Maiths Trin: The expansion of civilization.
Naming Customs and Convention
Names within the Kingdom come from a number of of sources, Humans generally use names common in the realm occationally borrowing Elven and Dwarven names. Elves stick to their own names and dwarves tend to their own names as well, though Wilhelm is common to both Dwarves and Humans. As a rule there are no difference between Noble and peasant forenames, as famous kings and peasant heroes have commonly inspired parents to name their children after such people.
All peered nobles are entitled to a house name, normally choosen at the time of ennoblement, they are almost always different from the location name of their peer rank with few exceptions, The Royal house was one of the only exceptions. If the peer has a last name it often will become the house name, unless the peer wishes to take a different name. The House name must be approved by the King or The Privy Council, which normally keep commonly held names from becoming house names. They may contain a Mocker as a element but often it doesn’t just have a mocker by itself. Regardless it will almost never be used by a peer or his/her spouse. Houses names are generaly used generally for Non-peers, Children of Peers, Knights and Yeomen in the service of Peer. The distiction be noble members Knights and Yeomen is the use of Lord or Lady for nobles and Sir for house knights and nothing for Yeomen.
Sir Hans of House Fritzrathen
David of House Fritzrathen
Last names are uncommon in rural areas but common in urban areas, where the need to differentiate between people is more often an issue. There isn’t really a governing in relation to last names allowing anyone to use any last name if they want with the exception of current Noble House names. Some are mockers, trades or place names of variations of those. As an interesting point service in the Royal Army or as a Sheriff will cause someone to have a last name, often a Mocker or place name used as a last name on the bronze tags. Strangely Orcs and Half-Orc often have last names for the same sort of reason as they are issued Citzen tags if made a Citzen. Orcs especially have a habit of using violent or discriptive terms as last names. A promaent baker in the Captail has Orcish blood for example and his last name is Ugly.
Most Peasants don’t have last names but often have Mockers, to distiguish them from each other. These are often distiquishing features, place names, jobs, talents or reference to famous kin, or father.
John the Younger
Edward, son of David or Edward of David
Ness of Williamton
There are two common used prefixs in names are Fritz and O or O’.
Fritz is for Reconized Bastard children, while unusual, some males have chosen to reconize thier bastards, sometimes so that if the heir dies before they die they have some with reconised claim perventing brothers and sisters from claiming, other because of guilt and simple others just think it the only fair and just thing to do. It is rare for the more powerful houses to do it, especially the Royal house. Bastards of commoners are suppose to be reconized but many just use it with or without the blessing of their father. There is little recourse is such cases.
Example: Baron Nigel of Maiths Trin, House Fritzrathen
O or O’ is used as son of. Occationaly it is used for last names, in which case it normally relates to a famous Forefather. It never used as a house name
[Humans in the Kingdom generally use English names, Elves use French Names, and Dwarves use German names.]