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Origins of 40k SM names

After playing a few games with my Blood Angels army, I have realized that my army list is complete shite. So in redoing the list and ripping apart my half painted army to re-equip Marines with new gear, etc. I have decided to create a new BA successor chapter altogether, full of homebrewn individual characters a Chapter Master and so forth.

Anyways, long story short - is there any real reasoning or history behind the naming of special characters within the SM Chapters? I've heard criticisms in response to people, in creating their own chapter, naming special characters with names of completely different origins than those known to that chapter. I wanted to research some names for my chapter, but didn't want to make all the names say, Roman in origin, where the BA names may be old English names.

This may seem goofy, but I get nit picky when it comes to creating a chapter, and I want it to flow correctly and fit in realistically with set fluff.

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There are a lot of historical references in the 40k universe but depending on when the characters were first penned depends on exactly how well they mesh together. Lets take the blood angels for example.
The early special characters were Dante, Mephiston and Tycho.

Mephiston is derivative of Mephisto and is one of the deamons of the underworld, sometimes it's used as a psudonym for the devil himself.

Dante is a character in the divine comedy that visited and chronicalled his journey though the layers of hell so we seem to have a correlation.

Tycho i can only seem to find a single historical reference for though. Tycho Brahe was the man who most accurately measured the distance to the planets in the solar system. He wasn't hated by the church or in any way considered demonic (as far as i can tell, correct me if i'm wrong).

Tycho is the obvious weak link here as he doesn't seem to be named after a biblical or religious referance. However his first name is Erasmus which could be in referance to a scholar who rewrote the New testemant and was influential in the forming of the Lutherians.



Other characters:
Corbulo:A Roman general
Astorath: Ashtoreth is a female demonic entity in the hebrew bible, it became masculine after being adopted by christianity.
Lemartes: i cannot find any referance to lemartes though somone might know where this stems from.


So there is an overrulling theme of religion and more losely demonolgy running through the Blood angels from the earliest days of the hobby. These references seem to stem from a variety of sources and backgrounds however so it seems that just having a theme is enough to use as a reference for naming space marine chapter characters.

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Alright sweet, then I will just find some names that are related in origin and give them to my Chapter. Possibly horror flicks or Vampire names, as it would suit the BA background. Though I like the idea of using Daemon references.

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Possibly horror flicks or Vampire names.
I swear that if you name anyone in you army Edward Cullen, I will hunt you fucking down.
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Remember, it could be worse i.e. Great Wolf Jacob.
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I use old Germanic names for my characters.
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Shit, well there goes my Chapter Master idea....

I was thinking more along the lines of maybe Army of Darkness greatest 'horror' movie of all time. "Shop smart, shop S-Mart" would be my chapter's Battle Cry

Brother Emund - I was thinking Germanic names would be badass. Norse would have been my first choice, but I think Space Wolves have dibs on those.


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