Speaking as a herald (since there is no such thing as "used to be herald") the first point is that in the SCA all names have to be documented as to have been used in period. The use of "no" which means "of" is used more for adding a title to a name. Such as my name Ishikawa Rurishiro no kami Moritake. Ishikawa is my surname which can be the name of the Ishikawa province or the clan. Moritake is my given name. In the middle there is the phrase "Rurishiro no kami" which means "official of Emerald Keep" Kami in this case means noble or official. I have held several offices in several branches over the years so that middle phrase might have changed over time.
As to finding a name that means exactly what you want, I suggest you find a source book (such as a "who's who in Japan") that gives both the romanized spelling AND the kanji form. Just because it is "spelled" the same way in roman letters, does not mean it means the same. Case in point, consider the words: read, reed, rede all sound the same but are spelled differently and mean different things. Just as read and read... same spelling but pronounced differently and slightly different meanings. Also bear in mind that the kanji, while meaning the same often times have different pronounciations. ("spellings")
A further note on surnames, it is often cited that only the samurai class had family names. The lower classes did not. Instead they might have a job descriptive name such as Sanjiro, the fisherman.
Hope this brings a little light on the subject.
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> wrote: Greetings all,
First off I am new to the site and only been into the SCA for about a
year. I have always been itrested in the Japanese culture and so have
decided to atempt a Japanese persona.
I have read most off what I have found online about name construction
and some of the post's on here. One of the posts suggest that you
should find a surname first. With that being said, Does the name have
to be actually documented? If I use the basis of making a name and from
what I have read many people didnt have Surnames in a certian era
unless royalty could i create my surname? My surname in mind at the
moment is "Ryukuni" or "Ryukuni no". Would this name work?
Sorry this has turned out longer than I thought and I appreciate anyone
that actually reads it all =)
2nd half of name or "given name". Given name seems to be a bit easier
kinda like any other name with meaning to it. My only problem is making
sure it actually means what I intend it to. It seems like a combination
of words could mean something completly diferent. With that said the
name I have in mind is "Shinteishiro". Would this work?
So the name I have in mind is "Ryukuni no Shinteishiro"
Thank you any and all that might read this and any and all replys are
appreciated. I know I could have made this shorter but I wanted for all
to know that I have been trying on my own to get this down. I didnt
want to seem like I just jump on here and wanted people to do my work
Robert the nameless one
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