The nardhoth traditionally take four names:
A typical male name might be called:
gáldran ægnor maglorannîon athar sinadhothîon Galdor ægnor son of Maglor of the Sinad Clan galdran ægnor maglorannion athar sinadhothion. self-name gift-name patronymic clan-name . Galdor ægnor of Maglor Clan of Sinad .
A typical female name might be called:
luthîel elbreth anarîellîon athar balarothîon Luthiel Elbereth daughter of Anariel of the Balar Clan luthiel elbreth anariellion athar balarothion. self-name gift-name matronymic clan-name . Luthiel Elbereth of Anariel Clan of Balar .
The self-name and parent name are always inflected for gender allowing the stems to be used for either sex, e.g. gáldran (masc) /galdrîel (fem).
These latter are traditionally translated as gáldran > Galdor and galdrîel > Galadriel
While these names often have no meaning in the contemporary language, they are derived from protolanguage roots and borrowings from the language of the Dunedain. However, their original meanings are not known to the average nardhoth. Male gift- and self-names are usually chosen from among those the father's family while female gift- and self-names are typically chosen from among those of the mother's family. Individuals are free to choose any name for their self-name and many have been known to agonize over this choice for several years before tular ornethîon.
When speaking about someone, as opposed to directly addressing them, the definite article is used with the name, e.g. i gáldran , “the Galdor”.
During my sojourn among the nardhoth I was given the ceremonial name: