Naming practices in Trekverse

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  1. Laura Cynthia Chambers

    Laura Cynthia Chambers Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    What first names(akes) are popular? Lots of little Jameses, Kirks, etc? Are alien first names popular with people, too?

    Do people take on new last names when they settle a planet, ones which reflect their jobs? Do we have somebody surnamed, "Warpman" or "Transporter", or someone born on a ship named "Enterpriseson/Priseson"?
     
  2. marlboro

    marlboro Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    With as much as the captain of the Enterprise got around, I'd say that's a safe bet.
     
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  3. Kilana2

    Kilana2 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Leonard James Akaar!
     
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  4. JirinPanthosa

    JirinPanthosa Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Short names that start with J are popular in every scifi and every action universe. Jim, Jack, John, Jeff.
     
  5. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Could be, could be.

    There was a DSC episode with a human named T'Shen Kovil. He could have a Vulcan relative, or perhaps his parents named him after a Vulcan they knew (or simply liked the name).

    The Kzinti do.

    In TAS' "The Slaver Weapon" the Kzin commander is called "Chuft Captain". His rank is part of his name, as per standard Kzinti naming conventions.
     
  6. King Daniel Beyond

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    American names are the most popular in the future.
     
  7. Sgt_G

    Sgt_G Commodore Commodore

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    Define "American name". Garcia and Rodriguez are the sixth and ninth most-common last names in USA. So if by "American" you mean WASP names from England, that's not really true. Lots of German sounding names in my home area, including my own name.

    Personally, I make a concerted effort to give a decent mix of names in my fiction writing. Here's the list of the humans in the crew on the ship in my latest fiction stories:

    Robert James Patrick Weatherford
    Dennis Albert Hammerstrom
    Otis David Gunderson, Sr
    Jeffery Adam "Jazz" Zhou
    Juan Vasquez
    Albert Yazzie
    Ethan Springer
    Daniel Levinstein
    John Anuniaq
    Arthur Peterson
    Timothy Paul Hoffman
    Thomas McCormack
    Zachary Zimmerman
    Stanley Christov
    Walter Armstrong
    Tao Chen
    Darrell Jefferson, Jr.
    James Smith
    Ryan Ochoa
    David Wong
    Kyle Luke Miller
    Ivan Blazek
    Richard "Ricky" Pak
    Kevin Paul Fitzpatrick
    Jon Pace
    Jack Henry Nunez
    Phillip Argyros
    Eric Mosley
    Ernesto Sanchez
    Bradley Greenwood
    Jason Littleton
    Geovanni Raphael DeLuca
    Michael Gilbert Olsen
    Joseph Michael “Mike” Martinez
    Nazif Kobal
    Charles Morango
    Theodore "Ted" Alexander Flynn
    William "Bill" Grimm
    Nathaniel "Nate" James Wright
    Marcus John Nagbe
    Christopher Juan Rios
    Preston James Winslow, III
    David Scott Young
    Paul Harrington
    Toby Dalagon
    Pierre Lambert
    Steven Eichenlaub
    Robert "Bob" David Carpenter
    Fredrick Youngblood
    Sergio Baltazar
    Caroline Wiggins
    Amanda Carr
    Ariya Raja
    Olivia Joy Swanson
    Lorelei Pixie Everhart
    Yvonne Elsa Christensen
    Vanessa Sue Taylor
    Michelle Moretti
    Suzette Clarabelle DuBois
    Laci Tran
    Shannon Kennedy
    Susan Tanaka
    Pamela Edith Rutledge
    Brenda Sinclair
    Delilah Elizabeth Jaeger
    Daisy Xiang
    Marilyn de Groot
    Rachael Overton
    LaToya Robinson
    Kim Leonani Alohilani
    Rose Calhoun
    Lisa Kingsman
    Melissa Jane Black
    Ann Kolinski
    Zoe Kolinski
    Linda May Holliday
    Sarah Jane Winters
    Debora Lovejoy
    Dianne Booker
    Amy-Lynn Szczr

    Don't worry, I do not intend on writing every single character into my stories. I just wanted a list handy in case I need to mention the night-shift maintenance tech that bumps into the captain when he's going for a midnight snack.
     
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  8. Veronica Hobbes

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    When I'm creating characters for any of my stories I usually tend to use family names, surnames anyway. I have a list of surnames that crop up on my mum's side of the family, It's quite a long list and I've not used them all, but I might have to use some in the Discovery fic I'm working on.

    I won't list them all but these are some of my favourites or that I want to use: (for humans if it's Star Trek)

    Bloxell
    Bowditch
    Roser
    Pink
    Harding
    Gatland
    Saxbee
    Sawyer
    Sillick
    Hitchcock
    Tuckney
    Verral
    Wraight
    Holland
    Holmes
    Huggett
    Knight
    Legge
    Luff
    Lyon
    Marchant
    Noble

    I've used my own surname, which is Molloy but it's from my dads side, once or twice.

    I imagine though there are some quite unique names in the 23/24 century's. I guess it depends on the character. But I quite like the name Amaranthea, Amara for short, I don't know if it's a particularly spacey name, but I've used it before in a Star Wars type RP.
     
  9. Laura Cynthia Chambers

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    Short names in general because they're easy and quick to say.
     
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    Zaphod would be an interesting name.

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  11. Veronica Hobbes

    Veronica Hobbes Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    Ages ago I found a LOTR name generator where you put yours or another name in and it gave you an elven name. But I’m pretty sure I also found one for Star Trek. That would be a good resource though if you’re struggling to come up with a Star Trek related name or one that would fit.
     
  12. FormerLurker

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    What you do with such a thing is load in actual Star Trek names and see what it spits out in return. Could be interesting.
     
  13. Veronica Hobbes

    Veronica Hobbes Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    I never thought of that, I’ll have to try that. I’ll have a look for it when I get home and have a go. It could be interesting though.