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03-18-2011, 12:23 PM
Hi all,
I'm working on a story in which the character names are extremely important and are associated with certain personality traits. At this stage I'm just looking for possibilities, and am considering giving a couple of the characters a Pacific Islander background. So, long story short, I'm looking for both the Samoan and Tongan translations for the following words or, as an alternative, words in those languages that represent similar concepts. The words are:

Fairness/Equity (as a concept)
Law or Rules (as in a code of conduct, or a system to insure fairness)

Since these are male characters, if the words have feminine undertones or anything like that I would definitely appreciate knowing. Also, any other context you'd like to share would be awesome.

Thanks for any and all help!

(Just for the record I know that while Samoan and Tongan culture and language are related, they are two different things, and once I've found some words/names that might work I will do additional research so the story can reflect that specific culture accurately. Thanks.)