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This name list was created for names given by Vanyar and Noldor in Valinor, and the Númenórean kings. Before choosing a name, review the Elven Naming Traditions of Valinor page to make certain you know how to choose a name.
As a language, what we call “Quenya” covers a very large space in time. While the language didn’t change much over the years, it changed a little, with the loss of some consonants. The dates are a little vague, but we can guess from Fëanor throwing a fit over people miss-pronouncing his mother’s name, Therindë, that the language was changing. For a basic guideline, you can say that Old Quenya predates Fëanor. The Vanyar’s speech changes much more slowly, so they would continue using the Old Quenya forms. The Quenya that the Númenoreans know is the New Quenya, so that’s what they would use. The differences between Old and New Quenya are so few that I can sum them up for you here, in a simple chart.
|Old Quenya||New Quenya||Where the sound change occurs.|
|TH||→||S||Anywhere in the words.|
|Ñ||→||N||Only at the beginnings of words.|
|W||→||V||Only at the beginnings of words.|
For the Númenóreans, if the language of the Sindar was considered a “High” language, then Quenya was even higher. They reserved it for only the highest proclamations and the names of their rulers. No naming the common man in Quenya.