It seems like some names were based on occupation -- which should be too surprising, all things considered. In the modern world. we have that same kind of convention in our surnames (Smith, Potter, Cooper). A few examples from Linear B, related to Smithing:
|Mycenaean Ruins, taken by Jeanhousen via wiki commons|
Arisbas (he who quenches very much)
Pamphusos (all bellows)
Psolarkhos (he who rules over soot)
Other names were related to, it seems, characteristics:
Atukhos (Unlucky, armorer of the king)
plus another name I didn't catch the spelling of but translated to "On the Lake" ha!
And still more were mentioned in passing and I have no idea what they mean:
Tantalos (like Tantalus? Kind of fitting if it was, what with him being the Great-Grandfather of Agamemnon.)
Komawens son of Dewos
Pakhullos, son of Dewos
Finally, a couple of titles:**
Wa-na-ka (Wanax, or King -- in the PALACE context, as opposed to the hamlet context)
Ra-wa-ke-ta (Iawagetas, Leader of the Host -- Kind of like the king, but not quite as impressive.)
E-qe-ta (Hequetas, Follower -- hypothesized as similar to Alexander the Great's companions, aristocratic companions to the Wanax.)
Qa-si-re-u (Basileus "community leader" or chief, which came to mean "king" in later Greek)
Also: Telestai (not explicitly discussed but presented in a chart as "governors" and "chiefs")
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**Hyphenated words are the Linear B representations, and inside the parentheticals you'll find the later Greek and the meaning.