Naming Conventions

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This is a guide that should give you a good idea of what a common name would be in any given culture. Please attempt to make your character's name fit in with their chosen culture in sound, spelling and appearance. Several tips are listed that should help you pick a good name.

(You may not use the sample names to name your character. Many of them are taken from existing or future NPCs or players.)

Names in the Kingdom of Anaxas

Anaxi names sound European in origin: English, Italian, French, Irish, Scottish names are all acceptable. Invented names should "feel" Romantic if possible. Unusual-sounding, whimsical names crop up most often among wick-born wicks, who try to distance themselves from their galdori or human heritage.

Galdori names tend to sound rich and overwrought, and are much longer than human names. Middle names are common but don't need to be included in your username.

Human names are usually simple and without pretense, and often allude to that person's family profession.

There is a marked distinction between "boy names" and "girl names".

Anaxi Galdori Names

Some galdori examples (not available for use):

  • Abeline Ixbridge
  • Campion Luccullis
  • Basil Shrikeweed
  • Frederick Vespasian
  • Alisoina Denore

Anaxi Human Names

Some human/tsat examples (not available for use):

  • Stuart Grey
  • Marnie Beckett
  • Warren Potter
  • Joseph Shomaker
  • Fion Smith

Anaxi Wick Names

Some wick examples (not available for use):

  • Jerzy Wira
  • Tito Estart
  • Karo Argand
  • Sophie Linnet
  • Echo Arondel

Anhau Wick Names

Anhai wicks (from Anhau) have names that are derived from Deep Tek, the ancient language of the wicks. Anhai names sound uplifting and light. They tend to be relatively short. Influences include ancient Welsh/Gaelic/Celtic names as well as Native American and Basque names. (No modern names please)

Last names are only put first in the case of the Kohore tribe. There are no middle names.

Family last names are neither patriarchal or matriarchal. Families decide for themselves which last name to take, usually based on which ancestor is the most renowned.

Some examples (all NPC names, not available for use):

  • Aran, Bojou, Daru, Grier, Bryn, Eirwen, Cicely, Nahot, Hanae, Niabi, Imala, Mausi, Takala, Jouett

Additional examples:

  • Sabu Imani
  • Murron Utia
  • Jyndri Laskal
  • Tzul Droon

Names in the Kingdom of Mugroba

Mugrobi names are short and use many vowels, often ending in a vowel. Usually, Mugrobi men and women are referred to by their entire name. The family name comes after the first name. Often, parents name their children to rhyme or alliterate with their last name, to create a pleasing combination.

There is no distinction between "boy names" and "girl names."

You can find more information on surnames and family names in Mugroba here.

Mugrobi Galdori Names

Galdori names can be longer than two words; some galdori have multiple names. Some examples (not available for use):

  • Alari Hi Ana
  • Ekua pez Okeke
  • Thais pezre Ahote
  • Hamile Farka Kali pez Verala

Names in the Kingdom of Hesse

Hessean names tend to be flowery-sounding and short with a regal air (in Hessean opinions, anyway). Vowels are and guttural stops for poetic reasons are very prevalent, and many names end or begin in the letter "e". Girl first names are more likely to end with a vowel while boy names often end in a consonant. Hard consonants are avoided.

Some examples (not available for use):

  • Ala'ria Onai
  • Hu'roul Inte
  • Edeth Enae
  • Nya'ra Koula
  • Oshein Mkall

Names in the Kingdom of Hox

In Hox, hard consonants represent strength, which is a valued trait in both men and women. Hard sounds are more common than soft ones.

These consonant clusters can be found in more traditional names - zr, zv, zk, zs, ts, tz, tu, rh, dr, dz, ds, vr, vz, ks, sr, sv, ng, ps.

Last names usually end on a hard note. The sounds "x", "cs", "ks" and "cks" are popular, and these are distinct in the Hoxian dialect. First names can end in "a" or "i" for women and men alike; only male names end in "r". When used in the middle of a word, J is typically pronounced like Y. Some old last names do not have vowels. These are nearly impossible for non-Hoxians to pronounce. Long first names are often paired with short last names, and vice versa.

Deftung, the native and rarely-used language of Hox, has several suffixes that Hoxians sometimes append to names to refer to people. The suffix -gk indicates familiarity; the suffix -ze indicates formality, and is used for superiors. The suffix -ia (or simply "a" if the name ends with an i) is used as a diminutive for children. All these suffixes are appended to the last name, not the first. You should not include these in your username, but it might be useful to know for your backstory or in RP.

Some examples (not available for use):

  • Freja Lux
  • Pal Palerti
  • Jei Shalex
  • Dogkuri Precs
  • Zjeva Ecksi
  • Jsara Pou
  • Tujer Ki
  • Kara Mogx
  • Rho Agagki
  • Vseva Xcks

Names in the Kingdom of Bastia

Bastian first names are similar to Anaxi names, as these countries are related. Consider Greek-inspired names for the last names.

Some examples (not available for use):

  • Daniela Ouros
  • Marcus Aecheth
  • Simone Korto

Names in the Kingdom of Gior

Gioran names favour hard K’s in their first names and E’s in their second names. This is in honour of the founding matriarch of their country, Aminark Giore. Consider Norwegian or Finnish names for inspiration.

Some examples (not for use)

  • Hakon Nanue
  • Lomemak Huane
  • Aminark Giore
  • Damke Luthine