Creating a Na’vi Name (Part 2)

So, I’ve gone back to thinking about the creation of a Na’vi name. I made a post some time ago about introducing my Na’vi name, but only stuck with creating a first name. Since the official Na’vi name conventions include both the family name and the name of a parent depending on whether your are male of female, I initially chose not to create a full name. But now I sorta kinda want to, so here I am yet again lol.

I have chosen to keep the naming structure that the Na’vi have which is [first name] te [family name] [mother’s name]’ite. I am to use the ending of ‘ite’ since I am a female. However, I don’t want to just transliterate my family name or use my mother’s name at all. Instead, for the family name, I am just going to take the meaning of my family name, just as I did with my own first name. And for the place where my mother’s name is supposed to be, I am going to substitute it with a small portion of my online presence name.

The meaning of my family name is “brave; powerful”. The Na’vi word for brave is tstew. My online name is Na’vi Dreamer. Dreamer is a word that I have always loved for many reasons, and I feel it fits me very well which is why I chose it as a screen name. The Na’vi word for dream is unil. In order to get the word “dreamer”, I have to add the suffix ‘-yu’ which roughly equates to the English suffix of ‘-er’. The ‘yu’ suffix turns a verb into a noun. Specifically, it turns the verb into the person who is doing that verb. So, unil = dream (the verb), and unilyu = dreamer (the person doing the verb).

So, putting that all together, my family name would be [tstew] and the last part of my name would be [unilyu’ite]. Once again, the Na’vi naming structure is: [first name] te [family name] [mother’s name]’ite. So my full Na’vi name would be as follows:

Oare’yawne te Tstew Unilyu’ite

And you guuuyyssss!! I actually really love it! I won’t lie, I thought doing it this way would make me come up with something ridiculously difficult to pronounce or that looked and sounded terrible. But I like this! Here is my best attempt at a pronunciation guide:

[oh-ahr-eh | yau-neh] [teh] [ts-steh-oo] [oo-neel-yu] [ee-teh]

The literal translation of my first name is Beloved Moon, and the literal translation of the rest of my name would be Brave Dreamer. And seriously, I love it so much. Oare’yawne. Tstew Unilyu.

Beloved moon. Brave dreamer 💙💜🤍

~ Na’vi Dreamer ~

Creating A Na’vi Name

When it comes to names, meaning plays a huge role for me. My parents felt the same way when they named me and my siblings as each of our names have their own distinct meanings, and mine specifically does a great job at mildly defining me as a person and what I like.

My real name has the meaning of heaven, sky, moon, or celestial, depending on which culture you take the meaning from. When I discovered this, I thought it was really interesting because one of the things I love the most is the moon and space. Back in high school science classes, I always did the best on the units about stars and planets while practically failing all the other units. Back then, trying to look up if life on other planets was real was an everyday occurrence for me. And to this very day, you’d be hard-pressed to pull me away from a window when there is a clear night sky and the moon is visible.

It could be a coincidence that I love these things and my name means sky/moon/celestial, but I feel like names are funny like that. They are tethered to us and their meanings play a distinct role in who we are.

I wanted to choose a Na’vi name for one reason: I’m literally Avatar trash and I just simply wanted one lol. But since there are no actual living Na’vi, it’s not like someone can bestow a name upon me after being accepted into a clan. So I had to choose one for myself. I only chose a first name since a full Na’vi name includes the names of both parents.

It’s one thing to just choose a name because it sounds nice, but I wanted more than that. I wanted this name to feel more like an extension of me and less like an alter ego or fake persona. Pretty much just like my real name is an extension of me. So, I decidedd to take the meaning of my birth name combined with my love for the night sky and have decided on the name Oare’yawne. Beloved Moon.

[Oh-ahr-eh | Yau-neh]

I love this meaning. I love the sound of it. I love the way it’s spelled. I love the way it looks written down. And it still feels like me.

Kaltxì. Oe lu Oare’yawne. You can call me Oare. 💙💜🤍

I’m a Na’vi! (pt. 2)

When your braids go perfectly with the Pandora filter 😜💙

And no I didn’t get braids just so it can look better with this filter lol.

I literally love this filter so much. I’ve been searching online about Na’vi/Avatar cosplays and I’ve seen both really good and really bad ones. I’ve been trying to slowly narrow down the different websites that I can buy supplies from in order to do a proper cosplay. I have an idea of which outfit from the film I would like to try and recreate. I also have some original ideas of my own as well.

If ever I get the time and materials, this will be the first (and probably only) place I post my cosplay. It won’t be happening any time soon, but wish me luck!

~ Na’vi Dreamer ~

I’m a Na’vi!

Instagram has a filter called “Pandora”. And while it’s definitely way too glam and the butterflies are kind of inaccurate, I’m having fun with it. This is probably the closest I’m ever going to get to a cosplay so I’m enjoying it for now.

If you get bombarded with more pictures of me with this filter, please don’t unfollow 😂💙

Life goal checklist: Na’vi cosplay