When naming children, two forms of names are used:

  • A Vannoken one
  • A common-populace one

The reason why is to balance individuality with integration. We derive Vannoken names as derivatives from previous cultures.

For instance, we may take names like Håkon (a Norwegian/Norse name) and create a Vannoken derivative of it.
So, we don’t typically pull Vannoken names out of thin air. They are almost all derivatives of something that came before them.

The Vannoken and common name can be either the first or middle name. That’s up to the parents.
So, a typical Vannoken name could be something like this:

John Mæðius Williams

“John” is a common name. Mæðius (pronounced “My-thee-us,” and would likely by typed as “Maedius” or “Maethius” on a passport) would be a Vannoken derivative of Mattathias or “Matt.” Meanwhile, “Williams” is another common last name.

The reason why it’s like this is so that children are a part of the culture, yet not disconnected from society. They never have to use their Vannoken name at all if they don’t want to. They never have to stick out if they don’t want to or can help it.

The goal is uniqueness, while never being too abstract for employment applications. Vannoken names are most often derivatives of ancient European, and Asian ones (such as Björn or Hiro, respectively). Though, they can hail from any cultural rooting, depending on the wish of the parent.

Meanwhile, parents don’t have to name their kids any Vannoken names if they don’t want to, either. Everything is optional. Vannoken names exist simply because they can. In the future, some may grow to be very proud of their name; others may grow to just keep it within the family. Others may not use it at all.

It’s always meant to be an individualistic option, to replace what African names were originally taken (if the Vannoken descends from an African-American slave, to begin with). Some people may not like the concept of repairing what would have been an African name with a non-African one. However, that’s the very freedom exercised in the act of declaring cultural independence. Meanwhile, our genetic lines no longer only connect to Africa.

Therein, by embracing our European heritage (or any other heritage connected to us at the individual level) we’re free to choose or create any names we want for ourselves.

It’s up to us to do with our freedom whatever we wish. We don’t have to revert back to African names; we could push forward and evolve with what we’ve become, as well (since we cannot delete what is now our European, Asian, etc. DNA), which is what Vannoken names are about.