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Find the perfect gang name with this name generator
If you're looking for name ideas for an organized crime collective to feature in your next adventure, you've come to the right place. With thousands of gang names to choose from, you're bound to find one you like.
Did you know that the FBI maintains a list of known criminal gangs? The count in the United States alone currently stands at 33,000 gangs in various categories:
- Street gangs
- Motorcycle gangs
- Prison gangs
Apart from that categorization, this part of the criminal underworld can also be divided further into ethnic groups, such as Hispanics, Caucasians, African Americans, Italian, Irish and more. This gang name generator however will not distinguish, unless an idea pops up by accident that fits particularly well to a certain group.
Whether you're creating a street gang or mafia, you should get plenty of name ideas from this tool. Enjoy!
The History of Gang Culture
Gangs have been a part of human culture since the beginning of civilization. They can be defined as groups of people who come together to commit criminal activity, to promote a shared ideology or vision, and to use their collective strength to defend their shared interests. In many ways, these activities have been a part of human life before the idea of a ‘gang’ was even conceived.
The origins of gang culture can be traced back to various societies around the world, from the street gangs of 19th century England to the tattooed street gangs of Japan’s Edo period. In America, the first documented gangs can be traced back to the early 18th century, when waves of Irish and Scottish immigrants arrived in the port cities of Boston and New York. These newly arrived immigrants were often maligned and excluded from mainstream society, which led to their forming gangs for mutual protection.
By the mid 19th century, the concept of gangs had become a familiar presence in American cities. In response to violence and crime caused by gangs, police departments created special teams specifically designed to identify and capture members of these groups. These specialized enforcement teams became known as the ‘Gang Squad’, setting the tone for future law-enforcement tactics in the fight against gangs.
The 20th century saw gang activity continue to rise. One of the most popular gangs of this period was the Crips, the first widespread youth gang in America. Crips originally formed in Los Angeles in 1969 to protect African-American neighborhoods from other gangs, but by the 1980s and 90s their reputation had become synonymous with violence and drugs. Similarly, the Bloods were formed in the early 1970s in an effort to protect African-Americans from Police brutality.
Today, gangs are no longer as localized as they once were. The proliferation of guns and the rise of social media has increased their reach considerably, leading to an internationalization of gangs such as the notorious MS-13 gang from Central America or the Boko Haram from Nigeria. These gangs have become notorious for their brutal tactics and international reach.
At the same time, gangs in modern society have evolved substantially. While they are often seen as a source of crime and violence, they also act as a locus of community and social support for many, especially in urban environments. In Chicago and other major cities, gangs have also become involved in politics, using their influence to lobby legislators on issues important to the community.
While the history of gangs is a complex one, it is clear that their presence in society is unlikely to disappear any time soon. The challenge for law enforcement, policymakers, and society as a whole is to be able to identify various gang cultures and movements accurately in order to find the best ways to prevent and address their activities.
5 questions to help you come up with gang names
- What geographical setting would the group be based in?
- What kind of criminal activity would the group specialize in?
- What kind of cultural influence would feature in the group's name?
- What image would the group want to portray?
- What is the core belief of the group?
Can I use the random gang names that this tool creates?
Yes you can. The Story Shack claims no copyright on any of these names, but it is of course possible that some of the values this name generator provides are already owned by anyone else, so please make sure to always do your due diligence.
How many ideas can I generate with this Gang Name Generator?
The Gang Name Generator can generate thousands of ideas for your project, so feel free to keep clicking and at the end use the handy copy feature to export your gang names to a text editor of your choice. Enjoy!
What are good gang names?
There's thousands of random gang names in this generator. Here are some samples to start:
|Men Of Limbo
|Sanguine Alligator Posse
|Bronze Knuckle Syndicate
|Crimson Sharkfin Soldiers
|Thunder Boar Company
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