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Names for Magicians

Discussion in 'Research' started by skip.knox, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    Nobody asked, but here is a list. It's all from Google Translate, so some of it will be a bit off (I can confirm that for the languages I do know). The list is somewhat random; I know there are other synonyms, I know there's some repetition. Just consider this seeds sown and have fun.


    Conjurer
    araolari [Basque]
    tryllekunstner [Danish]
    goochelaar [Dutch]
    kaasuja [Estonian]
    taikuri [Finnish]
    illusionniste [French]
    Zauberkünstler [German]
    coisitheoir [Irish]
    prestigiatore [Italian]
    quantae divinationis [Latin]
    persekiotojas [Lithuanian]
    kúzelník [Slovak]
    trollkarl [Swedish]
    gweddwr [Welsh]


    Enchanter
    encantador [Catalan]
    tovenaar [Dutch]
    velho [Finnish]
    enchanteur [French]
    Zauberer [German]
    varázsló [Hungarian]
    incantatore [Italian]
    eloquii mystici [Latin]
    vrăjitor [Romanian]
    sìthiche [Scots Gaelic]


    Magician
    mago [Basque]
    magičar [Bosnian]
    mađioničar [Croatian]
    troldmand [Danish]
    tovenaar [Dutch]
    taikuri [Finnish]
    magicien [French]
    bűvész [Hungarian]
    magus [Latin]
    burvis [Latvian]
    draoidh [Scots Gaelic]
    čarovnik [Slovenian]
    dewin [Welsh]

    Seer
    parashikues [Albanian]
    Vidi [Bosnian]
    vident [Catalan]
    ziener [Dutch]
    nägija [Estonian]
    voyant [French]
    Seher [German]
    látnok [Hungarian]
    profeta [Italian]
    jasnowidz [Polish]
    fiosaichean [Scots Gaelic]
    gweledydd [Welsh]

    Sorcerer
    sorgin [Basque]
    bruixot [Catalan]
    čarobnjak [Croatian]
    nõid [Estonian]
    feiticeiro [Galician]
    stregone [Italian]
    trollmann [Norwegian]
    czarownik [Polish]
    hechicero [Spanish]
    chwiliwr [Welsh]

    Witch
    magjistare [Albanian]
    sorgina [Basque]
    veštica [Bosnian]
    bruixa [Catalan]
    čarodějnice [Czech]
    heks [Danish]
    Hexe [German]
    boszorkány [Hungarian]
    strega [Italian]

    Wizard
    laguntzailea [Basque]
    mag [Catalan]
    guiden [Danish]
    nõustaja [Estonian]
    töframaður [Icelandic]
    draoi [Irish]
    vednis [Latvian]
    burtininkas [Lithuanian]
    veiviser [Norwegian]
    vrăjitor [Romanian]
    trollkarl [Swedish]
    dewin [Welsh]
     
  2. Wizard/Sorcerer:
    Mahotsukai [Japanese]

    Witch:
    Majo [Japanese]
     
  3. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    I ought to have said "Europe only." If we bring in other cultures, the list gets very, very long.
     
  4. WaffleSingSong

    WaffleSingSong Dreamer

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    Interesting, thanks for slaving through all that to come up with this list. Will look back at this later!
     
  5. ThinkerX

    ThinkerX Myth Weaver

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    For my worlds, I have 'Pukje.' Technically a race of goblin like fey creatures with minor magical ability. (At least according to one or another of my AD&D 'Historical Earth' Sourcebooks.) In my world, though, the term applies specifically to goblin/hobgoblin magicians, most of whom (like their human counterparts) are rather wimpy in the magical department.
     
  6. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    Harvey!

    "Technically a race of goblin like fey creatures with minor magical ability and how are you Mr Wilson"

    I have fire-throwing hobgoblins (just called hobs) in my novel. In a different, much later book, I hope to make use of half-goblins, which in German gets rendered as halbgoblin, just so I can pun across languages.
     
  7. ^Ha. :LOL:

    In one of my invented languages, 'magardi' and 'meijyn' mean basically wizard or 'one who is connected'.
     
  8. TinyHippo

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    For the Danish part, most are incorrect.
    Conjurer - Troldmand for men. Troldkvinde for women.
    Sorcerer - Troldmand for men. Troldkvinde for women.
    Enchanter - Troldmand for men. Troldkvinde for women.
    Wizard - Vismand
    Witch - heks
    Seer - Spåmand for men. Spåkone for women.
    Magician - Tryllekunstner
    Only witch was correct. Guess google needs a new danish translator...
     
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  9. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    Thanks for that, TinyHippo.
     
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