[identity profile] hovercarracer.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] codex_alera
Someone asked for some family trees for the Aleran Noble Houses, and I thought it sounded like fun. The trees I came up with are probably incomplete (I tried to include House colours and mascots, but I can't find some of them) and I wouldn't be surprised if they have some errors in them, but here it is in any case (banners and borders snitched from the fantastic in-text map):
By the way, is there a protocol/rule for when to refer to someone as, for example, 'Kalarus Brencis' as opposed to 'Brencis Kalare'?

Oh - (Minor) SPOILERS for First Lord's Fury, if you haven't read it...


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Date: 2010-01-05 02:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beccastareyes
It seems to be family name first -- so Max is Antillar Maximus. Also, it seems like acknowledged bastards have a different variant on the family name (Max is Antillar, while Crassus is Antillus).

Since I'd imagine Aleran is a variant of Latin, and most characters seem to retain their Latinate names, I'd bet that the names change case as all Latin nouns do.

Date: 2010-01-05 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] terioncalling.livejournal.com
Judging by names throughout the series, it seems to work in this fashion (or similar enough):

Praenomen (first name) and nomen (clan name) - or cognomen (family name) in place of nomen, depending. For the sake of it being easier to type, I'm going with nomen.

Example:
Aquitaine [nomen] Attis [praenomen]
Gaius [nomen] Sextus [praenomen]

And referring to the Kalare's:
Kalarus [nomen] Brencis [praenomen] Majoris
Kalarus [nomen] Brencis [praenomen] Minoris

Majoris, of course, indicates that he is the father and Minoris indicates that the younger Brencis is the son.

The Antillan's:
Antillus [nomen] Raucus [praenomen]
Antillus [nomen] Crassus [praenomen]
Antillar [nomen] Maximus [praenomen]

The Roman indication of adoption is the nomen with the ending of -anus (ex: Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus; born Gaius Octavius Thurinus, adopted by Julius Caesar, making Octavian his original cogomen with Gaius being the nomen). It may work similarly in Alera but I can find no indication of how acknowledged bastard children would have been named in Roman fashion (not much of a search obviously). Assumably it would be something similar to Max's (-ar instead of -us). Unacknowledged would be similar to the woman in book four hired to kill Tavi (I forget her complete name and am too lazy and cold right now to dig out the book) as that is the assumption I took from her reaction to his comments during the fight that sent her over the edge.

-ar may indicate adoption, however, as with Fidelias' guise, Valiar Marcus.

Patronage is Gaelle Patronus Sabinus. So Gaelle is patronage'd to perhaps a Sabian or a Sabinus. Ehren and Tavi both had similar names when they arrived at the academy (again, too lazy and cold to look).

Other:
-ex Cursori added to their praenomen indicates their status as a Cursor (Ehren ex Cursori, Amara ex Cursori).
-ex Gladius (Aldrick ex Gladius) likely indicates his blade proficency or mercenary status (I forget if the books explain his naming).

And none of the female Roman naming conventions seem to hold to Aleran's. Unless we're missing some names (cognomen and such) from within names but I personally don't think so.

Anyway, one long convoluted explanation of Roman/Aleran naming done and done. *winces* My head hurts a little now at trying to distinguish differences from memory. Oi.

Date: 2010-01-05 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] monkeyscorpion.livejournal.com
Lovely work. One thing I noticed that was missing...and it was only briefly mentioned in the books - but Brencis (minoris) is Masha's father.

Other than that one little nit-picky thing, without re-reading the books again myself, it looks great.

Date: 2010-06-07 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] djnym.livejournal.com
I thought the Valiar aspect of Valiar Marcus was from his belonging to the House of Valor due to his battle experiences. I don't know if that's synonymous with a type of 'adoption', but I know that he was offered the title Fidelar (or something like that) as well for the House of Fidelity.
I think I'm trying to ask whether or not that is a kind of 'adoption' or just a title of sorts. I apologize if this is somewhat incoherent/irrelevant.

Date: 2012-01-26 08:45 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The family Tree seems to be gone now.
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