In this post, we’ll be sharing with you the linguistic and lore-related conventions that dictate the names commonly used by the Viera race. We hope that it will be helpful in naming your characters and developing a more complete understanding of the world of FFXIV!

Forenames
The Rava and Veena clans share many traditions, naming practices among them. Thus, a Viera’s forename is not indicative of the clan to which she belongs─rather, it is the lifestyle she leads that determines whether she bears a “forest” or “city” forename.

Traditional Viera forenames given at birth are also referred to as “forest names,” as they are used by those Viera still residing in their homeland─which is the Golmore Jungle, in the case of the Rava, or the forest skirting the Skatay Range for the Veena. Forest names resemble real-world Icelandic names and are pronounced similarly─in the names “Theja,” and “Nojra,” for instance, the “j” sounds more like an English “i.”

In practice, however, one will rarely encounter a Viera using her forest name, as those who choose to leave their homes and strike out into the wider world will generally choose new “city names” for themselves to mark their parting from the traditional Viera way of life. These chosen names are often inspired by the names of other races they encounter, or simply things that they like, such as “Cherry” or “Morning Glory,” and so vary widely between individuals. Incidentally, “Fran” is one such name.
  • Forest names include:
    Ruuj
    Shara
    Rena
    Rael
    Bjonse
    Arjm
    Coeli
    Ysera
    Yurhee
    Venase
    Ukina
    Sonja
    Slejsa
    Qestra
    Petra
Surnames
In the Viera’s forest homeland, surnames are taken from the name of the village of one’s birth. As such, the most common surnames are the names of the largest Viera villages. However, as with forenames, surnames are generally discarded or replaced once one chooses to venture into the wider world.
  • Common Rava surnames include:
    Hyskaris
    Eryut
    Camoa
    Muscadet
    Atoel
    Bysnoe
    Dei-Ijla
    Fyth
    Golmarr
    Iryut
  • Common Veena surnames include:
    Roda
    Lesrekta
    Arda
    Ymir
    Bosco
    Gucuma
    Kisne
    Tehp
    Paharo
    Muruc