Sidhe Naming Conventions and Language

Names in Altear have great importance in many Cultures, especially among the Sidhe. A name to a Sidhe is everything! A name tells others who they are, what they can or cannot accomplish, and their lineage. This emphasis on name has led to a sense of naming that to some cultures can seem slightly complicated and in others openly free.

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First Names

The first name to a Sidhe is generally based upon the provincial language influences and in the case of cross provincial lineage the mother’s line in general.

For naming sources consider the following:



A Sidhe’s surname is incredibly important as it declares the Sept and generally the Clann membership of the Sidhe in question. To lack a proper surname is to denote one’s status as an Outlaw or Outcast, or to denote their status as unclaimed bastard. In addition to the mark of ones family status a honorific is added at the end of the surname to denote the class of the person in question.

Surnames come in the following combinations.

  • Name Ó <Sept Name> – A male member of a Clann. (Sean

  • Name Uí <Sept Name>- A female member of a Clann.

  • Name Mac Name – A male Outlaw. (Translates to Name son of Name)

  • Name Ní Name – A female Outlaw. (Translates to Name daughter of Name)

  • Name Compoundword – An unclaimed bastard. In the compound name one aspect of the imposed Clann they come from must be noted (A bastard of the Sea Dragan Clann might have a Dragan or draconic like aspect to their name).

  • -Mór – Indicates Lord or Lady Class rank.

  • -Sleá – Indicates Client rank.

  • -Eile – Indicates Adoptive status in a family.

  • -Ard – Applied to all members of the ruling Dynasty.



  • Seamus Ó Macha-Mór | Lord Seamus of the Ua Macha, Clann Raven.

  • Seamus Mac Aengus | Seamus son of Aengus, an Outlaw.

  • Seamus Fiachdubh | A bastard of the Black Bird Fine, Clann Raven Bastard.



When the Tribes of Danu first arrived in the lands of Cels they spoke a myriad of tribal dialects inherited from their time within the lands of Pyrdain. Over time the language of tribes split along provincial lines leading to the foundation of the historical six Sidhe languages (which are reflected in Roleplay by the Six Celtic Languages).

The six major provincial languages are:

  • Eirnish – Language of Eire (Irish Gaelic)

  • Albanic – Language of Alba (Scots Gaelic)

  • Kernish – Language of Kernow (Cornish)

  • Cymric – Language of Cymru (Welsh)

  • Mananish – Language of Manann (Manx)

  • Prydainic – Language of Prydain (Breton)

The common language spoken by all Sidhe and taught along their native tongue is Common or as it is known in Cels, Bearlin. This trade tongue is often heavily accented in several regions leading to the introduction of well known Bearlin dialects.

  • Coill Speak – The heavily accented language of the Raven. Known for its drop of “ths” and usage of hard “r” sounds in speeach.

  • Inish Speak – A drawling accent noted for its stressed vowels and sing song rhythm.