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Character Names

Posted: 02 Aug 2014 21:03
by Mr. Melange
As of today I became quite interested as to the thought process behind the names of characters throughout the series, and I mean that in three ways.

1)The actual linguistics behind particular names.
2)What Herbert was showing by using modern day names. (Paul, Jessica, Rebecca, ect...)
3)What the meaning behind certain character's names has to do with that character's person, applying 1 and 2.

Now I know little of linguistics so there is little for me to move there, but for #2 it is actually quite noticeable. After GEoD, modern names cease to exist aside from Duncan, Miles, and Rebecca. (As far as I remember) I believe this represents the dramatic change in the universe, in which case, FH probably used modern names just to take them away.

It seems like fact (I hate saying things are fact) Frank put deep thought into the naming of his characters not only so that they sounded good, but to express that character in the name as well. I feel with linguistic understanding of character names, it will certainly only liven the character. I want to do research on this, but I honestly do not know where to begin exactly.

Here are some names I am curious of:
Taraza (I could see that having no origin)

Re: Character Names

Posted: 02 Aug 2014 21:08
by Mr. Melange
I guess Hwi sounds adorable. I want a Hwi. You should want the God Emporer's lady.

Re: Character Names

Posted: 02 Aug 2014 21:20
by Apjak
Frank told McNelly that he named Hwi to get the "Wee" sound, and rhymed it to redouble the effect. Hwi Noree. He said he wanted to name her Joy without saying "Joy".

Re: Character Names

Posted: 03 Aug 2014 03:48
by Cpt. Aramsham
Odrade is explained within the books as an alteration of "Atreides".

Re: Character Names

Posted: 03 Aug 2014 09:15
by Mr. Melange
Ah yes, I do not exactly remember that, but Odrade is her lastname so that would make sense.