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Ephyra | Dispatch | Overview - Selian Praenomen

EPHYRAL DISPATCH
LANGUAGE
SELIAN PRAENOMEN



Naming conventions



The praenomen in the Selian name structure is a familial rooted given name by the parents to the child, and the equivalent of a legal forename in other cultures. Every Selian clan typically recycles use of a specific set of names, often between four and seven, though sometimes as few as three and occasionally as many as ten. There might also exist variation between the individual families of a clan, especially if separated by distance and responding to different events. The eldest son of a married pair inherits the praenomen of his father. Younger sons are given the names of the father's brothers, uncles, or own father if a younger son. Because of this, family names are recycled, and ancestry is denoted often by the birth year of the individual rather than simple identification by a name.

Women have a far more expansive list of praenomen than men, as their marriage into a family potentially outside of their original clan may see their own name being used. Because of this, women may lack consistency in names between generations, though this isn't always the case, and a number of older clans and their original branches typically retain a recycled variety of female names. This is however less important, as women are traditionally addressed by the feminine form of their clan name, as opposed to their birth name.

Selian names are not uniform. Because the political unification of the Selians under the Freehold is, in the grander scheme of events, a fairly recent occurrence, the four tribes of Selians evolved within their own ethno-linguistic spheres a variation of names, some of which bear similarities to those used in other clans, but simply aren't used in those clans, whilst others are significantly distinct. There are also common names used by two, three, and in some cases all four of the clans due to religious or Panselian significance. This include female names derived from goddesses, oracles, and queens, and male names derived from gods, heroes, and kings.

An example of such a name is Ephyra itself, the name of a priestess who was the mother of Lykos, himself father of the Ephyral state. Ephyra became a common given name to all firstborn daughters of the Rhyosian sub-tribe of the Lykosians, especially when brought under hegemony of the city of Ephyra. It then spread to the Rhyosians and is used, albeit not commonly, by the other tribes.

The four main tribes are the Iosorians, the Rhyosians, the Panyrians, and the Iosorians. Rhyosians and Panyrians tend to share many names and have names with similarities, as they are the closest tribes to one another both geographically, and in linguistic dialects and ethnic bloodline. However, following the Ephyra's unification of Selia and the former colonies, and the growth in difference being attributed more to geography than origin, the actual tribal difference between names has become so negligible as to be unnecessary in its noting.

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The Freehold of The Land of the Ephyral

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