Churra is nearly void of proper names, with the exception of some place names. That is to say that individuals do not have personal names.
When referring to one another, the Churra tend to use occupations in place of names; when there is more than one individual with said occupation or when referring to an individual of unknown occupation, they may be further identified by age, sex, colouration, scent, or other physical markers. Younger individuals with no title will be referred to exclusively by these methods.
ca! zumalik! mjj zam iqei!
! blue.one! IMP come.DA here!
hey! bluey! come here!
wu tssâ hss ki vasax cu agik noas hhtanjj.
good if be the guard you this.one can give.DT
please could you give this to the guard.
In dealings with larger communities or inter-tribal meetings, further specifications, such as parentage, location of origin, or some grand feat may be added.
who is that?
nan kujak uw mûk?
that red.one and brown?
the red and brown one?
hss vi i uwû cuy leiqaj.
be they an apprentice for boatbuilding
they are an apprentice boatbuilder.
hss vim iqulug us koax, us lutssdâhax, us tuduku.
be their few-parent a mason, a scribe, a weaver
their parents are a mason, a scribe, and a weaver.
- uw nan win? sufein vi mût?
and that left? PERF-do they what?
and that one to their left? what have they done?
- karat vi us boazimaj koudaj ana.
defeat.TR they a many-warriors enemy fifty
they defeated fifty enemy warriors.
When introducing themselves, the Churra simply give their profession, and won’t be surprised if they are simply called “scribe” from that point on - but likewise would not be confused or unprepared to be simply “yellow eyes.”
Any small social group who interacts particularly often will mostly simply refer to one another by their occupation, but where this is confusing, sometimes a general nickname (such as zumalik, ‘blue one’) may become common, but that individual might equally be called ‘big one’ in another group, and neither nickname would ever be used outside that particular circle, unless by coincidence.
So long as no chosen moniker is thought to be particularly offensive (e.g. takibik, ’ugly one’), it is very rare for any Churran to object to anything they are called; how someone is referred to by others is not seen as a particularly important aspect of the Churran identity.