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Name Suffixes Explained

When making a Father Name, you have several options. The first and easiest is replacing the suffix on the parent’s name with -iel or -ion or simply tacking Go- on the beginning of their name, but that isn’t your only choice. You can simply change the name suffix into a different one. Say you have a woman named Eregnes – Holly Woman (ereg+dess) married to a man living under a willow tree named Tathardir – Willow Man (tathar+dîr). The daughter’s father name could be Go-Eregnes, Eregiel, Eregeth, Eregien, or Eregwen, and the son’s Father Name could be Go-Dathardir, Tatharion, or Tatharon. Note that in childrens’ list of possible names I didn’t include the suffixes referring to people older than childhood. Since the Father Name is given when he or she is still a baby, suffixes like “bride” or “bridegroom” aren’t appropriate.

Feminine

-eth
“Female.” It simply makes a word a feminine name.
-ien
“Female one of…” A feminine name suffix that indictates origin, like the word “of”.
iell/-iel
“Daughter”, “daughter of…” and “little girl.” It also can be used to explain her origin, like “of.”
sell
“Maiden,” “girl” and “daughter.” It’s used in names given when she is still a child.
gwen
“Maiden” and “virgin” used in names given when she is not yet married.
neth
“Teenage Girl,” used in names given to a girl as she approaches adulthood.
dîs
“Bride,” used in names given to a woman around the age she is likely to marry.
dess
“Young Woman,” used in the names given to a woman when she has reached adulthood.
nîth
“Sister,” best used in Lore Names given among close friends and siblings.
thêl
“Sister,” best used in Lore Names given among close friends and siblings.
bess
“Wife” and “married woman,” best used in Lore Names, especially if given by the husband.

Masculine

-on
“Male.” It simply makes a word a masculine noun.
iôn/-ion
“Son,” “son of…” and “boy.” It also can be used to explain his origin, like “of.”
der
“Bridegroom,” used in names given when a man is likely to be wed.
dîr
“Man,” used in names given when he is an adult.
benn
“Man, Husband,” used in names given when he is a married man, or in a Lore Name given by his wife.
tôr
“Brother,” best used in Lore Names given amoung close friends and siblings.
hawn
“Brother,” best used in Lore Names given amoung close friends and siblings.
hanar
“Brother,” best used in Lore Names given amoung close friends and siblings.

Genderless

NOTHING
The most common suffix for a genderless name.
Go-
“Descendant of …” It is a simple prefix used only in Father Names. It can be used in combination with any of the name suffixes, except “-ion” or “-iel”.
pen
"Person, One" it can be used in anyone’s name, though it is rather impersonal.