Based on whats happening here. What would our Amarish names be?I'm not that fond of translating proper names, but I imagine Invelious' title would render as: Reshjvajarr Man - 'The Emperor's Hand' or Man Reshjvaju - 'The Hand of the Emperor'
EDIT: And, of course, there's a world of difference between Amarish (which is much younger than Amarrad and enjoys machine translation) and Amarrad.
I fully support this. Awesome work brother.
You may be interested to know that I may have devised an explanation for Latin name endings (-us, -ius, -ios, -ious). You see, they all render the same way in Persian, and they all sound the same anyway, and I've already started applying the -ios suffix to a meaning (domain, land, country) in Amarrad.
So bear with me...
To my knowledge, there is a sparse number of PF characters that have such a suffix in their names.
Emperor Damius III, who initiated the war of conquest against the Minmatar
Commodore Barius, who explored some nullsec
Dakos, the late brother of King Khanid
Damius would have been Emperor around 400 years after the end of the Moral Reforms, which in my book would mean the Empire was using the new state language Amarish while Amarrad took a backseat role. It is however quite likely that the Old Tongue would continue to serve as inspiration for Amarrian names for a long time to come.
The Amarrad word damios
means duchy (literally "lands of the city"), and while it might seem a strange thing to name a boy, it might offer some possibilities of Amarr culture. Consider that all Amarr nobility are addressed by their first names - "Empress Jamyl", "Lord Victor", etc.. Usually this likely comes from the fact that many nobles would be from the same large families and everyone can't go by "Mr. Sarum" at the Sarum Prime court, and lower holders likely adopted the custom from there.
However, it gives rise to its own problems: "Hi, I'm Lord Joe." "Lord Joe who?" "Lord Joe Kador, you simpleton!" "The Lord Joe Kador of Kamda, Lord Joe Kador of Zorozih or the Lord Joe Kador of Pezarba?" "Execute this man, and fetch me a better first name!"
I believe what happened was that Holders (royal and lower alike) started working hard to figure out unique and place-descriptive names for their children. Rather like the European thing of referring to people by where they came from (da Vinci, von Mecklenburg) but as first names, and usually more poetic. It served both as a sign of prestige (first son of a family would often find himself named after the land he was to inherit) and as way of associating a face not just with a name but also a place of origin.
Emperor Damius' name, in this interpretation, would mean that his birthright was originally mainly associated with the domain of a notable city (dam
). This also shows where in life he started out, in a way. Though of course the value of his nominal duchy might vary depending on if it was at the Minmatar fringe or on Amarr Prime, his very name would eternally mark him as City Boy.
Eventually this use also faltered, mainly as the royal families established themselves and famous names started being cycled endlessly anyway. Some families in certain parts still make occasional use of this toponym naming convention, but mainly the -us/-os/-ous
names you see today are the names of famous ancestors recurring in the family line.
Translated literally with this interpretation, Horatius' name (hor-ata-ios
) would mean "the Yellow Ancestor Lands."
And if we find a translation for invel
we can find out what Invelious means
tl;dr: Latinate name endings can be backformed into Amarrian personal names based on place names.