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While the Spectra adopted the human language relatively quickly after humans first arrived on their isle, given names and place names were slower to change. Many regions retain their pre-human names today, most notably the Mer capital city Jaladi. Others, such as the kingdom of Castalia and the Cole city Shillave, began as Spectra words but changed pronunciation to sound more human.
Changing of given names began with the Lectran clan, as most humanized changes do. While they did not like human names (Lee, Robin, and Eddy are exceptions), they did adopt human words for their children. The trend spread quickly, and many given names used today originated from the human language. Color names such as Russet and Lilac are especially popular. Other names originate from the ancient Spectra languages, giving us one of our last links to our ancestral languages. Isa, for instance, means iron, while Keita (which can be pronounced either Kay-ta or Kee-tah, depending on the region) means forest. Spectra names are almost always either masculine or feminine—unisex names such as Bay and Ash are rare.
Spectra take the meanings of names seriously. While names are sometimes used to honor family (note the royal Nome family, where seven kings bore the name Clayton), most are chosen for their meaning. These meanings often tie into the child’s clan. This adds an interesting element to the names of crossovers and mixed-clan children: they may carry names from their parents’ clan instead of their own. This phenomenon is less noticeable in Castalia, because Muses can sense the clan of any individual from birth.
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