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I was wondering do space marines keep their human name, or are they given a new name?
I'd guess it can vary by chapter. Some chapters might have elaborate ceremonies in which the person takes on a new name, others might not bother. I think it's your choice.
In 'deathwing' - the terminators referred to themselves by their original name of American Indian descent - Two Heads Talking springs instantly to mind - although when with the chapter they called themselves by their latin inspired names.
I can't believe that every marine that has ever been born ever has had a latin/gothic inspired name since birth.
There must be a John or Dave or Mark out there somewhere....
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mmm i could see it now- "Captain Bob of the Ultramarines"
An Imperial Fist named Biff Tundrish, anyone?
Personally, with these things i always think: "it's a big universe, anything can happen".
But in this case there is a little fluff to suggest that GW seems to think that marines keep their birthnames. I have never seen any (official) story to suggest that they are given new names.
However, if you wanna add the whole "new name" thing to your fluff: rock 'n roll!
Got a "good" rumour from a GW staffer? Forget about it, LO'ers know more than any random GW shop staffer.
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I'd say most of them keep their birth names. According to Graham McNeill, Uriel Ventris had an ancestor named Lucian Ventris who was in the 1st Company and was slain during the first Tyranid incursion on Macragge (i.e. they keep their surnames). Also, Marines like Ragnar in the Space Wolves series and the newer recruits in the Soul Drinkers series kept their original names after their induction into the chapter.
However, if you're looking for a cool fluff gimmick for a made-up chapter, you could say that your Marines are ceremonially given new names upon their ascent to full brotherhood. I have an idea for my chapter in which all the Chapter Masters are given the name Phaeton, after the first Chapter Master. Their old names are no longer spoken, which are entered in the chapter annals as having died in battle with full honors. Eventually, all but the Chaplains, Librarians, and the Chapter Master himself have forgotten the old name.
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