I've been reading that the word silvanus comes from Latin silva (“forest”) + -ānus (“from, of the”). So, "silvanus" literally means something like "who comes from the forest" or something similar.
I thought that it would be interested to construct a similar word, but with a meaning like "who comes from nothing". So I made some research.
The Latin word for "nothing" is nihil/nihilum (or nil, which is a contraction), according to their respective entries in Wiktionary here and here. To clarify a bit, I looked a bit more into it and I found this post in Latin StackExhange, saying that nihil is more similar to pure sense nothing while nihilum is more like nothingness. (You can read the post for more clarification, it's short but I don't want to make this post longer).
Then I looked at the entry for -anus in Wiktionary for Latin says that it indicates a relationship of position, possession, or origin. And there are also another examples:
- mōns (“mountain”) → montānus (“montane, of the mountains”)
- pāgus (“village”) → pāgānus (“rustic, of a village”)
- Rōma (“Rome”) → rōmānus (“Roman”)
- Christus (“Christ”) → christiānus (“christian”)
But in this post in Latin StackExhange, they're discussing about the proper suffixes to use to show origin, and someone redirects to this section of the Bennett's New Latin Grammar, talking about examples on how to construct adjectives from nouns.
For this case, I think that I should consider the part a) (From Common Nouns), in particular for the suffixes which signify belonging to, connected with. But there are too many: -ius, -icus, -īlis, -ālis, -āris, -ārius, -nus, -ānus, -īnus, -īvus, -ēnsis.
I suppose the one I have to use depends on the word (nihilum, for example), but I'm not sure if nihilumanus is correct or if I should use another suffix. Also, I'm still not 100% certain if I should usu "nihilum" or go for nil/nihil instead. Does somebody have some experience with Latin or conlanging in general that could give me a better guess?
tl;dr: Is the word "nihilumanus" (from Latin "nihilum" meaning "nothing/nothingness" and the suffix "-anus" meaning origin) proper constructed?