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    As I have mentioned, I am using Anglo-Saxon sources for the Rjurik as well
    as Viking and Celtic ones. This is both a product of the similarities
    between Anglo-Saxon and Viking language and culture and the fact that I have
    plenty of source material.

    Here is a small guide to what names mean based on words I have been able to

    "frith" as in Aldfrith, Ceolfrith, Ecgfrith, and possibly Wilfrid and other
    "frith" means protector, peace maker, and restorer of rights

    "ald" (or "eald") as in Aldfrith, Aldred, and possibly Aldberht
    "ald" means old. I will use it as in indicator that the named person is the
    oldest son, and probabaly designated heir.

    "here" as in Aethelhere, Hererinc, Heretoga, and Wulfhere
    "here" means dignity

    "aart" (or "arth") as in Arthur
    "aart" means like an eagle, Arthur would mean he who is like and eagle

    "wulf" as in Wulfric, Wulfrum, Aethelwulf, Aldwulf, Beowulf, Eardwulf, &c
    "wulf" means like a wolf, or cruel like a wolf, given the fact that wolf is
    the totem of Reynir, this is probabaly a positive naming item, and not just
    one to suggest fierceness.

    "beorht" (or "bert") is in Aldbeorht, Beorhtwald, Cuthbert, Ethelbert
    "beorht" means bright, and can convey a sense of specialness, nobility, and

    "cuth" as in Cuthbert or Cuthwin
    "cuth means famous, often famous for excellence.
    Cuthbert often means famous for being bright, or intelligent

    "beo" as in Beowulf, Abeodan
    "beo" means bee, the industrious insect

    Acwellen (also Acwel) means killer

    "beald" (or "bald" or "bawd") as in Aethelbald, Archibald, Baldlice,
    Eadbald, &c
    "beald" means bold, brave, strong, confident
    Baldlice means bold one

    "aethel" as in Aethelbald, Aethelbert, Aethelfrith, Aethelhere, Aethelred,
    "aethel" means noble, and so appears frequently, as in this list of kings
    Aethelbald means noble and bold
    Aethelbert means noble+noble, or exceptionally noble, shining noble
    Aethelfrith means noble protector, noble peacemaker
    Aethelhere combines nobility and dignity
    Aethelred means noble counsilor, or wise noble
    Aethelwulf means fierce noble

    Abrecan means storm (good name for a follower of Kirken)

    Agiefan means to be generous (See the a+verb form in old english, as in "I`m
    a-fixin` to build a barn", and then note the a-givin` here.)

    Aiken means oaken, probabaly a favorite among the Rjurven.

    "ceol" as in Ceolfrith, Ceolwuld, and Ceolred
    "ceol" means ship, probably popular among fisher and sailor folk.

    "ed" as in Edward, Edmund, Edith, Edwin, and Edgar
    "ed" means wealthy

    "mund" as in Edmund, Almund, Osmund
    "mund" means defender

    "wald" (and "wold") as in Oswald, Alwalda, Aethelwold, Berhtwald, Eorpwald
    "wald" means ruler
    Waldo means ruler, so if you have to look for Waldo, there must be trouble

    Anhaga means solitary, not a bad name for a druid

    Ann means graceful
    Anwaelda means graceful ruler, as in "your grace"

    Awiergan means cursed, which might mean a predominant doom, or it may mean
    that a seer fortold a cursed future, &c. Not a good name for cohorts.

    "bar" means boar

    "ric" as in Cynric, Edric, Godric, Kenric, Osric, Rice, Sihtric
    "ric" is an ending that comes from rice, which is a cognate of the German
    Reich. It basically means powerful man, man of high rank, man with a great
    Cynric means leader of a kin group, clan leader
    Edric means wealthy leader
    Godric means rules with god (good druid name)
    Kenric means war leader
    Osric means divine ruler
    Rice means powerful ruler
    Sihtric means ruler from the marsh or ruler of the marsh

    "ward" as in Edward
    "ward" means protector, as in spells that ward, and a warden

    combining these and using them with invented componants allows you to name
    characters based on what they are like, or what they seem to be like.

    Kenneth Gauck

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    Perhaps you could also take a look at some of the Historical Supplements if you run out of ideas. Ones like The Vikings, The Celts, The Paladins of Charlemagne, and even The Crusades.

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    What historic names are you using for Anuire? Also, any particular flavor distinctions in naming schemes between Dwarves and Rjurik? They both seem so Norse that I have trouble distinguishing between them on some levels.

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    I can't speak for the original poster, but these are the conventions that I use:

    Anuire- French or English Names
    Rjurik- Saxon Names
    Brecht- German names
    Vos- Russian names
    Khinasi- Arab/Persian names

    Sidhe- Welsh
    Dwarven- Scandinavian
    Halflings- Whatever human culture they interact with most
    Goblins- Mongol names
    "My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
    And every tongue brings in a several tale,
    And every tale condemns me for a villain."

    -William Shakespeare, Richard III (Act 5, Scene 3)

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