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Posted: 17th February 2015 07:51

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I recently discovered that "Palazzo", Kefka's last name, roughly translates to "palace" in Italian. Anyone have any idea what that might mean?
I also noticed that "Terra" is a root word for "Earth", and that "Celes" could be an abbreviation of "Celestia", meaning "Sun".


(Update): It's also come to my attention that "Kefka" means something along the lines of "paint brush" or "hair brush" in Slovak.

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Posted: 2nd March 2015 22:47

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As a writer, I am utterly fascinated with names, their sounds, their meanings and connatations, and their associations. Hold on, let me get my book...

Terra is Latin for "earth", but it's also Japanese for "swift arrow". Some related names are Teresa, which is Greek for "reaper"; and Terrene, which is Latin for "smooth. Her original name can be short for Augustine (Latin for "majestic"), Martina (Latin for "martial" or "warlike"), Christina (from the word "Christian"), and Valentina (Latin for "strong"). The name Valentine is, of course, also associated with love.

Locke is, of course, a play on words; the obvious parallel is that he picks locks. He also has a very protective nature, adding a double layer to the meaning of his name.

Celes is definitely short for Celestia, which actually comes from the Latin words "caelum" and "caelestius", meaning "heaven" and "heavenly", respectively.

The prefix "ed" seems to mean "prosperous" or "successful"; "gar" means "spear".

Sabin is actually the name of an ancient tribe of central Italy.

My book doesn't have Setzer; it seems to come from the Middle High German "setzen", meaning "to set (prices)".

Clive is a form of Cliff.

Cyan is a color. I don't understand why it is a name.

Relm doesn't seem to be a real name; as far as I can tell, it must have come from the English word "realm", which suits her indomitable personality.

And I've got nothing on Strago.
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Posted: 2nd March 2015 23:01

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Wow... I had never really thought of all that. I never remembered that Terra's original name was Tina, firstly, and I thought I'd heard the name Sabin before... Excellent work! I appreciate the interest of a fellow writer.

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Cyan is a color. I don't understand why it is a name.

Apologies if this is pedantic, as it's a moderately well-known bit of trivia, but Cyan was a Westernization of the original "Cayenne." I'm not sure if it was altered simply due to character restraints. I think most people think of the hot pepper when they see that word, which is fair even if it doesn't seem to make much sense for the character. Looking into it a bit just now, though, it appears that the pepper itself takes its name from a city in Guiana, a South American colony that was once property of France. If you think of it that way, I think it makes more sense - Cyan has a bit of a Gallic look to him, doesn't he?

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Posted: 9th March 2015 08:23

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I'm sure many people name the characters of people they know. Or something that fits. I'd be tempted to name Locke after my first given name. Nothing to dwell on too much.

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Posted: 9th March 2015 15:05

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Quote (Eagle Caller @ 9th March 2015 01:23)
I'm sure many people name the characters of people they know. Or something that fits. I'd be tempted to name Locke after my first given name. Nothing to dwell on too much.

Well, we're talking about the default names of the characters and what they could mean. Not what to name them. huh.gif

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Posted: 16th March 2015 04:23

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Cyan is a color.  I don't understand why it is a name.

Apologies if this is pedantic, as it's a moderately well-known bit of trivia, but Cyan was a Westernization of the original "Cayenne." I'm not sure if it was altered simply due to character restraints. I think most people think of the hot pepper when they see that word, which is fair even if it doesn't seem to make much sense for the character. Looking into it a bit just now, though, it appears that the pepper itself takes its name from a city in Guiana, a South American colony that was once property of France. If you think of it that way, I think it makes more sense - Cyan has a bit of a Gallic look to him, doesn't he?

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