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Gnomish Names

This is a sampling of gnomish names in the traditional (and still wide-spread) style. These names are either words in older gnome languages, or else invented to mimic the sound of the names that are.

Gnomish names are often characterized by a strong use of sonorant clusters, such as in Geln and Emrln, and syllabic sonorants such as in Ar'wen'l and Mord'n.

Where 'r's are syllabic, or after the vowel they are a French-like 'R', a uvular fricative.

An 'h' between a consonant and a vowel in a syllable makes the vowel breathy (or murmured; sort of like the 'h' and the beginning of the second 'a' in "aha!"). An 'h' can also serve as an (unstressed) breathy central vowel (a breathy "uh" or schwa), as in Âkithn: A'kee't(h/u)n.

These 'h's can be confusing when they follow a 'd', 't', or 's', when they are, in transliteration, identical to the letter combinations I use to transliterate the Kedan letters Dhan, Iath, and Shon. Luckily, the confusion is lessened because gnomish names never use Dhan or Iath, though they do use Shon. This confusion is not present in Kedan, where Dhan, Iath, and Shon are single letters.

Female

Âdandhe
Arlên
Arwênl
Dânan
Eshean (this is a Shon, not a breathy 'e', in contrast to Reshar below)
Gâmde
Geln
Isdrîd
Jâkse
James (note this not pronounced even remotely like the English name of the same spelling.)
Kêndie
Khesêln
Kestien
Lâneê
Lîvie
Ludith
Luukes
Marte
Mhain
Nâmthe
Nîsne
Norl
Novn
Sebke
Sierdê
Telvîns
Ulnl
Veîn

Male

Âkithn
Beda
Dulîn
Emrln
Gânl
Gianv
Gulid
Jâkn
Jovn
Kâmn
Kela
Kenth
Kovl
Kvas
Lelkn
Mordn
Reshar (note: sha is s(breathy-ah), not 'sh' as in "she")
Rorln
Tâka
Tâsmar
Thenl
Thîstn
Tima
Tevin
Tivn
Vand
Vîlnên
Wêliîn
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