Names from Lashrefi

When Lashrefi created her language, she set aside 81 words as names for her people.

According to the Lashrefites, these names belong only to the 81. The name “Bethi” can only refer to the woman with a raccoon-like mask who was among the first Lashrefites that first set foot on the plains of the world. In The Dragonslayer of Edgewhen, it is a bit shocking for Summerwind Dawnracer to learn that her brother has started calling himself “Zhen”.

The Clanfolk think it is silly to name people after things. A woman should have a respectable woman’s name, like “Bethi”. (If you’ve forgotten why the Clanfolk and the Lashrefites speak the same language, go back and read the article on Linguigenesis.) People shouldn’t be named after wind or trees. Their language has these perfectly suitable names, and it would be wasteful to not re-use them.

This situation has an obvious parallel in our world, so I’ll mention it: In some cultures, it would be blasphemous to name a child “Jesus”. In other cultures, it’s a sign of religious devotion. Of course, the analogy is not exact. The exact analogy would be a culture that thought it was weird to name children after Adam and Eve.

Anyway, because the Clanfolk insist on re-using the original names, they only have 40 names for girls and 41 for boys. To distinguish two people with the same name, the Clanfolk add various endings to the name. Bethi, for example, could be called “Bethinesi” or “Bethwin”. Certain endings become popular in certain regions, so it is sometimes possible to guess a person’s origin if you know the ending of his or her nickname. The names “Danwel” and “Kethwin”, for example, are more common in Dwen-Tarthil than in Dwen-Taleshi, where they might be called “Danarm” and “Kethethi”. Other endings are more universal. A “Danim” or a “Kethefi” might be from anywhere.

The Worker People use a mix of names. So a girl could be named either “Zefi” or “Stone” and no one would think the name was odd.

It’s not clear if Redfolk use Lashrefi’s names or not. Their words are often so different from the words used by Clanfolk and Lashrefites that it is hard to see the dialects’ common origin.