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. 💙💜🤍