Gotevian Names

Gotevian given names differ between those given to males and those given to females. Many names are derived from other words, sometimes being affixed with a name suffix, according to gender. Other names have no traceable meaning in the Gotevian language, but have been “assigned” special meanings. This practice is known as the arnefloθe, or the language of names. Some such names are the following:

zidirta ‘successor’
roljɛnt ‘loyal’
fidinja ‘lively, graceful’
gamuθ ‘ground’
tylio ‘dawn’
jume ‘hand’
holora ‘shining’
sjurlɛ ‘comet’

Note that the forms of the names bear no relation to the Gotevian words corresponding to these names' meanings. jume, for example, has no relation to the Gotevian word for ‘hand’ (lat).

Below are some name suffixes and examples of names derived from Gotevian words.

Feminine endings include: -vɛn/vin, -ia, -ɛa, -iθ, -a, -ai, -ist, -ost, -ɛnd, -ɛnt
kinnivɛn … derivative(s): kinn ‘bird’
karθia … derivative(s): karθ ‘dark’
lorɛnai … derivative(s): lor ‘four’, possibly ɛn- from ɛnɛn ‘leaf’
myriθ … derivative(s): myr ‘endure’
daiost … derivative(s): dai ‘mystery’
dɛlost … from the goddess dɛlost; derivative(s): dɛl ‘all; universal’
napɛnt … derivative(s): unknown
ainɛnd … derivative(s): aina ‘importance’
asaivin … derivative(s): asaia ‘sails of a ship’

Masculine endings include: -n, -e, -oθ, -iθ, -iŋ, -ɛŋ, -ɛor, -ior
arkun … derivative(s): unknown, possibly from ahark ‘loam’
aekin … derivative(s): unknown, possibly from ilaek ‘weave’
findiŋ … derivative(s): possibly from find ‘amulet; gem’
narɛŋ … derivative(s): nara ‘reason’
irniθ … derivative(s): irnɛn ‘weep’
silniθe … derivative(s): silu ‘poison’, niθ ‘nine’
otɛmjalɛn … derivative(s)ː unknown, possibly from ɛmmja ‘earth’
fridɛor … derivative(s): frid ‘unknown, foreign’
tjilloθ … derivative(s): tjilla ‘playful, cheerful’