Post by The Unsent on Jan 25, 2012 14:59:12 GMT -5
So, as one of the newer members of MR, and as a way to get to know everyone here a little bit better and gain insight into everyone's characters, I thought I'd introduce an interesting question that hasn't (to my knowledge) been posted yet:
How or where did you come up with your Original Character's name, and is there any meaning behind it?
First up is my FFIX OC, "Spatha Sedere":
The name "Spatha" is an allusion to the real life weapon of the same name that was used by the Romans throughout the early parts of the first millenium, and subtly hints to the fact that he (Spatha) is a sword-wielder with proficient skill with blades.
His last name, "Sedere", is derived from a Latin verb tense that when loosely translated means "to sit", which is used as an oxymoron and a source of irony due to his constant movement and overall nature as a thief.
Feel free to post your character(s) here as well!
Last Edit: Mar 19, 2012 23:12:43 GMT -5 by The Unsent
Oh, interesting thread! Never thought about where names come from.
In my case, mine are almost all just made up because I liked the sound. Kaile was interesting, because the name came quickly, but it took quite a while to decide on a pronunciation. With the spelling, it could be either "kale", or a variant of "kyle", with the first vowel not so drawn out so that it flows more smoothly. I ended up settling on the second, so hey, if anyone was curious how to pronounce it, there you go.
Runalin was something that popped into my head when I went about making him in FFXI, and I knew almost right away that his name would be shortened to "Rune" among friends, suiting his nature as a mage. Desveranci...well, I'd been listening to Somnus, the Versus theme, and there's a line in it that sounds a little similar. With a bit of shifting, it clicked into my head as the perfect last name, so it stuck.
As for Rheis, I had trouble with his name for a while - until I happened to watch my mom playing FFIX and saw Freya's "Reis's Wind" skill. A little change of spelling and it worked nicely. <3
Aaaand Ark. I had him a long time ago, back at the first FF RP I was a part of, but with restructuring him into a fal'Cie, he needed to take the name of an old summon, same as the others. Ark is Garnet's most powerful eidolon in FFIX, and with its strength and shadow element, it was the perfect basis.
Lucain was really nothing special in terms of naming, but he did take me a while. orz
Yeah, I'm boring. Shut up. XD
Last Edit: Jan 25, 2012 15:20:29 GMT -5 by Griever
I'm really impulsive with names actually and some don't actually go through a long process of names.
I know with Ayda She was only ever going to have one name since that seems typical in FFX but as to the specifics of why, heh, I just liked how it sounded. I went with that spelling over variants because I have two Y's in my name so I like them. Not very interesting I know.
Valeo gave me a shit tonne of trouble actually. I wasn't 100% sure how i wanted him to be before I started writing his history but i don't like to start a history without a name so i spent a while skimming wiki for ideas. Then I went bag to the age old technique of looking up words in latin and I came across a phrase relating to power. All I really knew about him at this stage was that he was looking for power so I picked out the coolest sounding word, Valeo. It means be strong. I liked the idea of shortening it to Leo but Val clicked much better for some reason. I'm not sure how it's supposed to be pronounce but I like Va-lé-oh. Also Valeo are a french car company or something...
As for Lightning and Zack... I stole those names from canon FF... oops!
Not at all, K-chan <3 I liked reading about the name origins of your characters! And yours too, Unsent, though I haven't played with them yet it's always interesting to see where things spawn from. Mine will probably be kind of long, since I have several OCs in MR XD
Might as well start with Suoh Kahre, since he's relatively simple. Suoh was one of my first characters, back ten years ago. I read somewhere that 'Suoh' meant 'red', which suited him well because he has suicidal tendencies (less in MR than his original setting, though). Recently I've read that Suoh translates as 'dragon', but it doesn't really matter now xD And even though the name was originally Japanese, it's not so obviously Japanese that I feel like I need to change it even though Suoh himself isn't Asian. Kahre is actually my grandmother's maiden name, I love the way it's spelled and pronounced ('car') so I wanted to use it for a character. :3
Seun Soe Fox! I don't even know, really. I think I always knew I wanted 'Seun' to be in it, I was playing a lot of Dynasty Warriors and there's the whole 'Sun' family, but I thought if I spelled it that way it'd be mispronounced a lot. 'Soe' is the surname of a Burmese lady I worked with, and I think it was originally Seun's last name but I threw 'Fox' in to give it an interesting twist. 'Fox' is both modern and more Western, plus I only have a few characters with common surnames...and I liked the three single-syllable names together :3
Draith Nathaniel Rook has kind of an interesting origins. xD 'Rook' was his name originally, after the chess piece though I now associate it more with crows than chess, but he was originally an alter ego of another character (and an evil one, at that) so the odd name was fine. After playing FFXII, though, I really liked the name 'Drace', so I used that and altered it a bit to make it more masculine, then moved 'Rook' to his surname. His middle name was originally 'Nephalah' because he was created for a fantasy setting, but as he became more modernized it didn't really suit him. I was always amused that his initials are 'DNR', though, so I threw in 'Nathaniel' to make his name more modern and mundane while keeping his initials :3
Lucien....Lucien was originally created to be the twin of Mattsukun's character Radien. He named Radien first, so 'Lucien' just seemed like the natural complement. Both have references to light and such, and now I can't imagine him with a different name, it's just...so him xD They didn't have a surname then, though, but when I modernized Lucien for a non-fantasy setting I decided he's English-Romanian, and 'Serbanescu' is a Romanian surname. His middle name is 'Sibrel', which is just a name I heard and liked. Also, the names of all the males in Lucien's family for several generations back end with '-en' or '-an'.
Way too many characters...xD
Let's see...Tucker Rush. Tucker's real name is Calais Priere, and the Priere family actually belongs to a dear friend of mine. I decided to throw in a couple siblings, and it worked well for Tucker to have a big family, so...all the Priere children are named after Italian or French cities, so 'Calais'. xD The name 'Tucker Rush' spawned from sleepy musings before bed, actually, I was pondering as I was trying to fall asleep and I found I really liked saying the word 'tuckered' as in 'tuckered out'. So I thought about using 'Tucker' as a name, but it seemed more unique as a girl name, so...'Rush' was the name of this character in a manga I was reading at the time (Gamerz Heaven, I believe) so I just put the two together :3 My brother's decided that one of our future children will have to bear the name 'Tucker Rush', haha.
Okay! That just leaves Nadani de Winter. Some of you might be hilariously amused to know that the inspiration for Nadani's name came from 'Nagini', Voldemort's snake in Harry Potter. Nadani was originally a snake demi-god, even though I don't feel his name is particularly serpentine it seems to have a good balance of sophistication and benevolence :3 'de Winter' is homage to Three Musketeers, as Alexandre Dumas is my favorite author and I have 'Count of Monte Cristo' to thank for a lot of the way I RP today~
That about sums it up, I think. Lusen, Nadani's son who I haven't made a profile for yet, was just me throwing names into an Al Bhed translator. I think it popped up as some odd translation of 'Micah', so it doesn't actually mean anything, but it has a simplicity that suits him. His middle name is 'Ditrik' because in a modernized setting he has German heritage. :3
I'll hop on this bandwagon while I'm thinking about it, xD
Lets see...most of my characters have names I just like. Angelico is a good example. I was watching some movie or another and decided I really REALLY liked that name. Originally (Ru knows this) he started out as bit of a pompous ass, haha. But he developed into this calm, deeply introspective person, and so I needed a full name to go with that. Galen means 'calm' in Greek, and I liked the sound of it. And I pulled 'deNote' from my bum, xD
Bronte Demitri. Now that's something I picked because it sounded nice against Angelico's name--I paid no mind to the fact that 'Bronte' is a female name meaning 'Follower' and Demitri means 'Devoted'. Even though the meaning is unintentional I think it fits his personality really well--when Bronte is attached to someone he is very devoted and will follow them to the ends of the earth.
Akira Danier. Akira was one of my very first characters, and she has come a very, very long way, lol. I just picked a name that sounded interesting and it stuck. It means 'intelligent', I guess. I think it's the sound that suits her more than the meaning. 'Danier', as far as I know, is just something I pulled from my ass on the drop of a dime, xD
My explanations are so short compared to everyone else's, Lol.
Post by Aschen Windseer on Jan 26, 2012 17:54:42 GMT -5
"Aschen H. Windseer" Aschen is the name of a character from the SRW series, and since it seemed gender neutral, while still foreign-sounding, I decided to go with it. I then looked up some stuff, and it seems that Aschenputtel is the German name for Cinderella. Not all that fitting, but it works.
Windseer was kind of a choice from a list. I chose early on that it should have some sort of elemental, or maybe even hippie feel. Another early choice was "Starbreeze", but that seemed tacky and somewhat over the top. "Windseer" won because it sounded better with a "Carnival" attached to it.
As for the H... It's there. I don't know for sure what it stands for, so jokingly, it's for Hentai/Pervert. I've been thinking that he perhaps has a middle name, knows it starts with "H", but doesn't know what it stands for. Middle names that I have considered are "Herminium" and "Helvetic". I do, of course, welcome suggestions.
So, with the recent approval of "Eltanin Vareuse", comes his name explanation as well:
The word "Eltanin" (also called "Etamin", but more commonly known as "Gamma Draconis") is taken from the brightest star amongst the Draco Constellation. Coincidently, "draco" is also the Latin word for "dragon".
"Vareuse" is a French word meaning "jumper", or "someone who jumps". Since "dragoon" itself is a French word for "dragon", I simply continued the naming trend. It also works in regard to a Dragoon's Jump abilities.
When put together, his name basically means "a jumper who shines the brightest among the dragons/Dragoons". It became an instant and total fit.
Eltanin Vareuse's pet/summoned wyvern, "Highwind", shares his name with some of many beloved characters from various games within the main Final Fantasy series. Since I tend to be OC exclusive, this in a way sort of acts as my own personal tribute to the world(s) of Final Fantasy by incorporating an instantly recognizable name into one of my own created characters.
Last Edit: Mar 19, 2012 23:23:26 GMT -5 by The Unsent
Okay so I thought since the pronunciation of Tidus has been debated a lot in the fandom I'd share a little snippet about where that name comes from.
It's taken from the word "Tida" in Okinawan which means sun since the sun is a recurring theme for his character. Since the name comes from this it's pronounced Tee-Dus. Yuna's name matches since it means moon.