Do khajiit have last names?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

In the world of The Elder Scrolls, specifically in the region of Morrowind, the Khajiit race does not traditionally have last names. This is evident in the game itself, as Khajiit characters lack a last name option during character creation. However, it is worth noting that Khajiit in other regions of Tamriel may have different naming conventions, and some individuals may adopt a last name for various reasons.

The absence of last names among Khajiit in Morrowind can be attributed to cultural and historical factors. Khajiit society is known for its diverse and complex social structures, with different sub-species or “breeds” of Khajiit having distinct roles and positions within their communities. These roles are often tied to family or clan affiliations, but they do not necessarily manifest in the form of surnames.

Instead of last names, Khajiit typically use their given names along with a prefix or title that reflects their social status or profession. For example, a Khajiit merchant might be known as “Razum-dar,” with “dar” indicating their occupation. Similarly, a Khajiit warrior might be called “Ra’jirr,” with “ra” signifying their martial prowess. These titles or prefixes can vary greatly depending on the individual’s background and achievements.

It is interesting to note that Khajiit names often have a distinctively exotic and mysterious feel to them. They are often inspired by Indian and Arabian cultures, featuring unique combinations of consonants and vowels that create a melodic and enchanting sound. This adds to the allure and mystique of the Khajiit race in the game world.

While last names may not be a common aspect of Khajiit naming conventions in Morrowind, it is not unheard of for individuals to adopt a surname for various reasons. Some Khajiit might choose to adopt a last name as a means of personal distinction or to honor a significant event or achievement in their life. Others might acquire a surname through marriage or by joining a particular group or organization.

Khajiit in Morrowind do not have traditional last names. Instead, they use titles or prefixes that reflect their social status or profession. However, there may be exceptions where Khajiit individuals adopt last names for personal or practical reasons. The unique and culturally diverse naming conventions of the Khajiit add depth and richness to their portrayal in The Elder Scrolls universe.