The population of Valoreign is mostly comprised of humans (70%), dwarves (10%), halflings (10%), and elves (5%), with other races (including half-elves and half-orcs) making up the remaining 5%. Here are notes and common names for each major race:
The Valish (Humans)
Most humans in Valoreign are descendants of the collapsed Severian Empire. Those who inhabit the island of Engweald are called the Valish, and they have traditional first and last names. Many also have middle names.
Male First Names: Alastair, Ambrose, Andrew, Avery, Barnaby, Bartholomew, David, Edward, Geoffrey, Hugh, Humphrey, John, Julian, Milton, Myles, Nathaniel, Oliver, Roger, Solomon, Thomas, Timothy, Wyatt, Zachary. Female First Names: Agnes, Blanche, Bridget, Clemence, Dolores, Edith, Eleanor, Emma, Ethel, Florence,
Isabel, Joyce, Margery, Marion, Mildred, Molly, Pricilla, Rose, Ruth, Susanna, Sybil, Ursula, Valorie, Winifred. Surnames: Andrews, Ashenhurst, Barlow, Battle, Beadows, Berkhead, Blackwood, Blake, Bishop, Bloom, Blunt,
Bright, Carpenter, Cartwell, Castledon, Collingford, Crane, Crook, Cunley, Dawnthorpe, Downer, Dragonwell, Dunfield, Elkhorn, Everett, Fitzgeoffrey, Fletcher, Francis, Fray, Gladdish, Goldworth, Gossingham, Grimmer, Hadley, Hale, Hammersfield, Hargreave, Hawkins, Humphrey, Hunter, Hyde, Ives, Jenkins, Jollybad, Keast, King, Kottlegrey, Lestrange, Leventhorpe, Langford, Lloyd, Mansfield, Merriwether, Mortimer, Motts, Moxley, Narbridge, Northam, Noyes, Olver, Pallcraft, Payne, Penhale, Polkinghorn, Pummel, Quail, Quillmaker, Ratley, Reeve, Ringer, Rosserford, Rowley, Russell, Sawford, Shivington, Silcox, Smythe, Snell, Stargrave, Stokes, Strangways, Teague, Tellam, Throckmorton, Thurman, Torrington, Trowbridge, Unger, Uxbridge, Vaughan, Vawdrey, Whitaker, White, Winkle, Wyndham, Yates, Yesterman.
The Berserker Tribes (Humans)
The berserker tribes of Iyarlaan are primitive and uncivilized by Valish standards, but they have strong family ties and dwell in fortified strongholds ruled by powerful chieftains. They bury their dead under rocky cairns or set them ablaze on funeral barges. Worshipers of a pantheon of elemental spirits (including Cryonax, Imix, Ogrémoch, Olhydra, and Yan-C-Bin), they eschew traditional surnames in favor of tribal names.
Male First Names: Abbán, Alyan, Anyilyas, Anyir, Arassán, Awnruhan, Aymur, Ayumnawn, Baeth, Bairrion, Balvach, Bardán, Bawnrune, Bearach, Beyagh, Broc, Brónach, Calvach, Caven, Cawlyach, Cawnrid, Cillian, Conán, Daig, Dallán, Daltach, Dawray, Dazmunach, Diarmuid, Dulas, Eamon, Farchar, Fekeen, Ferrál, Finyain, Flannacán, Fwaylan, Fyunvar, Garván, Gilgawn, Gilyesh, Gobán, Gorman, Iardán, Ilyach, Irial, Jarlath, Krewer, Kyaran, Kyarull, Labhrás, Lachlán, Lazrain, Leyevawn, Lonán, Mansheen, Maolán, Malwir, Markán, Mawktal, Mayn, Mwirioch, Nahán, Nevawn, Niallán, Olchabar, Orán, Owin, Rewan, Riordán, Roartach, Ronán, Shachlán, Shulawn, Skarhawk, Skawnlar, Sowrán, Tallách, Teernach, Tiarlán, Torcán, Ulcán, Ullihir, Yuráth.
Female First Names: Ahyil, Anleyah, Awnyah, Awvrah, Blawheen, Bree, Cathán, Davnát, Dawnacha, Dawrinyeh, Deirdre, Dervila, Eadan, Eniv, Evgrenyah, Evneyah, Fachna, Fawn, Fennore, Fiachra, Fionnula, Fyelm, Gorvah, Grayán, Ida, Kéyin, Kléawna, Kwaylin, Kyarah, Leesha, Liadán, Lweeshach, Lyuwen, Maelissa, Maeve, Marga, Miren, Morin, Mornyah, Muriel, Murwen, Narvila, Neesha, Nyach, Orla, Reeyawn, Ronnat, Seerla, Shannon, Shay, Shuvawn, Sloane, Sorcha, Suanach, Talán, Taltyah, Tilyach, Tuathla, Tyadee, Ulach, Uwinyen.
Tribes: Blood Hawk tribe, Crimson Mist tribe, Flaming Bull tribe, Fire Strider tribe, Great Worm tribe, Land Shark tribe, Living Cairn tribe, Thunder Bird tribe, Water Snake tribe, Winter Wolf tribe.
The Skorinfain (Dwarves)
Skorin was the First King of the dwarves, and his fossilized remains are revered by the dwarves of Valoreign, who refer to themselves as the “sons and daughters of Skorin,” or Skorinfain. Hill dwarves are less reclusive than their mountain-dwelling kin, but there is no animosity between the hill clans and the mountain clans. A dwarf’s surname is also his or her clan name.
Male First Names: Arn, Barin, Dolmen, Fargrik, Fyorn, Gluto, Grulf, Haxan, Holst, Illvar, Jokum, Krog, Krune, Kvalgar, Lofgren, Ludvig, Nylan, Rangvald, Stenger, Svensoren, Tarl, Wolvar, Yospur.
Female First Names: Bjerke, Dreylan, Falka, Frunda, Gorana, Grayka, Halskir, Hammelmar, Helvig, Hjork, Lykke, Nessa, Ringylrund, Rosenklau, Syldi, Vannim, Yilsi, Yuska, Zelga.
Surnames: Axeberg, Barrelmead, Copperstein, Crystalbeard, Dragongrind, Dwerryhouse, Emberstoke, Evergulp, Ferrizalt, Grottmund, Hammermain, Ironshoe, Mithralvein, Osterchasm, Rockmantle, Shadowholm, Tarndark, Thunderharm, Tumblecask, Understrom, Vorne, Zonkenlander.
The Hillfolk and the Riverfolk (Halflings)
Many halflings live quiet, sedentary lives in hollowed-out hills, while others are prone to wanderlust and use rafts to navigate the rivers of Valoreign (where they are less likely to be threatened by predators). Hillfolk are sometimes called Stouts, while the Riverfolk are also known as Tallfellows.
Male First Names: Badger, Bandit, Banzai, Carrot, Charley, Chipper, Corky, Cricket, Dodger, Early, Heron, Huck, Jay, Jester, Louie, Lucky, Moe, Ozzy, Pennywise, Robber, Seymour, Skip, Skylar, Smedley, Squirt, William. Female First Names: Blueberry, Celery, Claire, Cookie, Daisy, Minnow, Noodles, Peaches, Peanut, Pepper,
Petunia, Punkin, Sadie, Sunny, Wendy, Whitney, Willow, Zoey.
Surnames: Daggerthwart, Fatpurse, Featherpluck, Fondslinger, Foolspride, Hallowhill, Hawksprey,
Honeygrab, Hydenhill, Littlegrift, Meanderstride, Nevercaught, Noosewary, Poundfoolish, Puddleskiff, Rattlekey, Riverdance, Rockhucker, Roundhill, Shallowpool, Tricker, Trufflestuff, Wanderfoot, Whisperhill, Wylde.
The Engwealdar, the Iyarlandar, and the Sylvandar (Elves)
The reclusive wood elves of Valoreign are called the Engwealdar if they inhabit the misty forests of Engweald or the Iyarlandar if they hail from the dark forests of Iyarlaan. Wood elf havens are ruled by princes and princesses, but there is no singular king or queen to unify them. The mysterious high elves are called the Sylvandar, and they are refugees from the Elder World. Few in number, the Sylvandar lurk among their wood elf cousins and are rarely seen. Elves do not have surnames; however, they are proud of where they live and refer to their homes in their names, as in “Erannon of Emerald Glade” and “Nimmeth of Astramordan.”
Male First Names: Aravoth, Arthon, Arvellas, Athelon, Balan, Balhiramar, Balthoron, Canyalas, Diron, Erannon, Eruvarne, Filverion, Firavaryar, Ganalan, Harmenion, Hilneth, Iomar, Larasarne, Lovain, Maingalad, Melethir, Nermion, Pellavan, Senevast, Tarthagol, Valisain.
Female First Names: Alonnen, Althirn, Anvanya, Dagor, Eredaith, Eruanna, Firyan, Gwenmirith, Haradi, Lenaren, Morisira, Myree, Nildë, Nimmeth, Rainion, Sennemir, Shalmorgan, Sirva, Torduin, Valaina, Varalia.
Home Names: Astramordan, Astravelios, the Circle of Ashes, the Emerald Cradle, the Green March, Kvalagost, Misthaven, Summerdown, Thornhenge, Val Andamar, Val Ressarin, the Weird Glade, Winterbane, Woodcrown.