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How full names are composed in Drakish.
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Names are composed of three parts: a given name, a descriptive name that describes the person, and a surname that describes the family. Names are written with a mixture of syllable glyphs (where full syllables align, the usual system of apostrophes does not apply to names) and the basic alphabet. For the purposes of this article, I'll be using examples with the basic alphabet only.

Basic Name Formation


matyel lohzkaban utelor
Matyelgiven Lohzkabandescriptor Utelorfamily

Matyel - the given name; the suffix -el denotes a feminine name; given names do not have to have meaning, and remain in romanized Drakish when translated.

Lohzkaban - the descriptor name; formed with either one word or by mashing two words together; in this case, the words 'lohzku' and 'ba'ban' are fused into a name meaning 'Bright Heart'. Descriptor names initially begin as simple notes of coloration or features, but as one grows the name may be changed to indicate a significant part of their personality, or to denote an accomplished great deed. Additional descriptor names may be kept, but are only used in the person's full title and are placed after the surname (for example, a full name and title might translate as: Molenka Incorruptible of Utel, the Diamondtail).

Utelor - the family surname; the suffix -or denotes that this indicates a family ancestor; names ending in -ve denote a topographical feature or city that the family's lineage or species originally comes from; suffixes carry the meaning of 'from' or 'of' [x] without being declined; additional declensions are added as dictated by a sentence's grammar.

Declining Names

Declensions and possessive suffixes are only added to the last part of a name being used in a sentence.
matyel'ro
Matyel'ro
Matyel.CNSConstruct state
noun being possessed
-3PThird person plural (person)
neither speaker nor addressee, they/them
.POSPossessor
generic possessive article

"His Matyel."

matyel lohzkaban'ro
Matyel Lohzkaban'ro
Matyel Lohzkaban.CNSConstruct state
noun being possessed
-3PThird person plural (person)
neither speaker nor addressee, they/them
.POSPossessor
generic possessive article

"His Matyel Bright Heart."

Translating Names

Given names are translated into romanized Drakish, but are otherwise untranslated. The words that make up descriptor names are translated, although whether or not they are divided into two words (as in Bright Heart) or left as one (as in Diamondtail) is up to the decision of the translator. Surnames are translated with prepositional phrases such as of/from, and their suffixes are dropped. Additional aesthetic choices, such as commas, articles (a/an/the), and the like are left to the decision of the translator.

Matyel Lohzkaban Utelor

Matyel, Bright Heart of Utel
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