Period information and names
- I'm currently looking for a name to use in the SCA for a Japanese
persona. I'm wondering if someone could point me in the right
direction for locations and names.
Thanks in advance.
>I'm currently looking for a name to use in the SCA for a JapaneseWell, Hiraizumi-dono has a good page up at www.sengokudaimyo.com--look in
>persona. I'm wondering if someone could point me in the right
>direction for locations and names.
the miscellany, IIRC, under the 'Japanese Names' section. Also, Solveig
Throndardottir's 'little pamphelet' on Japanese Names is a big help for many
people in the SCA.
Now, you didn't mention it, so are you looking for a male or female name?
Male names are pretty easy, for the most part--you see them everywhere.
Female names, on the other hand, seem harder to pin down. Part of this is
just because writings often described people by their position, unless it
was some kind of roll. Thus a lot of women's 'names' that we know are
actually job descriptions like 'lady-in-waiting (to Empress Reizei)',
locatives '(the lady of) Rokujo', or else some poetic allusion '(the lady
of) the evening faces'.
Male names, on the other hand, follow some obvious patterns. For a lay
person of some standing you seem to have 'clan', 'family-name', 'common name
(yobina)', and 'famous name(nanori)'. 'clan' (like Minamoto, Taira, etc.)
appears to be dropped in later period. The family name is what you would
usually be called. Yobina is an intimate name, not often used unless you
don't have a nanori. THe latter is something that appears to be taken for
recording of famous deeds.
http://modzer0.cs.uaf.edu/~logan/muromachi/index.php?var=na is an attempt to
catalog names that I run across in period. It is no doubt incorrect in some
places, especially as I have some religious names mixed in with the lay
names, but I generally tried to distinguish between them. I really need to
clean it up eventually, but it might give you some ideas.
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