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Lalafell – Plainsfolk
Both Plainsfolk and Dunsefolk Lalafell names are ruled by rhythm, repetition, and rhyming (as well as a little alliteration). Syllable count also plays a large part. There are four unique sets of rules, and these rules are rarely deviated from. Once the rules are learned, one will be able to discern a Lalafell’s clan and gender by simply looking at a name.
The Lalafellin language (used by the clans before they arrived in Eorzea) originally only possessed five distinct vowels: a e i o u. The pronunciations are as follows:
a (“ah” as in arm)
e (“eh” as in bet)
i (“ee” as in beet)
o (“oh” as in home)
u (“ooh” as in dude).
Surnames are only surnames in placement, as they are not taken from the mother or father and are unique to the individual.
1. The phoneme pattern used is AB – CB
2. The A and C phonemes do not have to rhyme.
3. The A, B, and C phonemes are usually limited to one or two syllables.
– Zorido Manarido
– Kopel Yorpel
– Alka Zolka
– Waguda Mabaguda
Fun Fact: In everyday speech, Plainsfolk males will usually always use their full names, rarely ever breaking them down into solely first or last.
1. The phoneme pattern used is ABB – AB.
2. The A and B phonemes are always one syllable, and most often a single consonant paired with a single vowel, or simply a single vowel.
– Mimomo Mimo
– Tokiki Toki
– Ulala Ula
– Honmeme Honme
Lalafell – Dunesfolk
1. The phoneme pattern used is AAB – CCB
2. The A and C phonemes are 1 syllable, the B phoneme 2.
3. The A and C phonemes may rhyme, but do not have to.
4. Syllables are most often a single consonant paired with a single vowel, or simply a single vowel.
– Jajariku Nanariku (rhyming)
– Momomena Lolomena (rhyming)
– Nunulupa Tatalupa (non-rhyming)
– Fafajoni Kukujoni (non-rhyming)
There are rare cases when the B phoneme will ‘seemingly’ have one syllable such as Zozonan or Nanalai. The ‘n’ and ‘i’ here are, in fact, the remnants of sounds that were once paired with a Lalafellin vowel that, over time, has disappeared from speech, and therefore become silent in names.
1. The phoneme pattern used is AAB – AB
2. The A and B phonemes are 1 syllable (with the A phoneme always repeated in the forename).
3. Syllables are most often a single consonant paired with a single vowel, or simply a single vowel.
– Jajano Jano
– Kokobi Kobi
– Yayamo Yamo
– Chuchumu Chumu
Fun Fact: Members of the Ul’dah and Sil’dih royal families also bear the names of their respective sultanates.
– Nanamo Ul Namo
– Lalawefu Sil Tatawefu