Calishite Naming Conventions

Calishite Names

Calishite names follow a fairly rigid format in general. First comes a person's title or titles, then his personal name, then the name of his parent and his house. Daughters are always identified in relation to their mothers by the word yr linking their names. Sons are identified in relation to their fathers, unless their mothers are more well known and liked. The word yn links a son's name to that of his father. The word el or al links a person's name and parent's name to the family name. Slaves are often allowed to keep their own personal names but have the name of the family or person that owns them added to their own with the word ahd.

Example: Ariana yr Tora el Bakran is the daughter of Tora in the Bakran family.

Example: Chawal Kalil yn Nur el Jibril is a lieutenant (chawal) in the military first and foremost, after which he is the son of Nur of House Jibril.

Example: Tagar the wanderer from Westgate is captured and taken to Calimport, sold to Chawal Kalil above, and his name in Calimshan becomes Tagar adh Kalil (if kept as a personal slave) or Tagar adh Jibril (if used as a general house or estate slave by the family).

Many examples exist of people from Calimshan whose names do not conform to this format. There are a number of reasons for this problem, the largest of which is, as the above pasha put it, the "innate addle-pated nature of the barbarian scribes of the North, which does not allow them to accurately recall a name that has more than two syllables or even tell a tale more than a minute in length without a serious error." Other names used by a Calishite might not follow this format because she or he is trying to remain incognito and giving a false name. The final reason for apparent name inconsistencies derives from a person's estrangement from his or her parents or family. When such a falling out occurs, a person often follows his or her personal name with just the family name (Fatim al Bajidh) or merely adopts the name of his or her birthplace or residence linked to his or her personal name with a word meaning "from" (Fatim yi Almraiven).

Many devout priests change their surnames to those of their gods when ordained into their priesthoods. In doing this, they do not dishonor their families, but rather they honor the deities. This practice is almost exclusively limited to Calishite clergy.

Common Calishite Names (Female): Abiya, Adiva, Amber, Ara, Asfora, Baraka, Bitisib, Catahra, Fadila, Farija, Hala, Iamar, Kadila, Mariam, Melek, Meriel, Munaa, Nada, Nureh, Oma, Rabi, Sabira, Saida, Samar, Sarsora, Shunnari, Tarub, Thuravya, Zahrah, and Zenobia.

Common Calishite Names (Male): Aban, Abbakar, Abbas, Abon, Amun, Asraf, Bollus, Butrys, Daud, Fahd, Faruk, Hakiim, Harun, Hassasn, Jabal, Jafar, Kadar, Kalil, Kharyi, Malik, Maryn, Muham, Nadim, Nur, Rahimat, Saibh, Sarsor, Tahyr, Tasyn, and Yusuf.

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