Etymology

Wednesday, 12. May 2010

Taken directly from Miriam Websters

Main Entry: et·y·mol·o·gy
Pronunciation: \-jē\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural et·y·mol·o·gies
Etymology: Middle English ethimologie, from Anglo-French, from Latin etymologia, from Greek, from etymon + -logia -logy
Date: 14th century
1 : the history of a linguistic form (as a word) shown by tracing its development since its earliest recorded occurrence in the language where it is found, by tracing its transmission from one language to another, by analyzing it into its component parts, by identifying its cognates in other languages, or by tracing it and its cognates to a common ancestral form in an ancestral language
2 : a branch of linguistics concerned with etymologies

Or in short, the components and meanings behind names.

Ideally, we want our characters to be a little more in depth in having a name just because it “sounds cool.” You want them to actually epitomize something. This of course, requires a little research into what names actually mean. While the net is generally useful for this, you’ll of course come across a tremendous amount of rubbish in the process. To simplify, here are 2 very good links.

http://www.behindthename.com/

http://surnames.behindthename.com/

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