Doriathren Sindarin Namelists for People

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This is the dialect of Sindarin spoken in Doriath, and later kept alive among Galadriel’s friends in Lothlórien. This dialect has the greatest prestige in Middle-earth.

  • Personality – Names that describe one’s temperament.
  • Emotions – Names having to do with one’s emotions.
  • Physical Attributes – Anything that the 5 senses can tell us about a person, appearance, voice, scent, taste, or touch.
  • Abilities – Names dealing with things that one can do.
  • Occupation – Names based on job titles.
  • Celestial – Names describing the heavens.
  • Spiritual – Names dealing with Good and Evil, and perhaps one’s fate.
  • Weather – Names based on weather.
  • Flora – Names based on plants.
  • Fauna – Names based on animals.
  • Places – Names for people, referencing places.
  • Elements – Names based on the elements, minerals, or resources of nature.
  • Colors – Names based on words for colors.
  • Numbers – Names based on the order in which the children are born.
  • Weapons – Names for the wielders of weapons.
  • Lineage – Names about one’s lineage or ethnicity.
  • Miscellaneous – Names that don’t really fit into any category.

Suffix List

Feminine Suffixes

  • -eth: ‘Female’ It simply makes a word a feminine name.
  • -el: ‘Female’ It simply makes a word a feminine name.
  • -il: ‘Female’ It simply makes a word a feminine name.
  • -ril: ‘Female Doer’ It makes a noun or verb into a feminine name.
  • -ien: ‘Female, She of…’ It can be combined with adjectives and nouns. It makes whatever is attached to it a feminine name. In Sindarin it tends to be a Father Name suffix as well.
  • -iel: ‘Daughter, Daughter of…’ It can be combined with adjectives, nouns, and other suffixes. It’s the more commonly used suffix in Elven father names.
  • -riel: ‘Daughter of ___ Doer’
  • -rien: ‘Daughter of ___ Doer’
  • sell: ‘Maiden, Girl, or Daughter.’ It’s used in names given when she is still a child. It can be used with nouns or adjectives, making a compound.
  • gwend: ‘Virgin Maiden’ used in names given when she is not yet married. It can be used with nouns or adjectives, making a compound.
  • ndîs: ‘Woman, Bride, Female Doer,’ used on verbs to indicate a female agent of the action, and can be used with adjectives or nouns to make a compound word.
  • ndess: ‘Woman,’ used in the names given to a woman when she has reached adulthood. It can be used with nouns or adjectives, making a compound.

Masculine Name Suffixes

  • -on: ‘Masculine’ It can be combined with adjectives and nouns. It makes whatever is attached to it a masculine name.
  • -ron: ‘Male Doer’ It makes a noun or verb into a masculine name.
  • -ion: ‘Son, Son of…’ It can be combined with adjectives, nouns, and other suffixes. It’s the more commonly used suffix in Elven father names.
  • -rion: ‘Son of ___ Doer’
  • ndîr: ‘Man/Male Doer,’ used in names given when he is an adult, or on verbs to indicate a male agent of the action. When used with nouns or adjectives, it makes a compound.

Gender-Neutral Name Suffixes

  • -or: ‘Doer’ It can be used on anyone’s name.
  • pen: ‘Person, One’ it can be used in anyone’s name, though it is rather impersonal. When used with a noun or adjective, it makes a compound.

If you would like a translation, see the Translation Requests page, or ask on the forums.