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"We treasure names," she said. "They're the most powerful words, and our favorites. After all, what makes you respond more immediately than your name being called?....As long as a Rihannsu has someone to speak his name, or even if it's written, or remembered, that person is real. Afterward.... nothing. The shadows, some say. The place where the Elements are unmixed, more real than here, say others." she shrugged. "But either way, names are life..."
-- D.Duane: My Enemy, My Ally

The Rihannsu naming system does indeed seem daunting at first; but is actually quite simple, and once learned is never forgotten. All Rihannsu have four names. The three easiest ones to explain are: the First name, the Third name, and the Fourth, or secret, name.

First names are considered gifts from the Rihan's parents; a wish fulfillment for what they hope for their child as they grow and live out their life.

Third names are the clan, or House name of which the Rihan belongs. These Third names are always either preceded by a t' for women, or a tr' for men.

The Fourth name is an unspoken, or secret name; known only to lifemates, or close family members or friends who have become like a blood-relation to the Rihan. This fourth name is known as "rehei" or "true name", but also translates to "Soul's name", and is considered the name of which the Elements know you by. The fourth name is not something that you are given; it can only be found within yourself.

The most difficult name to understand, yet rather easy to explain, is the Second name. This name can carry many different meanings, and we will attempt to explain them all.

Firstly, a second name is often an indicator of where the Rihan in question was born, and will indicate if the Rihan was born in the city proper (indicated by the prefix i-), or a providence, or suburb thereof (indicated by the prefix ir-) For instance, let's say that your character was born in the capital city of Ra'tleihfi. Your second name, therefore, would be i-Ra'tleihfi. If you were born in a providence (a small township or suburb, but close to the city), your character's second name would be ir-Ra'tleihfi.

Secondly, the exception to the prefixes outlined above is this: If you are born to a major city or providence of a city that begins with an 'I' (ie, i'Rammau) then you would use the prefix e- (for the city proper), or er-(for the providence).

Thirdly, being adopted into a different House, or if your character (if female) were to marry into a Greater House, these factors would also effect the character's second name. In either case, your original House name would replace the second (or birthplace) name, and your new House name would become your new third name.

Let's use Diane Duane's character from The Romulan Way as our example:
Arrhae ir-Mnaeha t'Khellian

Now, the first name is easy for us to understand, so we won't concern ourselves with that one. The names of interest here, are the second name and the third. The fourth name, of course, is secret. So will not be discussed here.

Arrhae's second name: ir-Mnaeha tells us that she was born to a providence of the city of Mnaeha. If she had been born in the actual city itself, it would have been: i-Mnaeha

Arrhae's third name tells us that she is a female (indicated by the prefix t') of the House of Khellian. Had Arrhae been a male, her third name would be: tr'Khellian.

Now later in Arrhae's life, she married into a Greater House, and her name changed thus:
Arrhae i-Khellian t'Llhweiir

Her old House name became her second name with the prefix of i-, indicating that she had married out of this House. Had she been adopted into another House, her second name would've used the prefix ir-. Her third name is now the name of her New House.

When male Rihannsu marry, they often take the House name of their wives, as the Rihannsu still use the matriarchal system that the ancient Vulcans did. However, in the case of marriage, males have the option here to leave their original second name alone, or to replace it with their old House name. Because Arrhae married into a Greater House, she took the name of her husband's House as her third name, and replaced her second name with her old House name. Such is the custom of the Rihannsu.

Rihannsu Names

First Names

Females:
Ael
Aidoann
Ariennye
Arrenhe
Arrhae
Aerv
Carina
Caithlin
Charvanek
Dhael
Dhiov
Dhisuia
Dhivael
Ekenda
Ekkhae
Eriufv
Evaste
Eviak
Eviess
Gwiu
Hanaj
Helev
Hloal
Istak
Jaeih
Jaeihthe
Janicka
Katara
Kerit
Kihaia
Lhair
Liha
Liviana
Llaiir
Llunih
Lyie
Mavus
Mnhei
Mrian
N'alae
Nevala
Nn'Khiy
Nahir
Rai
Rhiana
Rhioa
Ridda
R'Kal
Saavik
Saeihr
S'anra
Sela
Shalote
Shiarrael
Sienae
Ssaedhe
S'tarleya
Taleirrh
Taleria
Telek
Thue
Toreth
Triy
T'Maekh
Varel
Vrina

Males:
Aehkhifv
Alidar
Almar
Amarik
Ameh
Antor
Archemar
Argelian
Atalan
Avrak
Bok'ra
Branak
Dalok
Danut
Darit
Darok
Dhiemn
Dralath
D'Tan
Durnak
Erket
Ejiul
Fveirrolh
Giellun
Gehen
Giellun
Gorak
Gorath
Haehwe
Haid
Hanaj
Hasmek
Hasmonak
Havraha
H'daen
Hei
Hexce
Hhirl Sirol
Hilae
Hvaid
Ireqh
Jalad
Jaron
Kalad
Karpan
K'haeth
Khaiell
Kharik
Khiy
Khoal
Korak
Koval
Kylor
Lai
Lhaesl
Lhaerrh
Lhas
Lhian
Llaaseil
Llhran
Llunih
Loval
Lyirru
Maec
Maiell
Maiek
Meldet
Mirok
M'Ret
Narviat
Ndeian
Nnerhia
Nniol
Nveid
Parem
Raiuhes
Rekar
Ruanek
Ruwon
Sarik
Shiarkiek
S'Task (no longer used. A revered name)
S'Tokkr
Symakhos
Tafv
Taibak
Takvi
Tal
Talar
Tebok
Tellus (no longer used. A revered name)
Teranas
Terrh
Tharnek
Thei
Therakith
Torak
T'Maekh
Ustard
Vaebn
Valak
Velal
Vorian
Vrih
Wislok
Yhea
Zerliak
Zorak

House Names

Aanikh
Ahaefvthe
Aimne
Annhwi
Arriufvi
Cretak
Dor
Ehhelih
Hheinha
Hrienteh
Hwaehrai
Hwersuil
Iawaain
Illiahlae
Illialhae
Jaihen
Jarok
Jeiai
Kazanak
Keirianh
Khaell
Khellian
Khev
Khnialmnae
Leinarrh
Letant
Lhaihtrha
Lhoell
Liun
Llhweiir
Llweii
Mandak
Merrok
Nanclus
Neral
Pardek
Radaik
Raedheol
Rehu
Riuurren
Rllaillieu
R'Mor
Rul
Sahen
Selok
Seroht
Strevon
Taebok
Tahn
Tal
Taris
Tei
Tomalak
Viaen
Volskiar
Vrenak

City Names

ch'Rihan (Romulus)

Aihai
Dartha
Elehu
i'Ramnau
Ihhliae
Iuruth
Leinarrh
Llunih
Ki Baratan
Kihai
Mhiessan
Mnaeha
Nn'Verih
Ra'tleihfi
Rhehiv'je
Rrhiol ch'Chulla (the valley of chula)

ch'Havran (Remus)

Argat
Bardat
Dektenb
Harkan
i'Rameau
Latasalaem
Masfarik
M'Narth
Rarathik
Rateg
Val'Danadex Trel

Rihannsu within the RSE (past and present)

Ael t'Kazon (Riov)
Alba t'Raala (Virha'Erien)
Argelian tr'Verelan (Khre'Riov)
Ar'ika t'Liefvai (Erien)
Bheloth t'Lahzar (Arrain)
Darius tr'Onto (Erien)
Den t'Kethry
Donal tr'Rhagarokk (erie`Ssiebb / Senator)
Geraxus tr'Krakken (Khre'Riov)
Jahrik tr'Nairrehk (erie'Riov)
L'Kroog tr'Groth (Erien)
Llyriha ir'Rhehiv'je t'Lhoell (erie`Riov)
L'Vraedd tr'Kunto (EnArrain)
Niqualmi t'Laris (Eredh)
Ra'Toh tr'Kal (Eredh)
Razerious (Galae En'Riov)
Rhian Vrih tr'Elenhh
Rylan tr`Tuhmek (Enarrain)
Ryu Suwader tr'Kandeen
Shiarrael t'Rehu (Ael'Riov)
t'Ayn (Arrain)
t'Brook Ael'Khellian
To'laer Krotash (Arrain)
tr'Danlek (Riov)
tr'Elq (erie'Arrain)
tr'Kan
tr'Kirk (Vaek'Riov)
tr'Kuro
tr'Parnus
t'Pranara
tr'Ra'Duihl (Eredh)
tr'Raith IV (Erie'Riov); [also Raith I, II, III, V, VI]
tr'Remi (erie'Arrain)
t'Rhenn
tr'Ronga
Vaebn tr'Kierlanh tr'Kath (Arrain)

Ships and Starbases within the RSE (past and present)

Lee'Mehk
Ra'Torra
Koahht Hama
Koahht Nemus
RIS Aylhr
RIS Cradol
RIS Fvullhajun Ra`dhuil
RIS Morrhae`Vnu
RIS Ra'Kalen
RIS S'Task
RIS Ts'Irk
RIS Vrelnec`Ahui
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2011, 02:14:43 PM »

  The Prefix ei-

The prefix ei- has several different uses and is appended to a name placed between the locative(Second) and the house-clan(Third).

1. It denotes that a person is from a particular part of a city. A man named Hexce, born in the Saehhe section of the capital Ra'tleihfi, might call himself Hexce i-Ra'tleihfi ei-Saehhe tr'Miran.

2. It is also denotes an Elder-name, which is a second given name, a rare occurrence usually meant to honor a great ancestor. A person named Hexce, whose ancestor was named Firh, might call himself Hexce i-Ra'tleihfi ei-Firh tr'Mrian.

3. It is also used to denote an important event in a person's life. An admiral in the Imperial Fleet who wins an important battle in the Samnethe system may adopt the designation ei-Samnethe to commemorate their victory. Another person may choose an ei- name to designate an important change in their status or position.

A Romulan may have several ei- names, but typically only one is used when addressed formally. A person may also choose to adopt their ei- name as their preferred method of being commonly addressed in place of their house-clan name.
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A still more glorious dawn awaits
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