So I wasn’t going to, but certain unnamed persons have convinced me to round out the genderswap series with TOS.
(Okay, it didn’t take that much convincing.)
To that end, here are some pertinent questions to which I require answers. Spock or T’Pock? Does anyone know Swahili and can give me a plausible male version of Nyota? Did you know zat minidresses and black boots were inwented in Russia? Чесслово.
I’m also going to be doing the Frostiron Bang and making a cosplay for NYCC, aww yeah, so don’t wait up. This is gonna be a long two months.
the-dreaming-grass I love your genderbent fanart! It’s great that you’re doing TOS as well. And since you asked about the names, here are some of my thoughts (first names are a passion of mine, so I apologize in advance for the excessive wordiness):
There certainly are Vulcan female names that begin with S (like Saavik and Selar), so you could go either way with Spock. I’m partial to T’Pock though, since it fits nicely into what seems to be a common Vulcan female naming pattern: T’Pring, T’Pau, T’Pol…
Even though you didn’t really ask suggestions for Chekov, I’ll give them anyway since I’m such a big name nerd. Pavel doesn’t have a “direct” female equivalent in the Russian name system, so we’ll have to look for names that share the same linguistic roots. In that light Polina would be a good pick. (There is a Slavic name that resembles Pavel more closely, namely Pavla, but I’ve gathered it’s not used, or at leat not common, in Russia. I saw a comment once here at Tumblr made by a Russian girl, who said that Polina is a name she’d use for genderbent Chekov, since she has never met anyone named Pavla.) Also, Russian family names always take on a feminine ending when used by women, so that would be Polina Chekova, not Chekov. (But maybe you knew that already. This is a pet peeve of mine, since many people often overlook that fact. :)
I tried to be as succinct with my suggestions for Uhura as I could, but since it seems succinct and I don’t fit in the same room, I’ve hidden my ramblings under the cut.
Okay, wow, that is just an awesomely comprehensive answer, thank you. I, too, have a bit of a thing about names, so I very much enjoyed reading your metas.
As far as Spock goes, the only reason I hesitate to go with T’Pock is because the name Spock is just such a classic. And I also have a thing about androgynous names, so. Still undecided.
I actually speak Russian, so I’m all squared away with Ensign Chekova. Pavla is indeed a very rare and outdated name, and also I just don’t like it. It sounds like someone’s great-grandma. I’m not even gonna talk about Pavlona. If you wanna be technical about it, the name should really be Chekhov/a, but I like to go with the theory that Russian evolved over the past two hundred years.
I did quite a bit of googling on my own for Lt. Uhuru, and Nyo seemed pretty unsubstantiated to me. I do like Njata though. I was gonna throw the research out the window and go with Nyoto, but Njata sounds good.
Also, regarding your original meta on the comic, when I genderbend, I try to find a name that has a similar feel and popularity quotient to the original, my reasoning being that a parent that would go for either a common or a very unusual name for one gender would probably do the same for the other (i.e. if you’re the sort of person who names your boy John, you’re probably not gonna come up with Giovanna for a girl) which is why I prefer to use Jane over Jamie. As you said, it is equally bland.
I have similar reservations about using Lenore, because it has a vastly different feel from the more common Leonard. (And, hey, she’s gonna be Bones anyway.)
So yeah, brevity. I am bad at it, too.