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The Lalafell in Final Fantasy XIV use names that 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. It should be noted that Lalafellin pronunciation is nearly congruent with that of Japanese.

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.

PlainsfolkEdit

MaleEdit

  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.

FemaleEdit

  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

DunesfolkEdit

MaleEdit

  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.

FemaleEdit

  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

RoyaltyEdit

Members of the Ul'dah and Sil'dih royal families also bear the names of their respective sultanates.

  • Nanamo Ul Namo
  • Lalawefu Sil Tatawefu


ReferencesEdit

Official Forums' Lore Section.

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