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The standard form of a Hexarian name is fairly logical but sometimes complex. Take an example name:

G’nar-Susat-Umari-Everlorn

It is composed of segments, split by connector marks (rendered in English as hyphens).

Personal - Paternal - Heritage - National[]

The first part of the name, “G’nar” in this case, is the individual's Personal Name (see below for details on the letter prefix system). This is given by the parents at birth much the same as many other cultures. The names that follow after the dashes are rarely mentioned in everyday conversation.

The first name after the forename (“Susat”) is called the Paternal Name, taken from the individual's opposite parent (i.e., daughters take their father's Paternal Name, sons take their mother's). This is only a tradition, and occasionally other conventions are used. The paternal names are thought to have originated as small ‘family unit’ names within clans.

The next part (“Umari”) is known as the Heritage Name and indicates what clan(s) or lands the person is descended from. This is only present if heritage differs from birthplace, so many Hexarians only have three names. The final name is the Land where the person was born, their National Name. In this case, “Everlorn”.

Letter Prefixes[]

Many post-empire Hexarian names are formed from a character followed by a short form of their name (e.g. M’talek). These are a personalisation to the original name, a practice that has grown popular since the early Elvan Republic. They are often given or chosen while the individual is still fairly young, and come with various attached cultural meanings. Despite this unorthodox-sounding modification, the old longer version of the name is not considered to be the person's “real” name any longer, as the change is accepted as permanent and official. The letter is mostly pronounced in its short, flat form (e.g., A is pronounced ‘Ah’ not ‘Aay’). The main exceptions are G, K and M.

  • A – Bright, quick-witted
  • B – Determined, loyal
  • E – Loving, possessed of inner power
  • F – Forth-seeing, wise, elegant
  • G – Kind-hearted, gracious, protective
  • K – Proud, independent
  • M – Confident, charismatic, faithful
  • S – Compassionate, pure-hearted
  • Y – Stern, headstrong, just

These combinations are highly flexible and varied. Some examples:

  • G’nar from G’ and Panar
  • M’talek from M’ and Katalek
  • Y’tar from Y’ and Ijutar
  • K’loran from K’ and Loran
  • S’trin from S’ and Eltrina
  • A’tyl from A’ and Tylowa
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