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Friday, August 16, 2013

Star Trek Nomenclature

 The Tell-Tale Boots

Once again we go where no man has gone before: an inquiry into the names used by Star Trek.

In Star Trek Memories, we addressed the problem of the names of Khan Noonien Singh and its relationship to that of Commander Data's creator, Doctor Noonien Soong.
The evidence points to each having a mother from the Noonien family or clan, and there is some evidence of sound shifts to explain "Singh" ---> "Soong", relying upon a postulated umlaut of {i; oo or u} for the vowel in the 23nd century and the loss of the final aspirate of the "g" .

Now we turn to "Tiberius".

We all know that Captain Kirk's full name is "James Tiberius Kirk", given by his parents, George and Winona Kirk. The names came from Winona's father, James, and George's father, Tiberius.
Beyond that, the history books are silent as to why James T. Kirk's grandfather was named after a Roman emperor.

The only other reference seems to come in Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country, where Spock speaks to Chekhov and Valeris about what he has found in a space locker:
If my surmise is correct those boots will cling to the killers' necks like a pair of Tiberian bats.
There is no constellation, solar system, nor planet - as yet - named "Tiberius". Thus, Tiberius cannot be considered a place name.
Nor is there a sub-order of Chiroptera named Tiberian or Tiberiani.

"Tiberius" poses an interesting problem in Trek nomenclature.


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