A Note on Names

I’ve always had trouble coming up with good names, and in this regard names for colony worlds aren’t any different from names for people. Over the past few years I’ve built a list with about 700-ish names for colonies. However, these were intended for a Terro-centric culture, and many make little sense in Contact Light.

There was no Washington on Enderra, for example. That’s straight forward. But you’ll notice I have already been using names from Earth mythology, for example.

I think these are fair game; they resonate with us because we’re so used to them. Everybody connects Arthur to Avalon, for example. We can assume that these are translations, or an artifact of the strange way the multiverse works.

That said, I may revisit some of the names later, when I’ve got more of Colonial Space nailed down, so to speak.


2 thoughts on “A Note on Names”

  1. As the standard Traveller setting is around 5000AD, I’m always a little uneasy about assuming 21st Century norms will continue for another 3000 years. The Ithklur from T:NE with their “passion for baseball” always irked me as it relies two assumptions, 1) that a ball game that is around a century old will exist in pretty much the same form for another 3000 years. On that logic, 21st Century crowds should still be avid chariot racing fans. And 2) that no new game will come to prominence in the next 3000 years.

    Names go in and out of fashion and while mythologies can linger in the racial subconscious for longer, one can spice things up thinking about what the dominant space-faring culture might derive from. Going on current Earth population models, in a couple of centuries we may see Chinese and/or Indian derived cultures dominating our racial mix which may mean that Arthur’s Avalon is remembered like the Epic of Gilgamesh (ie poorly) and planet names may be drawn from the Ramayana or the Hei’an Zhuan instead.

  2. We still do chariot races, I guess. Just without horses, that is, things change and evolve but they do not always have to disappear. Most sports are really old. Soccer had predecessors in Ancient greece, according to a quick Wikipedia check. And as our documentation gets better, people in the far future can conceivably discover something nobody has really liked in a long time. Someone tries it and a new fad is born.

    And to be fair to Traveller, the OTU is basically a mish-mash of 1950s and 1960s science fiction. A lot of that source material just posits America… In Space. Smoking is prevalent in Piper’s works, for example.

    Be that as it may: The problem with using something like “Avalon” is that there is no “Earth” in this setting. It’s not just unknown, it definitely does not exist. So I’ll probably have to purge those references at some point.

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