Ophaesian Name Guide
While it was first being developed, Ophaesia had distinct Ancient Greek influences with hints of France and the Mediterranean, but it has since blossomed into its own unique world. The Ancient Greek influences can still be seen in the style of many of the names, though one should not expect every Greek name to suit the style of names in Ophaesia.
There are guidelines that are followed when creating an Ophaesian name. Some of them are based in lore — such as creating a new name based on an existing one — while others exist for primarily aesthetic reasons.
This guide will provide you with the who, what, and why of Ophaesian names so that you can create your own lore-friendly names.
Early HistoryLong before Ophaesia was founded, its land — like much of the rest of Southern
Present DayMerathene, Dharsani, Serene. Each of these cultures left a mark on the land, its people, their language, and helped shape the earliest aspects of Ophaesian culture, including its names. The Merathenes predictably remain the largest influence on Ophaesian culture. Many aspects of Merathene naming conventions are still used today, which is evidenced by the names of the kingdom’s own provinces. Each of the seven provinces are named for its capital city with the Merathene suffix of “-ene” appended to it. For instance, Naphia — a city supposedly named for the
While a vast majority of Ophaesians hold this belief and name their children accordingly, not everyone follows this rule; most notable by far is House Maeliah.
There are many members of House Maeliah’s main branch alone who share a name with a relative, including the Player Character themself, who is named for their same-gender grandparent. The reason for the Maeliahs’ unusual tradition of reusing names comes from their deep-rooted Merathene origins and the insular nature of the House. While Ophaesia began to develop its own culture and traditions, the Maeliahs have remained almost frozen in time from before the fall of Merathia.
House Maeliah is very singular in that regard.
III. ConventionsAs with any other culture, there are rules which are followed when naming a child. Breaking any of these rules can result in anything from raised brows to a Priest of
- Don’t use the name of a relative from the last two or three generations. It is ill luck and could result in the child and their namesake — should they still live — being cursed.
- Don’t use the exact name of a public figure, be they historical or contemporary. It is far worse luck and the child will most certainly be cursed.
- Don’t use the name of any God from the Triad in any way, shape, or form. It is sacrilegious and the child's name will be changed by a Priest.
- Don’t use Rithalus’ name or any possible variation of it. It is sacrilegious and the child's name will be changed by a Priest.
Rules 1 and 2 are strongly encouraged but may be broken without much legal issue, whereas rules 3 and 4 will result in consequences.
Unused and Uncommon Letters and Combinations
There are certain letters and letter combinations which are not used in Ophaesian names. (Please note these combinations refer only to the arrangement of the letters, not necessarily their sounds.)
|Letters Not Used||F, Q, W, X, Z|
|Letter Combinations Not Used||• Ch, Dh, Oh, Sh
• Any combinations with L (i.e. Bl-, Vl-, etc)
• -ius, -un
Some of these letters or combinations are replaced by others: “Ph-” is used in place of “F”, while “-eus” is used in place of “-ius”.
In other cases, there are letters and letter combinations which are only used in specific ways or circumstances.
Additionally, some letters and combinations are uncommon, though still used.
|Ae-, Cr-, D-, G-, H-, O-, P-, Rh-||Rarely used to start names.|
|-ll, -rr||Rarely used in the middle of names.|
|-ae, -eus, -in, -is||Rarely used to end names.|
Common Letters and Combinations
Other letters and combinations are featured more frequently in Ophaesian names.
|-ae, -er-, -th||Commonly used in the middle of names.|
|-an, -en, -on, -ian,
-ien, -ion, -ia*, -eth,
-ith, -yth, -ys
|Commonly used to end names.|
*The suffix “-ia” has the variation “-iah”, though it is not as common.
Names can begin in a wide variety of ways. Aside from the letters and combinations listed as uncommon or unused in the previous table, there are no specific letters which are more popular to begin a name with.
Feminine vs Masculine Names
For the most part, Ophaesian names are gender neutral, though are certain types of names that are generally considered to be more masculine or feminine, usually due to their suffix.
Names that end with “-ia” or “-iah” are exclusively feminine. Names which end with “-ith” or any variation thereof are typically feminine, though not always, while the suffix “-ian” and its variants are generally considered more masculine.
Names that end with “-a” are almost always considered gender neutral; however, it is seen more often with feminine names. Similarly, “-ae” is more often used in feminine names than masculine, though it can be used in either.
Ophaesian names follow a set of rules for pronunciation, but — like in English — some names are pronounced differently than the rules might suggest.
ay like in “day””
|an, en, in||
en like “in””
ahr like in “bar””, “
air like “air””*
air like “air””
eer like “ear””
ee•uh like in “Mia””, “
yuh like in “young””*
|ian, ien, ion||
ee•en like in “alien””
ihs like in “this””
ahn like “on””, “
en like “in””*
shuh like in “amnesia””, “
see•uh like “Sia””*
*These are the less common pronunciations. Examples:
- The “-ar” in
Alapharen ah•luh•FAIR•enand Varena is pronounced “air”.
- The “-ia” in Ysonia is pronounced “yuh”.
- The “-on” in
Orapheron or•ruh•FAIR•enis pronounced “en”.
- The “-sia” in Pytensia is pronounced “see•uh”.
For a far more extensive explanation and break-down, read the Pronunciation Guide.
While this should help you come up with your own lore-friendly Ophaesian name, there is also an Ophaesian Name Generator to help you if you are struggling or just want inspiration. It should be noted that the generator is not flawless, as it simply combines prefixes and suffixes at random and thus might create some weird combinations. That said, it will create plenty suitable names if you use it long enough and serve as a good jumping-off point to create your own name.
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