A few months ago, someone (I don’t remember the name, and I am a bit lazy to look it up) made a thread about naming the tribesmen. I wasn’t part of this forum then, and I read that just a few minutes ago. It got me thinking.
He or she asked for ‘ancient’ names. From what cultures should the names come? The simple answer would be all old names no matter where they came from.
That is indeed a simple and good solution, but then imagine a tribe with both Nehiyaw (Cree) and Berend (Dutch). Now that is certainly possible, but I thought maybe it would be a better idea to assign certain groups of ancient names of the same culture to each tribe. So each tribe has a ‘pool’ of names to choose from.
For example one tribe can have Dutch, Danish, Norse, English and German names. Another can have Spanish, Portugese, and Italian names, another Native american (or maybe even divide those up into Native North- and Southamerican names), another tribe African names (Zulu, Masai, Hottentot), and another Chinese and Mongolian names.
You could even go the extra mile and assign certain groups of names to people to the places they spawned on the planet, or use this mechanic to also give the tribesmen different colours of skin.
Maybe it’s too much work, but it’ll definately add some character to the different tribes you encounter while exploring.