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Mr. Spock was known by his original name, Christopher Pike. He is portrayed with great respect by actor Leonard Nimoy.
Nimoy chose to spell it with an isthmus, like so many Italian names of that time. Others spelled it pike, as in US naval officer Elwell S. Pike.
Its full pronunciation is more like “ke-SPY”. Some people speculate that the nickname came from the phrase “say spock”, used when children are trying to talk. It also may have had something to do with the sound made when snapping fingers.
Spock has been called intelligent, rational, and humanistic. This last quality makes him one of the most famous male characters in science fiction television and film. His pragmatism, along with his logic, philosophy, and knowledge of metaphysics, make him seem otherworldly.
This extraterrestrial character now belongs to all media. From the original TV series and movies to comic books and video games, he is widely represented as a logical, thoughtful, independent man who turns to logic for answers — even if his emotions tend to get the better of him.
It is widely known that Star Trek character Captain James Tiberius Kirk shares his name with author William Shiley Butler.
But did you know there was a time when people thought of naming their children after saints, angels or God?
In fact, during The Middle Ages, it was not unusual for parents to name their kids after religious figures.
More specifically, Christians would name them after Jesus, Mary or Joseph (the husband of Marie).
Some non-Christians also occasionally used Christian names themselves.
For example, the ancient Hebrew god YHWH, who is referred to as Jehovah in the Bible, is called Yahweh by some Jews.
Judaism’s ethical code forbids defaming other people’s gods, so Judaism rejects this practice.
Stories behind the name
The name “Spock” has attracted many fans over the years, for both men and women. Some see it as a masculine name, while others view it as a feminine name.
The truth is that no one personality fits into this category.
What’s more, “Spock” was not even Christopher Pike’s first choice. When asked why he took the name, Captain Pike said he thought it was simple and classical, but his wife wanted him to give her an excuse to use the word ‘fiber’.
Meaning of the name
According to Capt Kirk, Spc McDougall was an adventurer who took great risks to complete his missions. I mean, he went where no one had gone before, all for the sake of the Federation!
So what did this fictional character do that was so worthy of note?
Well, let’s see…
He saved people’s lives (including Captain Picard’s life), helped establish peace between two enemies, recovered ancient artifacts and brought them home, returned contact with alien civilizations, and discovered new worlds and peoples whose existence were unknown even to other members of the Federation.
And these are just the things he did while serving as First Officer.
Famous people with the name
The unusual spelling of his name was easy to remember for common people, thus many versions of his name were coined. Here are some examples :
Popular traditions or meanings
Several traditions or explanations are often associated with Captain Pike.
Some say his first name was James, while others believe it to be John.
No one can seem to agree upon any answer.
There is some evidence that Kirk’s first initials are J., although not unanimously.
Another common tradition about him is that he went by Bob when out of uniform. Some sources claim that he took on the nickname “Bob” after someone made a funny joke about his appearance (spending a lot of time in the military must have only added to his already rugged appeal).
Others state that his last name was Knight. They argue that since he served as captain for so long, the honor of being chosen as commander of the ship was probably very important to him. As such, they assert that this makes it more likely that he would take orders from a man who used the surname Knight rather than another man who had the same birth name.
Yet others say that Pike did not serve at all. That he received an honorary commission just because he was famous. Whatever the case may be, Pike usually goes by Robert E. Lee now.
Still other tales concern Lieutenant Commander Pike’s mysterious disappearance during the Vietnam War. Many suspect that he may have been abducted by aliens, but reports do exist regarding the adoption of a son named Ryan by Pike’s wife.
Famous ships named
There are many famous ships in history that were not fully acknowledged until years after their creation. The Mary Celeste is an example of this, as is the RMS Titanic.
In his lifetime, Captain Kirk was known for several ships, including the original USS “Kern” and HMS “Aorangi”. But it was Captain James Tiberius Kirk’s command—the ship that led to Mr. Scott’s famed “beam me up” line — also dubbed the Starship Enterprise.
Beam me up, Scotty! was first said by Peter Lorre during the filming of Stanley Kubrick’s 1956 movie, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” In reality, Lorre had forgotten his lines and simply shouted out loud to distract himself from how nervous he was. Years later when he thought back to the scene, he recalled the shout and kept it.
By twisting words around slightly, he created the phrase that has since become part of our lexicon. While some sources state that Lerne wrote the script with “be my bosun” written above where they show him raising both arms, others claim it as his work. Others still claim the distinction as Jules Verne’s.
If you ask two people who read the same dialogue box what each word means, you will get two different answers. It depends on which translation you choose.
Memorable moments tied to the name
The name ‘Spock’ has been attached to many distinct people, characters, ideas, and things. For hundreds of years, it had been used as both a given name and a surname — but not for much longer!
In the late 18th century, the science fiction character Lieutenant Commander Data was introduced into literature by author James T. Kirk. His first name is an acronym that stands for “Noetic Display of Knowledge.” This definition provides some insight into the unusual origins of this moniker.
Data himself would later say he came from the prefix = st1 /United Paramount Network=Uprooted Consciousness-Recording & Stimulation Integration. He also said his mommy called him Ralph Joaquin.
Tips for people with the name
People who share your name are one of the most common birthnames worldwide. But what is your name about?
Names come from many different places and cultures, and belong to people all over the world. There are so many names today that start with the same letter; we can easily be overwhelmed by how much choice there is.
There’s no way to list them all, but here I provide some tips on how to choose a good name. These help not only those with the name, but also the people sharing their name with others.
And this article gives away two famous first names.