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Re: Cross-post: Naming systems, family structure, politeness in , address

From:Matt McLauchlin <matt_mcl@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 29, 2000, 17:36
>Address: as far as names are concerned, people use the given name to >speak directly to someone or to refer to them if they're present. If >they're not present, the family name is used, sometimes with something >like "the younger" or "the soldier" tacked on for clarity. If you have >the family Iromel, "Iromel" will generally refer to the highest-ranking >or best-known Iromel, though this may be ameliorated by context, e.g. if >people are discussing what calligrapher to hire, "Iromel" might not mean >Lord Iromel, but Raevaru Iromel, the only calligrapher in that family.
I saw something like this in the ST:TNG novel Q-In-Law. Graziunas and Nistral were the names both of Tizarin houses and the ones adopted by the heads of those houses.