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I am working on edits and a few other things. I have come to the decision I want to keep my series with a theme. In this case, I want the series to end in az or za. I plan to rename my whole McAlester Clan to this so that each book can follow a different person inside of the clan. Does anyone have any ideas for some good clan names that end in az or za? Thank you all! 😊 

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Nice! I need to write this down!

 

No option for endings, however. ☹ 

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5 hours ago, Alley said:

any ideas for some good clan names that end in az or za

As in Boaz, Topaz, Ahaz, Almaz, or Alcatraz?

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Eliza

Topaz

Tristeza (a disease affecting citrus trees)

Calabaza (a winter squash)

Mezuza

Stanza

Hamza

Gyoza (Asian dumpling)

Colza (plant of the mustard family)

Braza (old Spanish measurement, about 5.5 feet)

Tazza (a wine cup with a shallow bowl and a circular foot)

Mirza (Persian son of a Lord, title of respect)

 

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Have you tried typing random letters into the keyboard. (aegon qerip,) cleaning them up with some vowels. (aegon has plenty. Querip needed a u.) and adding your suffix?  (Aegonza Queripza). qegbib.  rinbartn bbybnijy. wnbwt’v pnoi ore 

This is the way new languages are born!

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In one of my novels, the heroine learns how to understand the languages of the animals, including the bees. Every third word spoken by a bee ends in "az".

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It's a little stretch, but tons of Pashto surnames end in "zai." Ahmadzai, Abdulrahimzai, Karzai, etc. You could modify some for story purposes.

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This reminds me of Asterix.  Getafix, Dogmatix.  The Romans ended in -us or -i.  Notorious Gladioli, Vexatious Sinusitus, Eggandlettus. The Germans ended in another suffix, and the Britons another.  

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11 hours ago, paulchernoch said:

Every third word spoken by a bee ends in "az."

That's fun! 

 

25 minutes ago, Nicola said:

Romans ended in -us or -i. 

I'm aiming for something like that! 😊 

 

16 hours ago, EBraten said:

Alcatraz

🤣🤣🤣🤣

 

13 hours ago, paulchernoch said:

Mirza (Persian son of a Lord, title of respect)

🤔 I like the meaning, but have no idea how to pronounce it. 

 

I also considered Aldaz. 

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On 1/16/2020 at 7:37 AM, paulchernoch said:

Tristeza (a disease affecting citrus trees)

Also the Spanish word for sadness.

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14 minutes ago, carolinamtne said:

Tristeza

 

That sure sounds like an appropriate surname. 😉

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Just now, Bob Leone said:

 

That sure sounds like an appropriate surname. 😉

A sad, sick citrus tree. 🤔😄

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50 minutes ago, Alley said:

A sad, sick citrus tree.

Lol, the sound of the name , not the meaning.

 

 

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Aw! You even come with how to say the word! 😊😄 

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2 hours ago, carolinamtne said:

Also the Spanish word for sadness.

 

The heroine in my current WIP is named Tristessa, because of her great sadness.

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I know a few people.... I mean characters that need their name to mean, full of hot air! 😋 

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Bloviazza!

I know, it's too Italianate for clans with Celtic roots. But it's fantasy! Happy little trees!

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On 1/15/2020 at 9:45 PM, Alley said:

McAlester Clan

Are you going to rename first names or also McAlester?

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2 minutes ago, PenName said:

Are you going to rename first names or also McAlester?

No, the first names will stay. It is just the McAlester part I thought to rename. Unless I rename the whole country and name the series after that. 🤔 

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1 hour ago, Alley said:

No, the first names will stay. It is just the McAlester part I thought to rename. Unless I rename the whole country and name the series after that. 🤔 

Oh! I see!

 

So, one thought I would have is to keep all the names of a single clan feeling like the same culture. Whether that is through theme of name meaning or sound or something else. There’s lots of ways.

 

For example, this is how I build names when I write fantasy - everyone from a certain country/culture has names based on the particular sound of a real-world language. I have used Hebrew for a baseline, as well as a Germanic/Celtic combo for another culture, and a Latin skewed French/Greek combo for a third culture.
 

So, all that to say, I would steer away from a za ending because I feel like that automatically makes people think of Italian. I feel like the other names in your story don’t trend that way. So maybe a az ending?

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