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Having a name was preferable than being addressed by one's position, according to [[The Doctor]]. As of [[2372]], he had "''reviewed [[history|historical]], [[literature|literary]] and [[anthropology|anthropological]] databases from over five hundred [[planet|world]]s''" to no avail. [[Kes]] suggested some [[Ocampa]] names to him, such as [[Benaren]] (her father's name) [[Elrem]] (her uncle) and [[Tarrik]] (a boy she once knew). ({{VOY|Dreadnought}})
 
Having a name was preferable than being addressed by one's position, according to [[The Doctor]]. As of [[2372]], he had "''reviewed [[history|historical]], [[literature|literary]] and [[anthropology|anthropological]] databases from over five hundred [[planet|world]]s''" to no avail. [[Kes]] suggested some [[Ocampa]] names to him, such as [[Benaren]] (her father's name) [[Elrem]] (her uncle) and [[Tarrik]] (a boy she once knew). ({{VOY|Dreadnought}})
The EMH considered several names of famous [[medical]] [[doctor]]s, such as [[Pyong Ko]], [[Albert Schweitzer|Schweitzer]], [[Robert Jarvik|Jarvik]] and [[Louis Pasteur|Pasteur]], believing it might encourage the crew of the {{USS|Voyager}} to treat him with more respect than if they merely referred to him as "Doctor" or "Hey, you". ({{VOY|Fury}}) (The latter echoed [[Leonard McCoy]]'s sentiment [[2268|over a hundred years previous]] that referring to the {{dis|mute|disorder}} [[Minaran]] woman as "Gem" was better than "Hey you". ({{TOS|The Empath}})
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The EMH considered several names of famous [[medical]] [[doctor]]s, such as [[Pyong Ko]], [[Albert Schweitzer|Schweitzer]], [[Robert Jarvik|Jarvik]] and [[Louis Pasteur|Pasteur]], believing it might encourage the crew of the {{USS|Voyager}} to treat him with more respect than if they merely referred to him as "Doctor" or "Hey, you". ({{VOY|Fury}}) (The latter echoed [[Leonard McCoy]]'s sentiment [[2268|over a hundred years previous]] that referring to the {{dis|mute|disorder}} woman they encountered as "Gem" was better than "Hey you". ({{TOS|The Empath}})
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[[Lieutenant]] [[Reginald Barclay]] feared forgetting people's names. ({{TNG|Hollow Pursuits}})
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Among the [[Founder]]s, using a [[solid]]'s name rather than [[title]] suggested [[intimacy]]. ({{DS9|Behind the Lines}})
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[[Borg]] that were [[Assimilation|assimilated]] into the [[Borg Collective]] were generally stripped of any name they may have had and instead given a numbered designation, such as [[Four of Twelve]], along with an adjunct designation, i.e. Subjunction of Unimatrix 525. ({{VOY|Unimatrix Zero}}) When one such individual, [[Seven of Nine|Annika Hansen]], was liberated from the Collective, she resisted early attempts to bring out her humanity, instead asking to continue to be called by her Borg designation, Seven of Nine, as it had been hers for as long as she could remember. {{Dis|Captain|rank}} [[Kathryn Janeway]] found the designation cumbersome, but nevertheless acquiesced with the caveat that it be shortened to simply "Seven," which Seven of Nine found to be "imprecise, but acceptable." ({{VOY|Day of Honor}}) [[Locutus of Borg]], the assimilated form of Captain [[Jean-Luc Picard]], was an exception to the rule of numbered designations, given this name in his role as an intermediary to facilitate the assimilation of the Human race. ({{TNG|The Best of Both Worlds, Part II}})
   
 
== First name ==
 
== First name ==
 
A '''first name''', or '''given name''', was the name that was usually assigned to an individual by one's [[parent]]s.
 
A '''first name''', or '''given name''', was the name that was usually assigned to an individual by one's [[parent]]s.
   
In [[2153]], several crewmen on the {{EnterpriseNX}} suggested names for the [[mimetic simbiot]] later known as [[Sim]], including [[Steven]], [[Enriquez]], and [[Dennis]]. Dr. [[Phlox]] seemed to care little for the last one. ({{ENT|Similitude}})
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The [[waitress]] {{dis|Ruby|602 Club}} had had names picked out for her future children since she was 10 [[year]]s old, and had decided to [[marriage|marry]] the first [[man]] who guessed them correctly. In [[2143]], {{Trip Tucker}} guessed "[[Cyrus]]", "{{dis|Chester|name}}", and "[[Rosalie]]", but none were on her list. ({{ENT|First Flight}})
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In [[2153]], several crewmen on {{EnterpriseNX}} suggested names for the [[mimetic simbiot]] later known as [[Sim]], including [[Steven]], [[Enriquez]], and [[Dennis]]. Dr. [[Phlox]] seemed to care little for the last one. ({{ENT|Similitude}})
   
 
In [[2267]], [[James T. Kirk]], after initially accepting [[Zefram Cochrane]]'s introduction to him as merely "Cochrane", asked for his first name. ({{TOS|Metamorphosis}})
 
In [[2267]], [[James T. Kirk]], after initially accepting [[Zefram Cochrane]]'s introduction to him as merely "Cochrane", asked for his first name. ({{TOS|Metamorphosis}})
   
Calling someone by their first name generally indicated a close relationship between the two parties. Later in that same [[year]], when [[Spock]] referred to [[Christine Chapel]] as "Miss Chapel", she reminded him of her first name. ({{TOS|Amok Time}}) In [[2268]], the [[Romulan]] [[Romulan 23rd commander 002|female squadron commander]] reminded Spock that she had a first name. When she whispered it to him, he declared it "''rare and beautiful.''" ({{TOS|The Enterprise Incident}}) When [[William T. Riker]] was given [[Q]] powers in [[2364]], he began to refer to [[Jean-Luc Picard]] as "Jean-Luc", as Q often did. ({{TNG|Hide and Q}})
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Calling someone by their first name generally indicated a close relationship between the two parties. In [[2266]], the "evil" half of Kirk asked [[Janice Rand]] to call him "Jim", referring to her as "Janice". ({{TOS|The Enemy Within}}) In 2267, when [[Spock]] referred to [[Christine Chapel]] as "Miss Chapel", she reminded him of her first name. ({{TOS|Amok Time}}) In [[2268]], the [[Romulan]] [[Romulan 23rd commander 002|female squadron commander]] reminded Spock that she had a first name. When she whispered it to him, he declared it "''rare and beautiful.''" ({{TOS|The Enterprise Incident}}) When [[William T. Riker]] was given [[Q]] powers in [[2364]], he began to refer to Jean-Luc Picard as "Jean-Luc", as Q often did. ({{TNG|Hide and Q}})
   
 
''Kirk attempted unsuccessfully to learn {{alt|Nyota Uhura}}'s first name three times:''
 
''Kirk attempted unsuccessfully to learn {{alt|Nyota Uhura}}'s first name three times:''
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''His eventual knowledge of her first name came secondhand; just prior to Kirk and {{alt|Spock}}'s [[transporter|transporting]] over to the supposed [[cargo bay]] of the ''[[Narada]]'', he overheard Spock call her "Nyota". When Kirk asked Spock if it was her first name, he declined to comment.'' ({{film|11}})
 
''His eventual knowledge of her first name came secondhand; just prior to Kirk and {{alt|Spock}}'s [[transporter|transporting]] over to the supposed [[cargo bay]] of the ''[[Narada]]'', he overheard Spock call her "Nyota". When Kirk asked Spock if it was her first name, he declined to comment.'' ({{film|11}})
   
In [[2364]], [[Paul Rice]]'s failure to use Riker's first name proved that he was not who he claimed to be (he was actually a [[hologram]]). ({{TNG|The Arsenal of Freedom}})
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In [[2364]], {{dis|Paul Rice|hologram}}'s failure to use Riker's first name proved that he was not [[Paul Rice|who he claimed to be]] (he was actually a [[hologram]]). ({{TNG|The Arsenal of Freedom}})
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As of [[2369]], [[Calvin Hutchinson]] had not forgiven his [[Hutchinson's parents 001|parents]] for naming him "Calvin", which he considered to be a terrible name. ({{TNG|Starship Mine}})
   
 
In [[2370]], [[Jason Vigo]] asked the [[officer]] guarding him what her name was. When she replied with "''Lieutenant Rhodes''", he clarified by saying he meant her first name. She told him it was [[Sandra Rhodes|Sandra]]. ({{TNG|Bloodlines}})
 
In [[2370]], [[Jason Vigo]] asked the [[officer]] guarding him what her name was. When she replied with "''Lieutenant Rhodes''", he clarified by saying he meant her first name. She told him it was [[Sandra Rhodes|Sandra]]. ({{TNG|Bloodlines}})
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| Similar to an unknown impolite phrase
 
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A '''middle name''' is a name that can optionally be added in between first and last names. Middle names were often shortened to [[initials]] only.
 
A '''middle name''' is a name that can optionally be added in between first and last names. Middle names were often shortened to [[initials]] only.
   
[[William T. Riker]] never cared much for his middle name. In [[2369]], his [[Transporter#Transporter accidents#Split one entity into two identical entities|transporter double]] took it as a first name, leading Will to comment on how different they were. ({{TNG|Second Chances}})
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[[William T. Riker]] never cared much for his middle name, which was Thomas. In [[2369]], his [[Transporter#Transporter accidents#Split one entity into two identical entities|transporter double]] took it as a first name, leading Will to comment on how different they were. ({{TNG|Second Chances}})
   
 
Middle names could be given to honor a relative. In [[2372]], [[Ensign]] [[Samantha Wildman]] considered giving her [[Naomi Wildman|unborn baby]] the middle name "Greskrendtregk" after her [[Ktarian]] [[Greskrendtregk|father]]. ({{VOY|Dreadnought}})
 
Middle names could be given to honor a relative. In [[2372]], [[Ensign]] [[Samantha Wildman]] considered giving her [[Naomi Wildman|unborn baby]] the middle name "Greskrendtregk" after her [[Ktarian]] [[Greskrendtregk|father]]. ({{VOY|Dreadnought}})
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== Surname ==
 
== Surname ==
A '''surname''' is a name added on to the given name of individuals, often to indicate a family or clan relationship.
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A '''surname''', '''family name''' or '''last name''' is a name added on to the given name of individuals, often to indicate a family or clan relationship.
   
 
[[Vulcan]] family names are nearly unpronounceable by Humans. ({{TOS|Journey to Babel}})
 
[[Vulcan]] family names are nearly unpronounceable by Humans. ({{TOS|Journey to Babel}})
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[[Kzinti]] surnames were titles added to their names over their careers. ({{TAS|The Slaver Weapon}})
 
[[Kzinti]] surnames were titles added to their names over their careers. ({{TAS|The Slaver Weapon}})
   
[[Human]] women traditionally change their surnames to that of their [[husband]] upon [[marriage]], such as [[Keiko O'Brien]] did. ({{TNG|Data's Day}})
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Some Human women traditionally change their surnames to that of their [[husband]] upon [[marriage]], such as [[Keiko O'Brien]] did. ({{TNG|Data's Day}})
   
 
Most Klingons were addressed by their given names, and their full names had a patronymical surname, such as "son of [[Mogh]]" or "daughter of [[W'mar]]". ({{TNG|Sins of the Father}}; {{DS9|Sons and Daughters}})
 
Most Klingons were addressed by their given names, and their full names had a patronymical surname, such as "son of [[Mogh]]" or "daughter of [[W'mar]]". ({{TNG|Sins of the Father}}; {{DS9|Sons and Daughters}})
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''Upon first meeting in the [[alternate reality]], {{alt|James T. Kirk}} initially mistook {{alt|Nyota Uhura}}'s last name for her [[first name]], as she gave no other. ({{film|11}})''
 
''Upon first meeting in the [[alternate reality]], {{alt|James T. Kirk}} initially mistook {{alt|Nyota Uhura}}'s last name for her [[first name]], as she gave no other. ({{film|11}})''
   
A maiden name was a woman's surname prior to marriage, when she would often take her spouse's surname. ''In [[2259]] of the [[alternate reality]], {{alt|Carol Marcus}} used the [[alias]] "Carol Wallace", which combined her real first name with her mother's [[maiden name]]. ({{film|12}})
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A '''maiden name''' was a woman's surname prior to marriage, when she would often take her spouse's surname. ''In [[2259]] of the [[alternate reality]], {{alt|Carol Marcus}} used the [[alias]] "Carol Wallace", which combined her real first name with her mother's [[maiden name]]. ({{film|12}})
   
== Namesakes ==
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[[Stella Mudd]]'s maiden name was Grimes. ({{DIS|Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad}})
   
Sometimes a person was named after another to honor them.
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=== Surnames ===
 
''In the [[alternate reality]], {{alt|James T. Kirk}} was named after his [[Winona Kirk (alternate reality)|maternal]] [[James (Winona Kirk's father)|grandfather]], instead of his [[George Kirk (alternate reality)|paternal]] [[Tiberius Kirk|grandfather]] (The latter provided his middle name). ({{film|11}})''
 
 
As a result of [[Ben Finney]]'s close friendship with James Kirk, the former's daughter [[Jame Finney]] was named after the [[captain]]. ({{TOS|Court Martial}})
 
 
[[Eleen]] named her son [[Leonard James Akaar]] after McCoy and Kirk, respectively. ({{TOS|Friday's Child}})
 
 
In an [[alternate timeline]], [[Jean-Luc Riker]] was named after Picard. ({{TNG|Future Imperfect}})
 
 
[[Eline]] named [[Batai (young)|her baby]] [[Batai]] after a friend of her husband [[Kamin]]. ({{TNG|The Inner Light}})
 
 
[[Dax, son of Kang]] was named after [[Curzon Dax]]. ({{DS9|Blood Oath}})
 
 
[[Kirayoshi O'Brien]] was named after his surrogate mother [[Kira Nerys]]. ({{DS9|The Begotten}})
 
 
[[Sek]] named his daughter {{dis|T'Meni|daughter of Sek}} after his [[T'Meni|grandmother]]. ({{VOY|Hunters}})
 
 
[[Reginald Barclay]] named his cat {{dis|Neelix|cat}} after {{USS|Voyager}}'s [[Talaxian]] [[morale officer]], a gesture that The Doctor said would make him feel honored. ({{VOY|Life Line}})
 
 
Icheb was named after his father's second name, a fact he recalled in [[2376]] after re-gaining his individuality. ({{VOY|Collective}})
 
 
=== Last name surnames ===
 
 
Societies with apparent last name surnames include:
 
Societies with apparent last name surnames include:
 
* [[Atrean]]s ({{TNG|Inheritance}})
 
* [[Atrean]]s ({{TNG|Inheritance}})
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* [[Markalian]]s ({{DS9|Hippocratic Oath}})
 
* [[Markalian]]s ({{DS9|Hippocratic Oath}})
 
* [[Melthusian]]s ({{TNG|Night Terrors}})
 
* [[Melthusian]]s ({{TNG|Night Terrors}})
* [[Meridian inhabitants|Meridians]] ({{DS9|Meridian}})
 
 
* [[Mizarian]]s ({{TNG|Allegiance}})
 
* [[Mizarian]]s ({{TNG|Allegiance}})
 
* [[Pandronian]]s ({{TAS|Bem}})
 
* [[Pandronian]]s ({{TAS|Bem}})
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* [[Rutian]]s ({{TNG|The High Ground}})
 
* [[Rutian]]s ({{TNG|The High Ground}})
 
* [[Sarpeidon native]]s ({{TOS|All Our Yesterdays}})
 
* [[Sarpeidon native]]s ({{TOS|All Our Yesterdays}})
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* [[Seltin Rakal's species|Seltin Rakal's species]] ({{DS9|Meridian}})
 
* [[Sikarian]]s ({{VOY|Prime Factors}})
 
* [[Sikarian]]s ({{VOY|Prime Factors}})
 
* [[Tagran]]s ({{TNG|True Q}})
 
* [[Tagran]]s ({{TNG|True Q}})
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* [[Vulcan]]s ({{TOS|This Side of Paradise}})
 
* [[Vulcan]]s ({{TOS|This Side of Paradise}})
   
== See also==
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== True name ==
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The Humans living on [[Alcor IV]] had a true name, which was given to them by their [[lover]]s, and used other names day to day. [[Craft]] was one such name used by an individual whose true name was unknown. ({{ST|Calypso}})
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{{bginfo|While these Humans lived in the far future, the idea of a {{w|true name}} has a long history in Human culture.}}
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== Namesakes ==
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Sometimes a person or animal was named after another to honor the former.
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''In the [[alternate reality]], {{alt|James T. Kirk}} was named after his [[Winona Kirk (alternate reality)|maternal]] [[James (Winona Kirk's father)|grandfather]], instead of his [[George Kirk (alternate reality)|paternal]] [[Tiberius Kirk|grandfather]] (The latter provided his middle name). ({{film|11}})''
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As a result of [[Benjamin Finney]]'s close friendship with James Kirk, the former's daughter [[Jame Finney]] was named after the captain. ({{TOS|Court Martial}})
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[[Eleen]] named her son [[Leonard James Akaar]] after McCoy and Kirk, respectively. ({{TOS|Friday's Child}})
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In [[Barash]]'s [[holoprogram]], [[Jean-Luc Riker]] was named after Picard. ({{TNG|Future Imperfect}})
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[[Eline]] named {{dis|Batai|Kamin's son|her baby}} [[Batai]] after a deceased friend of her husband [[Kamin]]. ({{TNG|The Inner Light}})
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[[Dax, son of Kang]] was named after [[Curzon Dax]]. ({{DS9|Blood Oath}})
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[[Kirayoshi O'Brien]] was named after his surrogate mother [[Kira Nerys]]. ({{DS9|The Begotten}})
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''In an alternate timeline where the {{USS|Defiant|2370}} was stranded on [[Gaia]] in the [[22nd century]], [[Molly]] and several other Mollys descended from [[Miles O'Brien]] and [[Rita Tannenbaum]] were named after [[Molly O'Brien]]. ({{DS9|Children of Time}})''
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[[Sek]] named his daughter {{dis|T'Meni|daughter of Sek}} after his [[T'Meni|grandmother]]. ({{VOY|Hunters}})
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[[Reginald Barclay]] named his cat {{dis|Neelix|cat}} after {{USS|Voyager}}'s [[Talaxian]] [[morale officer]], a gesture that The Doctor said would make him feel honored. ({{VOY|Pathfinder|Life Line}})
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Icheb was named after his father's second name, a fact he recalled in [[2376]] after re-gaining his individuality. ({{VOY|Collective}})
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[[Abaddon]] was named after his [[Abaddon (father)|father]], who in turn was named after his [[Abaddon (grandfather)|grandfather]]. ({{VOY|Alice}})
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Individuals could also have ships and inanimate objects named after them. Among [[Human]]s, it was customary to name something of note after its discoverer or initiator.
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The [[2024]] [[Bell Riots]] were named for [[Gabriel Bell]], a central figure in the uprising. ({{DS9|Past Tense, Part I}})
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In [[2153]] [[T'Pol]] suggested that a [[nebula]] discovered by her and [[Jonathan Archer]] be named the [[Robinson Nebula]], in honor of [[A.G. Robinson]]. ({{ENT|First Flight}})
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[[Lwaxana Troi]] once had a [[star]] named after her by a [[Rigel IV astronomer 001|astronomer]] from [[Rigel IV]]. ({{TNG|Half a Life}})
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[[Tom Paris]] named a ship he purchased {{dis|Alice|ship}}, after [[Alice Battisti]]. ({{VOY|Alice}})
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[[Miral Paris]] was named after [[B'Elanna Torres]]'s [[mother]] [[Miral]], something [[John Torres]] felt she would have liked. ({{VOY|Author, Author}})
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{{bginfo|The character of [[Samantha Wildman]] was named after a real little girl who died. [https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Samantha_Wildman#Appendices]}}
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== Appendices ==
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===Background information===
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Several characters and starships in various ''Star Trek'' iterations have been named after famous individuals or members of the production team. This is particularly true when [[okudagram]]s feature the names of characters only mentioned in writing, such as the [[Raymond family]] tree, or names on a [[dedication plaque]].
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In an attempt to reconcile two or more alternate names given to characters in Trek lit, later books have often combined the apparently conflicting names to create one complete name, such as in the case of {{dis|Black|Admiral}}. Characters lacking portions of their name in canon have also been named after the actors who played them when they appear in lit, such as {{dis|Hansen|Lieutenant}}, named "Beggs Hansen" in the TOS novel [[Best Defense]], after [[Hagan Beggs]], the actor who played him in {{s|TOS}}.
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=== See also===
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* [[Metaphor#With one's name on it|With one's name on it]]
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* [[Name tag]]
 
* [[Naming ceremony]]
 
* [[Naming ceremony]]
 
* [[Nickname]]
 
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* {{wikipedia}}
 
* {{wikipedia}}
 
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"A name can have a significant effect upon a person's sense of identity."
– Tuvix, 2372 ("Tuvix")

A name was a word or combination of words that identified a specific person or subject.

Having a name was preferable than being addressed by one's position, according to The Doctor. As of 2372, he had "reviewed historical, literary and anthropological databases from over five hundred worlds" to no avail. Kes suggested some Ocampa names to him, such as Benaren (her father's name) Elrem (her uncle) and Tarrik (a boy she once knew). (VOY: "Dreadnought") The EMH considered several names of famous medical doctors, such as Pyong Ko, Schweitzer, Jarvik and Pasteur, believing it might encourage the crew of the USS Voyager to treat him with more respect than if they merely referred to him as "Doctor" or "Hey, you". (VOY: "Fury") (The latter echoed Leonard McCoy's sentiment over a hundred years previous that referring to the mute woman they encountered as "Gem" was better than "Hey you". (TOS: "The Empath")

Lieutenant Reginald Barclay feared forgetting people's names. (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

Among the Founders, using a solid's name rather than title suggested intimacy. (DS9: "Behind the Lines")

Borg that were assimilated into the Borg Collective were generally stripped of any name they may have had and instead given a numbered designation, such as Four of Twelve, along with an adjunct designation, i.e. Subjunction of Unimatrix 525. (VOY: "Unimatrix Zero") When one such individual, Annika Hansen, was liberated from the Collective, she resisted early attempts to bring out her humanity, instead asking to continue to be called by her Borg designation, Seven of Nine, as it had been hers for as long as she could remember. Captain Kathryn Janeway found the designation cumbersome, but nevertheless acquiesced with the caveat that it be shortened to simply "Seven," which Seven of Nine found to be "imprecise, but acceptable." (VOY: "Day of Honor") Locutus of Borg, the assimilated form of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, was an exception to the rule of numbered designations, given this name in his role as an intermediary to facilitate the assimilation of the Human race. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II")

First name

A first name, or given name, was the name that was usually assigned to an individual by one's parents.

The waitress Ruby had had names picked out for her future children since she was 10 years old, and had decided to marry the first man who guessed them correctly. In 2143, Trip Tucker guessed "Cyrus", "Chester", and "Rosalie", but none were on her list. (ENT: "First Flight")

In 2153, several crewmen on Enterprise NX-01 suggested names for the mimetic simbiot later known as Sim, including Steven, Enriquez, and Dennis. Dr. Phlox seemed to care little for the last one. (ENT: "Similitude")

In 2267, James T. Kirk, after initially accepting Zefram Cochrane's introduction to him as merely "Cochrane", asked for his first name. (TOS: "Metamorphosis")

Calling someone by their first name generally indicated a close relationship between the two parties. In 2266, the "evil" half of Kirk asked Janice Rand to call him "Jim", referring to her as "Janice". (TOS: "The Enemy Within") In 2267, when Spock referred to Christine Chapel as "Miss Chapel", she reminded him of her first name. (TOS: "Amok Time") In 2268, the Romulan female squadron commander reminded Spock that she had a first name. When she whispered it to him, he declared it "rare and beautiful." (TOS: "The Enterprise Incident") When William T. Riker was given Q powers in 2364, he began to refer to Jean-Luc Picard as "Jean-Luc", as Q often did. (TNG: "Hide and Q")

Kirk attempted unsuccessfully to learn Nyota Uhura's first name three times:

  • In the Shipyard Bar (after mistakenly assuming because she gave her name only as "Uhura" that her people didn't have last names - changed the subject himself)

His eventual knowledge of her first name came secondhand; just prior to Kirk and Spock's transporting over to the supposed cargo bay of the Narada, he overheard Spock call her "Nyota". When Kirk asked Spock if it was her first name, he declined to comment. (Star Trek)

In 2364, Paul Rice's failure to use Riker's first name proved that he was not who he claimed to be (he was actually a hologram). (TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom")

As of 2369, Calvin Hutchinson had not forgiven his parents for naming him "Calvin", which he considered to be a terrible name. (TNG: "Starship Mine")

In 2370, Jason Vigo asked the officer guarding him what her name was. When she replied with "Lieutenant Rhodes", he clarified by saying he meant her first name. She told him it was Sandra. (TNG: "Bloodlines")

In 2376, after re-gaining their individuality, former Borg drones Icheb and Mezoti recalled their given names. Mezoti thought her name to be pretty. (VOY: "Collective")

Occasionally, inanimate objects were also given names. Julian Bashir recalled once that some American frontiersmen gave their rifles names, prompting Miles O'Brien to quip, "Maybe I'll start calling my tricorder Sally." (DS9: "Field of Fire")

Some first names and their known meanings
Name Language Meaning Citation
Arev Vulcan Desert wind ENT: "The Forge"
Cameron Celtic One whose nose is bent VOY: "Dreadnought"
Esoqq Chalnoth Fighter TNG: "Allegiance"
Frederick Bolian, English Similar to an unknown impolite phrase VOY: "Dreadnought"
Kejal Bajoran Freedom VOY: "Flesh and Blood"
Laas Varalan Changeable DS9: "Chimera"
Lal Hindi Beloved TNG: "The Offspring"
Sean Bajoran, Irish Swamp (Bajoran) DS9: "Let He Who Is Without Sin..."

Middle name

A middle name is a name that can optionally be added in between first and last names. Middle names were often shortened to initials only.

William T. Riker never cared much for his middle name, which was Thomas. In 2369, his transporter double took it as a first name, leading Will to comment on how different they were. (TNG: "Second Chances")

Middle names could be given to honor a relative. In 2372, Ensign Samantha Wildman considered giving her unborn baby the middle name "Greskrendtregk" after her Ktarian father. (VOY: "Dreadnought")

Icheb was named after his father's middle ("second") name. (VOY: "Collective")

Surname

A surname, family name or last name is a name added on to the given name of individuals, often to indicate a family or clan relationship.

Vulcan family names are nearly unpronounceable by Humans. (TOS: "Journey to Babel")

The unpronounceable Vulcan name was described as a "first name" in TOS: "This Side of Paradise". No Vulcan family name has been given in canon.

Kzinti surnames were titles added to their names over their careers. (TAS: "The Slaver Weapon")

Some Human women traditionally change their surnames to that of their husband upon marriage, such as Keiko O'Brien did. (TNG: "Data's Day")

Most Klingons were addressed by their given names, and their full names had a patronymical surname, such as "son of Mogh" or "daughter of W'mar". (TNG: "Sins of the Father"; DS9: "Sons and Daughters")

The Trill are born with family last names. Once joined, they adapt their symbiont's name as their surname. (TNG: "The Host")

Many Bajorans, who have their family names as first names, have "distorted" their names in order to more easily acclimate to Starfleet and Federation norms. (TNG: "Ensign Ro")

In 2369, Data found it odd that Orton's family dropped the prefix "Pel" from their surname, as having such a prefix denoted nobility. He suggested that social change towards a more egalitarian society might be responsible for the alteration. (TNG: "Starship Mine")

Members of Vilix'pran's species are addressed by the second part of their name. For example, Vilix'pran is addressed as "Pran." (DS9: "Business as Usual")

It is possible that this second part of their name is a family name.

The Miradorn, seem to have a surname as a hyphenated part of their own name. Evidence of this is Ah-Kel and Ro-Kel. (DS9: "Vortex")

Charles Tucker referred to Feezal as "Mrs. Phlox," likely confusing Human custom with Denobulan customs. (ENT: "Stigma")

The Ferengi do not appear to use surnames, although they have occasionally been heard to use "son of..." or "daughter of..." in a similar fashion to the Klingons. (DS9: "The House of Quark", "Family Business")

Upon first meeting in the alternate reality, James T. Kirk initially mistook Nyota Uhura's last name for her first name, as she gave no other. (Star Trek)

A maiden name was a woman's surname prior to marriage, when she would often take her spouse's surname. In 2259 of the alternate reality, Carol Marcus used the alias "Carol Wallace", which combined her real first name with her mother's maiden name. (Star Trek Into Darkness)

Stella Mudd's maiden name was Grimes. (DIS: "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad")

Surnames

Societies with apparent last name surnames include:

Leonard James Akaar, son of Akaar, may in fact be a special case, as no other Capellans seemed to have surnames.

Societies where individuals were addressed by their second name include:

These may or may not indicate a family name.

First name surnames

Societies with first name surnames include:

True name

The Humans living on Alcor IV had a true name, which was given to them by their lovers, and used other names day to day. Craft was one such name used by an individual whose true name was unknown. (ST: "Calypso")

While these Humans lived in the far future, the idea of a true name has a long history in Human culture.

Namesakes

Sometimes a person or animal was named after another to honor the former.

In the alternate reality, James T. Kirk was named after his maternal grandfather, instead of his paternal grandfather (The latter provided his middle name). (Star Trek)

As a result of Benjamin Finney's close friendship with James Kirk, the former's daughter Jame Finney was named after the captain. (TOS: "Court Martial")

Eleen named her son Leonard James Akaar after McCoy and Kirk, respectively. (TOS: "Friday's Child")

In Barash's holoprogram, Jean-Luc Riker was named after Picard. (TNG: "Future Imperfect")

Eline named her baby Batai after a deceased friend of her husband Kamin. (TNG: "The Inner Light")

Dax, son of Kang was named after Curzon Dax. (DS9: "Blood Oath")

Kirayoshi O'Brien was named after his surrogate mother Kira Nerys. (DS9: "The Begotten")

In an alternate timeline where the USS Defiant was stranded on Gaia in the 22nd century, Molly and several other Mollys descended from Miles O'Brien and Rita Tannenbaum were named after Molly O'Brien. (DS9: "Children of Time")

Sek named his daughter T'Meni after his grandmother. (VOY: "Hunters")

Reginald Barclay named his cat Neelix after USS Voyager's Talaxian morale officer, a gesture that The Doctor said would make him feel honored. (VOY: "Pathfinder", "Life Line")

Icheb was named after his father's second name, a fact he recalled in 2376 after re-gaining his individuality. (VOY: "Collective")

Abaddon was named after his father, who in turn was named after his grandfather. (VOY: "Alice")

Individuals could also have ships and inanimate objects named after them. Among Humans, it was customary to name something of note after its discoverer or initiator.

The 2024 Bell Riots were named for Gabriel Bell, a central figure in the uprising. (DS9: "Past Tense, Part I")

In 2153 T'Pol suggested that a nebula discovered by her and Jonathan Archer be named the Robinson Nebula, in honor of A.G. Robinson. (ENT: "First Flight")

Lwaxana Troi once had a star named after her by a astronomer from Rigel IV. (TNG: "Half a Life")

Tom Paris named a ship he purchased Alice, after Alice Battisti. (VOY: "Alice")

Miral Paris was named after B'Elanna Torres's mother Miral, something John Torres felt she would have liked. (VOY: "Author, Author")

The character of Samantha Wildman was named after a real little girl who died. [1]

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Background information

Several characters and starships in various Star Trek iterations have been named after famous individuals or members of the production team. This is particularly true when okudagrams feature the names of characters only mentioned in writing, such as the Raymond family tree, or names on a dedication plaque.

In an attempt to reconcile two or more alternate names given to characters in Trek lit, later books have often combined the apparently conflicting names to create one complete name, such as in the case of Black. Characters lacking portions of their name in canon have also been named after the actors who played them when they appear in lit, such as Hansen, named "Beggs Hansen" in the TOS novel Best Defense, after Hagan Beggs, the actor who played him in Star Trek: The Original Series.

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