Names are of particular significance to the Rihannsu and convey meaning and clues about the owner that will be understood by any Rihanha present. The names typically have up to four parts depending on the social status of the person.
The given name
The locative name
The House Name
This is the name given to the child at birth, usually by the parents. The meaning of the name reflects the hopes and ambitions of the parent for the child. It is not a literal thing but a wish to imbue the child with certain qualities associated with the name.
For examples of given names please visit: http://rihannsu.theari.com/csdr_names.php
Is determined by birthplace or clan origin. The name will have a prefix i- (of the city of) ir- (of the region of) and in the case of a noble man who has married a woman of another Great House e- (of the House of). The only time a woman would change her name on marriage is if she married the head of a House, she would then take his name. This form is extremely rare.
A commoner will typically have only a given name and a locative name.
For examples of locations please visit; http://rihannsu.theari.com/csdr_geo.php
Only members and servants of a noble house have a third name. Most only have a given and a locational name. Those that do have such allegiance to a noble house prefix this name with tr’ (male) or t’ (female).
A given name, a locative name and a house name. For examples of House names please visit; http://rihannsu.theari.com/csdr_houses.php
The rehei is a deeply personal name that an individual acquires through their life, it is told only to intimate friends and family. The meaning of a rehei is that which best describes the true soul of its owner.
Any Rihanha may have a rehei
To illustrate I’ll use the example of Isha t’Khellian of DS5. Isha’s full name is Isha e-Khellian-Ramnau t’Illialhlae, quite a mouthful. Her rehei is d’Ishaal.
Her given name is Isha, meaning dream which implies that her parents wanted her to achieve ambitions that others could not reach or else be such a person as to inspire dreams in others.
Isha i-Ramnau t’Khellian married Nveid i-Ihhliae tr’Illialhlae, hru’hfirh of the Illialhlae. Because she married the hru’hfirh she technically left the family of her birth and joined his becoming Isha e-Khellian t’Illialhlae she also chose to augment her House name with the location of her birth, the city of i-Ramnau. Giving the name Isha e-Khellian-Ramnau t’Illialhlae.
Isha’s rehei is an interesting case for two reasons, first as she did not give it to herself and second it is derived from her given name. This means that not only does someone else understand her soul even better than she does, but that her parents were absolutely right in their choice of name.
The prefix D’ is used to modify a name to mean “grand” or “great” but it is coupled not only with her given name but with the diminutive suffix “al”. The meaning of Isha’s rehei can be interpreted in a number of ways but the meaning with which it was given is “the smallest dream but the greatest”.
On using names
The given name alone is only used between equals, friends and family. Normally one will be addressed by the locative or house name except where there are several people present with that name, in these circumstances both names would be used to distinguish between individuals.
Further notes on the use of Prefixes
e- : Common prefix indicating departure from one's hfihar (used in second name). For example, if a certain Galan i-Mhiessan tr'Khellian were to marry a t'Lhoell woman, his name would change to Galan e-Khellian tr'Lhoell - the married name generally replaces the locative second name. Optionally, the locative can remain (often used on formal documents or formal situations), giving a name such as Galan i-Mhiessan e-Khellian tr'Lhoell. However, if the male in question is hru'Hfirh of his hfihar, he does not take this name, because as hru'Hfirh, he cannot leave his hfihar. The case of a male hru'Hfirh marrying is one of the few cases where a woman would leave her hfihar, and in such a case it would be the woman who takes the "e-" second name. Marriage is the most common way of leaving one's house, but there are other situations in which a name such as this would be used. If Galan tr'Khellian were adopted or fostered into s'Lhoell, his name would be as described above - Galan e'Khellian tr'Lhoell. Although becoming outcast from one's hfihar is another way of leaving it, in that case the use of this name would be unacceptable, as this form of name refers to an honourable departure from one's hfihar. The outcast individual becomes an unperson in Romulan society, and would simply be called Galan, or in the unlikely event that clarification would be necessary, Galan i-Mhiessan, however this is unlikely to happen, either, as most Romulans would commit suicide almost immediately upon becoming outcast.
ei- : If the person is from a specific part of a city, this is used; or, Common elder-name prefix (used in second name); also used when one changes names due to an important event. If Galan i-Mhiessan tr'Khellian was riov of a warship in a victorious battle in the Usubau system, for example, he may decide to change his name to Galan ei-Usubau tr'Khellian. In formal situations and on formal documents, his full name would be listed as Galan i-Mhiessan ei-Usubau tr'Khellian. One could have several "ei-" form names, in fact, but would generally use only the one most appropriate to a given situation.
i- : This is a very common locative-name prefix indicating that the person was born in the city (not town or village) named.
ir- : This is another very common locative-name prefix, differing from "i-" in that it indicates the person's origin as being from the district, province or planet indicated. If the person in question is from a town or village, he would use this prefix with the name of the district or province in which his town is located. If he is from an unincorporated area of a planet, he would use the planet name with this prefix.
S'- : Male honorific prefix, used very commonly in older (Vulcan) firstnames.
t'- : Female clan name prefix (used in third name).
T'- : Female honorific prefix, used very commonly in older (Vulcan) firstnames.
tr'-: Male clan name prefix (used in third name)