There have been several attempts to name the nameless Kanohi Masks, all with the use of the Matoran language resources by outofgloom on tumblr (outofgloom — Matoran Language Resources). As impressive as the Matoran Language project is, I was never too hot on the idea of frankensteining a new language out of preexisting words from other, geographically and culturally unconnected languages. Plus, while most of the Kanohi names to come out those various naming projects are fine, creating them requires a certain level of wordsmithing skill, lack of which results in derivative-sounding names like “Inihu” or “Mutru”. Anyone who’s ever tried naming these masks has used those resources. I’ve decided to go against the flow and create names in a similar vein to the Bionicle story team: by taking words from other languages (English, Maori/Polynesian, European, …) or inventing them myself. Etymology is listed under the names. I invite you to look at these names, share your opinions and in the case you find them inadequate, suggest your own.
Now, without further ado:
Mask of Light and Shadow - Kanohi Avohkan
Pretty basic, a portmanteau of the names of the combined Kanohi: Avohkii and Kraahkan (I’m definitely not the first one to think of this name).
Mask of Creation – Kanohi Grefar
A “Tobdukification” of Greg Farshtey. Fitting, don’t you think?
Mask of Clairvoyance - Kanohi Tuleva
From the Finnish noun tulevaissus meaning “future”.
Mask of Emulation – Kanohi Rohkmehn
From Rockman, the Japanese name for Megaman, the video game character best known for copying his enemies’ power.
Mask of Growth – Kanohi Kotlan
A corruption of Scott Lang, AKA Ant-Man/Giant-Man.
Mask of Rahi Control – Kanohi Kirehei
From the Maori word kirehe meaning “animal” (i added for easier pronounciation).
Mask of Charisma – Kanohi Vaku
From the Finnish adjective vakuuttava meaning “persuasive, convincing”.
Mask of Psychometry – Kanohi Joronan
A complex Tobdukification of Joseph Rodes Buchanan, the man who coined the term “psychometry”.
Mask of Intangibility – Kanohi Kehua
From the Maori word meaning “ghost”.
Mask of Possibilities – Kanohi Kanosei
From the Japanese noun meaning “possibility, likelyhood”.
Mask of Elemental Energy – Kanohi Riaka
From the Maori word meaning “energy”.
Mask of Mutation – Kanohi Gerdoba
From the Slovenian colloquial word grdoba meaning “ugly man/thing”.
Mask of Scavenging – Kanohi Raato
From the Finnish noun meaning “carcass, corpse”.
Mask of Adaptation – Kanohi Urutau
From the Maori verb meaning to adapt.
Mask of Aging – Kanohi Srapa
Made up word composed of harsh sounding morphemes.
Mask of Biomechanics – Kanohi Mahini
From Maori mihini meaning “machine”.
Mask of Conjuring – Kanohi Galdur
From the Icelandic word for “magic, sorcery” (inspired by Ice Mangai wizard mocs).
Mask of Fusion – Kanohi Khattai
From gattai, the well known Japanese word for “union”.
Mask of Healing – Kanohi Sana
From the Latin verb sano meaning “to heal” and the various other words derived from it.
Mask of Incomprehension – Kanohi Zavar
From the Hungarian word for “confusion”.
Mask of Rebounding – Kanohi Turapa
From the Maori verb meaning “to rebound”, also a noun meaning “trampoline”.
Mask of Sensory Aptitude – Kanohi Kankaku
From the Japanese word meaning “sense”.
Mask of Undeath – Kanohi Kariga
Made up word composed of harsh sounding morphemes. Inspired by Karigni, a word taken from the dictionary.