Naming of Elves

by Tilion-(Valar)
July 14, 2000

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    The naming procedures of the Noldor happened like this. At birth, the father assigned a name (epesse), usually a form of his own name; this was a simple name and perhaps mildly prophetic as the Eldar were gifted in wisdom.  After a time the mother would give her child a name; this name was deeply rooted in the child's personality and fate.  Other names could be assigned or chosen in the child's life, as is the case with Galadriel (which was given to her by Celeborn) and Gil-Galad.

(Editor's note: more on naming under individual names)