#10 Unique Elf Surnames with Meanings | Dungeons and Dragons

When you're rolling up an Elf character in your Dungeons and Dragons game, finding the perfect last name can be a challenge! Here are ten name ideas for your next character - with their meaning in Elvish!

Lyath-tel - "belonging to a temple"

This name comes in two parts "tel" and "lyath".

The form "tel" can be seen in several places in Elvish, such as when talking about a group of people (e.g. ór-tel-quessir, "people of the

"Lyath" is the Elvish word for temple. 

This name is perfect for an Acolyte character. 

vantur Ravanor - "from the Forestland"

The first part of this name simply means "from". It is commonly used at the beginning of surnames derived from a place of origin. 

Ravanor is a pretty generic place name, especially if your character is a Wood Elf. 

tyr Vomira - "born to Vomira"

This is a matronymic name, that means it's dervived from your character's mother's name. Many cultures use matronymic or patronymics rather than set last names. For example, in Iceland you are known by your father's name. 

In the case of this character, their mother's name was Vomira. 

shan-Stakiaren - "branch of the House of the Beloved Star"

The Elves have many words for the heavenly bodies, each with their own implication. "Stakia" or "Stacia" can variously mean:  star, treasure, trove, gem, gold, blaze; sweetheart, beloved. 

The translation here is something like "Beloved Star" or "Treasured Ones".

The prefix, shan, is an Elven word that literally means "branch (of a tree)".however when used in names it refers to a member of a family (the branch of a family tree). 

The final element "ren" is the Elvish word for House or Clan.

This is a great name for an Elf with Noble Background. 

Gisirie - "of the guardians"

This is a great name for an elf who comes from a family with the Knight background. Or perhaps their kin are paladins. 

The Elvish word "Gisir (plu. Gisiae) means "guardian".

The name takes the rare sociative case, which means something like "with, in the company of". This is often used in situations of adoption, fostering, or even the foundation of a particular order. 

The family as a whole would be known by the plural form: Gisieii.

Maedran - "wind speaker"

Combining the words "mae" wind and "dran" speaker, this name could refer to a profession or be a nickname. If it's a nickname it could be something noble - or refer to the fact your character doesn't shut up!

Regardless, this is a great surname for a Bard character.

Amnesha - "tree friend"

The tree this name refers to is specifically an oak tree (amne). The suffix -sha, means "friend".

This is another great name for a Druid character.

Anogwinn - "moon guide"

The first part of this name is one of the Elvish words for moon. The second part means guide and comes from the Elvish word "gwin" meaning walkway, path. A gwinn is a pathmaker or a guide.

This is ideal for a High Elf character since they like to associate themselves with celestial objects.

Daanethun - "bright struggle follower"

Another translation for this surname could probably be "daredevil". The elves have the concept that some struggles make a person stronger while others only serve to harm. "Daan" (plural: daana) is the positive type, called "bright struggles".

Those who are followers of bright struggles look for adventure in all aspects of their life.

Artarhin - "dawn scholar"

"Artar" is the Elvish word for dawn. It means "new sun", though it can also translate to "new heights".

The second element is even more ambigious, as it has no true English equivalent. It can mean: collector, scholar, researcher. Or more broadly, a person who recieves something, usually an idea. The word can also be translated as "a welcome".
So while the name is translated as "dawn scholar" above, it could also mean "scholar of new heights" or "welcome to the dawn".

This name would be ideal for a High Elf character.

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Deity Inspiration: God of Rivers

Zabrynn Lander ·

Deity Inspiration: Let's Make a God of Rivers!

Name Inspiration: Delhin "Singer of the Waters and Whispers", Fhagwyllan "Guide of the River", Talsianas "Swift Brook of Souls" 

The first question I ask myself when planning a deity is: what is the central concept at the heart of their worship?

For this deity, I'm going to focus on the idea of rivers and expand on that concept using inspiration from real world cultures. 

One thing that's pretty common in mythology is the idea of the Rivers of the Underworld. Often there is some kind of boatman that guides either mortal souls or another deity through the land of the dead. This idea likely stems from the fact that groundwater lies beneath the soil. Literally a "river beneath the earth". 

This deity could easily become a God of Death. A guide towards the next life. And perhaps a guardian that stops the undead from returning!

But, of course, rivers exist everywhere. So while this river god might have connections with the afterlife, there are plenty of other things a river can symbolise. 

Rivers provide important access to water and for that reason, cities and towns can often be found along rivers. Not only that, but rivers are very useful for trade - and therefore, wealth. 

Such a god, therefore, can be a guardian of prosperity, wealth, and civilisation.

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Bonus: let's talk names! The name ideas suggested come from Elvish, and while their basic translations are provided, they aren't perfect!

Delhin "Singer of the Waters and Whispers"

  • "Del" can mean 'brook, stream, little river' but it can also mean 'whisper'. Hence 'waters and whispers'. 
  • "Hin" can mean 'singer' but it can also be translated as 'reciever of things, beneficiary | collector, curator, researcher of ideas, knowledge, and songs'. 

Therefore, their name could mean "Curator of Whisper" or "Stream Beneficiary". Regarldess, their name invokes the idea of both rivers / water and hidden knowledge / secrets. Perfect for leaning into the Knowledge domain. 

Fhagwyllan "Guide of the River", 

  • "Fha" is the general word for 'river' in Common Elvish, so I won't say much about it
  • "Gwyllan" on the other hand has several possible translations. The most simple is "guide", but more literally it means "pathmaker"

So this name means both "guide of the river" and "the one who created the river's path". 

Talsianas "Swift Brook of Souls"  

  • "Tal" is a concept in Elvish that not easily translated to English. At it's most basic it means 'swift' or 'swift thing'. However, in Elvish, this 'swiftness' is connected to the soul. Elves reincarnate, their souls travel through body after body, life after life. Thus, "tal" can also mean 'soul'. 
  • "Sian" means 'brook'
  • "As" is a suffix that being 'being, person, creature'

Want to create your own gods? Here's a helpful planner!

 Create a Homebrew Deity in DnD

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