Vulcan names have been a subject of much curiosity and debate amongst
the members of the Federation. While staunch allies, the Vulcans
closely guard many aspects of their culture and history from other
worlds. The numerous male names that begin with a "S" and the frequent
female names that begin with "T'P" has brought up many theories.
However, the apparently simple Vulcan names have a rather complex
tradition dating back before the Reformation. For the name doesn't
just identify an individual, but informs any other Vulcan of that
person's status in their family and the conditions of their birth.
The first letter in a male Vulcan's name the status in his family.
"S"-names identify a male child as the first-born. In most cases, the
first-born male child will be responsible for most of the family
estate with the death of his parents. Most first-born males tend have
great status, responsibilties, and advantages. Any other male children
will get some kind of inheritance in decreasing percentages.
Second-born males are identified with a name starting with a "T",
third-born with a "V", and so forth.
Many males have a hard "k" sound at the end of their name. Ancient
times, this sound was to make the name masculine. However, since the
reformation, the "k"-sound has come to mean that the boy was conceived
during Pon Farr. The Vulcans traditionally tend to hold children born
as a result of Pon Farr with high regard as most children are indeed a
result from this. The "k"-sound is often at the end, but not always,
such as the name "Solkar".
Similarly, the names of females show the order of their birth and
whether they were conceived during Pon Farr. However, it is the second
letter such the "P"-sound the signifies the first-born. The frequently
used "T'"-sound signifies whether she was conceived during Pon Farr.
Such names are T'Pau, T'Pol, etc. Those conceived outside of Pon Farr
are have a non-"T'" name such as Asil.
Again, first-born women are born with a great degree of status,
responsibility, prestige, and often with a much larger dowry than any
younger sisters. Second-born females are signified by an "M"-name,
Third-born with a "V"-name, fourth-born with an "A"-name, etc.
If a spouse should die, and the survivor remarry, then rules would
apply to their children as well with addition of another constonant
added after the signifying letter. For example, names like Skon,
Spock, Stonn, etc. for males. For females, names like T'Pring,
T'Planna, etc. are used.
In the case of adoption, the adopted name of the child is often
changed to represent the parent of the opposite gender. When Sarek
brought into his family a half-Vulcan/half-Romulan girl, her name was
changed into the masculine sounding Saavik. A male child would take a
name that is somewhat feminine sounding to the Vulcans, such as