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A Note About Minbari Naming Conventions Minbari do not normally use their full names when interacting. Out of a population of more than three billion, however, it's a given that there will be more than one 'Delenn' or 'Lennier'. In situations calling for more detailed identification, a Minbari will provide a clan/guild name along with his or her given name - 'Delenn' becomes 'Delenn Mir' or, more formally, 'Delenn ra'Mir' ('ra' means 'of'). When establishing a social hierarchy is required, such as a formal ceremony with many attendees, a Minbari will give their title as well - 'Min'entil Delenn ra'Mir' (Ambassador Delenn of Clan Mir). This naming convention applies to both Worker and Religious Caste. For Warriors, the honorific 'Zhaden' (Warrior) is used instead of a title - for example: 'Zhaden Shakiri ra'Vonilbok'. Unlike human family names, however, shared Minbari clan/guild names do not necessarily mean that the bearers are physically related. unknown
A Note About Name Origins Minbari names are not bestowed lightly. They have meaning and, in large measure, tell other Minbari something about who a person is beyond mere identity. They are considered 'birth prophecies' bestowed by one's parents and family. Unlike humans, where the family lineage is traced through the father, Minbari geneology follows the mother's line. A child's mother provides him or her a 'base' name, while the father supplies an honorific of choice. 'Delenn', for example, is a compound name with 'Lenn' (Traveler) being the base taken from her mother's name. 'Del' (Grey), the honorific, was her father's contribution. Thus the name 'Delenn' is a mini prophecy that foretells the bearer will be one who walks between the Darkness and the Light...and one who will not always make the correct choice between the two. unknown
Aalann Seeker of Mastery warrior
Ardbar World of Light (Minbari primary star) religious
Ardenn Light Wanderer religious
Arlenn Travels in the Light religious
Ashan Seeks the Unexpected religious
Avaier Noble Companion religious
Baraia Heart of the World worker
Barenn World Roamer worker
Bhurli Loyal Without Question religious
Branmer To Bind Together warrior
Callenn Careful Traveler religious
Clarenn Devoted Journeyer religious
Coplann Colony Founder warrior
Darenn [the] Third Wanderer religious
Delenn Grey Traveler religious
Dhaliri Watcher of Seas religious
Draal Master Teacher religious
Drala'Fi Black Star (ship name) warrior
Drala'Fizha Dark One from the Stars (Catherine Sakai) religious
Dukhat Great Leader warrior
Dulann Pact Establisher religious
Durhan Challenge Seeker warrior
Durlan Masters Challenging Tasks worker
En'Fili Roams Among the Stars (ship name) religious
Ena'Fi White Star (ship name) religious
Fara Shining Dawn worker
Feliss Seductive Lover unknown
Firell Star Shaper religious
Hedronn Purposeful Expeditionary warrior
Helenn Strong Traveler religious
Inesval Follower of Valen worker
Irilenn Sea Traveler religious
Isilenn Future Traveler religious
Jenimer Uniter worker
Kadroni Portentous Seer religious
Kalain Conquers Adversity warrior
Katell Curious Builder worker
Katrenn Curious Journeyer unknown
Kats Curious Female worker
Lennier Traveling Companion religious
Mara New Dawn worker
Mayan Meaning Seeker religious
Mazik New Strength warrior
Midiri [the] Soul Sea (Minbari secondary star) religious
Morann Finishes What Is Started warrior
Moraval Honors Valen Always religious
Nafeel Always Learning religious
Nareel Learns to Command worker
Nashon Always Performs Well worker
Neriss Seductively Courageous religious
Neroon Brave Warrior warrior
Nur Solitary [One] worker
ra Ahaelden of [the] Fire Wings (Warrior Clan) warrior
ra Bokaal of [the] Master Weaponeers (Worker Guild) worker
ra Chu'domo of [the] Monks (Religious Order) religious
ra Fe'enduma of [the] Night Walkers (Warrior Clan) warrior
ra Fi'irilmer of [the] Starship Crafters (Worker Guild) worker
ra Fi'sularae of [the] Star Riders (Warrior Clan) warrior
ra Mir of [the] Temple Priests (Religious Clan) religious
ra Mirshai of [the] Parish Priests (Religious Clan) religious
ra Oorehak of [the] City Builders (Worker Guild) worker
ra Shaibar'nik of [the] Moon Shields (Warrior Clan) warrior
ra Tha'domo of [the] Fighting Monks (Religious Order) religious
ra Valir of [the] Sisters of Valeria (Service Order) unknown
ra Vanya of [the] Metalsmiths (Worker Guild) worker
ra Vonilbok of [the] Wind Swords (Warrior Clan) warrior
Racine Day Dreamer worker
Rakell Determined Builder worker
Ralenn Dawn Traveler religious
Rastenn Bold Roamer religious
Rathenn Confident Explorer religious
Sara Bold Dawn worker
Sarhat Audacious Leader warrior
Selise Seductive Female religious
Shaka Turbulent [One] warrior
Shakat Insatiable Curiousity warrior
Shakiri Turbulent Sea warrior
Sheridan Ancient Questing Soul unknown
Sinoval Ally of Valen warrior
Susenn Honored Roamer unknown
Tannier Steadfast Friend religious
Tra'Gati Defends the Leader (ship name) warrior
Tulann Idea Establisher worker
Turval Valen's Standard Bearer warrior
Tuzan'oore (Tuzanor) City of Sorrows religious
Vadenn Dark Wanderer unknown
Valen Time Traveler unknown
Valen'Tha Valen's Fist (ship name) religious
Valeria Time Creator unknown
Vashaer Plan Director warrior
Vik'irildun Seaweed Head (Catherine Sakai) warrior
Wyndan Truth Seeker religious
Yed'oore (Yedor) Eternal City religious
Zaca Singer worker
Zha Ver'kaff The Outside One (Catherine Sakai) religious
Zha'Lenn (Zhalen) Lone Traveler (ship name) religious

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