History Main / LawOfAlienNames

8th Aug '16 4:37:40 PM ZimFan89
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* The now defunct ''FanFic/BothSyllables'' series expands on the [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim Irken]] naming themes mentioned below. Specifically, it's stated that Irkens tend to have longer names, but contract them to a compound of the first letter and last syllable; for example, Zim's full name is '''Z'''ernin'''im''.

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* The now defunct ''FanFic/BothSyllables'' series expands on the [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim Irken]] naming themes mentioned below. Specifically, it's stated that Irkens tend to have longer names, but contract them to a compound of the first letter and last syllable; for example, Zim's full name is '''Z'''ernin'''im''.'''Z'''ernin'''im'''.
8th Aug '16 4:37:27 PM ZimFan89
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* The now defunct ''FanFic/BothSyllables'' series expands on the [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim Irken]] naming themes mentioned below. Specifically, it's stated that Irkens tend to have longer names, but contract them to a compound of the first letter and last syllable; for example, Zim's full name is '''Z'''ernin'''im''.
29th Jul '16 11:45:36 PM DaNuke
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* ''LeagueOfLegends'' has the Voidborn champions follow the [=<harsh syllable>'<harsh syllable>=] naming convention: Cho'gath, Kha'zix, Vel'koz, Kog'maw and Rek'sai.
20th May '16 2:11:27 PM Doug86
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** The StarTrekNovelVerse has a series of "rules". While there are exceptions to all of these (no one culture or race can be truly homogenous in any custom), we have the following trends.

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** The StarTrekNovelVerse Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse has a series of "rules". While there are exceptions to all of these (no one culture or race can be truly homogenous in any custom), we have the following trends.
8th May '16 8:24:31 PM PaulA
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* {{Anne McCaffrey}} pays ''a lot'' of attention to her naming conventions in the ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' series.
** All dragon's names end in TH, but the reason for this is never explored. (Word of God says it's because dragons have forked tongues, so would speak with a lisp. (Never mind the fact dragons never actually speak with their mouths, they only ever use mind-speech.)
*** Do people with lisps think with lisps too?
%% Some people lisp with TH; others lisp with parentheses. See ScriptingLanguage.

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* {{Anne McCaffrey}} Creator/AnneMcCaffrey pays ''a lot'' of attention to her naming conventions in the ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' series.
** All dragon's names end in TH, but the reason for this is never explored. (Word of God says it's because dragons have forked tongues, so would speak with a lisp. (Never mind the fact dragons never actually speak with their mouths, they only ever use mind-speech.)
*** Do people with lisps think with lisps too?
%% Some people lisp with TH; others lisp with parentheses. See ScriptingLanguage.
explored in-story.
20th Apr '16 11:31:36 PM KEEP_IN
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* In Homestuck the trolls usually have two names that are each 6 letters long, 12 in total; for example: 'Karkat Vantas'. When they're older, most of them abandon their old name and take a name which is 8 letters long and can be considered a title; i.e: 'Redglare'.

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* In Homestuck the trolls usually have two names that are each 6 letters long, 12 in total; for example: 'Karkat Vantas'. When they're older, most of them abandon their old name and take a name which is 8 letters long and can be considered a title; i.e: 'Redglare'.
6th Mar '16 2:03:35 AM Nepeta
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* In Homestuck the trolls usually have two names that are each 6 letters long, 12 in total; for example: 'Karkat Vantas'. When they're older, most of them abandon their old name and take a name which is 8 letters long and can be considered a title; i.e: 'Redglare'.



* Webstite/DeviantArt: The NavaVerse for the most part only exhibits names whose letters ''do not appear in the same arrangement anywhere else on the internet''. Sometimes, an unusual username, one of this nature, can tip other users off as a sign that these users are hackers or spambots.

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* Webstite/DeviantArt: Website/DeviantArt: The NavaVerse for the most part only exhibits names whose letters ''do not appear in the same arrangement anywhere else on the internet''. Sometimes, an unusual username, one of this nature, can tip other users off as a sign that these users are hackers or spambots.
7th Jan '16 2:05:34 PM StFan
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* {{Superman}}'s cousin is named Kara, which is an example of the trope, but an odd one in that the name became popular in English as an actual name after the introduction of the character, to the point where on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' she just calls herself Kara and there's nothing weird about the name. In truth, it isn't actually alien, rather of Proto-Italo-Celtic origin (Italian "beloved", Irish "friend"), but as stated above, it was hardly ever used as a given name until long after Supergirl started.
* Averted in the Mike Baron & Steve Rude comic ''{{Comicbook/Nexus}}'', where most of the aliens have names like Dave, Fred, Sinclaire, and Tyrone. Fred converts to Judaism and changes his name to Judah.

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* {{Superman}}'s Franchise/{{Superman}}'s cousin is named Kara, which is an example of the trope, but an odd one in that the name became popular in English as an actual name after the introduction of the character, to the point where on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' she just calls herself Kara and there's nothing weird about the name. In truth, it isn't actually alien, rather of Proto-Italo-Celtic origin (Italian "beloved", Irish "friend"), but as stated above, it was hardly ever used as a given name until long after Supergirl started.
* Averted in the Mike Baron & and Steve Rude comic ''{{Comicbook/Nexus}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Nexus}}'', where most of the aliens have names like Dave, Fred, Sinclaire, and Tyrone. Fred converts to Judaism and changes his name to Judah.



* Parodied in a ''{{Monty}}'' comic strip, where Monty was writing a paragraph for a fantasy novel. He activates his word processor's spell-check function... causing his computer to selfdestruct.



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* The NavaVerse for the most part only exhibits names whose letters ''do not appear in the same arrangement anywhere else on the internet''.
** Sometimes, an unusual username, one of this nature, can tip other users off as a sign that these users are hackers or spambots.

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* The NavaVerse Parodied in a ''ComicStrip/RobotmanAndMonty'' comic strip, where Monty is writing a paragraph for the most part only exhibits names whose letters ''do not appear in the same arrangement anywhere else on the internet''.
** Sometimes, an unusual username, one of this nature, can tip other users off as
a sign that these users are hackers or spambots.fantasy novel. He activates his word processor's spell-check function... causing his computer to selfdestruct.



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* Discussed in ''GentlemenBroncos'', in which a sci-fi writer orders a class of young writers to name their characters things like this, insisting a girl rename her character, Teacup, Tylonious.

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* Discussed in ''GentlemenBroncos'', ''Film/GentlemenBroncos'', in which a sci-fi writer orders a class of young writers to name their characters things like this, insisting a girl rename her character, Teacup, Tylonious.



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* Parodied in a ForgottenRealms short story in which an illusion-masked Volo visits Menzoberranzan. Asked his name by a drow official, he barks out a made-up series of Xs and Zs that he hopes will sound sufficiently drow-like. [[spoiler: He gets busted, not because his random choice of syllables is complete unpronounceable nonsense, but because it's a ''female name'' for dark elves.]]
* Zigzagged in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. While Ork and many Chaos names follow the usual Ks-and-Rs-out-the-wazoo route, the Tau have [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Tau_language a complex system that contains the Tau's homeworld, caste, rank, and personality.]]

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* Parodied in a ForgottenRealms ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' short story in which an illusion-masked Volo visits Menzoberranzan. Asked his name by a drow official, he barks out a made-up series of Xs and Zs that he hopes will sound sufficiently drow-like. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He gets busted, not because his random choice of syllables is complete unpronounceable nonsense, but because it's a ''female name'' for dark elves.]]
* Zigzagged in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. 40000}}''.
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While Ork and many Chaos names follow the usual Ks-and-Rs-out-the-wazoo route, the Tau have [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Tau_language a complex system that contains the Tau's homeworld, caste, rank, and personality.]]



* The [=FASA=] Star Trek game justified Klingon naming patterns by saying adult Klingons change the first letter of their name to show what their adult career is. A Klingon child who was named Vlou at birth, and who goes into the Imperial Navy, would change his name to Klou. Since most of the Klingons seen in the original series were Navy ....

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* The [=FASA=] Star Trek ''Franchise/StarTrek'' game justified Klingon naming patterns by saying adult Klingons change the first letter of their name to show what their adult career is. A Klingon child who was named Vlou at birth, and who goes into the Imperial Navy, would change his name to Klou. Since most of the Klingons seen in the original series were Navy ....



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-->'''Jimbo:''' First one's gonna be titled "March of the Sword-Princess Leihaephaera".
-->'''Marten:''' Wow, how do you spell that?
-->'''Jimbo:''' No f***in' clue. Lotsa A's and E's, I guess. But it sounds cool.
* ''Website/SFDebris'': Hilariously exaggerated in his review of ''Series/TheXFiles'' pilot episode when the FBI section chief asks how a case involving the paranormal would be prosecuted.
-->'''SF Debris''': I point you to the disastrous case of Kramer vs. Gelavan-pah-doi!-doi!-bloop-ooh-ueh-fwuh-whoop-whulululululuh which showed how difficult jurisdiction can be in establishing these cases.
* It was discovered, in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' that every sentient human species whose vocal apparatus was similar enough to that of humans and whose language was in the frequency range to be audible by humans, somehow tended to have names that were rather similar to Terran names. This was driven home rather powerfully when the High Chancellor of the Pelkon Confederacy, Luuk Skeewa Kirr, visited earth.

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-->'''Jimbo:''' First one's gonna be titled "March of the Sword-Princess Leihaephaera".
-->'''Marten:'''
Leihaephaera".\\
'''Marten:'''
Wow, how do you spell that?
-->'''Jimbo:'''
that?\\
'''Jimbo:'''
No f***in' clue. Lotsa A's and E's, I guess. But it sounds cool.
* ''Website/SFDebris'': Hilariously exaggerated in his review of ''Series/TheXFiles'' pilot episode when the FBI section chief asks how a case involving the paranormal would be prosecuted.
-->'''SF Debris''': I point you to the disastrous case of Kramer vs. Gelavan-pah-doi!-doi!-bloop-ooh-ueh-fwuh-whoop-whulululululuh which showed how difficult jurisdiction can be in establishing these cases.
* It was discovered, in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' that every sentient human species whose vocal apparatus was similar enough to that of humans and whose language was in the frequency range to be audible by humans, somehow tended to have names that were rather similar to Terran names. This was driven home rather powerfully when the High Chancellor of the Pelkon Confederacy, Luuk Skeewa Kirr, visited earth.
cool.



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* Webstite/DeviantArt: The NavaVerse for the most part only exhibits names whose letters ''do not appear in the same arrangement anywhere else on the internet''. Sometimes, an unusual username, one of this nature, can tip other users off as a sign that these users are hackers or spambots.
* ''Website/SFDebris'': Hilariously exaggerated in his review of ''Series/TheXFiles'' pilot episode when the FBI section chief asks how a case involving the paranormal would be prosecuted.
-->'''SF Debris''': I point you to the disastrous case of Kramer vs. Gelavan-pah-doi!-doi!-bloop-ooh-ueh-fwuh-whoop-whulululululuh which showed how difficult jurisdiction can be in establishing these cases.
* It was discovered in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' that every sentient human species whose vocal apparatus was similar enough to that of humans and whose language was in the frequency range to be audible by humans, somehow tended to have names that were rather similar to Terran names. This was driven home rather powerfully when the High Chancellor of the Pelkon Confederacy, Luuk Skeewa Kirr, visited earth.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has Lrr, Ndnd, Kif (a rather mild example), Morbo, Melllvar ("that's Melllvar with three L's"), and Turanga Leela (even though she is actually a human mutant who was passed off as an alien).
** An episode featured the interplanetary registration lines to apply for Mars University. It's alphabetized by first letter of family name: A through J, K through Y, and the longest line, Z.
* [[MeaningfulName Warhok and Warmonga]] in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
** From [[{{Spoonerism}} Lorwardia]], no less.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' with Roger. However, the then emperor of his planet was named "Zing"
* ignignokt and Err, the Mooninites, from AquaTeenHungerForce. However, one Mooninite was named Cliff. Averted in the case of Emory and Oglethorpe, as they are named after colleges.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
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Lrr, Ndnd, Kif (a rather mild example), Morbo, Melllvar ("that's Melllvar with three L's"), and Turanga Leela (even though she is actually a human mutant who was passed off as an alien).
** An episode featured features the interplanetary registration lines to apply for Mars University. It's alphabetized by first letter of family name: A through J, K through Y, and the longest line, Z.
* [[MeaningfulName Warhok and Warmonga]] in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
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''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. From [[{{Spoonerism}} Lorwardia]], no less.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' with Roger. However, the then emperor of his planet was named "Zing"
"Zing".
* ignignokt Ignignokt and Err, the Mooninites, from AquaTeenHungerForce. ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''. However, one Mooninite was is named Cliff. Averted in the case of Emory and Oglethorpe, as they are named after colleges.



1st Jan '16 6:36:55 PM nombretomado
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* {{Superman}}'s cousin is named Kara, which is an example of the trope, but an odd one in that the name became popular in English as an actual name after the introduction of the character, to the point where on ''{{Smallville}}'' she just calls herself Kara and there's nothing weird about the name. In truth, it isn't actually alien, rather of Proto-Italo-Celtic origin (Italian "beloved", Irish "friend"), but as stated above, it was hardly ever used as a given name until long after Supergirl started.

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* {{Superman}}'s cousin is named Kara, which is an example of the trope, but an odd one in that the name became popular in English as an actual name after the introduction of the character, to the point where on ''{{Smallville}}'' ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' she just calls herself Kara and there's nothing weird about the name. In truth, it isn't actually alien, rather of Proto-Italo-Celtic origin (Italian "beloved", Irish "friend"), but as stated above, it was hardly ever used as a given name until long after Supergirl started.
12th Dec '15 6:28:51 PM Minni128
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**Sometimes, an unusual username, one of this nature, can tip other users off as a sign that these users are hackers or spambots.


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*ignignokt and Err, the Mooninites, from AquaTeenHungerForce. However, one Mooninite was named Cliff. Averted in the case of Emory and Oglethorpe, as they are named after colleges.
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