David Peterson wrote: > So, my question: Has something similar happened to anyone > else? And, do you think I should change the name of the > language? Would you, in this situation? Also, what if someone > created a language with a name like Teonaht, not knowing > that one already existed, and (with no disrespect to this > imaginary person) was far better? Well, there are only so many 4-letter names. There are also natlangs that have similar names to unrelated langs in other parts of the world; I believe there's a Tonga language which is unrelated to Tongan, for instance. But if it turns out that there's a natlang called Kishtlanarn, I might want to rename it. This sort of thing happens all the time. I had a character named Rissa in a story I wrote a long time ago; it turned out that there's a book about a character named Rissa, so I changed the name to Thrissa. Later I found out that Rissa is the scientific name of a kind of gull called a kittiwake (two species: black-legged, R. tridactyla, and red-legged, R. brevirostris). Even longer words can have accidental resemblances; the people known as the Sangari were originally called Sarangi until I found out that that was a kind of string instrument from India. So I wouldn't worry too much about 4-letter names; there are bound to be coincidental resemblances. I don't think I've ever had a language with the same name as another language, but it would depend on the language. If there's any chance that I might have heard of it, I might think about renaming it. But with thousands of languages, some known by more than one name, it's not surprising that some of them have the same name as others.