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dthomsen8
04-11-2007, 05:55 AM
Trivia question of the day. Why was the name "James Kirk" chosen?

john_b
04-11-2007, 10:15 AM
Trivia question of the day. Why was the name "James Kirk" chosen?

Dunno, but his middle name is Tiberius - does that help?

ElyseC
04-11-2007, 07:28 PM
Trivia question of the day. Why was the name "James Kirk" chosen?Haven't found an answer for that yet, but do know that his birthplace is Riverside, Iowa, about 7 miles east of me. The annual Trek Fest (http://www.trekfest.com/) is a huge event every end of June here, with all hotels filling up for miles around.

roaryg
04-12-2007, 08:07 AM
Can't remember why they chose that name, but one of the names they considered at the time was Robert April. Guess it wasn't dashing enough for a starship captain.

ElyseC
04-12-2007, 08:21 AM
Can't remember why they chose that name, but one of the names they considered at the time was Robert April. Guess it wasn't dashing enough for a starship captain.Definitely not dashing enough!

Anne Wright
05-05-2007, 05:57 PM
"James Tiberius Kirk" was the final choice of name chosen to adorn the new TV show's hero. "James", derived from the Hebrew name Jacob, means "grasps the heel" or "grasps the bottom"; a colloquial equivalent would be "he gets it" or even "he groks (http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Robert_Heinlein)". "Kirk" is the Lowland Scots (http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Scotland) word for "Church". "Tiberius" was first identified in the animated episode "Bem (http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Bem)", and mentioned again in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Star_Trek_VI:_The_Undiscovered_Country). Tiberius Caesar Augustus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiberius) was the second Roman Emperor (http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Roman_Empire), known for his darkness and corruption, from the death of Augustus in 14 CE until his death in 37 CE. Tiber is the Latin name for the river that runs through the city of Rome (http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Rome). (See also: Apocrypha (http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/James_T._Kirk#Apocrypha))
Memory Alpha: James T. Kirk (http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/James_T._Kirk#Background)

:D

dthomsen8
05-08-2007, 03:46 AM
I was reading a book which claimed that Captain James T. Kirk was somehow named or connected with Captain James Cook, Royal Navy, who in his way was doing something like what Kirk does in the series. It was a bit of a stretch for me, so I posted a message here.

roaryg
05-09-2007, 10:09 AM
I was reading a book which claimed that Captain James T. Kirk was somehow named or connected with Captain James Cook, Royal Navy, who in his way was doing something like what Kirk does in the series. It was a bit of a stretch for me, so I posted a message here.

From what I remember Kirk was loosely based on the idea of C.S. Forrester's naval Hornblower character, who was quite popular in the early 1960s, and was also an independent ship's captain. And by the way the modern A&E tv show based on Hornblower is an absolutely awful recreation of the books (although the actor is a good visual appearance of Hornblower). Other than the titles the plots have almost nothing to do with the quite excellent books.

Benwiggy
05-22-2007, 02:14 PM
Of course, in the Pilot episode, "The Cage", the captain of the Enterprise was Captain Christopher Pike!
:rolleyes:

Michael Rowley
05-22-2007, 03:51 PM
Kirk was loosely based on the idea of C.S. Forrester's naval Hornblower character

Did he play whist, too?

roaryg
05-23-2007, 01:34 PM
Did he play whist, too?

Not that I know of, but I'm sure it would have helped Kirk make ends meet during his periods of half-pay. I wonder if they have half-pay in StarFleet?

Michael Rowley
05-23-2007, 01:53 PM
Tim:

I'm sure it would have helped Kirk make ends meet during his periods of half-pay

It might have doneā€”as long as Spock didn't play too.