Darsi naming customs
Darsi naming customs are the traditional ways of identifying a person in Darsi culture. Prior to Darsi unification, Darsa were split into many different cultures, and as such had a variety of naming customs. What would become uniform through the Darsi species first evolved in western Korat, and as globalisation progressed gradually became the norm in most Darsi cultures.
A Darsi full name consists of the given name and the parental name. Clan names do exist; they are, however, not commonly used and are not required by law to be in official records.
As in many other cultures, Darsi parents select a given name for their newborn child.
The parental name is based on the first name of the parent who produced the egg from which the child hatched, and is second in a Darsa's full name. It is as such often mistaken as a Darsa's last name. The structure of the parental name varies depending on an individual's ancestry. In Mavibi culture, it is always preceded by the syllable ol, which evolved from the Monbana olus ("child"), and is therefore taken to mean "child of". If the child is adopted, then their original parental name can be legally replaced by the name of one of their adoptive parents. The word ko was used to denote a parental name in Meryo, for example Heshiko or Amanko.
With the creation of genetically engineered soldiers for the Commonwealth Defence Force, traditional naming customs could not be applied because the children resultant of this project technically had no parents. Instead, they were named after the place in which they were born, with the Modern Mavibi word vo ("of") being used as a prefix instead of ol. For example, Supreme Commander of the Commonwealth Defence Force and Chairman of the Vashkurul Paron voKatya was born at the creation facility on Katya.
Though rarely used in modern Darsi society, clan names have been used throughout history to denote one's geographical roots, as in antiquity the people of a village were considered to be part of one clan, even if they shared little or no blood relations with each other. As not all Darsa belong to a clan, it is not a legal requirement to have one written into official documents. Well known clans include the Sartepel ("yellow hill") and Havalar ("great plains") clans. To identify oneself by one's clan, one would add a clan prefix or suffix which typically means ("belonging to") before the name itself, which is placed third in the full name. The Mavibi version of this is the word at. For example, Ngali ol'Evar, who belongs to the Sartepel clan, would call themselves Ngali ol'Evar atSartepel ("Ngali, child of Evar, of Clan Sartepel").