A List of Vulcan Names

As promised, we’re finishing up our discussion of Vulcan personal names with a list of the most common and notable names throughout history, along with their etymology and meaning. The list is broken up, alphabetically,  into three sections: A-R, T-Z, with separate lists for names starting with S and names containing the T’ prefix — as is common for Vulcan directories.

This list is by no means comprehensive and will be updated as time allows. If you’re interested in the etymology or meaning of a name that does not appear on this list, or if you’d like to know the source for a particular name, please feel free to email me. Some meanings are rather obscure, especially to offworlders, and I may be able to shed some additional light on certain traditions. I welcome your inquiries: sidzhan.tgai@gmail.com

NAMES A- R, T-Z

FEDERATION STANDARD

GOLIC VULCAN

DERIVED MEANING

Adenkar

adun karik

“strong husband”

Alieth

al’rig-pseth

“desert-branch”

Aloran

ashal-orensu

“beloved student”

Anauk

ha nauk

“cries vigorously”

Aravik

arev vik

“desert-wind well”

Arev

arev

“desert wind”

Asil

asal

“morning”

Avarak

aber-rok

“one who raises hope”

Avarin

aber+in

“one who lifts/raises”

Awidat

vakh wi datorik

“bold yet prepared”

Ayhan

vai yon

“holy fire”

Azeraik

az’ir-vaikar

“devoted mate”

Balev

ba-lahv

“traditional tongue”

Chu’lak

khau-lakh

“one who has command of language”

Delvok

dvelan vokaya

“will of memory”

Denak

dvinsu ekon-ak

“servant of the divine eye”

Dvir

duv-hirat

“crimson shadow”

Dzharok

dzhar-rok

“lay/song of hope”

Dzhossen

dvinsu zul-os-yon

“servant of the old lava fire”

Elieth

elik pseth

“free desert”

Elonat

el-on-natya

“both different and free”

Evekh

arev ekhlami

“surrounded by desert wind”

Evoras

arev vohris

“desert breeze”

Falor

fal+tor

“one who makes hot; bellows-worker”

Fer’at

feretausu

“gatherer”

Galsh

gal-en-shi

(from the) “moss place”

Grake

grei-faitik

“esoteric”

Grelek

kril’es-ek

“total harmony”

Haadok

ha-dahkuh

“two-life; twin”

Hanesh

feihan eshikh

“boss of the desert”

Harauk

ha taurauk

“amazing life”

Iria

hirat vre-ha

“crimson life-vessel”

Ivek

heya-vik

“mountain well”

Karatek

nakaratik

“endeavoring”

Kawarda

kahwa’ra-de

“similar mind;” name given to a twin

Kerak

k’yerak

“with bowl” (i.e., one who won’t go hungry)

Kesh

rik’esh

“without breath”

Kiri-kin-tha

kiri-kin than-tha

“golden one from Kir who guides children through their first meld”

Koss

rik’koshvar

“without disaster”

Kov

kov

“stone”

Kovar

kov ar’kadan

“stone worker”

Kuvak

ku vakh

“bold palm”

L’Nel

leshu nel-dath

“bearer of the pattern”

L’Vor

leshu va’orenan

“bearer of infinite learning”

Ladok

la dvin-tor oekon

“here serves the honorable god”

Lerius

leshu e’rroi’es

“bearer of attraction”

Lhai

leshu hai-fan

“banner carrier”

Lodzhal

leshu ozhika ashal

“bearer of beloved logic”

Lorian

leshu ro’fori+an

“bearer of information”

Lorot

leshu ro’fori ovsot

“bearer of complete information”

Lovar

lofik ar’kadan

“purposeful worker”

Lyras

lesh zherka hasu

“being who carries emotion”

M’Fau

maat fau

“clan who rides; The Riders”

Mahak

mahvel+ak

“hammer-like”

Menos

menal os

“(from the ) old cliff”

Mestral

mes-tor ye-halek

“one who crosses the galaxy”

Metana

maat-ta’an

“gift of the clan”

Mishih

mishitra hiyasu

“equipment expert”

Mitrani

m’aih toranik

“busy mother”

Muroc

mu-yor rok

“night hope”

N’Ereon

nei fer-yon

“seed of the fire-generation”

N’Evran

nei arev-rahm

“seed of the desert thunder-wind”

N’Keth

nei k’pseth

“desert seed”

N’Livek

nei li-wun-veh

“seed of the one with the lance”

N’Maret

nei mahr-ret

“seed of the market”

N’Oblan

nei opla-ang’dzhmizm

“seed of the honorable rear captain”

N’Rayek

nei Reah-yai-ek

“seed of Reah’s flame”

N’Vea

nei vi ha

“seed which is life”

N’Veyan

nei veh-yon

“seed of the flaming one”

Nesheh

veh neseshau

“one who deduces”

Nirak

nirak

“fool”

Nivol

nikh-vul

“eye-slant”

Nomikh

nei omekh

“seed of honorable parent”

Nu’Val

nei uzh-vahlsu

“seed of the new bestower”

Oratt

oradasu

“honorable spinner”

Paradaik

pa ra dakh

“the one around what is cast out”

Pekev

puhku gef

“(from the) amber coast”

Perren

perren

“actor”

Pola

po’lahv

“one who has the last word”

Prisu

prisu

“braider”

Radak

ra dak

“what is cast out”; an outcast

Radzhek

razhek

“awl”

Raelyek

Raal-yai-ek

“Raalan flame”

Ravanok

rarav-kanok

“every song”

Refas

Reah-vash

“Reah-terror”

Rekan

rehr-kan

“third child”

Romar

rom-ar’kadan

“good worker”

Rovalat

rok vahl lakht

“a grant of hope in the 10th month”

Tallera

talu lerash

“hard neck”

Talok

taluhk

“precious”

Tasav

tah-savas

“unobtainable fruit”

Taurik

taurau+ik

“amazing”

Tavek

tah va’khen

“unobtainable mountain raptor”

Tavin

t’avon

“of the hunger/famine”

Tekav

teker-khaf

“deviant blood”

Teknat

tehk-natya

“different sprout”

Telas

tel-hasu

“telepathic being”

Tellus

tel’es

“embodiment of the telepathic bond”

Tes

tesmur

“to prosper”

Teska

tehs-kau-bosh

“deceit-wise”

Tevik

dif-vik

“long-life well”

Tok

tok

“fine”

Tolaris

t’olara’es

“of the honorable blue” (house color)

Tolek

t’oluhk (maat)

“of the snake (clan)”

Torin

tor+in

“doer/ maker”

Tos

to-sai

“cloak/cloaked one”

Tu’Pari

tu pa’ritsuri

“the way around the unusual”

Turak

tu-rok

“way of hope”

Tuvok

tu va’khen

“way of the mountain raptor”

V’Lar

veh leshu a’riv’ne

“one who is bearer of a’riv’ne”

V’Las

veh leshu asenara

“one who is bearer of the lantern”

Vach

vakh

“bold”

Valeris

va’lerash’es

“immeasurable hardness”

Vanik

vaunik

“hesitant”

Varek

var+ek

“talkative”

Varekat

varu eik katausu

“broad storyteller”

Varen

aber+in; a variant of Avarin

“one who raises up”

Varith

var ithag

“story challenger/expert”

Vedzhat

veh-zad

“forbidden one”

Vektan

duvek ta’an

“shade gift”

Velekh

veh el’es ekhlami

“one surrounded by freedom”

Velik

velik

“simple/uncomplicated”

Verrin

ver-tor+in

“one who edits/editor”

Vethek

veh thek

“one who drops;” an indication of epilepsy

Vorant

vai oren-tor

“to learn (is) holy”

Vorealt

vohris ryll-torsu

“slow ryll-player;” a ryll is a ka’athaira, a Vulcan lute

Vorik

veh orfik-kel

“one of the ancestors; a throw-back”

Voris

vohris

“slow/methodical”

Vyorin

vi orenau

“one who studies”

Ych’a

yel tsatik

“secret star”

Yehenik

yai-enek

“fire-pain”

Yiluv

yel-ulef

“half-star”

Yuris

ur-is

“one who uses tunnels”

Zebed

za’bezhun

“behind-eye;” one who can see into the past or has “eyes” on the back of his head

Zerin

zeh-hir run

“onyx dream”

Zhi’rev

zhai arev

“grey wind”

NAMES starting with S

At the time of the Sundering, 28.6% of Vulcan’s population had taken S names to honor Surak.

S’harien

s’harr-igen

“from the tail of the sky (sun-tower)”

S’chn

s’khart-lan

“from the captain”

S’laron

s’lara-yon

“from the fire-bird”

S’lovan

s’lo’uk van-kal

“from the great ceremony”

S’rivas

s’ri’vas

“from no relief”

S’t’kal

s’t’sai kal’i

“from the lady of the challenge”

S’task

s’tcha-ihsek

“from the curling fog”

S’tvan

s’tviyan

“from the core”

S’vec

s’vik

“from the well”

S’wek

s’awek

“from out of solitude”

Saavik

sa’ahkh-vik

“from the well-war”

Sadzhik

sa’dzhasifik

“from out of jasif crystal”

Sakht

sakkhet

“longevity”

Sakkath

sakkhet-dath

“tendency towards longevity”

Sakonna

sakunotau

“one who extrapolates”

Sakorn

sakan oren

“spreading learning”

Salet

salatik

“indigenous/native”

Salkath

salan-k’rhth’a

“k’rhth’a- wind”; k’rhth’a is an herb

Salok

s’aluk (maat)

“from the fish (clan)”

Salvir

s’al vi ir

“from a distant male relative”

Sanshiin

sa(su)-na’shi’igen

“man at sky-place”

Sarda

sa-reldai

“priest”

Sarek

sahr ek’ariben’es

“fast fluency”

Sarissa

s’a’rs’a

“from the dance;” a dancer

Saros

s’arev-os

“from the old desert wind”

Sarpk

sahr pakashogaya

“fast perception”

Sasak

sa’sakkhet

“from out of longevity”

Sasek

sa’Seheikk’he

“away from the Sundred”

Sasav

sa’savas-shi

“from out of the fruit-place”

Satak

sa’i’hatik

“from out of the surviving”

Satat

sa’Tat’Sahr

“from out of Tat’Sahr”

Satelk

sa’telik

“from out of the bonded”

Satok

sa-tok

“fine male”

Savar

savarun

“digression”

Savel

sahriv-yel

“storm-star”

Savesh

sa’veshtaya

“outside of experience”

Saya

saya

“radiation/brilliance”

Scorus

ruskaraun’es

“embodiment of grasping”

Sefor

sef+tor

“dune-maker/shaper”

Segon

s’eik yon

“from the wide fire”

Sehlk

selk

“delta”

Sek

sek

“outlet/stream”

Sekir

s’sek-hirat

“from the crimson outlet/stream;”

Sekla

sek lamekh

“warm outlet/stream”

Selar

s’el-arev

“from the free desert wind”

Selden

s’el-tehnaya

“from the free resistance”

Selek

s’yel-ekon

“from the star-god”

Selik

s’yel i’ki

“from the soul of the star”

Selok

s’el-oekon

“from the free honorable god”

Selon

s’yel-yon

“from the star-fire”

Seltar

s’selk tor

“from the long delta”

Selv

s’el-veh

“from the free one”

Senak

senepa-ak

“knife-eye;” one who has a sharp eye

Sendet

senepa dator

“prepares senepa;” a knife-maker

Senek

senepa ekon

“knife god”

Senet

senepa-yeht

“knife-true”

Senkar

senepa kahr

“knife of the city”

Senor

seo’an+tor

“one who asserts”

Senva

senepa-vakh

“knife-bold”

Separ

senepa ar’kadan

“knife worker”

Sepek

sef-pelq

“dune captain”

Sepel

sep-wafikh el(ik)

“one who freely agrees

Sered

s’ir-ith’du

“from the distant camp”

Serevan

s’Reah van-kal

“from Reah’s ceremony”

Sern

asenara

“lantern”

Seroni

s’rom-nikh

“from the one with the good eye”

Sesenek

ses’ik ne ki’ne

“accountable sword-brother”

Setek

s’set-eik

“from the wide drop”

Sethan

s’pseth a’nirih

“from the desert father”

Sevennin

s’fen-igen

“from the sky-seal;” the Sky Clan used an emblem of the sky as their official seal.

Sev

seveh

“prosperity”

Sevek

seveh-ek

“total prosperity”

Sevel

seveh yel

“star of prosperity”

Seyhan

sihaunsu

“betting person”

Shanak

shan’hal’lak

“love at first-sight”

Shath

shen a’Tha

“ascent from the direct experience of the universe”

Shinat

s’shi Natara

“from the place of Natara” (god of water)

Shupal

shu-pal

“source”

Sidak

si’dahkuh

“from out of two”

Sidzhan

s’i’tsan

“from the bridge;” a reference to Seleya

Sihek

s’ihsek

“from the fog”

Sikan

s’ikun

“from the cone (volcano)”

Silek

si’lehk

“outside of ten;” a reference to the ten wells of the Shi’Kahr oasis

Silok

s’igen lo’uk

“from the great sky”

Simar

si’mahr

“outside the market”

Simora

si’mor-vakh

“outside bold leaf” (may refer to a place)

Sinak

s’igen-ak

“from the sky-eye” (a reference to T’Khut)

Sirak

s’irak-shi

“from the distant place”

Sirok

si’rok

“outside  hope”

Sitak

s’i’hatik

“from the surviving”

Sitar

s’itar-bosh

“from the thankful”

Sitok

s’igan tauk

“from the sky-cave”

Sivath

si’vath

“outside other;” outsider

Skamandros

skamau mamut-rushan

“one who attracts conversion-aid”

Skaren

s’ka-ran-zhi

“from the cactus”

Skep

s’kep

“from the gong”

Skitra

skil trau

“honest victory”

Sklar

skladantra ar’kadan

“message system specialist”

Skon

sohk-yon

“elegant fire”

Snil

s’nik’el

“from the convoy”

Sobek

s’obek

“from the honorable wait” (i.e., conceived during pon farr); variant of Sopek;

Sodok

s’otauk

“from the honorable cave”

Sofek

s’ofek

“from the honorable staff/scepter”

Sokel

sohk-yel

“elegant star”

Solek

s’oluhk(maat)

“from the snake clan”

Solen

s’oleh-nau

“from the honorable nineteen (a squad of martyred heroes)”

Solin

s’solai-igen

“from the sky-field”

Solkar

solai-kar

“field arm;” a field hand

Solok

shasol+ok

“rural, pagan”

Solor

solek-tor

“one who works the soil”

Sonak

s’on ahkhu

“from both wars”

Sopeg

s’obek

“from the honorable wait” (i.e., conceived during pon farr); variant of Sobek

Sopek

s’obek

“from the honorable wait” (i.e., conceived during pon farr); variant of Sobek

Soral

sa’Raal

“out of Raal”

Sorahl

sa’Raal

“out of Raal;” a variant of Soral

Soran

tsoraya+an

“cache”

Sorek

so-reshek

“insane”

Sorel

tsoraya yel

“star cache”

Sorn

s’orensu

“from the student”

Sorrd

sau rytemk

“one who radiates rytemk” (state of healing)

Sotir

s’otir

“from the dry lake bed”

Soton

ovsot yon

“complete fire”

Soval

s’oveh ashal

“from the honored beloved one”

Sovar

sov ar’kadan

“air worker”

Sovik

s’ovik

“from the honorable well”

Spahn

spoh ahnsu

“pale combatant”

Spelak

s’pi’halek

“from the little wheel”

Spet

s’petakov

“from the darling one”

Spock

spo’k’hat’n’dlawa

“resembling half of each other’s heart and soul”

Sreil

s’reldai

“from the priestess”

Stak

s’ta’Krat

“from the seventh month”

Stalat

s’t’lakht

“from the tenth month”

Stalek

s’taluhk

“from the precious one”

Stark

s’tah rok

“from unobtainable hope”

Stavel

s’tauf-el

“from the free ridge”

Stavin

s’tauf-hinek

“from the bone ridge”

Stef

s’tev’rak

“from the west”

Stel

s’tel

“from the bond”

Stelev

stegel arev

“stiff desert wind”

Stell

s’ti-yel

“from the star-spear”

Stepn

svep-dvinsu

“doorkeeper”

Stimm

s’temep

“from the gate”

Stonn

stonn

“antler”

Storn

storaun

“developing/advancing”

Streon

storik-yon

“advanced fire”

Strom

s’trufemu

“from the martyr”

Stron

stron

“escape”

Sudoc

s’udohk

“from the river-mist”

Suhur

su huhrik

“highest-ranking person”

Sulen

su’elan

“emancipation”

Sunak

suk’nak

“big cheek”

Sunok

su-nok

“concrete-person/worker

Sunvar

su nah-tor varu

“person who thinks tales”

Surak

s’ur’ahkh

“from the tunnel war”

Surev

s’uralaun arev

“from the singing desert wind”

Suter

su terseht

“insignia person”; a herald

Sutok

su-tauk

“cave-person”

Suvel

su-dvel

“choice-person; selector”

Suvin

su vinik

“mature person”

Suvok

su-vok

“level-person;” a mason’s apprentice

Suvuk

su-ulef-uk

“half-digit person”

Svaid

svai-tor

“to bloom”

Sybok

svai-bah-ker

“(master of the ) bloom garden”

Syrilius

si’rilokav’es

“outside of fallacy”

Syrran

s’yar-Arlanga

“from the grassy Arlanga Mountains

Syvar

svai-vafersu

“bloom regenerator; gardener”

NAMES starting with T’ prefix

T’Aimnu

t’sai aikum nu’ri

“lady of the young moon”

T’Alaro

t’sai ashal-Ah’rak

“lady of beloved Vulcan”

T’Aloren

t’sai ashal-orensu

“lady of the beloved student”

T’Amar

t’sai ahn’vahr

“lady of the double-edged sword”

T’Ara

t’sai arev vakh

“lady bold desert wind”

T’Aria

t’sai ha ri’a’gra

“lady resolute life”

T’Arvot

t’sai arev-odva

“lady of the desert-wind faith”

T’Dar

t’sai dahr

“secondary lady” (of the house)

T’Deata

t’da’a’tja

“of the dark pebble”

T’Dess

t’sai desh-rak

“lady of the north”

T’Enne

t’sai en’ahr’at

“lady godparent”

T’Evoryn

t’sai teh-vohr-runu

“lady of one hundred halting dreams”

T’Gai

t’sai gadzhai

“lady of the feast”

T’Gra

t’sai Gratan

“lady of Gratan” (a mythological desert spirit)

T’Hen

t’sai ha’e-igen

“lady sky-light,” i.e., a light in the sky (not a light in the ceiling)

T’Kar

t’sai kahr

“city lady”

T’Karik

t’sai karik

“strong lady”

T’Karra

t’sai kar-vakh

“lady bold-arm”

T’Kin

t’sai kin-kuhr

“golden lady”

T’Kiha

t’sai ki-haf

“basket lady”

T’Klaas

t’klashausu asal

“of the morning guard”

T’Klass

t’klashausu

“of the guard”

T’Kosa

t’sai khosaar

“lady of Khosaar” (an ancient god of war)

T’Laan

t’sai la’n’u

“lady who approves”

T’Lak

t’sai lakh

“lady of language”

T’Lan

t’sai lan

“lady of rank”

T’Lar

t’sai lara

“lady blue desert bird;” an shortened form of T’Lara

T’Lara

t’sai lara

“lady blue desert bird”

T’Larn

t’sai lara-ain

“lady of the dazzling blue garment”

T’Leia

t’sai leshu iyula

“lady bearer of culture”

T’Leiar

t’sai leshu yar

“lady bearer of grass/green”

T’Leng

t’sai leshu an’jmizn

“lady bearer of the captain”

T’Lera

t’sai lerashan

“lady consolidation”

T’Les

t’sai les

“target lady”

T’Lie

t’sai limein

“lady of the mask”

T’Lil

t’sai leh-hilek

“lady ten-shovels”

T’Liri

t’sai leshu ir-izh

“lady bearer of distant snow”

T’Lona

t’sai lo’uk-nahp

“lady of great thought”

T’Loran

t’sai  leshu orenan

“lady bearer of learning”

T’Lores

t’sai leshu fator’es

“lady bearer of continuity”

T’Lura

t’sai leshu uralaun

“lady bearer of singing”

T’Lyra

t’sai lirpa

“lady of the lirpa (a traditional Vulcan weapon)”

T’Madh

t’sai mathu

“lady of the scale”

T’Mal

t’sai malat

“nature lady”

T’Mar

t’sai mahr

“lady of the market

T’Maran

t’sai mahran

“lady of buying”

T’Meni

t’sai men-hilsu

“lady investigator”

T’Mihn

t’sai maat i’ni

“lady of the copper clan”

T’Mir

t’sai maat irak

“lady of the distant clan”

T’Mirek

t’sai maat ri-ek’traik

“lady of the ethereal clan”

T’Mor

t’sai mor

“leaf lady;” an herbalist or tea merchant

T’Nedara

t’sai Natara

“lady of Natara”

 (ancient god of water)

T’Neithan

t’sai nei-pseth-thon

“lady of the dry-seed-measure”

T’Neveith

t’sai nuf-ithag

“lady case expert”

T’Olryn

t’sai oleshu runu

“lady honored bearer of dreams”

T’Paal

t’sai pa’alem-masu

“lady around the saltwater”

T’Pak

t’pagun

“of the duel”

T’Pan

t’sai panah

“lady who considers”

T’Par

t’sai paribaya

“lady of discussion”

T’Para

t’sai pa’rau-nol

“lady around the refuge”

T’Parel

t’sai pa’reldai

“lady around the priestess;” an acolyte

T’Partha

t’sai pa’a’ri’a’Tha

“lady around the correct experience of the universe”

T’Pau

t’sai pau

“lady corona”

T’Pavis

t’sai pa’vis

“lady around the (fishing) net”

T’Pei

t’sai pi-feh

“lady of the little peak”

T’Peia

t’sai pa’eitaya

“lady around the shear”

T’Pel

t’sai pelal

“lady of the robe”

T’Pelek

t’sai pelal eik

“lady of the wide robe”

T’Penna

t’sai pi’en’ahr’at

“little lady godparent”

T’Peyra

t’sai pi’yai Reah

“lady little flame of Reah” (ancient goddess of death)

T’Pina

t’sai pi’nartaya

“lady little embrace”

T’Pir

t’sai pi’hirat

“little crimson lady”

T’Plana-Hath

t’sai pla-nahan-a’Tha

“lady return-thinking to the direct experience of the universe”

T’Pol

t’sai pollu

“lady of the pollu bush”

T’Pren

t’sai pi’run

“lady little dream”

T’Preth

t’sai per-ithop

“actress”

T’Pri

t’sai pi’ri’a’gra

“little resolute lady”

T’Pris

t’sai pris

“lady of the braid”

T’Pring

t’sai prai ngiq’e

“lady who assumes acquisition”

T’Prol

t’sai pi’rolaya

“lady little reaction”

T’Prylla

t’sai pi’ryll-ha

“lady little ryll-vigor”; ryll is another word for ka’athaira, a Vulcan lute

T’Ra

t’sai ho-rah

“lady of ritual”

T’Rama

t’sai rahm vakh

“lady bold thunder”

T’Ranneha

t’sai rahm nehayan

“lady decaying thunder”

T’Raya

t’sai raya

“lady refuge”

T’Rea

t’sai Reah

“lady of Reah” (ancient goddess of death and bereavement)

T’Rehu

t’sai rehu

“lady of the three”

T’Rel

t’sai reldai

“lady priestess”

T’Reni

t’sai reh-ni’rch

“lady three fires”

T’Resik

t’sai reh-eshikh

“lady of three deserts”

T’Risa

t’sai rishan-ha

“lady of vigorous survival”

T’Ruhi

t’sai run-ihn

“lady dense dream”

T’Rya

t’sai ri’a’gra

“resolute lady”

T’Saaf

t’sai s’afersu

“lady from the founder”

T’Saan

t’sai sa’yon

“lady from out of the fire”

T’Sai

t’sai

“lady”

T’Sala

t’sai salan

“lady wind”

T’Sanvi

t’sai sanuk vik

“lady pleasant well”

T’Saen

t’sai sa’wein

“lady from out of the cover;” i.e., from the pages of a book, from legend

T’Saien

t’sai sa’igen

“lady from out of the sky/heavens”

T’Sehn

t’sai se’heikan

“lady of the declaration”

T’Sel

t’sai selk

“delta lady”

T’Selis

t’sai zhel-izh

“lady of the snowline”

T’Sey

t’sai seo’a

“lady who asserts”

T’Shael

t’sai s’ha’gel

“lady from the light”

T’Shanik

t’sai shan’hal’lik

“lady loved at first sight”

T’Shenn

t’sai shen

“lady of ascent”

T’Shevat

t’sai she’rak vat

“lady of the eastern vault”

T’Sri

t’sai srikh

“lady of the srikh” (a unit of currency)

T’Syra

t’sai s’iraktra

“lady from the expanse”

T’Thelaih

t’sai thol-vai

“holy noble lady”

T’Vaakis

t’sai vakh’es

“lady of boldness”

T’Vei

t’sai vai

“holy lady”

T’Vel

t’sai vel

“simple/uncomplicated lady”

T’Velar

t’sai fel-ar’kadan

“lady rower”

T’Veran

t’sai firan

“lady support”

T’Vhet

t’sai vet

“lady of doubt”

T’Via

t’sai vi ha

“lady who is life”

T’Vin

t’sai vi ne’shau

“lady who greets”

T’Vish

t’sai vishizhukel

“foundry lady”

T’Vora

t’sai kuvoran

“winding lady”

T’Vran

t’sai-varan

“storytelling lady”

T’Vria

t’sai vre-ha

“life-vessel lady”

T’Vysse

t’sai visak’a

“lady legacy”

T’Zan

t’sai zan

“lady of the view”

T’Zora

t’sai zhagra

“lady of the game”

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Vulcan Personal Names (Part 9)

VULCAN MYSTICISM

Previously, we saw how nature has been revered in Vulcan names. In addition to the totem animals of tribes, names such as Stonn (stonn = “antler”), Tuvok (tu va’khen = “way of the mountain raptor”), T’Lara (t’sai lara = “lady blue desert bird”), and S’laron (s’lara-yon = “from the blue firebird”) show a reverence for wildlife. Likewise, the wind was respected for its strength, the seeds it carried, and the relief it brought from the heat. The element arev (“desert wind”) appears in several names: Evoras (arev-vohris = “desert breeze”), Aravik (arev vik = “well of the desert wind”), T’Ara (t’sai arev vakh = “lady bold desert wind”), Evekh (arev ekhlami = “surrounded by desert wind”), and Surev (s’uralaun arev = “from the singing desert wind”). The element salan (“wind”) as in T’Sala (t’sai salan = “lady wind”) was also used in naming traditions but less often.

Thunder occurs infrequently on Vulcan, but when it struck in ancient times, it must have been a terrifying force – painful to sensitive ears – to comprehend. Names such as T’Rama (t’sai rahm vakh = “lady thunder”) and N’Evran (nei arev-rahm = “seed of the desert thunder-wind”) pay homage to this natural phenomenon. Some scholars believe that the word for “thunder,” rahm, might have originally referred to the rumble of an earthquake or volcano.

Phenomena of the celestial realm did not escape Vulcan notice or fascination. The name element yel (star) is still common today. Selon (s’yel-yon = “from the star-fire”), Selik (s’yel’iki = “from the soul of the star”), Sorel (tsoraya-yel = “star cache”)1, and Selek (s’yel-ekon = “from the star-god”) are some of the oldest recorded Vulcan names, as is T’Pau (t’sai pau = “lady corona”). Other names also reference light: T’Shael (t’sai s’ha’gel = “lady from the light”), T’Hen (also rendered T’Hain, from ha’ge-igen = “lady sky-light”)2, and the curious name S’harien (s’harr-igen = “from the tail of the sky,” an expression thought to refer to the phenomenon of a sun pillar).

Vulcan personal names also point to a pantheon of prehistoric gods. Like many cultures on Earth, it was considered sacrilegious to take the name of a god or goddess. One was, after all, a servant of the divine. Examples of these names include T’Nedara (t’sai Natara = “lady of Natara,” god of water), T’Kosa (t’sai Khosaar = “lady of Khosaar,” a god of war), T’Gra (t’sai Gratan = “lady of Gratan,” a desert spirit), Serevan (s’Reah-van-kal = “from Reah’s ceremony,” a goddess of death and loss), and Refas (Reah-vash = “Reah’s terror” – a favorite among the te-Vikram brotherhood).

From the temple traditions come the names T’Sanik (t’sai sa’nikh = “lady from out of the Eye”)3 and T’Vria (t’sai vre-ha = “lady life-vessel”). But no name is more mystical than T’Plana-Hath (t’sai pla-nahan-a’Tha = “lady return-thinking to the direct experience of the Universe”). The only bearer of that name was the head of a school of Vulcan historians during the Sudocian Wars. Her History of Logic remains a standard text in Vulcan universities. Surak was one of her pupils.4

Next week, I’ll wrap up our study of Vulcan names with a list of the most common personal names and their meanings.

1 An early expression for “galaxy.”

2 i.e., a light in the sky, not an overhead window.

3 A reference to T’Khut, Vulcan’s sister planet.

4 The way of kolinahr: the Vulcans. (1998). Culver City, CA: Last Unicorn Games, p. 15.

Vulcan Personal Names (Part 8)

TROUBLED TIMES

Along with occupation, ancestry, and personal qualities, Vulcan names point sharply to a history of violence, food and water shortages, and social upheaval. Some of the oldest names come to us from the Ancient Vulcan language and express a basic struggle for survival. For example, Satak (sa’i’hatik = “from out of the surviving”), T’Risa (t’sai rishan-ha = “lady of vigorous survival”), and T’Aria (t’sai ha ri’a’gra = “lady of resolute life”) come to mind. On a planet where solar flares made farming impossible in some regions and unpredictable in others, hunger was an ever-present reality. Starvation ensued when supply lines were cut and trade embargos enforced. Two names celebrate the survival of hungry times: Tavin (t’avon = “of the hunger”) and Kerak (k’yerak = “with bowl,” i.e. “with food”). This last name may simply be an expression of hope that the next generation would not go hungry.

Hope was a luxury to most Vulcans but one they did not hesitate to share with their children and community. Names like Dzharok (also spelled Jarok in Federation Standard English; dzhar-rok = “lay/song of hope”) and Turak (tu-rok = “way of hope”) were popular in war-torn regions along the eastern shore of the Voroth Sea during the Second Dynasty. Specific wars and skirmishes were commemorated in personal names, such as Saavik (sa’ahkh-vik = “from out of the well-war”) and Surak (s’ur-ahkh = “from the tunnel-war”). One of the stories surrounding Surak’s birth is that on the night his mother went into labor, she was forced to make her way to the medical center through the tunnels beneath Shi’Kahr’s Old Town, but she almost didn’t make it. While the warlord Sudoc bombarded the city with missile strikes, suicide bombers forced their way into the tunnels. The majority of the Raalan missiles were shot down, but it took Shialan ground forces nine days to secure the tunnels and lava tubes beneath the city.

Another conflict from Surak’s time, noted in the Vulcan personal name Sasek, was the Sundering, when those who would become the Rihannsu left in generational ships to find a new home on Romulus. Sasek is formed from sa’Seheikk’ke, meaning literally “away from the Sundered,” an indication that the one who bore the name, or the parent who bestowed it, did not agree or associate with those who called themselves the Sundered.

As warlords vied for territory and natural resources, the victorious more often than not oppressed their conquered populations. Resistance cells developed, as is evidenced in names like Selden (s’el-tehnaya = “from the free resistance”) and Velekh (veh el’es ekhlami = “one surrounded by freedom”). The warrior was honored and boasted in many names, such as Senek (senepa-ekon = “knife-god”), Senkar (senepa kahr = “knife of the city”), T’Lyra (t’sai lirpa = “lady of the lirpa”), T’Amar (t’sai ahn’vahr = “lady of the double-edge sword”), Mahak (mah-vel + ak = “hammer-like), T’Vran (t’sai vi ran = “lady who kills”), and equally chilling monikers like Dvir (duv-hirat = “crimson shadow”). It’s no wonder that the name T’Vhet (t’sai vet = “lady of doubt”) became popular in Surak’s time.

Within the shadows of dark times, Vulcan mysticism flourished, offering a beacon of light for the hungry and oppressed. For my last installment on Vulcan personal names, I’ll point out those names which developed from Vulcan mystic and religious traditions.

Vulcan Personal Names (Part 7)

OCCUPATIONAL NAMES

Some of Vulcan’s oldest and most revered occupations are reflected in the names of its people. A similar custom exists in many of Earth’s cultures. Surnames such as Smith, Cooper, Taylor, Weaver, and Wright all come to mind from the English tradition. From the Vulcan fishing villages on the coasts of the Voroth and Thanor Seas, names such as T’Pavis (t’sai pa’visu = “lady around the nets”) and T’Velar (t’sai fel-ar’kadan = “lady rower”) were popular.

Other names sprang from markets and bazaars: Prisu (prisu = “braider”), Oratt (oradasu = “honorable spinner”), T’Mor (t’sai mor = “lady of the leaf”),1 T’Mar (t’sai mahr = “market lady”), and T’Kiha (t’sai ki’haf = “basket lady”). One name of particular interest that has survived from the great desert bazaars is T’Neithan (t’sai nei-pseth-thon = “lady of the dry-seed measure”). The weight of one hundred cholla seeds was used as a standard measure up until the First Dynasty. The precise and fair weighing of trade goods was regarded as a sacred occupation, as was farming. One who could bring forth food from barren soil was highly regarded indeed. Solor (solek-tor = “one who works the soil”) is one of the names that comes to us from the farming traditions.

Those who could build sound structures and keep encroaching dunes at bay were also well respected. Kovar (kov ar’kadan = “stone-worker”), Suvok (su-vok = “person of the level/a mason’s apprentice”), Sefor (sef + tor = “dune-maker/shaper”), and Varen (aber + in = “one who raises up/a builder”) are some of the oldest names from the construction trades. T’Vish (t’sai vishizhukel = “lady of the foundry”) is likewise a popular name from the skilled trades.

From the courts of kings and warlords come names such as Lhai (leshu hai-fan = “standard bearer”), Vareth (var ithag = “story expert”), Suter (su-terseht = “insignia-person/a herald”), Stepn (svep-dvinsu = “doorkeeper”), Sarissa (s’a’rs’a = from the dance/a dancer”), Sybok (svai-bah-ker = “master of the bloom-garden”),2 and Vorealt (vohris-ryll-torsu = “slow ryll-player”).3

Temple traditions have yielded an equally impressive array of personal names. A few examples include T’Rel (t’sai reldai = “lady of the priestess”), T’Ra (t’sai ho-rah = “lady of ritual”), Sarda (sa-reldai = “priest”), and Ladok, an interesting name from a phrase that means “here serves honorable god,” la dvin-tor oekon.

Perhaps the most fascinating of what could be considered occupational names is one which survives from Surak’s time: Skamandros (skamau mamut-rushan = “attracts conversion aid”). The “conversion” in reference here is the reformation begun by Surak. Skamandros was one of Surak’s confidents and often served as his bodyguard. He took the name in honor of Surak. His given name was Ayhan (vai yon = “holy fire”).4

And speaking of Surak’s time, there are many Vulcan names which bear witness to troubled times. I’ll take a look at those in my next post.

1”Leaf” is thought to be a reference to tea or herbs.

2 Literally “bloom-garden;” “master” is implied.

3 Ryll is another word for ka’athaira, the traditional Vulcan lute.

4 Sherman, J. & Shwartz, S. (2004). Vulcan’s soul, book one: Exodus. New York: Pocket Books.

Vulcan Personal Names (Part 6)

PERSONAL TRAITS

Like personal names from many Terran cultures, Vulcan names often describe a trait supposedly inherent in the individual. In ancient times, children were permitted to choose an adult name during a rite of passage, such as the kahs-wan. In modern Vulcan society, names no longer have the importance they once did. The same is true on Earth. For example, the name Gerald means “one who rules with a spear” and the Germanic nobleman who bore it was expected to be a bold warrior. Although spears are no long in use on Earth, the name still is. The name – like most names – is selected more for its sound when spoken than its meaning.

The simplest form “trait” names took was a single adjective, such as Vach (vakh = “bold”), Talok (taluhk = “precious”), and Varek (var+ek = “talkative”). Other “trait” names are formed by a noun and a qualifying adjective. Examples include Satok (sa tok = “fine male”), Tallera (talu lerash = “hard neck”), Skon (sohk-yon = “elegant fire”), Telas (tel-hasu = “telepathic being”), Azeraik (az’ir vaikar = “devoted mate”), and T’Karik (t’sai karik = “strong lady”). The first two in this list are most likely childhood names – Tallera given to a stubborn child – while the rest were likely chosen upon reaching adulthood.

Some ancient childhood names can seem harsh or cruel to modern sensibilities. The name Vethek (veh thek = “one who drops”) comes from the phrase ish-veh thek, meaning literally “that one drops,” was in all likelihood an indication of epilepsy or similar neurological disorder. Vanik (vaunik = “hesitant”), Voris (vohris = “slow”), Nivol (nikh-vul = “eye slant”), and Radak (ra dak = “what is cast out/outcast”) are other examples of undesirable traits, or so they seem to modern offworlders. But slanted, almond-shaped eyes were considered especially beautiful among many Vulcan clans, and traits such as slowness or hesitancy were noted with concern for the child’s well-being. Such names were given in the hopes that a child would outgrow or overcome a negative trait, especially if others were alerted to it and could assist the child. Radak would most certainly have been an adult name and one that was ritually assigned to an individual shunned from the community. However, the name survives to the present day due to the popularity of such outcasts in the past. Many, such as Surak, developed their own followings and started cultural revolutions.

As one might suspect, in ancient times, children were not often officially named until the age of two or three when personality and traits were more developed and recognizable. Some childhood names reflected great praise – for example, Sarek (sahr ek’ariben’es = “fast fluency”), Sarpk (sahr pakashogaya = “fast perception”), and Sorrd (sau rytemk = “one who radiates rytemk” (a state of healing). Even Storn (storaun = “developing, advancing”) was considered high praise.

Some further examples of adult names expressing personal traits include T’Laan (t’sai la’n’u = “lady who approves”), Pola (po’lahv = one who had the last word;” literally, “after-tongue”), Vyorin (vi orenau = “one who studies”), and Vorik (veh orfik-kel = “one of the ancestors”). This last name wouldn’t seem to be desirable to a modern Vulcan, but the name is ancient and evoked the strong, omniscient qualities of Vulcan’s legendary heroes and demigods.

Next time we’ll look at names which point to Vulcan’s highly valued occupations, past and present.

Vulcan Personal Names (Part 5)

CHILDHOOD NAMES

From very early times, children in Vulcan society were given childhood names at birth and later allowed to choose adult names upon the successful completion of a rite of passage. The most famous and widely accepted of these rites was the kahs-wan survival exercise in the torturous heat of the Vulcan deserts. In the city-state of Shi’Kahr during Surak’s time, only adolescent males were expected (and permitted) to undergo the kahs-wan. Those who were successful were granted an adult name – usually indicative of some noble quality – during an elaborate ritual. Those who survived the kahs-wan but did not complete it were not allowed to take adult names. Needless to say, this restriction brought shame to the unsuccessful young man for the rest of his life and prevented him from social advancement. By Surak’s time, however, boys were permitted to seek additional training and undertake the kahs-wan as many times as they needed in order to pass all its rigorous tests. It was not long after Surak’s death that many young men, upon reaching adulthood, began to adopt names starting with S in his honor. At the time of the Sundering, 28.6% of Vulcan’s adult population – both male and female – had taken S names.1 Shi’Kahran girls were permitted to take new names on their wedding day, if they so desired. It is not known what percentage of the female population actually did, but larger and larger numbers began taking S names.

But let’s take a step back and look at some of the names Vulcan parents historically gave to their children. Although the custom of adopting an adult name – in place of a childhood name – has died out, some of the oldest families still practice the tradition. Nowadays, most Vulcans retain their birth name.

Several children’s names survive from Surak’s time and express joy, love, gratitude, hope, legitimacy, health conditions, birth order, and birth time, among other things. As in earlier Terran times, a child’s conception by a bonded pair was crucial to his/her status in society. Two names emphasize this status: Stel (s’tel = “from the bond”) and Sopek (s’obek = “from the honorable wait,” that is, the child was conceived during a sanctioned pon farr). Both of these names are still in use these days, although their meaning has long been forgotten or considered unimportant.

Season of birth was noted in names like Stak (s’ta’Krat = “from the seventh month”), Stalat (s’ta’lakht = “from the tenth month”), Rovalat (rok + vahl + lakht = “a grant of hope in the tenth month”), and Salkath (salan-k’rhth’a = “k’rhth’a-wind”).2  The name Muroc (mu-yor rok = “night hope”) was likely given to a child born during the night, and Vektan (duvek ta’an = “shade gift”) was probably an indication that the child was either conceived or born in the shade. As one can imagine, Vektan has proven to be one of Vulcan’s most popular names.

Every parent hopes for a healthy child. Exceptions to normal health were noted in a few Vulcan names. Tekav (tekar-kaf = “deviant blood”) indicated some inherited blood condition, and Kesh (rik’esh = “without breath”) was perhaps a reference to asthma or difficulty getting the infant to take its first breath. On a planet with limited resources, twins were a notable and sometimes alarming exception to the single birth. The name Haadok (ha-dahkuh = “two-life/twin”) was not likely given in joy, and the name Rekan (rehr kan = “third child”) may also have been used in shame or defiance in the distant past when more than two children was considered excessive. The name survives today but no longer holds such negative connotation. It is not known if the name Anauk (ha nauk = “cries vigorously”) was given as an indication of the child’s healthy lung capacity or out of sleepless frustration.

Many Vulcan children’s names capture the joy and gratitude of their parents. Here are a few examples: Haurauk (ha taurauk = “amazing life”), Shanik (shan’hal’lik = “loved at first sight”), Talok (taluhk = “precious”), Stark (s’tah rok = “from unobtainable hope”), and Sitar (s’itar-bosh = “from the thankful”). Probably the most famous expression of parental joy is found in the ancient name Spok, a contraction of spo’k’hat’n’dlawa, meaning “resembling half of each other’s heart and soul” – a name given to the child of Ambassador Sarek and Amanda Greyson and modernized in Federation Standard English as Spock.

In my next post, I’ll give some examples of names that note personal qualities, which were often adopted upon the attainment of adulthood.

NOTES

1 Sherman, J. & Shwartz, S. (2004). Vulcan’s soul, book one: Exodus. New York: Pocket Books, p. 209.

2 K’rhth’a is an herb. Its scent is particularly noted in the onshore winds that blow in from the Voroth Sea along the coast of Raal during the fourth month.

Vulcan Personal Names (Part 4)

DEEP DESERT NOMADS

The te-Vikram , the largest federation of tribes in Vulcan’s history, were the nomads of the Cheleb-Khor region. Their name in Ancient Vulcan (temok vik-rahm = “wall of the thunder-well”) identified them as guardians of the only source of water in the Womb of Fire, the harshest and most desolate place in the Cheleb-Khor Desert. The vik-rahm, or “thunder-well,” was so named because it was located in an area prone to ground tremors that often rolled like thunder.1 The men of the tribe formed a brotherhood of warriors that were fiercely protective of their territory and way of life. For them, the Forge was an anvil on which they were beaten and tempered into Vulcan’s strongest and bravest. It was from their rites of passage that the kahs-wan ritual developed, and it is thought that the militaristic nature of Romulan society was inherited from the ancient te-Vikram customs and mindset.

The earliest territory of the te-Vikram extended west to the Fire Plains of Raal and northward to the volcanic peaks of T’Raan, T’Riall, and T’Regar. These active volcanoes, along with the fiery hues of the crystalline formations of the plains, had a profound impact on the religious and spiritual beliefs of the tribes. The majority of te-Vikram names, including those that survive to the present day, express a reverence for fire and flame. Such names include Ayhan (vai yon = “holy fire”), N’Ereon (nei fer-yon = “seed of the fire generation”), N’Rayek (nei Reah-yai-ek = “seed of Reah’s flame”)2, and N’Veyan (nei veh-yon = “seed of the flaming one”)3, Sikan (s’ikun = “from the cone/volcano”), and T’Saan (t’sai sa’yon = “lady from out of the fire,” thought to be a reference to the Old Mother of Fire, a name often given to the matriarch of the te-Vikram.)4

The prefix N’, a contraction of nei (“seed”), was a common name element for males, although in more recent times, it can be found in female names.  Many daughters, on the other hand, were named Tasav (tah-savas = “unobtainable fruit”), suggesting a healthy fertility that was beyond the reach of the average man. According to ancient custom, women’s names were never spoken in the presence of strangers.5

Other name elements that were popular among the te’Vikram conjure up images of the desert. Such names include N’Keth (nei k’pseth = “desert seed”), T’Arvot (t’sai arev-odva =“lady of the desert-wind faith”), Alieth (al’rig pseth = branch of the desert”), Hanesh (feihan eshikh = “boss of the desert”), and Sepek (sef-pelq = “dune captain”).

Anyone wishing to learn more about the te-Vikram will want to read the Vulcan’s Soul series by Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz.

Next time we’ll see how birth conditions affected Vulcan naming traditions.

NOTES

1The ornate ruins of this well can still be seen on the eastern edge of the Womb of Fire, although its water source has long been diverted by seismic activity.

2Reah was an ancient goddess of death, loss, and grief.

3The ancient god of war, Khosaar, was often called “The Flaming One.”

4 Sherman, J. & Shwartz, S. (2004). Vulcan’s soul, book one: Exodus. New York: Pocket Books, p. 107.

5 Sherman, J. & Shwartz, S. (2006). Vulcan’s soul, book two: Exiles. New York: Pocket Books, p. 18.