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#1 Layara

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 19:14

(Mods, if there is a more appropiate place / thread for this, please feel free to move it.)

Since character names and their meanings are important in the TLJ universe, I thought we might have a thread to look at the new characters from Book 1 and dissect the meanings:


Queenie: Self-explanatory.

 

Mira: Sanskrit for "ocean, sea", but also "limit, boundary". I am going with this because Mira obviously is Indian, it can take on a lot of other meanings in other languages.

 

Wit: Meaning clear, the only question is whether it's his given or a nick name.

 

Dr. Zelenka: Czech, Croatian. Diminutive form of zelený = green; "little green one". Some sources also translate it as "little innocent one", green here being used in the sense of "inexperienced".

 

Nela Vlček: Even though used as a given name in its own right, Nela is the short form of at least half a dozen traditional names. Vlček is a Czech surname meaning "little wolf".

 

Baruti Maphane: Baruti means "teacher" in Tswana. I couldn't find out anything about Maphane, except that it's a very common surname in Botswana.

 

Süleyman Sadik: Turkish. Süleyman translates to "man of peace" and is a common Turkish first name. Sadik derives from Turkish sadık = "loyal, faithful, devout".

 

Mr. London: Meaning should be clear.

 

Hanna Roth: Roth is an antiquated spelling of "Rot" - German for "red".

 

Lea Umińska: ?

 

Dieter Gross: Alternative spelling of Groß, meaning "great, tall, big" in German.

 

Konstantin Wolf: Meaning clear.

 

Marta Ribas: Ribas is Catalan for "banks" (as in river banks).

 

Adala bint Kalid: Arabic. Adala = "just, fair"; bint means "daughter (of)"; K(h)alid = "eternal".

 

Saga: kinda self-explanatory.

 

Etta: Germanic = "house owner; ruler of the house"

 

Magnus: Latin = "the great one"
 

Falk Friedman: German. Falk = falcon, hawk; Friedman = "man of peace"

 

 

Now let the speculations begin. ;)


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 19:57

My own conclusions so far: I cannot help but thinking that having characters whose last names mean "red" and "little green one" respectively is NOT a coincidence - are they the new personifications of the Red and the Green? And if that is the case, did Reza refer Zoe to Dr. Zelenka knowing who he is?

 

What does Nela being the "little wolf" mean? Is she related to Konstantin Wolf and cut her family ties because of her political convictions? Is the meaning more metaphorical?

 

Not sure whether something needs to be read into all of the names, but Ragnar and Dag certainly didn't choose them randomly.


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 20:09

Really interesting topic, thank you for that  :)

 

it´s hard for me to think about some deeper associations when I know so little about new characters....anyway, could it be so?

Red and Green are reborn even if it sounds too crazy for me?  :D it can mean that Saga can be really April and concerning the White Kin....

we really don´t know what happened to her so I save it for the right time...and Blue is gone I believe....

for now I´m just lost in Storytime - more than Zoë  :lol: and the thought of Kin can be reborn into new characters...just kills my brain  :lol:


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 20:24

Dragons are inmortal. Ragnar said that Cortez is BIG part of Dreamer Cycle (Dreamfall + Chapters).



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Posted 26 October 2014 - 20:24

Yay, thanks for this! :D

 

I'd like to think Nela "little Wolf" refers to her personality. Zoe herself says that Nela is "extreme" in a way. 

 

I googled April, Zoe and Kian earlier. We already know April from Ragnar and another thread but since we have this thread here it should be in there too.

 

April - Opening buds of Spring; Springtime; Beginning

 

Zoe - Life

 

Kian - Ancient; God is gracious

 

This must have relevance! 


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 20:25

I read that kian means also KING.



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Posted 26 October 2014 - 20:28

 In my opinion, McAllen is the Konstantin Wolf. Because he was also into politics in TLJ. Born to lead tagline is so McAllen.


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 20:29

 In my opinion, McAllen is the Konstantin Wolf. Because he was also into politics in TLJ. Born to lead tagline is so McAllen.

 

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 20:30

 In my opinion, McAllen is the Konstantin Wolf

At least im not the only one that thinks that.

Under it all, I think we still have the Cortez Vs McAllen story. if indeed queenie is cotrez that is



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Posted 26 October 2014 - 20:35

At least im not the only one that thinks that.

Under it all, I think we still have the Cortez Vs McAllen story. if indeed queenie is cotrez that is

 

Then it won't be much developed in Chapters and it will be left for TLJH. But i believe that Queenie will help Zoe to "wake up" and remember Storytime and true events from Dreamfall.



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Posted 26 October 2014 - 22:56

Thank you so much for putting this together! I know that RTG does a lot of research when naming their characters, so I doubt any of this is coincidental. Especially the meaning of Etta is very, very interesting.


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Posted 27 October 2014 - 03:27

Suleyman was also the name of the most dynamic of the Ottoman sultans, and he was himself named after King Solomon of ancient Israel. Both of them were known as law-givers.

 

Kaiser Konstantin is very similar to the Latin pronunciation of 'Caesar Constantine,' and possibly a deliberate reference.  He was the emperor who converted Rome to Christianity. 

 

Lea means 'tired' in Hebrew, and Umińska means, uh... something, in Polish. 


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Posted 27 October 2014 - 06:51

And if that is the case, did Reza refer Zoe to Dr. Zelenka knowing who he is?

 

Reza never, to our knowledge, knew anything about Arcadia, Stark or the Draic Kin. I find this very unlikely.

 

Edit: But I do find Sully's name very appropriate. He definitely seems like a good guy. I got no nasty vibes from him whatsoever.


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Posted 27 October 2014 - 11:06

I have a few to add. Aside from their arabic origin, Reza means assent or consent, Temiz means clean, Sadik means faithful or loyal in Turkish. I don't know the details about Arabic meaning but in Turkish, Sadik does not mean friend, anyhow. Friend is "arkadaş" or "dost" in Turkish. Yes, Süleyman is a very common fist name in Turkey and it originates from Arabic name for King/Prophet Solomon. Also name of an Ottoman Sultan, as mentioned before.

At the Hand That Feeds, while talking to Zoe, Reza uses the word "Tamam", which means okay in Turkish. So most probably he is Turkish too, like Sully.


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Posted 27 October 2014 - 11:08

Great thread! RTG are very subtle, but they certainly didn't choose these names at random.



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Posted 27 October 2014 - 11:56

Dang, I was hoping Nela meant 'reality'. :)
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Posted 27 October 2014 - 11:58

Great thread! RTG are very subtle, but they certainly didn't choose these names at random.

 

I remember researching of names in Dreamfall. This ended in suprised way like:

 

Wati = wati kutjara - LIZARD MAN

Chavez = dream maker


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Posted 27 October 2014 - 14:59

I also checked for Zoe's middle name. It has a few too many meanings, so I'm taking the ones that feel relevant:

Maya - illussion (in Hindi); spring/brook (in Hebrew)
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Posted 27 October 2014 - 15:37

I remember researching of names in Dreamfall. This ended in suprised way like:

 

Wati = wati kutjara - LIZARD MAN

Chavez = dream maker

 

waticorp is a REALLY weird name. considering it's a company based in japan. with gums. stickers. gorilla ads.

 

ragnar and the team seems to nail japan well enough in dreamfall. even the scroll in damien's room the kanji is written peace by the way 平和 it has what looks like the hiragana writings on top of it (へい わ). so it seems somebody on the dreamfall team know about japan enough for it to be somewhat accurate.

 

which really strucks me as super odd why they name a hokkaido based corporation wati corp.

 

theres not even an alphabet for ti in japanese.



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Posted 27 October 2014 - 16:47

I have a few to add. Aside from their arabic origin, Reza means assent or consent, Temiz means clean, Sadik means faithful or loyal in Turkish. I don't know the details about Arabic meaning but in Turkish, Sadik does not mean friend, anyhow. Friend is "arkadaş" or "dost" in Turkish. Yes, Süleyman is a very common fist name in Turkey and it originates from Arabic name for King/Prophet Solomon. Also name of an Ottoman Sultan, as mentioned before.

At the Hand That Feeds, while talking to Zoe, Reza uses the word "Tamam", which means okay in Turkish. So most probably he is Turkish too, like Sully.

Thanks for pointing that out. I corrected the entry - pages on name origins can be kinda fuzzy or take huge liberties, but I actually found sadık in an online dictionary now. :)

I also added Falk Friedman - while we know his name only from Kickstarter updates and the art book so far, he did make a short appearance, so he should be in the list.







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