Is this the meaning of the protagonist’s name in Assassin’s Creed 3?
‘Ratohnhaké:ton’ might have nothing to do with ‘birds’.
When Assassin’s Creed III was first announced, we definitely were not the only ones looking for the meaning of Ratohnhaké:ton, the name of Assassin’s Creed’s new protagonist. Unfortunately, the translation was nowhere to be found online.
So, since we really really wanted to know what the word meant, we e-mailed the Kahnawà:ke Language and Cultural Center in Canada, asking them for the meaning of the word Ratohnhaké:ton. There were very helpful and kind enough to reply to our e-mail, and here is the translation they provided.
Ratohnhaké:ton can be literally translated as “He scratches/scraps at life” or “Life Scratcher”. Apparently, it has no significant meaning in Mohawk culture, aside from being a regular person’s name.
So there you have it. Unlike previous protagonists whose names had a bird motif, Ratohnhaké:ton takes a different path. So does “Life Scratcher” have any significance to the character or story of AC III? Or is it just a cool-sounding Mohawk name?