It has recently come to light that there will be a recurring character in Star Trek: Discovery named T'Kuvma who is

A Klingon leader who is looking to unite the Klingon houses.

This seems like a decidedly Vulcan name. (There are 21 names starting with T' listed in Memory Alpha.) While there are Klingon names with that property, they are exceedingly rare among Klingons we've encountered before. Furthermore, it appears very atypical for Klingons to have three-syllable names or for Klingon males to have names ending in a vowel, particularly a. (A hard consonant is the norm.)

So, what is the explanation or justification for this Klingon name either in- or out-of-universe? (Or is none needed?)

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    Maybe it's the Klingon equivalent of "A Boy Named Sue", parents gave their son a Vulcan name so he'd be beat up a lot and become a great warrior. Jan 2, 2017 at 18:18
  • This seems highly speculative especially since the show isn't even on the air yet.
    – Paulie_D
    Jan 2, 2017 at 18:34
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    There are also a number of Klingon names starting with T' memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Klingons
    – Paulie_D
    Jan 2, 2017 at 18:36
  • @Paulie_D: I acknowledged and linked that myself. But wouldn't you agree that T'Vis, T'Kar, and T'Greth are not qualitatively the same as T'Kuvma for the reasons I gave ? Jan 2, 2017 at 20:38
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    I'm looking forward to: " 'Ello, T'Kuvma " Jan 2, 2017 at 20:44

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It appears T'Kuvma is just another name. Here's a brief list of named Klingons in Discovery

We also have prior Klingon names that start with T' (T'Vis) and names ending in a (Noggra, H'Ta)

There don't appear to be any naming conventions (let alone appearance conventions) for Klingons.

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