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What is my name in Klingon?

I've searched the web, and I've search the forums here, but I can't find anyone describing how to translate my name into Klingon.

I'm assuming that there is a set of general rules to follow, or so, but I'm not having any luck.

Can anyone help me?

Note: I'm looking for generalizations that can be applied to many names. But at the same time, my name is Aaron.

October 16, 2019

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Since Klingons do not have equivalents for names like Aaron, there is no such thing as a translation for a name. One could argue that even Earth languages don't really translate names, but that's a long argument that has very little to do with Klingon names.

One option is to use basically the same spelling, but alter them slightly to match Klingon orthography (i.e. spelling conventions). You could go with 'aron or 'a'aron. That second one may also be the closest you can get to the Hebrew pronunciation and is very close to the Hawaiian version of the name.

Another option is to transliterate your name - i.e. to use Klingon letters/sounds to create the nearest equivalent. So to use the English pronunciation we say here in Chicago you could say 'erIn, or my New England friend says it more like 'eyran.

Another option is to look up the original meaning and try to translate that. Names in the modern world don't really carry any meaning. We don't hear the name Rich and think they must be wealthy. Or Faith and think they must be religious. I think there's debate about the original meaning of Aaron, but we could say peplu' ("he is raised").

Or we can abbandon your Earth name altogether. You can look for an existing Klingon name you like (there's a short list in The Klingon Dictionary). Or come up with a meaning unrelated to your name and ask how to translate that.

Here's another good resource: http://www.klingonwiki.net/En/KlingonName

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