History Main / LawOfAlienNames

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.

[[folder: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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[[folder:DeviantArt]] [[folder:Comic Strips]] * 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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[[folder:Film]] * 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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[[folder:Film]] [[folder:Films -- Live-Action]] * 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.

[[folder:TabletopGames]] * 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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[[folder:TabletopGames]] [[folder:Tabletop Games]] * 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}}''. ** 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.

-->'''Jimbo:''' First one's gonna be titled "March of [[folder:Web Original]] * Webstite/DeviantArt: The NavaVerse for 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. 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, 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.earth. [[/folder]]

* ''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}}'': ** 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''. ** ''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.
12th Dec '15 6:18:59 PM Minni128
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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' with Roger.
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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' with Roger. However, the then emperor of his planet was named "Zing"
22nd Sep '15 10:11:37 PM ham-peas
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*** A [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] is hung on the similarity of Vulcan names in the ExpandedUniverse novel "The Lost Years", which explains that the S--K pattern is in honor of Surak. In a flashback, a contemporary rival of Surak berates another Vulcan (who has just changed his own name to fit the pattern), pointing out as the years go by, Surak's followers are going to have to come up with increasingly ridiculous names. Also note: Assuming that their alphabet has 26 letters, this allows for only 17576 distinct male Vulcan names. (And this includes names without vowels!)
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*** A [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] is hung on the similarity of Vulcan names in the ExpandedUniverse novel "The Lost Years", which explains that the S--K "S, three letters, K" pattern is in honor of Surak. In a flashback, a contemporary rival of Surak berates another Vulcan (who has just changed his own name to fit the pattern), pointing out as the years go by, Surak's followers are going to have to come up with increasingly ridiculous names. Also note: Assuming that their alphabet has 26 letters, letters and English pronunciation rules, this allows for only ''at most'' 17576 distinct male Vulcan names. (And this includes names, many of which will not be pronounceable, and no more than ten thousand or so names without vowels!)which will be.
11th Jun '15 8:10:09 AM Willbyr
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* Zigzagged in Warhammer40K. 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 existence of a partial Ork phraseology means that many names can be translated as deed names or boasts. For example, Nazdreg Ug Urdgrub means (roughly) Wealthy Destroyer With Lots of Cunning (though it can also be read as White Cut From Swarm of Hidden things, Ork language being both context dependant and made to do an awful lot of work with only a few glyphs).
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* Zigzagged in Warhammer40K.''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.]] ** The existence of a partial Ork phraseology means that many names can be translated as deed names or boasts. For example, Nazdreg Ug Urdgrub means (roughly) Wealthy Destroyer With Lots of Cunning (though it can also be read as White Cut From Swarm of Hidden things, the Ork language being both context dependant context-dependent and made to do an awful lot of work with only a few glyphs).
17th May '15 10:54:06 AM nombretomado
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* HarryTurtledove's reptilian Race from ''{{Worldwar}}'' have OnlyOneName each and it's inspired by {{Sssnaketalk}}. It's noted a few times that repeated letters in their names (such as the character Ttomalss) are sounded separately and are not compounded together. For the same reason, if the combination 'SH' is found in a name, it is pronounced 'ss-hh', not 'sh'.
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* HarryTurtledove's Creator/HarryTurtledove's reptilian Race from ''{{Worldwar}}'' have OnlyOneName each and it's inspired by {{Sssnaketalk}}. It's noted a few times that repeated letters in their names (such as the character Ttomalss) are sounded separately and are not compounded together. For the same reason, if the combination 'SH' is found in a name, it is pronounced 'ss-hh', not 'sh'.
11th May '15 11:03:43 AM nombretomado
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* It was discovered, in the ''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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* It was discovered, in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' ''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.
6th Apr '15 10:19:36 AM nombretomado
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* {{Anne McCaffrey}} pays ''a lot'' of attention to her naming conventions in the ''DragonridersOfPern'' series.
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* {{Anne McCaffrey}} pays ''a lot'' of attention to her naming conventions in the ''DragonridersOfPern'' ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' series.
28th Feb '15 10:04:28 AM TheUnsquished
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* Parodied in ''QuestionableContent'', when Jimbo the trucker (who also writes bad romance novels) decides to start writing bad fantasy novels.
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* Parodied in ''QuestionableContent'', ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', when Jimbo the trucker (who also writes bad romance novels) decides to start writing bad fantasy novels.
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