A Quick Note on Elf Names

Look, I could get into a whole big thing about Latin grammar and Roman naming conventions, but we’d be here all day.

A double portrait of Realmgard Elves Quintus Marcellinus Styracosaurus and Amara Valda.
Two Elves. On the left, ancient hero Quintus Marcellinus Styracosaurus. On the right, author’s favourite character Amara Valda.

In brief, Realmgard Elves are Roman. They go the house speak Latin. Latin is a gendered language.

Men use the masculine form of their family name. Women use the feminine form.

For example, Amara Valda‘s father is Marcellinus Valdus.

And it gets a little more complicated when we get into groups of people and/or grammatically irregular nouns.

But we can fall off that bridge when we get to it.

The Brooklyn Bridge on a cloudy night.
Ideally not this soon…
Photo by Guilherme Rossi on Pexels.com

In general, “-us is masculine; -a is feminine” is usually true.

But -us and -a aren’t the only possible endings for Latin words, and there are words that end with -a that are grammatically masculine — “agricola” (“farmer”), for example, and other words that are professions or occupations.

Women in Rome weren’t usually allowed to work…

Look, I could get into a whole big thing about Latin grammar and Roman naming conventions, but we’d be here all day.

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