Demonyms & Adjectives

dem·​o·​nym /ˈde-mə-ˌnim/ n : [from Greek δῆμος (“people”) + ὄνυμα (“name”)] a name for a native or inhabitant of a given area


Many of the planets and other celestial bodies of our solar system possess numerous names and appellations, particularly the more familiar they are to humankind. The earth and its moon are perhaps the best examples of this, each possessing no fewer than three names from which can be built adjectives and demonyms. Below are a selection of these terms as they relate to the story 2100 CE:


Terresphere

Earth
Alternate: Terra (terre-), Gaia (geo-), Tellus
Adjective: Earthly (personal), Terrestrial (astrological), Geographic (planetary)
Demonym: Earthling, Terrestrian

The Moon
Alternate: Luna (luna-), Selene (selen-), Cynthia
Adjective: Lunarian, Selenian (subsurface)
Demonym: Lunarian, Selenite


Areosphere

Mars
Alternate: Ares (areo-)
Adjective: Martian (planetary), Martial (astrological), Areal (personal)
Demonym: Martian, Arean


The Transmartial

Ceres
Adjective: Ceresian
Demonym: Cerelese

Pallas
Adjective: Pallasian
Demonym: Pallasian

Juno
Adjective: Junosian
Demonym: Junosian

8-Gitano (hee-tah-no)
Adjective: Gitanolese
Demonym: Gitanoan


Zeosphere

Jupiter
Alternate: Zeus (zeo-)
Adjective: Jovian, Galilean (Galilean moons)
Demonym: Jovian

Europa
Adjective: Europan
Demonym: Eurusian

Ganymede
Adjective: Ganymedean
Demonym: Ganymedean (sg.), Ganymese (pl.)

Callisto
Adjective: Callistolese
Demonym: Callistoan (sg.), Callistolese (pl.)


Cronosphere

Saturn
Alternate: Cronus (crono-)
Adjective: Saturnine
Demonym: Saturnian

Titan
Adjective: Titanian
Demonym: Titanian (sg.), Titanese (pl.)


Other

Venus (Cytherosphere)
Alternate: Cythera (cythero-)
Adjective: Venusian, Cytherean
Demonym: Venusian, Cytherean

Uranus (Caeliosphere)
Alternate: Caelus (caelio-)
Adjective: Caelian
Demonym: Caelian


A map showing the relative sizes of the solid surfaces of the solar system. Source: xkcd.com