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Naming Conventions of Pruul
« on: Apr 09, 12, 05:07:43 PM »

When naming a Pruulian, there are two things to keep in mind: Firstly, that the name reference for this is Persian. You can find Persian names here, here (just under "Female Persian Names" is a link to Male Persian Names) or here. Also acceptable are names from the Dune canon, provided it sounds suitably Arabic/Persian; for instance, "Gaius Helen" and "Jessica" and "Paul" are not acceptable, but "Ghanima", "Harrah", "Stilgar" and "Alia" are.

Secondly, if your character comes from a nomadic tribe, there is a certain rhetoric to follow. All Pruulian names, if they are of a nomadic tribe or otherwise did not grow up in a Coven, City, or Priestesshood, are Firstname al-Tribe/Clanname. There are no exceptions to this. A list of "canon" tribes and Clans is here, but there are any number of Tribes that a Pruulian might belong to.

If the Pruulian in question grew up in a Coven, City, or Priestesshood, their name is Firstname Familyname, just like in any other territory.

For an example of this in action, “Fariq Husam Din” is a city-dweller. "Din" is his family name and holds no further relevance, which a Pruulian would know because he is just "Fariq Din". “Fariq Husam al-Din” is the Sun King, totally terrifying nomad lord. "Din," in this case, is his tribal name; "al-Din" communicates to others that he is "of Din" and that if they mess with him, the Din tribe will mess with them.

Middle names, for Pruulians, are very rare and only used to give an epithet (Saiph Izar al-Kaid is Saiph the Hidden of the Kaid) or else they are indicative of one parent's name (Ghanima Bahadur al-Sabbah is Ghanima, daughter of Bahadur of Sabbah).

In sandriders, many find that names are quite fluid. Some keep the name they were born with, whatever that was; others shed their name at their Ceremony of Two, taking either their partner's tribal appellation, their mentor's surname, or simply marking themselves as children of their mentor, using "ibn" (for males) and "ibna" (for females) as appropriate. "Kanaya ibna Enahar," for instance, is Kanaya the-daughter-of-Enahar.

Commonly, sandriders will make up a name of their own, describing a striking trait they possess. Names such as these can also be acquired as nicknames inside the Madrasa, from other sandriders. For instance, "Terezi Wormrider" would indicate that the owner of this name is very good at the riding of the sandworm. "Dasdeva Goldeye" would indicate that this sandrider has gold eyes. Other appropriate names might be "Catwalker," for a sandrider with a very light step, or "Dawnspeaker," for one who likes to rise early.

The most popular method of naming by far for sandriders is the "son of"/"daughter of" method, as it is a way of establishing oneself as part of a "lineage" of sandriders, and names can actually get very long--as long as your record of who trained who in your "lineage". For instance:
Kanaya ibna Enahar ibna Pirisi ibn Goldeye ibn Wormrider ibna Terezi ibna Dawnspeaker ibn Meena ibn Markai
would be
Kanaya, daughter of Enahar, who is the daughter of Pirisi, who was the son of Goldeye, who was the son of the Wormrider, who was the daughter of Terezi, who was the daughter of the Dawnspeaker, who was the son of Meena, who was the son of Markai
and it would indicate that Kanaya has a long lineage of well-trained sandriders with known epithets to their name. However, most people would use the short form, except on documents kept in the Madrasa, where the Sheikah keeps these genealogies.