Like most cultures, a name of a character or place is very important. Tarsan names have a tendency to reflect the family that owns or controls what is being named, but they still focus on the individuals.
A person’s name starts with their given name and a number of clarifications, the family name being the most common to be seen. Like most Lorban-based names, Tarsan names begin and end with consonants. If a name does not end in a consonant in narrative, it usually means it translated to fit English. For example, Lily is written and spoken as a different name.
The given name is the most commonly used name unless someone is being formal.
A couple is married under the auspices of a single family. This is the binding (lazlaha) for their relationship and typically is the family of one or both sides of the couple.
The secondary or lesser family uses a similar pattern, except that the qualifiers are slightly different:
There is no shared family with lesser families, in that case, they would have only a primary family which would use the “dea” qualifier.
Multiple qualifiers can be used in this case, usually the primary family is listed first. The reverse is done, but that is almost always considered an insult since it emphasizes a lesser family.
Some families are quite large and there is bound to be confusion with similar or identical names. If additional clarity is required, then the parent’s name can be given after the appropriate qualifier.
In most cases, only the father’s name is used to clarify identity however there are situations when both the mother and the father need to be identified:
If a parent of a parent relationship is needed, then the qualifiers are just combined with the parental qualifier. This is also used when the father is not important.
Families can also “adopt” or acquire individuals. This is rarer and generally considered both a form of respect (they were good enough to join another family) and disrespectful (they can never understand what it was like to grow up in that family). These also a qualifier:
For children and unmarried individuals, the name is always the name of the parent’s primary family and indicated with “kia” such as:
Children of adopted parents are considered full members of the new family so there is no “bo” form of their names.