What Darfae said, plus, there might not even be any specific rules other than "this sounds sort of right". While I know that RL languages develope in certain ways, fantasy names and words doesn't really have to follow that convention, you can have a race with names that sounds completely different from eachother and as long as the creator says that that's how it is, that's how it is
Yeah I think that's why with this game, while I do appreciate seeing characters that 'fit' into the theme of race names in the game... I still say that if I saw a Granok named Bob I'd reserve any kind of judgement until I talked to him. He could just be a Granok who liked the sound of the name.
I mean, I'm going to shoot xX_Leggolass_Xx on sight, but Bob can live until he comes up and talks to me.
I would think (just my personal opinion here) that Human names for Exile side could be pretty much all over the place. As someone pointed out earlier in this thread, the Exiles would have a lot of blue collar, mid to low income families. Generally speaking, such families are less inclined to be rigorous about the historic / traditional precedents around naming and may in fact specifically choose to buck that system as a sign of their independence / rebellious attitude.
I think the Cassians of the Dominion -- especially any individuals / families with high aspirations -- would be more likely to stick to traditional naming conventions and the symbolic power / status attributes associated with them.
Other races (in this milieu) might be more likely to have what we would perceive as strict conventions, but I think the humans have a ton of leeway and the conventions (or lack thereof) will be dependent on how much a character wants to be...conventional.
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The name Arwick doesn't precisely fit this mold, so I still wonder if male names have a different convention than female names. This is a rather broad convention, as there is no related "real life" language mentioned, however so far all of these names have been created names that closely resemble some "real life" names.
Female First Names
Male First Names
I agree that these names sound Saxon, or Old English. The female names fit that form as well I think.
So reading this over on WS Central in the Q&A about the patch notes with Gaffney and other people, while yes it is a technical thing, it does bring up the interesting tidbit about using numbers in names. He also mentions the Mechari.
So what does this do for Mechari naming? How could this affect other racial naming maybe?
Nice catch Carna. Chances are though we will have to find a common trend among the names of each race when we get in-game to get anything solid. But here is to hoping that the devs give us something before launch!