Earlier this year, Fernehawles was given a brand new forum section just for Lore, he dropped a number of lore bombs in there which I will highlight later. But for newer players who have been wondering why Roegadyn names look like someone faceplanted a keyboard… here’s the explanation!
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Roegadyn – Sea Wolves
At a glance, Sea Wolf names can oft appear like an amalgam of seemingly random letters, pounded out by a starved monkey chained to a thrift store typewriter.
Ah, but that is where you are mistaken! There actually is a pattern!
Sea Wolf names are actually all formed from two words taken from the ancient Roegadyn language that the race’s ancestors spoke before they came to Eorzea. For example, Ahldskyf is a combination of Ahld (meaning ‘old’) and Skyf (meaning ‘ship’). Rostnsthal is a combination of Rostn (rusty) and Sthal (steel). Pronunciation of the names can be a bit easier after splitting the name into its two parts: Ahld + skyf (read “ald-skeeff”).
– Greintoum (grein + toum = bronze dream)
– Mytemyrgan (myte + myrgan = middle morning)
– Ahtmhas (aht + mhas = eight scars)
Fun Fact: The word Roegadyn actually means ‘people of the rain’: roega being a distorted form of the word ‘roegan’ (rain) and ‘dyn’ (people), as the weather in northern islands from which they hail fluctuates from thick fog to torrential downpours…and that’s when it’s too warm for snow.
Female first names follow the same rules as male first names, except that the second word used in the names is almost always one of the following:
– Swys (Sister) -> Aermswys (Poor Sister)
– Thota (Daughter) -> Klynthota (Small Daughter)
– Wyda (Willow) -> Dyrstwyda (Thirsty Willow)
– Geim (Jewel) -> Rhotgeim (Red Jewel)
– Wyb (Woman) -> Merlwyb (Sea Woman)
– Rael (Doe) -> Doesrael (Two Does)
– Lona (Gatherer) -> Styrnlona (Star Gatherer)
– Bhyda (Bride) -> Blyssbryda (Blossom Bride)
Sea Wolf last names can appear even more imposing, but in fact, they follow rules similar to the first names. A last name simply takes the father’s name and adds either Syn (meaning ‘son’) or Wyn (meaning ‘daughter’). For example, Limsa Lominsa Admiral, Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn could be broken down like this:
Merl (sea) + wyb (woman)
Bloe (blue) + fhis (fish) + wyn (daughter)
In other words, “Sea Wife, daughter of Blue Fish”
Both ‘thota’ and ‘wyn’ translate as ‘daughter’; however, the use of wyn is exclusive to last names. You will never see it used in a first name (such as Klynwyn), as you will never see a last name that uses thota (such as Bloefhisthota).
The term “known” is used here because many Roegadyn words have been forgotten after generations of disuse, with only popular terms being passed down through names. Every so often, however, a new (or should I say old) word is rediscovered in an ancient tome and added to the list for further generations to use (or ignore).
Roegadyn – Hellsguard
You will find the “old language” used in a lot of Sea Wolf names, as the Sea Wolves tend to adhere to the ancient traditions and customs the northern islands from which they hail. The Hellsguard, on the other hand, are more prone to adapt to their surroundings, and often choose to ‘translate’ their names from the old language to modern Eorzean. That said, the lines between the two clans aren’t set in stone, and you will find some Hellsguard have chosen to use the old language in their names, and some Sea Wolves have given themselves “translated” names.
Male names are formed from two words (usually a descriptor and a noun), and tend to draw heavily from nature, whether it be vegetable or animal, inanimate or animate, abstract or concrete.
Female Hellsguard names follow the same rules as those for male names. In addition, there are no restrictions on the second word (as exist in Sea Wolf forenames). The only real difference between male and female Hellsguard names is that the latter tend to include plant imagery (though there are many which do not). On the other hand, the use of trees, flowers, etc. is not exclusive to female names, as there are also many male names which incorporate them.
Highly independent in nature, Hellsguard despise being defined by the actions of anyone but themselves, and therefore those who leave their mountain homes for the city-states of Eorzea, will often completely drop their family names, choosing only to be referred to by their first.
When pronouncing Sea Wolf names, you can, for the most part, follow the rules of English. There are, however, some exceptions:
AE: Somewhere between the ‘e’ in ‘egg’ and the ‘ai’ in ‘air’ depending on the consonant that follows it
Aerg (ambitious) would be pronounced like ‘airg’
Aent (duck) would be closer to ‘ent’ (rhymes with ‘sent’)
Aergaent (ambitious duck)
Y: A long ‘e’ such as the ‘ea’ in ‘eat’ or the first ‘e’ in ‘Steve’
Alyr (alder) would be pronounced ‘ah-leer’
Blyss (blossom) would be pronounced like ‘bleece’ (rhymes with ‘fleece’)
Alyrblyss (alder blossom)
OE: An ‘ooh’ sound such as the ‘ue’ in ‘blue’ and the ‘oo’ in ‘I pity the foo’
Broen (brown) would be pronounced ‘broon’ (like ‘broom’)
Loef (leaf) would be ‘loof’ (rhymes with ‘goof’)
Broenloef (brown leaf)
PF: Closer to an ‘f’ than a ‘p’
Pfym (five) would be ‘fim’ (rhymes with ‘slim’)
Skapf (sheep) would be ‘skaff’ (rhymes with ‘staff’)
Pfymskapf (five sheep)
TH: More like a hard ‘t’ than a soft ‘th’
Thosin (grey) would be ‘toe-sin’
Sthal (steel) would be ‘stall’
Thosinsthal (grey steel)
W: Somewhere in-between a ‘w’ and a ‘v’: nowhere as hard as the ‘v’ in ‘villain,’ but with a little more zing than the ‘w’ is ‘west’ (and nothing like how Chekov pronounces ‘vessels’ in Star Trek IV)
Wyzn (white) would sound like ‘vee-zin’
Wilf (wolf) would sound like ‘vilf’ (rhymes with ‘filth’)
Wyznwilf (white wolf)
G: Almost always hard (like the ‘g’ in ‘guilt’ but not the ‘g’ in ‘page’)
The ‘gin’ in Swygyn (silent) would be NOT be pronounced like the drink ‘gin’ but like the ‘gin’ in ‘begin’
Agat (amber) would be ‘ah-got’
Swygynagat (silent amber)
J: A ‘y’ sound like in ‘year’ and ‘yummy’
Jungh (young) would be pronounced ‘yoong’
H: When paired with a vowel (before or after), almost always silent
Smhid (smith) would be pronounced ‘smid’ (rhymes with ‘kid’)
Junghsmhid (young smith)
AN….Both Adjective & Noun
VN….Both Verb & Noun
Noun -> Adjective
Ais (Ice) + i = Aisi (Icy)
Ex: Aisibhir (Icy Ale)
(Entries which are designated as AN (both adjective & noun) will not change in structure when they are used as an adjective. For example Agat (amber) will NEVER become Agati.)
Verb -> Noun(er)
Braen (Break) + a = Braena (Breaker)
Ex: Aisbraena (Ice Breaker)
Verb -> Noun(ing)
Floer (Lead) + n = Floern (Leading)
Ex: Floernmann (Leading Man)
Always remove doubled letter when combining a word that ends in the same letter the following word begins with.
Rostn + Noez = Rostnoez (Rusty Walnut)
Roegadyn English Grammar Abar Lone/Alone A Abyl Rage N Aent Duck N Aerg Ambitious A Aerm Poor A Aerst First A Agat Amber AN Agynn Beginning N Ahct River N Ahl Eel N Ahld Old A Ahr Eagle N Ahrm Arm N Aht Eight A Ahtyn Judge N Ahtza Eighty A Ais Ice N Alyr Alder N Anka Anchor N Ansa Scythe N Aren Harvest N Ask Ash N Awyr Absent A Baen Bone N Bara Bare/Naked A Benn Leg N Bera Berry N Berk Mountain N Bhald Bold/Brave A Bhaln Plague N Bhar Bear N Bhir Ale N Bhrat Meat N Blaet Blood N Blan Darkness/Dark AN Blau Lead AN Blei Pale A Bloe Blue A Bluom Flower N Blyn Blind A Blyss Blossom N Borg Castle N Born Boar N Braen Break V Brem Bramble N Broda Brother N Broen Brown A Broes Chest N Brot Bread N Bryda Bride N Bryn Spring N Brytt Bridle N Byld Make V Bylda Maker N Byrg (Byrgin) Protect V Bylg Fertile A Byrm Tree N Byrt Axe N Caepf Slate AN Caer (Careig) Sad A Ceig Sail N Ceil Rope N Cwaen Pine N Cwin Wine N Daeg Soldier N Dani Narrow A Denkyr Thinking A Denn Thin A Dhem Dusk N Doen Thunder N Doer Dry A Does Two AN Dornn Thorn N Dorpf Village N Draeg Carry V Draga Carrier N Drys Three AN Dyn People N Dyrf Farm N Dyrst Thirsty/Thirst A Eidin Oath N Eifa Bitter A Elak Elk N Elil Exiled/Foreign A Ent End N Erna Earnest A Ewan Even A Eyha Oak N Eyhil Acorn N Eyn One AN Eynli Eleven AN Eyri Wandering A Edz Eat V Faeld Field N Faez Fat A Falk Falcon N Farr Bull N Fatyr Father N Fedar Feather N Fhet Fight V Fhil Yellow A Fhis (Fhisk) Fish N Fhruh Early A Fian Enemy N Firk Explore V Flaz Flat A Flekk Spotted A Floeg Fly V Floer Lead V Floh Flea N Foer Four AN Foet Foot N Fohc Fox N Folg Bird N Frae Free A Froe(a) Lady N Frusk Frog N Frut Fruit N Fryd Peace/ful AN Fryn Friend N Fyr Fire N Fyril Lost A Fyst Fist N Gaez Goat N Ganz Perfect A Gara Skin N Garr Choir N Geim Jewel N Geiss (Geyss) Ghost N Germa Conjurer N Gheb Give V Ghim Modest A Glac Bell N Glaz Glass AN Goht God N Gohta Goddess N Graeb Grave N Greh Calm A Grein Bronze AN Grina Howl V Grym Cruel A Gryne Green AN Guht Good A Guld Gold AN Guol Glorious A Gybal Skull N Gybet Prayer N Gyft Sell V Hael Healthy A Haemr Hammer N Haer Grand A Haerz Heart N Hald Kind A Halp Side N Hana Hemp/Hempen AN Hanth Hand N Harr Hair N Hart Hard A Hast (Hastal) Hazel A Helb Half AN Herl Elder A Hezz Hot A Himal Sky N Hint Behind A Hirsk Agile A Holas Bald A Holl Hollow A Holsk Fast A Horsk (Horsam) Obedient A Hort Treasure N Hund (Hundr) Dog N Hwab Hawk N Hwyz Know V Hyll Hell N Hylt Forest N Hymｌ Heaven N Hyr Army N Hyrt Autumn N Ingil (Inghil) Angel N Isil Island N Itar Knight N Iyrn Iron AN Jaeg Hunt V Jarr Year N Jho And X Jungh Young A Keim Violet/Purple AN Kelt Cold A Kest Chestnut AN Keten Chain(ed) AN Khan Laugh V Khezl Kettle N Khra Crane N Khus Chaste A Kilb Calf N Kirz Candle N Klet Burdock N Klin (Klind) Child N Klyn Small A Klyng Brook N Kneh Near A Knod Knot/Knotty AN Koel Coeurl N Koen King N Koena (Koenyb) Queen N Krepf Claw N Kroem Bent A Kryd Chalk AN Kryst Crystal AN Kupf Copper AN Kympf Champion AN Kynd Virgin AN Kyrss Cherry N Laent Land N Lago Lament V Lahz Salmon N Lamm Lame/Injured A Leita Bringer N Liht Light N Lleid Pain N Loef Leaf N Loet Loud A Loeｔr Pure A Loez Short A Loh Cloth/Clothes AN Lon(a) Gatherer N Lora Laurel N Lorh Rabbit N Loug Leech N Lubb (Lubd) Poison AN Lydir Leather AN Lyna Linen A Lyng Long A Maeti Mighty A Maga Stomach N Mann Man N Marm Marble AN Merl Sea N Mhar Horse N Mhas Scar N Mhol Salamander/Eft N Mhus Mouse N Moeg Able A Moen Moon N Moer Kill V Moht Mind N Murl Wall N Myna Love N Mynd Mouth N Myrgan Morning N Myst Mistletoe N Myte Middle AN Nagl Nail N Nahct Night N Nazz Damp/Wet A Nebb Fog N Nedyr Low A Niu New A Noez Walnut N Nort North N Nortyr Northern A Nyst Nest N Nyun Nine AN Oebb Above X Oefyr Sacrifice N Oeya Eye N Ofan Clear A Opyl Apple N Orn Maple N Ost East N Ostyr Eastern A Oura Ear N Pfar Walking A Pfef Pepper N Pfrew Joy N Pfrym Plum N Pfym Five AN Pfyn Finger N Phati Late A Rael Doe N Raen (Raeng) Circle N Raet Chariot N Ramm Ram N Rhen Clean A Rhet Law N Rheti Straight/Lawful A Rhit Right A Rhot Red A Rhyl Plentiful A Roegan (Roega) Rain N Roeh Rough A Ronth Run V Ronn Current N Rostn Rusty A Ruht Smoke N Ryhhe Empire N Rymm Frost N Ryss Giant AN Saelb (Sylbei) Sage N Saelz Salt N Saem Seed N Saes Six AN Sald Luck N Sath Knife N Satz Dance N Seik Lake N Sfeik Lake N Skaen Beautiful A Skaet Shadow N Skal Servant N Skapf Sheep N Skarn Horrible A Skoef Poetry(Poet) N Skoen Shining A Skrat Goblin N Skrib Write V Skyf Ship N Skylt Shield N Slae Dull A Slaf Sleeping A Slett Plain A Smyd Smith N Snoe Snow N Some (Soemr) Summer N Solk Blessed A Spaer Sparrow N Spyr Spear N Stael Still A Sterr Strong A Sthal Steel AN Sthan Stand V Stral Arrow N Stymm Voice N Styr (Styrn) Star N Styrm Storm N Sund South N Sundyr Southern A Sunn Sun N Swaen Mushroom N Swar Black A Sweig Herd NV Swerd Sword N Swoz Sweet A Swyg Silent A Swyn Round A Swyr Big A Swys (Swysta) Sister N Sygg Victory N Syhr Fearless A Syk Sick A Sylb Silver AN Syn Son N Syng Song N Syngi Singing A Synt Sand N Syvin Seven AN Syz Sit V Syzn Sitting A Thor Torn A Thosin Grey A Thota Daughter N Thuba Mage N Thubyr Magic AN Thuv Dove N Toeg Secret AN Toff Deep A Toum Dream N Trach Dragon N Trachyn Dragon A Tragg Slow A Trahg Lazy A Troe (Troeb) Confused A Troeg Monster N Tu Dew N Twyr Dwarf N Tyl Valley N Tymb Dumb A Tyrb (Terbin) Cyclone N Tyrn Tower N Ubyl Evil A Ulm Elm N Und Wave N Unsyn Innocent A Unta Other A Urs Auroch N Usyn Ashen A Uwil Owl N Waeb Weave V Waek Battle N Waem Warm A Waen (Waent) Wind N Waht Guard N Wakk Awake/Woken A Wall Boil V Wann Empty A Ward Watch N Warg truth N Wast Sharp A Webb Silk AN Wegg Provoke V Wein Woad N Weitz Wheat N Wezzn Punishment NV Whas Wax AN Whei Soft A Wilf Wolf N Wilt Wild A Winst Left A Wint Winter N Wist West N Wistyr Western A Woerd Word N Wolk Cloud N Woll Wool AN Wunt Under A Wuot Berserk A Wurt (Wurth) Herb N Wyb Woman N Wyda Willow N Wyrk Work V Wyrka Worker N Wyrn Snake N Wyrst Sausage N Wyss Wise A Wyta Water N Wyzn White A Ybolg Enraged A Zaen Ten AN Zaes Right A Zagyl Tail N Zahr Tear N Zant Tooth N Zedyr Cedar N Zeh Toe N Zent Send V Zirn Fury/Furious AN Zoeng Tongue N Zoer Sour A Zwelf Twelve AN Zwyn Twin AN