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How Names Work
This public article was written by nadiarwendt on 31 Dec 2017, 05:03.
[top]Basic Name Structure:
The format of a name is: Given name + Patronymic + Family Name (can be that of a spouse)
Given names are usually modified nouns or adjectives (or combinations into one word).
Feminine given names often end in -a or -ya. Masculine names often end in -ai, -i, or -ī, sometimes -ē or -ye. Gender neutral names often end in -r, -l, -m, -h or -yu.
Patronymics are constructed with the parent's given name and the word for child, son, or daughter. (think "Erikson" or "Palsdottir") Thus, gendered according to the person just like given names. The versions used in these names are usually shortened forms of the original words: chiya, īya (daughter); nurye, urye (son); bēkkyo, ekkyo, kyo (child).
Family name is usually based on a place from which the family originates or else a profession or other defining feature, usually in a simplified phrasal structure like "of bright mountain" or "brick lay person" or "from Michigan." They usually contain the preposition for "belonging to," "from," "of," "related to," or "descended from." (in the case of royalty) Usually considered gender neutral.
[top]Nicknames and Diminutives:
A casual, shortened form of the name is used by taking the first syllable (or 2 if it's long) of the name and appending a ya, ye, or yu (f/m/n). This is used in many (most) contexts. Gender neutral names are sometimes technically this.
Example: Sulum becomes Suyu.
To make a diminutive, which is the name most commonly used by friends and family, the name is shortened to the first syllable and suffixed with -yaṅk, -yelaṅk, -yak, or -yolak (the Y may be dropped for syllables ending in consonants, if desired)
Example: Sulum becomes Suyaṅk, Suyelaṅk, Suyak, or Suyolak. It's based on taste.
In addition, there is the very affectionate diminutive only used by very close friends and family, which is done by adding -shtaya (f), -shtela (m), -shtolak (n), or -shtak (any/n) to the first syllable of the name.
Example: Sulum becomes Sushtak or Sushtolak.
There is also a friendly, almost joking name form which is done by adding an L before the final vowel in a name or adding -lan (f), -len (m), or -lum (n) to a shortened name, or adding an L to the end of a name. Most common among school kids and siblings.
Example: Sulum remains Sulum, or becomes Sullum or Suluml.