Mass Effect 3's most popular Commander Shepard names revealed

Unsurprisingly, the default names were the ones most commonly used.

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Among the aspects of Commander Shepard that players can customize in the Mass Effect games is his or her first name. BioWare has released a list of the most popular male and female names in Mass Effect 3, with Sarah and Jack coming out on top for customized names.

The default names assigned to Shepard--Jane and John, depending on your gender choice--were "by far" the most common, according to a BioWare blog post. But when you look at player-assigned names, Sarah and Jack were the most frequently used by female and male players, respectively. Those were in turn followed by Kate and James, and then Alice and Chris (an especially fine choice).

The graphic below, released by BioWare today, also lists the top names in six other languages. Alex and Sarah both proved to be the most popular in the listed non-English languages, coming up as the top choices in three languages each.

Mass Effect 3, released in 2012, was the final chapter of the Shepard trilogy. A new Mass Effect game is currently in the works, but it will have nothing to do with Shepard or his/her story. "Well, I can't get into details, but the idea is that we have agreed to tell a story that doesn't relate necessarily to any of the Shepard events at all, whatsoever," said lead writer Mac Walters last year.

What name did you use when playing through the Mass Effect series? Let us know in the comments below.

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Discussion

197 comments
francisismyhero
francisismyhero

I named my female Shepard, named Kate. I must have not been the only one who watched LOST.

cratecruncher
cratecruncher

Alan Shepard, first American in space (just after Yuri Gagarin).


"Commander Shepard, what went through your mind while perched on the Launchpad atop the Mercury Redstone?"

"That every single part on it was purchased from the lowest bidder."

PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

Russian is sensored? America is sensored? Why I bother writing comments when nothing comes through? I'm heading to IGN...

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I made a female named Ripley Shepard.

javalino
javalino

Did the game ever use the name ???

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I kept the name John with my male version. Not because I was lazy, but because I was unoriginal and absolutely love Stargate Atlantis.

madjack1812
madjack1812

My Femshep was called Kara because I'm a nerd.

enoughofthis
enoughofthis

i called mines nothing since i never played this lame game

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

My default Shepard was Marcus. My Femsheps was Cassie and Nicole.

Nodashi
Nodashi

I had numerous Shepards in my many playthrough, but my "true" Shepard was Arcturus Shepard.

flashn00b
flashn00b

I'm disappointed in all you Male Shepards, not calling your shep Adrian.

RossRichard
RossRichard

Ross Shephard was nowhere to be seen.

blikketty
blikketty

WHAT????? No Emma Arseface Shepard?  BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

I use the same female name for all my games that I can play Bad in ( different one for good ).  I'm afraid to use it, as someone will be offended & I will get in trouble, even though 98% of the people here would say its clever & get a chuckle...  Mass Effect was a great Series.  They need to do what Star Wars did by developing KOTOR.  Go back in time & play as the Prothians ( no humans, or nothing to do with humanity).


Slinqy
Slinqy

Zaleena Shepard.

rmiller365
rmiller365

I always name my characters after other media I enjoy. My Shepard's first name was Iroh after Uncle Iroh in last air bender...

If only it had the option to have Mako do the voice for Shepard...

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

Nonsense - everyone knows there's only one Shepard.  Karen Shepard!

Stebsis
Stebsis

Usually I like to customize character to really make them my own, but I think at the time I just wanted to play the game instead of start customizing so I just picked the default looking Shepard and rolled with that. I did try to make my own character on next playthrough, but I just couldn't play the game, that wasn't my Shepard anymore.

karloss01
karloss01

My male was Adrian and My female Regina.

Caduceus89
Caduceus89

Lysander for my last male Shepard and Calliope for my last female Shepard. Interesting side note: I had no idea that Kratos' wife was named Lysandra. I only found out when I looked up the name Calliope to make sure I spelled it correctly.

Hurvl
Hurvl

What, no Mr Frowny Face or Miss Grumpy Girl?

musalala
musalala

Confession Time I restarted mass effect 1 like 5 or 6 times coz my femshep always looked hideous

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

I like Julie, Kate and Alice for redhead FemShep. Sarah would be my choice or Blonde FemShep.

J4m3sR4n0r72
J4m3sR4n0r72

What, no Roll Fizzlebeef, Big McLargeHuge or Thick McRunFast Shepard?

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

i never changed the name for the same reason i never changed tidus name in ffx, because the name is never said anyway and never shows up so there is no point in changing it

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

I never understood people who don't take the time to customize their Shepard. I personally went a bit too far with it and spent 2 hours to make him look like me but still...

m61a1
m61a1

@enoughofthis Ditto to PlatinumPaladin so I figure you for bejeweled? Named my Shep after my wife same one for the whole series looks and all, well at least until me3 when I couldn't import the looks, got it as close as I could though

Hurvl
Hurvl

@J4m3sR4n0r72 Yeah, people really have no imagination, settling for the default names. Looking at the above images of them two, I suggested above that they should be called Mr Frowny Face or Miss Grumpy Girl. That or Grrrrr-I'm-so-manly and Rawwrr-don't-mess-with-this-chick.

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

@Sun-Tzu-GE Agreed, why play a game 30→50 hours and not take 5 minutes to make your own character?

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

@Sun-Tzu-GE  Wow dude - only two hours?  That's lightweight........I think in total I've spent upwards of 10 hrs tweaking stuff on my FemShep.  Turned out fantastic though!

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

@Sun-Tzu-GE  I hate create a character. It is not appealing in the slightest. Just give me a default model.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@Sun-Tzu-GE  

I tried to do that in Saints Row 2 once and it was then when I realized I am ugly.