to me, regardless of origin.
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