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Names of the Known World: Old Norse/Viking Name Replacement

by rugrat0ne Posted 4th Nov 2011 at 3:07 PM - Updated 4th Nov 2011 at 2:48 AM by rugrat0ne
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As requested by motherof70 over at PlumbBob Keep, here’s a collection of Old Norse first and last names for Townies and NPCs, derived from medieval sources. There are 556 male first names, and 184 female ones. Because the Genitive/Possessive case is much easier in Norse than in, say, Gaelic, we have 556 last names of both genders to play with, as well.

These last names are patronymics, meaning they are derived from the father’s name. You take the name, put it in the genitive case, and then add either “-son” or “-dóttir” to the end of it. If you look at the first column of the male first names sample, and then compare it to the first columns of male and female last names, you’ll see how this is done.

Since the last names are different for men and women, you’ll need at least University or another expansion pack to use this mod as intended. You can use it in a Base Game set up safely, but everyone will draw their bynames from the men’s set exclusively, so for true historic accuracy, you’ll need a later EP.

Names were drawn from lists at the wonderful Academy of St. Gabriel site. For this particular mod, I used the article Viking Names found in the Landnámabók, by Aryanhwy merch Catmael.

Here are some samples:

Male First Names

Male Last Names

Female First Names

Female Last Names

As for the unusual characters, the “þ” or “thorn” character is pronounced like the “th” in “thin” (or “thorn”, for that matter), and the “ð” or “eth” character is pronounced like the “th” in “feather”. I haven’t found a good pronunciation guide to refer you to for the rest, unfortunately, so you’ll just need to muddle through.

If you’ve never used a mod like this, simply unzip the Live.package and place it in your downloads folder. Do not rename it, or the game will not recognize it for what it is. Remember, you can only have one of this type of default replacement in your game at one time. If you’ve been using another naming mod, please remove it from the downloads folder first! Once the file is in place, all newly spawned townies and NPCs will be named using my lists of names. Old townies and NPCs will still keep their old names.

If, at a later date, you grow tired of my file, or find another you like better, simply delete it, and the game will go back to normal.

And for those who are wondering, the viking ship is by Hexameter and can be found here.


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rr1_OldNorseMedievalNames_DEFAULTREPLACE.rar 7.5 KB 755 4th Nov 2011

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Type: Global Mods

Tags: #medieval, #historical, #NPC, #townies, #default, #default replacement, #name, #names, #Viking, #Norse, #Scandinavian

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