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The Miqo'te naming conventions of Final Fantasy XIV are intricate, and vary between the Seekers of the Sun and Keepers of the Moon. There are similarities between the two however, as they heavily factor in their respective patriarchal and matriarchal societies and provide easy ways to decipher each individual's lineage.

Seekers of the Sun[]

Befitting their patriarchal society, Seeker names are heavily tied to their tribe and the tribe's patriarch.

All Seeker forenames, regardless of gender, are preceded by a letter representing their tribe, followed by an apostrophe representing their given name. In colloquial speech amongst close friends and companions, sometimes the tribe letter will be dropped from the forename if favor of using just the given name (eg. Lhaminn instead of F'lhaminn).

Most males have simple, one or two syllable given names, while females can have slightly longer names, typically two to three syllables. The extra H's seen in names such as "Bhee," "Kuzh," and "Pahsh" represent a slight hissing/spitting sound that is made when the name is pronounced by the cat-like Miqo'te. Many of the other races in Eorzea cannot accurately reproduce this sound, so the H's end up going silent when read (Bee, Kooz, Pash).

Seekers do not take family names, with their tribe name filling a similar role instead. For surnames, female Seekers take their father's given name, while males take one of two titles that denote their position within their tribe: "Nunh" for breeding males and "Tia" for all others. All males are born as tia. At any time in their lives, a tia can challenge the tribe nunh to battle. If the tia is victorious, he takes the nunh's place as tribe breeding male until he is challenged and defeated, and the nunh becomes a tia once again if he survives the ordeal. This is done to ensure that the tribes offspring are of the finest stock. Depending on its size, a tribe may have multiple nunhs.

Seeker tribes[]

Seeker forenames, regardless of gender, are always preceded by a letter representing their tribe. In the mass exodus which occurred during the Fifth Umbral Era, 26 Seeker of the Sun tribes crossed the frozen seas to Eorzea in search of food and warmer climates. The names of these tribes contained many sounds which were difficult to represent with the existing Eorzean alphabet, but the fact that there were the same exact number of tribes as letters in the Eorzean alphabet was taken as a sign that they were destined to make the new realm their home, and so each tribe was assigned with a letter/sound that was closest to its name. Over time, this resulted in the changing of the pronunciation to more closely resemble the pronunciation of the Eorzean letter than that of the original word.

The tribe names are originally based on traditional beastkin, scalekin, or cloudkin totems, which are said to protect the tribe.

A: Antelope (pronunciation: short Ah)
B: Boar (short Bee)
C: Coeurl (short Ka)
D: Dodo (short Deh)
E: Eft (short Eh)
F: Bear (short F)
G: Gryphon (short, hard Goo)
H: Gigantoad (short Hah)
I: Bufflalo (short Ee)
J: Jackal (short Jah)
K: Hipparion (short Koo)
L: Viper (short Lee)
M: Marmot (short Meh)
N: Aldgoat (short N)
O: Mole (short Oh)
P: Basilisk (short Peh)
Q: Puk (short Key)
R: Raptor (short Ruh)
S: Zu (short Soo)
T: Condor (short Tuh)
U: Drake (Ooh)
V: Vulture (short Vah)
W: Wolf (short Wah)
X: Lynx (short She)
Y: Jaguar (short Yah or short Ee)[note 1]
Z: Ziz (short Zoh)

Example names[]

Male[]

  • O'raha Tia (Raha, tia of the Mole Tribe)
  • O'bhen Tia (Bhen, tia of the Mole Tribe)
  • U'odh Nunh (Odh, nunh of the Drake Tribe)
  • K'tyaka Nunh (Tyaka, nunh of the Hipparion Tribe)

Female[]

  • N'bolata Raha (Bolata of the Aldgoat Tribe, daughter of Raha)
  • A'zumyn Bhen (Zumyn of the Antelope Tribe, daughter of Bhen)
  • H'amneko Odh (Amneko of the Gigantoad Tribe, daughter of Odh)
  • J'nangho Tyaka (Nangho of the Jackal Tribe, daughter of Tyaka)

Random Seeker of the Sun names[]

The following are the potential names generated by the in-game name generator for Seeker of the Sun characters. All have an equal 1% chance of being chosen with the exception of male surnames, which have a 97% percent chance of being Tia and a 3% chance of being Nunh, representing the rarity and importance of nunhs in the Seekers' patriarchal society.

Male forenames Male surnames Female forenames Female surnames
A'bhin Nunh A'dhodjbi Aba
A'ghol Tia A'gnayak Aboh
A'nuloh A'khebica Amih
A'tiqa A'linhbo Bamu
A'vanoh B'abodji Banhi
A'vett B'arhll Batih
B'alih B'nimuili Belhi
B'ghol B'raemha Bhen
B'nhea C'lantaa Bhudi
B'raht C'ranmaia Bihl
B'zinba C'tadhara Celah
C'behm D'maladyu Chaho
C'mona D'ondolo Cirha
C'shtah D'wonjhali Cott
C'vanoh E'jusana Denma
D'bhin E'nibnpha Dhen
D'chah E'paghlo Dhol
D'lohi F'mallibo Dinhe
D'nuloh F'manafa Falh
E'datih F'whalon Fhey
E'kayah G'intana Fhuz
E'mhati G'konnala Fijah
E'nijah H'alabali Gayha
E'rinha H'molosi Genhu
F'iaho I'dhakya Ghuh
F'lohi I'dhinek Ginwa
F'zula I'nanghal Halha
G'azih I'zazanh Heleh
G'tenpe I'zimzizi Hena
G'viloh J'dasshym Hiqoh
H'laqa J'lamahni Iahe
H'rihnn J'majha Jesal
H'zhet J'talhdi Jhamei
H'zula K'biwali Jhida
I'chai K'djawana Jinh
I'datih K'lyhhia Jutah
I'kayah K'pandolu Kett
I'phel K'yalwann Khah
I'quon L'koliwe Khilo
I'raht L'mihgazoo Khuba
I'rihnn M'dennmo Laqi
J'atoh M'korolon Lhea
J'azih M'laiboli Lhuil
J'chah M'sumbla Lizha
J'inwa M'trimmna Loha
J'yhuh N'onggo Malha
K'falkh N'rhabye Menh
K'phel O'bokhn Mhasi
K'shtah O'bolaff Mitnu
L'iaho O'datnan Monhi
L'olh O'juramm Muhih
L'tiqa O'kholbeh Naweh
M'bahlo O'ndanya Ndai
M'binba O'yaalamo Neneh
M'welhi P'dhamya Nitsah
N'bhem P'dhilogo Nulah
N'binba P'fhiroh Odh
N'quon P'lahmui Oimeh
N'welhi P'tajha Pahlo
N'zhet P'tchakha Petih
O'tenpe P'wabati Phen
O'tyada Q'hahtoa Pinha
O'zinba Q'nhalki Qhulu
P'inwa Q'zalikko Qolnh
P'jenma R'adebh Quah
P'tyada R'lloon Quohn
Q'linh R'nabyano Raha
Q'olh S'hozqha Rahz
R'atoh S'kalkaya Rhel
R'ndae S'lakshai Rhid
S'mitu S'naidjaa Rhiki
S'ndae T'brohka Rhof
S'nijah T'mhalawi Rhowa
S'yhuh T'perjha Rhuwa
T'jenma T'pondhao Rihll
T'khot U'bhowaqi Runja
T'laqa U'djongo Sheqa
T'rhika U'qawhau Shikhu
U'holha U'rhoyod Sthah
U'khot U'shakkal Taqa
U'mitu U'zangho Tenbe
U'quih V'arimbeh Thish
U'viloh V'doyagha Tohka
V'apa V'piqoi Tyanu
V'nhea W'baharra Tyata
W'holha W'kepaga Tyatu
W'quih W'llayan Tykha
W'rinha W'yandih Vanih
X'apa W'zamqo Vheo
X'chai X'dhovaka Vhuh
X'linh X'ghonako Vimba
X'vett X'pahtalo Wetae
Y'rhika X'telihgo Wiloh
Y'thub X'toldha Xhula
Y'weta Y'dyalani Yarhu
Z'alih Y'khonebb Yelho
Z'mhati Y'nbulea Yhisa
Z'mona Z'attano Zhed
Z'thub Z'jhimei Zinbhe
Z'weta Z'moldva Zolwe

Keepers of the Moon[]

Conversely to the Seekers of the Sun, Keepers of the Moon have a highly matriarchal society, with family names passed down by the mother from generation to generation. It is said that some of these surnames have survived since the First Astral Era. The matriarchal strength in the clan is further displayed by the fact that female first names are short, one to two syllable constructions that closely resemble names used by male Seekers.

More evidence of how important the mother is to the Keepers of the Moon can be seen when looking at the names given to males. In addition to taking the mother's surname, males also take the mother's forename, adding a suffix to the end to designate the order in which they were born. While ten such suffixes are known, it is rare for a Keeper family to have more than two or three sons.

First son: 'a
Second son: 'to
Third son: 'li
Fourth son: 'sae
Fifth son: 'ra
Sixth son: 'ir
Seventh son: 'wo
Eighth son: 'ya
Ninth son: 'zi
Tenth son: 'tan

Example names[]

Female[]

  • Okhi Nbolo
  • Cemi Jinjahl
  • Gota Jaab
  • Sizha Epocan

Male[]

  • Okhi'a Nbolo (First son of Okhi Nbolo)
  • Cemi'to Jinjahl (Second son of Cemi Jinjahl)
  • Gota'li Jaab (Third son of Gota Jaab)
  • Sizha'sae Epocan (Fourth son of Sizha Epocan)

Random Keeper of the Moon names[]

The following are the potential names generated by the in-game name generator for Keeper of the Moon characters. All forenames have an equal 1% chance of being chosen. All surnames have a 2% chance of being chosen with the exception of Jawantal, which has a 4% chance.

Of note among these is the male forename Rhaya'lo, whose 'lo suffix is not listed amongst the known male suffixes. Their order of birth is thus unknown, and the implication of them being one of eleven or more brothers would be an extremely rare anomaly within Keeper society.

Male forenames Female forenames Surnames
Amh'a Amh Akhabila
Bathu'a Bathu Amariyo
Daca'li Bukah Anbolho
Daca'to Cemi Awandah
Detoh'li Daca Bajhiri
Dhebi'li Detoh Betwanhe
Dhebi'ya Dhebi Binbotaj
Fihpo'li Doyoh Burwani
Gota'li Fihpo Chalahko
Hawu'li Giah Chelewae
Jihli'a Gota Dakwhil
Kehda'li Hahs Dolabnha
Kehda'to Hawu Elakha
Kheda'a Hnaba Entialpoh
Khona'li Jihli Epocan
Khona'to Kehda Fashonti
Khuja'a Kheni Gamduhla
Khuja'to Khloe Ganajai
Khuma'zi Khona Garanjy
Kiht'a Khuja Jaab
Kiht'li Khuma Jakkya
Koh'a Kiht Jawantal
Koh'li Koh Jinjahl
Koh'sae Lalah Jomalah
Lalah'to Leih Kaatapoh
Leih'a Lhei Khamazom
Leih'li Lho Lanbatal
Leih'to Masha Lihzeh
Lho'a Masya Lyehga
Lho'ir Mauh Maimhov
Masha'to Mhih Mewrilah
Mholi'ra Mholi Mhakaracca
Mholi'to Miah Molkoh
Miah'to Mikh Molkot
Mikh'a Monh Moshantu
Mikh'li Muijh Moshroca
Mikh'to Naih Mujuuk
Naoh'a Naoh Nbolo
Naoh'li Nashu Nelhah
Naoh'ra Nemoh Panipahr
Nhagi'li Ngha Polaali
Nhago'li Nhagi Quowaital
Nhago'ra Nhago Rabntah
Nhago'ya Nheu Relanah
Nheu'a Nozih Tayuun
Osha'li Oah Wahcondalo
Osha'tan Oghii Wilzuun
Osha'to Okhi Wolndara
Osha'zi Okkh Zhwan
Pelhi'sae Osha
Pimoh'a Pahja
Pimoh'to Panha
Poki'a Pawah
Qahs'a Pelhi
Qata'a Pimoh
Qata'to Poki
Qih'sae Pyha
Qih'to Qahs
Qih'wo Qata
Qina'a Qhom
Qina'ra Qhon
Qina'to Qhota
Raih'a Qih
Raih'li Qina
Rhaq'a Raih
Rhaya'li Rhaq
Rhaya'lo Rhaya
Rhaya'ra Rhel
Rhela'a Rhela
Rhela'li Rhesh
Rhela'to Rhoe
Rhel'ir Rinh
Rhel'ra Rubh
Rhel'wo Sahja
Rhesh'a Sami
Rinh'a Seda
Rubh'a Senah
Rubh'li Sizha
Sami'a Tahla
Sami'tan Tajih
Sami'to Tefh
Seda'a Thata
Seda'li Thya
Sizha'li Tseh
Sizha'to Tsimh
Tahla'to Tsubh
Tefh'a Tyago
Thata'sae Tyo
Tyo'li Una
Una'a Urha
Una'li Vhaso
Una'sae Wyra
Una'to Xau
Wyra'li Xheh
Wyra'to Yehn
Yehn'a Yhah
Yehn'ir Yhom
Yehn'wo Yohah
Zana'sae Zana
Zana'tan Ziuz

Mystel[]

The First's version of Miqo'te, the Mystel, follow a differing naming system that hyphens two words together to make a name. Female first names are 4-5 letters long, and their second names are 3-4 letters long; the reverse is true for male names. It is unknown what the relation between names is, though the only married couple encountered, Dulia-Chai and Chai-Nuzz, share the "Chai" name, possibly indicating a familial element to the female second name and male first name.

Female examples:

  • Riqi-Mao
  • Hanji-Fae
  • Renda-Sue
  • Nunsi-Lue
  • Moshei-Lea
  • Mosha-Moa
  • Zumie-Shai

Male examples:

  • Mei-Tatch
  • Fae-Hann
  • Chei-Ladd
  • Zao-Mosch
  • Vrio-Reeq
  • Bie-Zumm
  • Kee-Satt

Some names come in feminine and masculine versions, such as:

  • Queshi/Quesh
  • Renda/Rend
  • Bosta/Bostt
  • Chora/Chorr
  • Tatcha/Tatch
  • Zumie/Zumm
  • Tista/Tistt
  • Hanji or Hangi/Hann

Other tribes[]

Miqo'te found in Dalmasca, while having the same features as Seekers of the Sun, seem to use different forename conventions, as seen with the only two named Dalmascan Miqo'te, Dyunbu and Llofii. Dalmascan Miqo'te surname conventions are unknown, as both Dyunbu and Llofii adopted the Garlean surname Potitus, common amongst Miqo'te with imperial citizenship.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

A number of Miqo'te surnames of both tribes are taken directly from specific Mithra NPCs in Final Fantasy XI:

  • Aliapoh
  • Epocan
  • Jaab
  • Jakkya
  • Jinjahl
  • Lihzeh
  • Lyehga
  • Mewrilah
  • Mhakaracca
  • Molkot
  • Moshroca
  • Moui
  • Nelhah
  • Nbolo
  • Polaali
  • Rabntah

Notes[]

Annotations[]

  1. The "Y" in Y'shtola's name has been pronounced both ways in-game in the English language version, with the short Yah being more prevalent in A Realm Reborn while the short Ee became commonplace afterwards. This is likely a result of nearly the entire voice cast and direction of the English version being changed in Heavensward. The Japanese language version uses the "Yah" pronunciation throughout.

Citations[]

  1. Final Fantasy XIV, Field Notes on Dyunbu Field Notes on Dyunbu

References[]

Miqo'te Naming Conventions on the official forums

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