The names of Culture citizens could be complex. Biological persons and independent drones could use a multi-part designation called a Full Name[1][2] Minds chose their own names[3]; these did not typically follow any conventions.

It was considered particularly insulting in the Culture to not be called by one's chosen name.[4]

Biological persons[edit | edit source]

The Full Name for a biological citizen described their place of birth, rearing, or manufacture. Full Names were widely used in the Culture and required the names of stars and Orbitals to be unique.[5] The name served as an address if the person still resided at the same location.[5][4][6]

A name consisted of the following elements:

  • Place of birth or raising. Possible combinations include the name of an Orbital if there is only one in a system, or the name of the local star and a specific plate on a local Orbital.[5]
  • Given name, typically chosen by the mother[5]
  • Chosen name, typically chosen by the individual in their teens and may change later[5]
  • Family name, typically the mother's[5]
  • House/estate of raising[5]

For everyday use, the name was typically truncated to just the given and family name.[2]

Example[edit | edit source]

Juboal-Rabaroansa Perosteck Alseyn Balveda dam T'seif
Element Meaning
  • Born on Rabaroan plate in the Juboal system.[5]
  • 'sa'-postfix translates to 'er' in English (a human born on Earth may be Sun-Earther).[5]
Perosteck Given name
Alseyn Chosen name
Balveda Family name
dam T'seif
  • 'T'seif' is the house/estate.[5]
  • 'dam' is similar to the German 'von'.[5]

Independent drones[edit | edit source]

Independent drones also used Full Names, although their nomenclature differed from that used by biological citizens.

Examples[edit | edit source]

Dastaveb Chamlis Amalk-ney Ep-Handra Thedreiskre Ostlehoorp
Fohristi-whirl Skaffen-Amtiskaw Handrahen Dran Easpyou
Loash Armasco-Iap Wu-Handrahen Xato Koum
Notes Meaning
"Chamlis Amalk-ney"[1]
Abbreviation of name used for everyday conversation.
Equiv-tech espionage-level Special Circumstances nomenclature.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

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