Names are most important to the Myldorangi. They bear meanings only known to the family and House, and the transcriptions found in The Tales of Myldora have made no attempt to convey them.
Throughout Myldora parents are referred to as adimo (ah-dee-mo), father, and adi (ah-dee) dad/dy; amure (ah-moor-ray), mother, and ami (ah-me) mum/my. Childling Names have the suffix –ling added to the name of the parent of their own gender.
i Pronunciation of Myldoran Names
C is always hard as in cat, not soft as in ceiling. G is always hard as in gun, not soft as in gin. The vowels are pronounced as in the following words: a = father; e = egg; i = in or seen; medial o = on; final o = oh!; u = good;
Myldora / Myldorangi = Mill/door/ah, Mill/door/ang/ee; Kirankilimo = Keer/an/kill/im/oh; Bruathimo = Broo/ah/thim/oh; Muruthimo = Moo/rooth/im/oh; Kearimo = Key/ah/rim/oh; Ielenture = Ee/ell/en/toor/ay; Poelimo = Po/e/lim/oh; Momure = Mow/moor/ay; Liathimo = Lee/ah/thim/oh; Driathimo = Dree/ah/thim/oh; Sheruthilimo = She(d)/roo/thil/im/oh; Smeranenu = Smair/an/en/oo
In the Nation of thePronarenori masculine True names have four syllables, start with two consonants and end with the suffix -enu. eg Branarenu. Feminine True names have four syllables, begin with a vowel followed by a digraph, and end in the suffix -ora. eg Athangora.
In the Nation of the Theamurori masculine True names have four syllables, and two vowels which are sometimes divided by a consonant or digraph before the suffix –imo, eg Bruathimo. Feminine True names have only three syllables, with one vowel in the initial syllable, and take the suffix –ure. eg Shanure
In the Nation of the Driniatrori masculine True names have four syllables, start with a vowel, contain two central vowels and end with the suffix -tro. eg Ojeotro. Feminine True names have three syllables, begin with two constonants, have two vowels, and the suffix -mar. eg Breamar.
ii Giving and Affirming of Names
A Tiny, or baby, must receive a name at the moment that it takes its first breath! This will anchor it in the world of Myldora, give it a Nation, a place in a House and some kind of identity. This name is a Childling name, and is borrowed from the parent of the same gender. Boy Tinies are lent their father’s name with the added suffix -ling, and both Bruathimo and Trionimo were Tearimoling for their first six years. Girls are lent their mother’s name with the same added suffix, so Famure’s Childling name was Mingureling until she was six.
Within the family the name is usually shortened – in this case to Temoly, or even Moly. Mingureling was shortened to Mirely. Kimoly (see Chapter 1 of The Great Gifts) would be a friend of Tearimoling whose father’s name began with ‘Ki’. Oreshimoling was Poelimo’s Childling name, shortened to Reshi. Both his character and his Gift of The Remembering were so well defined by the end of his fourth Change, that he was given his True name as soon as he became a Six.
It’s usually towards the end of their sixth Change that Childlings return their borrowed name and are given a True name, chosen by their parents from their character and abilities. This is a solemn ceremony which is not without risks, because for a few moments the Childling is nameless and therefore standing within the ‘Void of the Nameless Ones’ until they are called back into Myldora by their parent’s physical touch and the declaration of their new name. All those present at the ceremony affirm the child’s place in their community as they Call them by their True name.
From this moment they have an inner being which is entirely their own, and not a partial echo of their mother’s or father’s. They then offer their being and new life in the service of their House, their Nation and the Myldorangi. It will usually take some time for them to discover what their being means, and Childlings may change markedly in the months after receiving their True name.
For Younglings at the Place of Learning the name of their House might be added as a kind of surname. In a large town further descriptives might be added to names to avoid confusion, and if those descriptives are particularly apt they might continue in use beyond the time when they were originally needed, as clearly happened with Bruathimo’s parents.
When a Senior Master or Mistress is Chosen as an Elder of their Nation, and given the title Great their name is changed again, this time by an infixion and sometimes a prefix. So Elietro became Elidinetro; Treothimo became Trerethilimo; Ashengora became Ashenengora; Spirathenu became Spiranathenu, and Elture became Ielenture.
In informal or intimate situations True names will be shortened – the members of the Constellation were always known by shortened use-names – Kirankilimo becoming Kira, and Druanasture becoming Druan. Momure and Bruathimo were called Mo and Bru.
When someone is dying their name is re-affirmed to them in their last moments by their family and by a Master of the Libraries, if it’s at all possible for one to be present. For uncounted Long Changes the Myldorangi have believed that it is only thus that they are held within their family and are safe from the Void.