choosing a name (was: Hi)
- Selena wrote:
> . . .how do you go about picking. . .a nameThe simplest way to get an authentic name is to look at lists of period
names from a single culture (the one you want to portray), and pick two
name elements you like. How name elements fit together and how names
are constructed vary from culture to culture, so you'll want to make
sure the ones you select "go together" and that you're using the
correct spelling, declensions, etc.
The best online source is the Academy of St. Gabriel's Medieval Names
Archive <http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/>. Start with their general
articles on choosing a name, and then move to the information for the
culture you've chosen.
Your local heralds can help with the process, and will have books you
can use for reference (at least for some cultures).
Barony of Bryn Gwlad
Kingdom of Ansteorra
- --- Selena <selenadepp@...> wrote:
> My husband and I are interested in joining a groupFirst: Relax, you don't need to pick one right
> here in Washington,
> but I have a question for any or all of you..how do
> you go about
> picking a persona??
away...realistically, you don't need to pick one at
all. The bottom line is that in the SCA, you are
defined by what you choose to do.
Second: You might find that your interests cluster
around a particular time period or a particular
culture, and can be modified to include both. This is
usually a good place to start. For example, I find
myself interested in 16th century Japan, and had
interests in fighting, cooking, and performing. As it
turns out, very few people cooked Japanese food or
told Japanese stories, both of which I'm very familiar
with. The net result was that I ended up with a
Japanese persona (Fujimoto, 16th century Japan).
Third: You may find your interests changing. No
problem; you can keep the persona you have or you can
make up a new one. For example, I fell in with the
wrong crowd...commedia performers...did a bunch of
performance, some directing and writing. Not really
appropriate for a Japanese persona, so I created a new
one (Alessandro, 16th century Italy). Simultaneously
I began dabbling with teaching mathematics (my mundane
profession), and needed an academic persona (William,
16th Century England).
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