While reading Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising I noticed that sometimes Thrawn is referred to as Mitth'raw'nuru and sometimes as Mitth'raw'nuruodo the latter of which is also the traditional name he has in most appearances outside of the Ascendancy.

Now, I also remember Eli Vanto remarking (in Thrawn: Treason) that the third part of a chiss name has something to do with social status.

My question is now:

Is it known what the -odo suffix to Thrawn's name means and if so what does it mean?

  • Not sure if can be a proper anserw, but for now we still don't know where/when/why he get that last suffix. We can speculate the anserw lies in the following book(s)! – Rick Starrunner Apr 30 at 15:02

Chiss names are indeed complicated, being constructed from three parts. For the case of Mitth’raw’nurodo, the “Mitth” is the family name (like a surname for us), “raw” is his given name, and then “nuruodo” reflects his relationship to his family. Thrawn was not born into the Mitth family by blood, he was adopted into it, and so he was originally known as Kivu’raw’nuru, since his birth family was the Kivu.

Following his adoption into the Mitth his name changed to Mitth’raw’nuru, and he was known as such in his early military career. However, later the "nuru" termination seems to have changed to "nurodo" with no explanation. A Del Ray editor has tweeted:

The "odo" has a currently unexplained special meaning, and is not part of his Mitth family name. So the scenes when his name ends in "uru" are before he's earned those 3 letters. As for what exactly those 3 letters mean that's something Tim plans to explore. Stay tuned :)

That tweet was made on September 5th 2020, and as far as I know (though I'd love to be corrected!) the hidden meaning has not been revealed yet.


I heard that the -odo suffix means that you're a trial born. However I quite doubt it since Thalias' name didn't change after she was made trial born.

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    If you doubt it then this isn't really an answer and more of a comment. If you edit this to add some evidence/where you heard it means you're trial born though this could be a good answer. – TheLethalCarrot Apr 30 at 13:53

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