I'm considering writing something about Adol's dad and I want his dad's name to reflect Adol's, if he doesn't already have one. That' and I've been curious about the meaning behind his name. My first thought was that it was meant to be like "adolescence" to reflect Adol's curiosity about the world and his almost childish (meant in a good way) sense of wonder. That's what I think, at least. But if there is a real asnwer I would love to hear it! Thanks in advance.
Well, first you have to account for the fact that it's a Japanese game, and "Adol" is a westernization of what his name is... A DO RU or A DA RU seem to be the most likely, and A DA RU is an actual Japanese male name... I looked it up and there's plenty of sites that will tell you what it "means", and many of them will tell you something different (such is the way of the internet).
I found the following on the site "kabalarians", it seems most relevant to what you're looking for:
•The name of Adaru gives you a very inquisitive, restless, seeking nature.
• You feel impelled by intense desires that you cannot comprehend or satisfy.
• You have had the desire to accomplish something outstanding and to do something very worthwhile for humanity, especially early in your life.
•This name gives you a versatile, clever, analytical mind, but unfortunately you cannot direct your interest toward an undertaking for long, as you do not have the patience and practicality for systematic hard work and attention to detail.
• You resent obstacles, delays, and restrictions.
•This name gives you ambition, high ideals, and much creative ability, but the intense dynamic nature is too often spent in feelings and in moods, rather than in constructive action.
Also, most things in Falcom's Ys series are *loosely* tied to ancient legends from the real world, the "real" Ys was a city that supposedly sunk (or otherwise vanished), and according to the legend a wandering "red knight" was thought to be somehow responsible for it happening. Doesn't have anything to do with the name, really, but still a fun tidbit.
"If you took the word adventure from my life, I would have nothing left."
Even though they are a Japanese company, I feel like they intended the Ys series to be more Western than Japanese. The way I see their naming conventions is that they try to replicate the sound of a Western sounding name. A good example of this is the Fate/Stay Night character named "Berserker" who in Japanese is pronounced "BAZAKA", give or take correct spelling. That's how I've always seen Japanese companies' attempts at Western names, at least. Obviously, this isn't fact, just my opinion.
Your reasoning based on "Adaru" is interesting. If this is what Falcom intended, it sounds to me like they wanted something representing Adol's desires to see the world and whatnot.