Does the God-Emperor of humanity have a name, or is he recalled only by his title? For example from what I have seen, he is called The Emperor, The Emperor of Humanity or The God-Emperor of Humanity. Never a name or something related

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    Sheev Palpatine... oh wait ;)
    – RedCaio
    Nov 6 '16 at 21:06
  • Nice one, cheeky sith! Nov 6 '16 at 21:07
  • I can't remember exactly where I read it, but there is a quote talking about his origins and original name being long forgotten (not to himself obviously) and people only knowing him as the Emperor
    – TommyBs
    Nov 6 '16 at 21:42
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    There are those who call him.... Tim
    – Paul
    Nov 7 '16 at 0:18

He had a thousand names over thousand years - he has been known as Gilgamesh, Hercules and Saint George, but his first, original name is a secret.

In the "Pariah" novel its suggested (although it might be incorrectly) that his name is an Ennuncia - word of power, speaking which can change the reality itself, although even trying to read and remember it is very difficult (and potentially deadly) to the reader.

In the the novel "Scars," its implied that Magnus knows it, or at least has a very decent guess.

So answering your question - he does, but only he remembers it.

  • So there isn't a definitive name, maybe GW will tell us after they are done with The End Times? Nov 7 '16 at 9:31
  • Well he may be the only one remembering it but it may be that he himself can't remember it since he is stuck in the Golden Throne with his mind on the Astronomican. Nov 7 '16 at 10:41
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    Revealing his original name would serve no literary purpose, and be at odds with what most of the authors are trying to do. The same goes for Doctor Who.
    – OrangeDog
    Oct 2 '19 at 11:50

The emperor also is keeping his name a secret. From the Horus Heresy novel Prospero Burns:

‘When you know someone’s name, you have power over them. Why do you suppose no one knows the Emperor by anything other than his rank?’

So, it was forgotten a long time ago and Big E makes sure it stays that way.

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