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Lunar Names Part 1- Lodrilli, Pelandan & Pelorian Names

This is the first of number of posts on different names from the Lunar Empire, these will be by the main subcultures of the Empire.  The aim of these is to make quick is easy names lists for refs and to choose character names from.

The first list is for rural common Pendalaran and Pelorian folk, The names will have been created by searching what has been published to date, creating stems and suffixes cross referencing them to create a long varied list.

Continue reading Lunar Names Part 1- Lodrilli, Pelandan & Pelorian Names

Lunar Names Part 2 – Carmanian Names

As part of the Lunar Empire names for  Glorantha and Runequest, here is a list of potential Carmanian name ideas.

This is taken from published sources, stemming the known names and some ‘Jiggery Pokery’ from me.

Its  a cheat list and should save some time and add a flavour to your names.

I’ve merged prefixes and suffixes again so its a long list and there may be some howlers

Carmanian Mens Names Continue reading Lunar Names Part 2 – Carmanian Names

Lunar Names Part 3 – Dara Happen Names

After raiding the fortunate succession and then hacking some  Babylonian names  I have come up with a list of Dara Happen names.

The longer the name generally the higher status of the individual. Note women’s names are much shorter than men’s names.

Names are often appended with titles, honorifics or family names as suits the tradition of a family.

Dara Happen Mens Names Continue reading Lunar Names Part 3 – Dara Happen Names

Lunar Names  Part 4 -Saird, Vanch and Holay

I wanted to do a distinct set of character names for the Saird area of the lunar empire, once because it is close to Balazar and thus my campaign.  Two because I think it has a distinct feel and culture.

The suggestion was made of using Persian names, which worked out well on a lunar patrol I created from Saird. So I have curated a list of ancient and modern Persian names.

I have tried to take the most popular and obviously arab names out and give a list which to most western eyes would suit a fantasy setting.

Mens Sairdite Names

Continue reading Lunar Names  Part 4 -Saird, Vanch and Holay

Lunar Names  Part 5 – Imperial Lunar Names

As well as the regional and cultural names of the Empire, those who are devoted  to the Lunar Way either take up or are given fully lunarised names. These show an individuals commitment to the Lunar Way and their decision to  forsake cultural ties and norms for the Lunar path.

My starting point list for these names is the HQ supplement Under the Red Moon – The Imperial Handbook part 2, the Guide to Glorantha and a few published Lunar names to date. Apart from the Guide to Glorantha, a lot of these publish and suggested names had a faux roman feel to them, and though that is no longer the preferred approach, these published names stand.

To bridge this delicate balance of wanting to acknowledge what had gone before I have curated a list of published and suggested names, and supplemented them with latin versions of middle eastern names, removing ones which have become part of popular western culture. This should keep one foot on what has come before, but hopefully satisfy the new direction.

Mens Lunar Names

Abisai, Achaicus, Alanthorne, Ananias, Arimtasus, Aronius, Belial, Bellese, Brutus, Brygesus, Carpus, Cephas, Cleopas, Cormanius, Cyriel, Cyrush, Daerius, Dalamides, Darscion, Daryli, Dismas, Doskalos, Elias, Erglyptus, Eryptus, Eutychus, Festus, Foranum, Habacuc, Halycon, Hapzar, Helius, Herodes, Horsensus, Ithamar, Ivex, Jacobus, Jairus, Johel, Krendathus, Krentius, Michas, Mnason, Neemias, Obed, Odendas, Peridas, Pharatees, Phares, Poleus, Quintas, Reskil, Samael, Sidus, Silas, Silvius, Talius, Taticus, Thadus, Undrendum, Vakthan, Yoritasus

Womens Lunar Names

Adina, Aelia, Agar, Alba, Antonia, Astarte, Asvedava, Aurelia, Balbina, Bethania, Bindesa, Bruta, Cardea, Daere, Damaris, DenesKerva, Dido, Dina, Diovena, Elissa, Ephrath, Estara, Ester, Eva, Felkenna, Gordasta, Greya, Hortensa, Iovita, Iula, Jezra, Jorgeva, Junia, Kevenna, Lia, Liva, Neemia, Nesseve, Pomena, Quinta, Rahel, Rhoda, Ruvallena, Saffira, Sarra, Sila, Silvia, Tharkal, Thersa, Valere, Varna, Vella, Yoritase, Zelpha

Suffixes

Lunar names are often suffixed by the following phrases;

  • Agga (glory of)….
  • Dava (victory to)…..
  • Suren (light of)…..
  • Ven (dedicated to)….

Followed by the name of Lunar deity or Hero. For example “Elias Suren Rufelza” would be an example of this extended name.

Balazaring Names

Balazaring names have two components, the first or birth name which is given by the senior female clan member at or close to the time of birth, this is the only name which the child will have until there initiation into adulthood.

They are usually traditional Balazaring names and it is rare for the same name to be used twice for children of the same clan.

The 2nd part is there spirit or given name which is given by the clan ancestors at the point of initiation. This name will reflect one or more of the following things;

  • A character trait of the person
  • A trait of the clans totems
  • An action or deed the youngster has performed in the rights of initiation
  • A fate the ancestors foresee, or desire for the initiate
  • The standing of the initiate with the clan ancestors

It is considered extreme bad manners for the living to change that name or give another one, and to do so will usually invoke some aspect of clan discipline.  However it is not uncommon for the clan ancestors to change a given name in the sacred time rights each year to reflect deeds done and fates revealed.

It is not unknown for names of poor honour to be given one year to be atoned for over the next year and the person to receive a redeemed name after they have changed there habits. This is a subtle form of clan punishment often used on clan members who are not contributing enough to the wellbeing of the clan.

Strangely shaman are able to ignore this cultural rule regarding spirit names and name themselves as they wish.

Balazaring Mens Birth Names

  • Alandi
  • Alani
  • Alanthi
  • Alaring
  • Alarni
  • Alazar
  • Alenthi
  • Alerni
  • Algor
  • Allani
  • Allung
  • Almor
  • Alokus
  • Alori
  • Altandi
  • Altanthi
  • Altarg
  • Altari
  • Altaring
  • Altarni
  • Altazar
  • Altenthi
  • Altgor
  • Altkus
  • Altmor
  • Altokus
  • Altori
  • Altus
  • Altvann
  • Altzar
  • Alvani
  • Alvann
  • Alvarni
  • Alzar
  • Balandi
  • Balani
  • Balanthi
  • Balarg
  • Balari
  • Balaring
  • Balaringer
  • Balarni
  • Balash
  • Balazar
  • Balenthi
  • Balerni
  • Balger
  • Balgor
  • Balkus
  • Ballung
  • Balmor
  • Balokus
  • Balong
  • Balori
  • Balvani
  • Balvann
  • Balvarni
  • Balzar
  • Banandi
  • Banani
  • Bananthi
  • Banarg
  • Banari
  • Banaring
  • Banaringer
  • Banarni
  • Banash
  • Banathi
  • Banazar
  • Banerni
  • Bangor
  • Bankus
  • Banokus
  • Banori
  • Banvani
  • Banvann
  • Banvarni
  • Banzar
  • Bobandi
  • Bytokus
  • Duvan
  • Dykene
  • Elkoi
  • Gadaringer
  • Ganandi
  • Ganani
  • Gananthi
  • Ganarg
  • Ganaring
  • Ganaringer
  • Ganarni
  • Ganazar
  • Gandogandaring
  • Ganenthi
  • Ganerni
  • Ganger
  • Gangor
  • Gankus
  • Ganlung
  • Ganmor
  • Ganokus
  • Ganori
  • Ganvan
  • Ganvani
  • Ganvann
  • Ganvarni
  • Ganzar
  • Gasandi
  • Gasani
  • Gasanthi
  • Gasarg
  • Gasaring
  • Gasaringer
  • Gasarni
  • Gasazar
  • Gasenthi
  • Gaserni
  • Gasgor
  • Gaskus
  • Gaslung
  • Gasmor
  • Gasokus
  • Gasori
  • Gastarg
  • Gastaring
  • Gastarni
  • Gastazar
  • Gastgor
  • Gasvani
  • Gasvann
  • Gasvarni
  • Gaszar
  • Goomor
  • Gordril
  • Karandi
  • Karani
  • Karanthi
  • Kararg
  • Kararing
  • Kararinger
  • Kararni
  • Karazar
  • Karenthi
  • Karerni
  • Karger
  • Kargor
  • Karkus
  • Karlung
  • Karmor
  • Karokus
  • Karori
  • Karvani
  • Karvann
  • Karvarni
  • Karzar
  • Kolandi
  • Kolani
  • Kolanthi
  • Kolarg
  • Kolaring
  • Kolaringer
  • Kolarni
  • Kolazar
  • Kolenthi
  • Kolerni
  • Kolgar
  • Kolger
  • Kolgor
  • Kolkus
  • Kollung
  • Kolmor
  • Kolokus
  • Kolori
  • Kolozar
  • Kolsar
  • Kolvani
  • Kolvann
  • Kolvarni
  • Kolzar
  • Krillandi
  • Monash
  • Morandi
  • Morani
  • Moranthi
  • Morarg
  • Morari
  • Moraring
  • Moraringer
  • Morarni
  • Morazar
  • Morenthi
  • Morerni
  • Morgar
  • Morger
  • Morgor
  • Morkus
  • Morlarni
  • Morlung
  • Mormor
  • Morokus
  • Morori
  • Morozar
  • Morvani
  • Morvann
  • Morvarni
  • Morzar
  • Ogolorph
  • Orori
  • Partobas
  • Polonthi
  • Ruhklar
  • Rylenthi
  • Skilfil
  • Skyler
  • Stenn
  • Sylvananthi
  • Takandi
  • Takani
  • Takanthi
  • Takarg
  • Takaring
  • Takaringer
  • Takarni
  • Takazar
  • Takenthi
  • Takerni
  • Takger
  • Takgor
  • Takkus
  • Taklong
  • Taklung
  • Takmor
  • Takokus
  • Takori
  • Takvani
  • Takvann
  • Takvarni
  • Takzar
  • Tarkaril
  • Thrax
  • Trilius
  • Varanthi
  • Vararing
  • Vararni
  • Vazaar
  • Verandi
  • Verani
  • Veranthi
  • Verarg
  • Veraring
  • Veraringer
  • Verarni
  • Verazar
  • Verenthi
  • Vererni
  • Verger
  • Verlung
  • Verokus
  • Verori
  • Vervani
  • Vervann
  • Vervarni
  • Verzar
  • Vilic
  • Voandi
  • Voani
  • Voanthi
  • Voarg
  • Voaring
  • Voaringer
  • Voarni
  • Voazar
  • Voenthi
  • Voerni
  • Voger
  • Vogor
  • Vokus
  • Volung
  • Vomor
  • Vookus
  • Voori
  • Vooril
  • Votandi
  • Votang
  • Votani
  • Votank
  • Votanki
  • Votanthi
  • Votarg
  • Votaring
  • Votaringer
  • Votarni
  • Votazar
  • Votenthi
  • Voterni
  • Votger
  • Votgor
  • Votkus
  • Votlung
  • Votmor
  • Votokus
  • Votori
  • Votvani
  • Votvann
  • Votvarni
  • Votzar
  • Vovani
  • Vovann
  • Vovarni
  • Vozar
  • Vulric
  • Vylonthi
  • Wulandi
  • Wulani
  • Wulanthi
  • Wularg
  • Wularing
  • Wularinger
  • Wularni
  • Wulazar
  • Wulenthi
  • Wulerni
  • Wulgar
  • Wulger
  • Wulgor
  • Wulkus
  • Wullung
  • Wulmor
  • Wulokus
  • Wulori
  • Wulvani
  • Wulvann
  • Wulvarni
  • Wulzar
  • Wurlokus
  • Wurlung
  • Wurtarg
  • Yalandi
  • Yalani
  • Yalanthi
  • Yalarg
  • Yalaring
  • Yalaringer
  • Yalarni
  • Yalazar
  • Yalenthi
  • Yalerni
  • Yalger
  • Yalgor
  • Yalkus
  • Yallung
  • Yalmor
  • Yalokus
  • Yalori
  • Yalvani
  • Yalvann
  • Yalvarni
  • Yalzar
  • Yotandi
  • Yotang
  • Yotani
  • Yotank
  • Yotanki
  • Yotanthi
  • Yotarg
  • Yotaring
  • Yotaringer
  • Yotarni
  • Yotazar
  • Yotenthi
  • Yoterni
  • Yotger
  • Yotgor
  • Yotkus
  • Yotlung
  • Yotmor
  • Yotokus
  • Yotori
  • Yotvani
  • Yotvann
  • Yotvarni
  • Yotzar

Example Mens Spirit Names

  • Tree Leaper
  • Soft foot
  • The Otter
  • Farshot
  • True Soul
  • Burning Spear
  • Black Boar
  • Bloodytusk
  • Longrunner
  • The Bear
  • Long Fang
  • Running Dog
  • Twelvespear
  • The Rock
  • Hawkeye
  • Red Deer
  • Sacred Heart
  • The Axe
  • Goldtongue
  • Skyspeaker
  • Sabletoe
  • The Sly
  • Tigerteeth
  • Oathbreaker
  • The Snake
  • The Swift
  • Leatherskin
  • Greyeyes
  • Bullstopper
  • Oneshot
  • Dog Friend
  • The Pup
  • The Slasher
  • Blue Fox
  • The Dark
  • Stands Tall
  • The Shield
  • Bear Heart
  • Thin Beard
  • Bold Face
  • Shouts Too Much
  • Eats Well
  • Blue Stone
  • Bright Star
  • Dark Night
  • Red Moon

Balazarings Womans Names

  • Agata
  • Alia
  • Aleska
  • Calamene
  • Cela
  • Celek
  • Chana
  • Dalari
  • Danicia
  • Dorangi
  • Edytia
  • Esteria
  • Ewia
  • Eucleia
  • Felkia
  • Felaria
  • Frania
  • Genia
  • Genari
  • Getia
  • Gelari
  • Halania
  • Inari
  • Inia
  • Iwonia
  • Jenia
  • Jolia
  • Jolari
  • Jujarnia
  • Jujka
  • Jujnia
  • Kaska
  • Kassia
  • Kitia
  • Kolgari
  • Krysia
  • Krysarnia
  • Melania
  • Melisseria
  • Melia
  • Milia
  • Morelia
  • Natka
  • Natalia
  • Nartia
  • Naskia
  • Olari
  • Olia
  • Olesia
  • Otylia
  • Pawka
  • Pelka
  • Pelari
  • Roskania
  • Ruhka
  • Ruhkia
  • Rhukari
  • Rhuklaria
  • Starnia
  • Starnka
  • Stefia
  • Stefka
  • Stenia
  • Stenna
  • Tamarka
  • Tashia
  • Tashka
  • Tashari
  • Terska
  • Tersia
  • Terka
  • Trudka
  • Valari
  • Valnia
  • Vania
  • Vanka
  • Valska
  • Valeska
  • Velska
  • Votanki
  • Votangi
  • Willarnia
  • Wilika
  • Wilari
  • Wiska
  • Wisiria
  • Yalari
  • Yania
  • Yanka
  • Yalska
  • Yaleska
  • Yelska
  • Yotanki
  • Yotangi
  • Yontanki
  • Yotari

Example Women’s Spirit Names

  • Kind Heart
  • Running Brook
  • Still Waters
  • Tall Tree
  • Bent Reed
  • Shortspear
  • The Wise
  • Snow Brow
  • Firemaiden
  • Fleetfoot
  • Wrinkled Nose
  • The Hedgehog
  • Shortaxe
  • Keenedge
  • Flintknife
  • Gentle Mist
  • The Pearl
  • Greenshoot
  • The Root
  • Elfbolt
  • The Lucky
  • Calming Heart
  • Silver Birch
  • Pineneedle
  • Longgrass
  • Sharpbreath
  • Goodwife
  • Summersmile
  • Icewalker
  • Fishspear
  • Whiteowl
  • The Listener
  • Five Eyes
  • The Goose
  • The Swan
  • Saltlick
  • The Stubborn
  • Can’t be Seen
  • Ten Tricks
  • The Oystercatcher
  • Leaves No Trail
  • Redberry
  • The Warm

Authors Notes:

I worked the male given names from patterns I could develop from  the list of Balazaring names found in Griffin Mountain.

Due to low numbers of women’s names in the Griffin Mountain sourcebooks I had to look for other sources for women’s given names. I decide the men’s names did have a somewhat Slavic feel to them, so I pilfered Polish women’s names and created patterns and deviations for there. I then added some of the male Balazaring prefixes to the female polish  suffixes in trying  to create a pattern of names which  seems like a cohesive list of cultural names.

I hope you find these suggestions useful and believable.