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TERA PC - General Discussion: The lore behind character names and its origins!
Hey everyone!

It seems like many players prefer to pick simple and otherwise silly names. Unlike them, I've been trying to remain as lore-friendly as possible. After doing my own share of research and writing several name examples across each rave I've come to the conclusion that even though the races of TERA aren't particularly inspired in just one culture of our world, there seems to be a pattern when it comes to their names and its origins. Names can vary and I haven't caught any meaningful surnames. So I'll be pointing out what I've managed to find!

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race_Header_Aman.png

THE BASIC
Amani names are generally rough-sounding and imply power;
Their names seem to share similarities to Jewish, Arabic, Indian and even Japanese names;
Names that are typically associated with man-beasts such as orcs and charr can be used as a source of inspiration;


USEFUL WEBSITES AND NAME GENERATORS



race_Header_Baraka.png

THE BASIC
Baraka names are isolated, tranquil and aren't meant to sound all that harsh;
Their names seem to share similarities to Polish, Slovak, Hungarian, Turkish and Albanian cultures;


USEFUL WEBSITES AND NAME GENERATORS



race_Header_Castanic.png

THE BASIC
Castanic names might come off as heroic or even dashing;
Their names can share similarities to common Greek names and other Indo-European languages;
Their names can also be based on succubus and incubus lore;


USEFUL WEBSITES AND NAME GENERATORS



race_Header_Elin.png

THE BASIC
Elin names are sometimes inspired by nature and other related topics or can come off as melodic and easy to pronounce;
Their names can share similarities to Celtic (Irish, Scots Gaelic and Welsh) names;

USEFUL WEBSITES AND NAME GENERATORS



race_Header_High-elf.png

THE BASIC
Elf names can be considered aristocratic and even pure;
Their names can share similarities to Israeli, Roman and Algerian names;
The portray of elves in fiction is quite common, so it shouldn't be hard to come across thousands of names associated to these species;

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race_Header_Human.png

THE BASIC
Humans are the most generic species in a fantasy setting and usually associated with medieval Europe;
Most of their names tend to be connected to common English and South African names;

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race_Header_Elin.png

THE BASIC
Elin names are sometimes inspired by nature and other related topics or can come off as melodic and easy to pronounce;
Their names can share similarities to Celtic (Irish, Scots Gaelic and Welsh) names;

USEFUL WEBSITES AND NAME GENERATORS



race_Header_Popori.png

THE BASIC
Popori names are also associated with nature, especially fauna;
Their names can share similarities to Jordanian, Japanese and Latin name;

USEFUL WEBSITES AND NAME GENERATORS

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And that's all! Hope these help and let me know your thoughts on the matter! Thought I'd also post this here for some nice feedback!
TERA PC - General Discussion#2 RKC09/19/2018, 04:34 AM
Woah I already made my names. You should have posted this earlier.
RKC wrote: »
Woah I already made my names. You should have posted this earlier.

Sorry, this took a while to organize!
Cool names xd but too late for me i already taken food and desserts names.
thanks for the links on name generator. and interesting concept and appreciate the effort
but i think none of these ideas are actually TERA lore related when you said "share similartiies with ___(earth language cultures) "
There is absolutely no proof in that statement.
AMAN: Their names seem to share similarities to Polish, Slovak, Hungarian, Turkish and Albanian cultures;

Why did u list specific earth langauges/earth-cultures?
while its good to name a character based on each racial traits
(such as AMAN 's traits are strength),
they should not be bounded by a specific earth languages.
because almost all languages have words to mean "strength".
Like a chinese word for "strength". or an african word for "strength"
why restricted to a specific languages/earth-cultures that you listed?
The TERA species are not even based on those cultures..so i think everyone should name it in any language.
Humans are the most generic species in a fantasy setting and usually associated with medieval Europe. Most of their names tend to be connected to common English and South African names;

Human origins does not come from Europe. Humans originated in Africa and spread all over the world.
Then Humans should have the most varieties of language inspired names if youre gonna do that, so why mainly English?
(And South Africa country has been mainly colonized by British Empire )
so I see you are trying to associate Humans= European English

but Humans in TERA have the most variety of character customization and skin colors and faces .
if i make an "Polynesian inspired" human character, why would i name it an "engish name", that doesnt make sense to me.

The medieval period in the world happened all over. not just Europe. like there's Medieval Japan . etc.
i think you meant to say most fantasy Human characters in MMO's are rooted in ancient cultures or tribal.. where they have more basic type of weaponry and way of life and setting. But even thats not true, especially in TERA .
Not to mention all the "high tech" weapons that exist in Tera too. And those fantasy monsters are not rooted in European lore.
Tera is a korean game after all.

in anycase, TERA isnt even a true medieval game , especially not a European medieval game. Their costumes are definitely inspired by different world cultures. Like valkyrie's weapon is a chinese moon weapon named "Guandao" and i like it that. Its very diverse.

so Humans names should definately come from all over world.

TERA PC - General Discussion#6 Berogi09/19/2018, 07:11 AM
This is so interesting!
Thanks so much for this! I've mostly been going with a Norse/ Greek sound for my choice of names and I'll surely apply what you posted to any future character I make! <3
thanks for the links on name generator. and interesting concept and appreciate the effort
but i think none of these ideas are actually TERA lore related when you said "share similartiies with ___(earth language cultures) "
There is absolutely no proof in that statement.
AMAN: Their names seem to share similarities to Polish, Slovak, Hungarian, Turkish and Albanian cultures;

Why did u list specific earth langauges/earth-cultures?
while its good to name a character based on each racial traits
(such as AMAN 's traits are strength),
they should not be bounded by a specific earth languages.
because almost all languages have words to mean "strength".
Like a chinese word for "strength". or an african word for "strength"
why restricted to a specific languages/earth-cultures that you listed?
The TERA species are not even based on those cultures..so i think everyone should name it in any language.
Humans are the most generic species in a fantasy setting and usually associated with medieval Europe. Most of their names tend to be connected to common English and South African names;

Human origins does not come from Europe. Humans originated in Africa and spread all over the world.
Then Humans should have the most varieties of language inspired names if youre gonna do that, so why mainly English?
(And South Africa country has been mainly colonized by British Empire )
so I see you are trying to associate Humans= European English

but Humans in TERA have the most variety of character customization and skin colors and faces .
if i make an "Polynesian inspired" human character, why would i name it an "engish name", that doesnt make sense to me.

The medieval period in the world happened all over. not just Europe. like there's Medieval Japan . etc.
i think you meant to say most fantasy Human characters in MMO's are rooted in ancient cultures or tribal.. where they have more basic type of weaponry and way of life and setting. But even thats not true, especially in TERA .
Not to mention all the "high tech" weapons that exist in Tera too. And those fantasy monsters are not rooted in European lore.
Tera is a korean game after all.

in anycase, TERA isnt even a true medieval game , especially not a European medieval game. Their costumes are definitely inspired by different world cultures. Like valkyrie's weapon is a chinese moon weapon named "Guandao" and i like it that. Its very diverse.

so Humans names should definately come from all over world.

I believe that you have taken this to the wrong side of the road. I didn't state that each TERA's culture is strictly based on an existing one on our planet. There are some similarities and inspirations here and there, but each race has its own lore and history. Usually MMOs or even RPGs in general attempt to attach their fictional species into real ones, especially the names.

However, this thread is not about each race's lore. It's about the origin of their names and where they come from. Just like World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, Star Wars: The Old Republic, The Elder Scrolls Online and many, many others... the developers and writers pick certain brand of names to support their characters. Not only does it help distinguish each culture from another, it also gives them access to large lists of names to use. It's quite obvious that the humans in TERA do not come from "Europe" since such continent doesn't even exist in the game's canon.

Take this as an example: The norn race of the Guild Wars series is inspired by norse mythology, and in order to keep things simple the developers decided to strict those characters' names to stuff related to Vikings, the Scandinavians and basic Nordic lore. And yet their history is not a 100% compared to the real thing.

I explored different maps on alternate characters and wrote down x number of names related to each species (both genders) and then did some research behind them. I was surprised that each race wasn't attached to just one culture as I was lead to believe, so that's why I pointed out so many different real civilizations under just one race. This is either on Bluehole's part or a creative decision by Enmasse. There are characters in KTERA whose names are completely different in the western version!

I hope this clear things up!
Berogi wrote: »
This is so interesting!
Thanks so much for this! I've mostly been going with a Norse/ Greek sound for my choice of names and I'll surely apply what you posted to any future character I make! <3

I'm glad that I could help!
This is so cool, thank you for taking the time to create this <3
TERA PC - General Discussion#10 Maulclaw09/19/2018, 05:13 PM
I'm just gonna bump this here as I'd hate to see it fall into oblivion.
bump! this is really good information for the lore addicts out there!
TERA PC - General Discussion#12 ElinLove09/20/2018, 12:28 AM
Nice list there! Specially seems like a must-have for serious RPers.

One funny part is the Exonoma link for elf names has Arin, which is an Elin character in the game
I really appreciate the work that went into this.

I think you called the sounds of the languages that would go well with the lore spot on.
TERA PC - General Discussion#14 Maulclaw09/20/2018, 10:56 PM
ElinLove wrote: »
Nice list there! Specially seems like a must-have for serious RPers.

One funny part is the Exonoma link for elf names has Arin, which is an Elin character in the game

I came across those websites randomly, so I'm not all too keen on just how accurate it is in the long run.
TERA PC - General Discussion#15 Maulclaw09/20/2018, 10:57 PM
Catservant wrote: »
I really appreciate the work that went into this.

I think you called the sounds of the languages that would go well with the lore spot on.

And thanks, that means I've done it right!
TERA PC - General Discussion#16 Maulclaw09/26/2018, 05:51 PM
Gonna bump this for the last time. Hopefully it'll stick around on the other boards.
TERA PC - General Discussion#17 Maulclaw09/09/2019, 09:27 PM

This might be a necro, but I figured it'd be worth a shot for those who weren't aware back then!

TERA PC - General Discussion#18 Fainall09/10/2019, 05:11 PM

This is a really awesome thread and if you hadn't bumped it up I would have never seen it. It was worth seeing and made me think about what I chose for names for my races. My elf DOES have an aristocratic sounding name...and my Castanic, while not Greek has a Latin based name. My Elins are all over the place though, but a couple do have somewhat nature inspired names.

TERA PC - General Discussion#19 UsagiFF09/10/2019, 05:46 PM

It should be sticked to the first page.

TERA PC - General Discussion#20 Maulclaw09/10/2019, 06:22 PM

@UsagiFF said:
It should be sticked to the first page.

That would be awesome.

I could pin it in the Roleplay & Lore section (where I see there's a cross-posted version) but the topic is a bit too niche to be pinned in General Discussion. Generally speaking the rules forbid all bumping of threads, but I'll allow it in this case because the topic is evergreen/not time-sensitive.

TERA PC - General Discussion#22 Maulclaw09/10/2019, 08:53 PM

@counterpoint said:
I could pin it in the Roleplay & Lore section (where I see there's a cross-posted version) but the topic is a bit too niche to be pinned in General Discussion. Generally speaking the rules forbid all bumping of threads, but I'll allow it in this case because the topic is evergreen/not time-sensitive.

Having it pinned on the R&L would be great, to be honest. At least people who would go there could see it whenever they want / or need.

@Maulclaw said:

@counterpoint said:
I could pin it in the Roleplay & Lore section (where I see there's a cross-posted version) but the topic is a bit too niche to be pinned in General Discussion. Generally speaking the rules forbid all bumping of threads, but I'll allow it in this case because the topic is evergreen/not time-sensitive.

Having it pinned on the R&L would be great, to be honest. At least people who would go there could see it whenever they want / or need.

Yup, it is done now.

Well done and good research. Don't stress the reactions to and any future reactions about the whole race thing. People get way too touchy about it for no reason, and more to your point, he/she took it the wrong way. It's always nice looking into the names and lore in games to get a look into what the devs and creators of lore and the npcs took as inspiration. Work like this is very important. On another note, most of the posters in game are copy pastes of the same few. Either theres a few really really wanted Amani across both continents written in the same language on the same type of paper or it's copy paste.
I took the time to translate what I could and it turned out to be the same.

Anyways, good work.

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