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I know there are probably a lot of name threads already, but I haven't found any recent ones and don't want to ping people by bumping up old threads. Also, many old name threads don't cover characters from KHDR, so I'm putting those here, too. Note that I'm taking lots of information from fans, not official sources.


Destiny Trio - SRK

Sora - meaning “sky” in Japanese or “empty,” as “Vanitas” and “Sora” are written the same way in kanji. The sky also refers to a line in Kairi’s letter, “There are many worlds but they share the same sky - one sky, one destiny.” This is a metaphor for Sora, whose heart is connected to people from every world. His name is also opposite to the names of Yozora and Noctis Caelum (the latter from Final Fantasy XV and the cancelled Final Fantasy Versus XIII) which both mean “Night Sky” in Japanese and Latin respectively.

Riku - meaning “land” or “shore” in Japanese.

Kairi - “kai” means “ocean” and “ri” means “village,” in Japanese, so her name means “ocean village”. “Kairi” as a whole word translates to “nautical mile” in Japanese. It can also mean “separation” which is the opposite to Sora being “the sky that connects all worlds,” showing that she is his counterpart and love interest.

(Fun fact: In Kingdom Hearts 3 Re:Mind DLC, when Sora is talking to Naminé, he refers to the Final World as “the world of ocean and sky.” Could this have something to do with Kairi and Sora? Also, the secret ending of Re:Mind starts off in the Final World, except it’s nighttime there instead. Yozora’s name means “night sky.”)


Sea-Salt Trio - RAX


Roxas - an anagram of “Sora” with an “x” in it (the Recusant’s Sigil). His name is also similar to “Rojas,” which could translate to “light,” “red” or “the red dawn of day.” At the start of 358/2 Days, Axel asks Roxas if he knows why the sun sets red, and this is a memorable moment in the two’s friendship.

Xion - an anagram of “no. i” with an “x” in it. “No. i” not only symbolises that she was a replica, a project with a number assigned to her, “No. i” also refers to the imaginary number, “i”, which is the square root of -1. Also, when you turn the “i” into Roman Numerals, it becomes the number one. So “No. i” could also mean “no one,” referring to how Xion was not supposed to exist. Another way her name could be rearranged once the ‘x’ is taken out is “oni,” which means demon/monster. There’s also ‘ion,’ and ions are both unstable and incomplete, like her. Also, the way her name is pronounced, “shee-ohn,” sounds like “shion,” which is the Japanese name for a flower known in English as the Aster Tataricus. In Hanakotoba, the Japanese Language of flowers, asters symbolise remembrance, specifically the phrase, “I won’t forget you.” The word ‘aster’ comes from the greek word, ‘ἀστήρ,’ meaning ‘star.’ Also, “shio” means “tide,” symbolising her connection to Kairi. ”Xion” could also be a reference to “Zion,” which is Hebrew for Jerusalem, which, in the Bible, is known as the Promised Land or the Heaven on Earth. There is also a song in Days called "Vector to the Heavens," and it plays while Xion and Roxas are fighting each other.

Lea/Axel - “Axel” means “Bringer of Peace,” and “Lea” means “Bringer of Good News.” Lea is also another word for a small hill. And, of course, "Axel" is "Lea" with an "x" in it.


Wayfinder Trio - TAV

Aqua - means “water” in Latin, symbolising the connection to Kairi

Terra - means “earth” in Latin, symbolising the connection to Riku

Ventus - means “wind” in Latin, symbolising the connection to Sora, and although Ventus is now proven not to be the killer of Strelitzia, he was present for her death, and Lauriam's dream started deviating from the memory of him and Strelitzia in the flower field the moment a gust of wind blew by...


Lost Trio

Naminé - "nami” means “wave” or “ocean wave” in Japanese, which relates to Kairi. "ne” means "sound", so it can be translated as “sound of the ocean wave”. “né” (with the acute accent) means “born” (It’s the past participle of the French verb “naître,” which means “to be born”) and so it can also be translated to “born of the ocean wave,” and this fits perfectly as she came from Kairi.

Vanitas - means “empty” or “emptiness” in Latin. Can also mean “vanity” in Latin, which is a synonym for “pride”. Also, his name is similar to Ventus’ name, and his name and Sora's are written the same way in kanji.

Riku Replica - He’s... A replica... of Riku... Figure it out.


Foretellers + Luxu/MoM Apprentices

Ava - short for “avaritia,” Latin for “greed,” one of the seven deadly sins

Invi - short for “invidia,” Latin for “envy,” another of the seven deadly sins

Gula - Latin for “gluttony,” another of the seven deadly sins

Aced - short for “acedia,” Latin for “sloth,” another of the seven deadly sins

Ira - Latin for “wrath,” another of the seven deadly sins. This could also be a reference to "Ira Einhorn," known as "The Unicorn Killer" as "einhorn" is "unicorn" in German. Ira is the Unicorn. Could this be symbolising something...?

Luxu - “luxu” is short for “luxuria,” Latin for “lust,” another of the seven deadly sins. Also “luxu” has the prefix “lux,” meaning “light

(Fun fact - Even though the foretellers are named after the seven deadly sins, their personalities seem to follow the opposite virtue attributed to their sin.)


Dandelions


Strelitzia - a “strelitzia” is a kind of flower known as a “bird of paradise.” Strelitzias symbolise joy, beauty and immortality. Her brother, Lauriam, is also named after a flower. Also, she’s a part of the Dandelions, which are also a kind of flower. (Although Ventus is now proven not to be her killer, he was present for her death, and Lauriam's dream started deviating from the memory of Strelitzia and him in the flower field the moment a gust of wind blew by...)

Lauriam/Marluxia - a “lauriam” is a type of flower (I think a type of rose? Whenever I tried to search it up, it would only give me KH stuff His keyblade is named “Divine Rose” and his scythe is named “Graceful Dahlia”; his sister’s name is “Strelitzia,” another type of flower commonly known as the “bird of paradise” and their favourite meeting place is a flower field. Yes, this is FLOWER POWER. His name is also a combination of two words: "laurel" and "memoriam". Laurels are plants (oh look, another plant) used to make wreaths (leaf crowns) and they symbolise kings and royalty. In KHIII, we also see him in the Kingdom of Corona. "Corona" means "crown" in Latin, relating to the previous sentence about laurels. Laurels are also known to be lightning-resistant, relating to his relationship with Larxene/Elrena. "memoriam" relates to Strelitzia, and how he "he seem(s) to live and die solely for (her)," and how she was the most important person in the world to him and yet he somehow forgot her. “Marluxia” is just “lauriam” with an “x” in it.

Ephemer - from the word “ephemeral,” referring to when something “lasts a very short amount of time”. This comes from Greek, and might be referencing the fact that we, as the player, only knew him for a short amount of time before he disappeared. Fans originally thought his name was “Ephemera,” however, that was an incorrect fan translation.

Skuld - In Norse mythology, “Skuld” is the name of a Norn. Norns choose who live and die in battle. This might hint on her having to make a difficult decision later... Skuld is the Norn of the Future, which makes sense as she (most likely) time travels into the future. “Skuld” might also possibly mean “debt.” Also see “Urd”.

Brain - from the word “brain,” obviously. But 'brain' is also a kind of computer virus, and Brain states that he wants to be the virus that will alter the future. (However, in the KHIII secret reports, it's noted that the author [supposedly Luxu] called the imposter "a virus in the program," however, Brain is revealed to not be the imposter.) Fans originally thought his name translated to "Blaine," as the root Japanese word "burein," translates to both.


Masters Trio

Xehanort - take out the “x” and it’s an anagram of “a throne,” referencing Master Xehanort (the 13 thrones in Organisation XIII, the throne that MX sits in when watching Terra and Aqua do their Mark of Mastery, I bet there’s way more examples); “no heart,” referencing Xemnas (as he has no heart, No Heart is the name of the secret boss in BBS); “another,” referencing Ansem (symbolising how Xehanort can put his heart in others, creating other Xehanorts); “no earth” (reference to Xehanort possessing Terra) or “tan hero”. On its own, it is also an anagram of “exhortan,” a form of “exhortar,” which is Spanish for “to urge, persuade, exhort, etc.” and Xehanort is known to be very manipulative.

Eraqus - anagram of “square,” as in “Square Enix.” Also, the fact that Master Keeper/Master’s Defender is in the shape of an “E” is not just a reference to Eraqus’ name starting with “E,” but it also stands for the second part of the name of the publisher, “Enix.”

Yen Sid - MY NAME SPELLED BACKWARDS IS DISNEY


Dark Road Gang


Urd - Also known as ‘Urðr’ or ‘Wyrd’ in Norse mythology, Urd is one of the three Norns that decide peoples’ fates. Urd is the Norn of the Past. See ‘Skuld’ for more information.

Vor - “Vor” comes from the Norse goddess, “Vör,” the goddess of wisdom. “Vör” means “aware,” or “knowledge out of darkness,” which is pretty interesting, seeing as this is Kingdom Hearts.

Bragi - In Norse mythology, Bragi is the god of poetry and music, and the son of Odin. “Bragi” means “poet”. Also note how similar his name is to both “Braig” and “Brain”...

Hermod - Name comes from ‘Hermóðr’ in Norse mythology, son of Odin. Considered the messenger of the gods, and was the only person brave enough to try to bring his brother, Baldr, back from the dead. He is the equivalent of the Greek god, “Hermes,” who is also the son of an important god as is also known as a messenger of the gods. Hermod also shares the same prefix with Hermes.

Baldr - In Norse mythology, Baldr is “brave and just.” As he cannot be hurt, gods found entertainment in throwing objects at him. However, one day the evil god Loki deceived the god, Höd, who was blind, to throw mistletoe at Baldr. Mistletoe was Baldr’s only weakness, and so he died. We have yet to see this character.

Master Odin - Odin is the main god in Norse mythology. He is known as the “all-father,” and is said to be very wise. He is the god of war, poetry, death, runes and magic.


Organisation XIII


Xemnas - it’s “Ansem” with an “x” in it. It’s also an anagram for “mansex.” Nomura, you cannot say that is a coincidence, you totally intended that.

Isa/Saix - “Isa” means “moon,” which makes sense as he is known as “the Luna Diviner.” The moon turns him savage. “Isa” also means “Devoted to God,” “ice” or “iron”. I really don’t know about the significance of the last three to Isa specifically.


Others

DiZ - “DiZ” stands for “Darkness in Zero” (also in Japanese it looks similar to “Deizu” which sounds like the word “days” or “daze” in English.)

Ansem - “Ansem” is an anagram for “Mensa,” which is a club of smart scientists, which is what both Wise Ansem and Ansem SoD both are.

Yozora - “night sky” in Japanese. This shows that he is connected and is some sort of counterpart to Sora. Also, he shares his name meaning with Noctis Caelum” from Final Fantasy XV, except Noctis’ name is in Latin.


Theory Names (Unconfirmed)

Master of Masters (theory) - Although we haven’t been given a name yet, there is one deadly sin that we’re missing - Pride. Also known as “superbia,” in Latin. Seeing as all the foretellers names are two syllables, it would be logical to assume that MoM’s name is “Super.” (However... lame it may sound.) On the mysterious black box that MoM gives to Luxu, it says “Xsuper,” (with the “x” most likely referring to the Recusant’s Sigil) further supporting this argument.

Luxord (theory) - Although his Somebody’s name is unknown, it is very likely to be “Ludor,” which is Latin for “to play.” Luxord is a gambler, who’s special powers involve cards, and KHuX was originally supposed to be a card game. Also, “ludus” is Latin for “I am.” This is also the root of the “Luxord Is The Player” theory (I am the player!). There is also a casino called the “Luxor Casino” in Las Vegas. Also, if you split his name in half, “Lux Ord” means “light century.”

Demyx (theory) - Although his Somebody’s name is also unknown, it’s most likely to be “Emyd,” which comes from “emydura,” a species of Australian short-necked freshwater turtle. Demyx's powers are water-related. Could this link to Aqua, Kairi, Xion or Naminé?

Verdandi (theory) - We’ve had Urd, the Norn of the Past and Skuld, the Norn of the Future. Verdandi, or “Verðandi” in Old Norse, is the Norn of the Present - the only Norn we’re missing. Could this be the name of a new Kingdom Hearts character?




Edits:
- Removed "In French, Kairi means “melody” or “song,” which works with “Melody of Memory” being a Kairi-centric game. " from Kairi's paragraph as that has been disproven, thanks to @Chaser
- Added "There is also a song in Days called "Vector to the Heavens," and it plays while Xion and Roxas are fighting each other" to Xion's paragraph.
- Removed "Also, her name structure follows Kairi’s very closely, with the first half of her name meaning something different to the full name, and both of them have meanings in French." from Naminé's paragraph as this has been disproven."
- Removed ";-;" from Lauriam's paragraph as it adds legit nothing and makes a weird smiley face
- Replaced "from the word "brain". It means brain. Fans thought his name translated to BLAINE, BECAUSE THAT’S ACTUALLY A REASONABLE NAME. Nomura... Why..." in Brain's paragraph with "from the word “brain,” obviously. But 'brain' is also a kind of computer virus, and Brain states that he wants to be the virus that will alter the future. (However, in the KHIII secret reports, it's noted that the author [supposedly Luxu] called the imposter "a virus in the program," however, Brain is revealed to not be the imposter.) Fans originally thought his name translated to "Blaine," as the root Japanese word "burein," translates to both." because fact > opinion. Credit to @DraceEmpressa
- Added "This could also be a reference to "Ira Einhorn," known as "The Unicorn Killer" as "einhorn" is "unicorn" in German. Ira is the Unicorn. Could this be symbolising something...?" to Ira's paragraph. Credit to @LoneFox
- Added "Note that I'm taking lots of information from fans, not official sources." to the introduction because clarity == good
- Added "And, of course, "Axel" is "Lea" with an "x" in it." to Axel/Lea's paragraph because... why not?
- Added "His name is also a combination of two words: "laurel" and "memoriam". Laurels are plants (oh look, another plant) used to make wreaths (leaf crowns) and they symbolise kings and royalty. In KHIII, we also see him in the Kingdom of Corona. "Corona" means "crown" in Latin, relating to the previous sentence about laurels. Laurels are also known to be lightning-resistant, relating to his relationship with Larxene/Elrena. "memoriam" relates to Strelitzia, and how he "he seem(s) to live and die solely for (her)," and how she was the most important person in the world to him and yet he somehow forgot her." to Lauriam/Marluxia's paragraph, thanks to @DraceEmpressa
- Added ", and although Ventus is now proven not to be the killer of Strelitzia, he was present for her death, and Lauriam's dream started deviating from the memory of him and Strelitzia in the flower field the moment a gust of wind blew by..." to Ventus' paragraph because WHY NOT THE MORE THEORIES THE MERRIER I GUESS
- Added "(Although Ventus is now proven not to be her killer, he was present for her death, and Lauriam's dream started deviating from the memory of Strelitzia and him in the flower field the moment a gust of wind blew by...)" to Strelitzia's paragraph because balance
- Replaced "I’m not quite sure what her connection is with birds or paradises, but" with "Strelitzias symbolise joy, beauty and immortality." in Strelitzia's paragraph. Thank you to @KikiXsuper for that!
- Replaced "Demyx's powers are water and music, which is similar to Kairi's name meanings. Are the two connected?" from Demyx's paragraph with "Demyx's powers are water-related. Could this link to Aqua, Kairi, Xion or Naminé?"
 
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Some of it is unconfirmed on whether it is true, as I'm taking lots of information from fans, not official sources.

https://www.kh13.com/forums/topic/60776-behind-the-names-of-kh-characters/
https://www.kh13.com/forums/topic/5477-eraqus-square/
https://www.babynamewizard.com/baby-name/girl/namin#node-name-sound-results
https://www.reddit.com/r/KingdomHearts/comments/614rx3/discussion_roxas_name_meaning/
https://www.khinsider.com/forums/index.php?threads/names-meaning.205421/#:~:text=Axel%20%3D%20Peace%20Bringer,Lea%20%3D%20Bringer%20of%20Good%20News
https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/718920-kingdom-hearts-iii/78179841
https://www.kh13.com/forums/topic/104319-the-7%C2%B0-foreteller-and-the-7-deadly-sins/
https://www.khwiki.com/Marluxia
https://kingdomhearts.fandom.com/wiki/Dandelions#:~:text=The%20Dandelions%20(%E3%83%80%E3%83%B3%E3%83%87%E3%83%A9%E3%82%A4%E3%82%AA%E3%83%B3%2C%20Danderaion,of%20their%20aversion%20to%20darkness.
https://kingdomhearts.fandom.com/wiki/Lauriam
eternal-reverie.tumblr.com/post/171528865140
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnAk_XuuVCY&t=1s
https://www.khinsider.com/forums/index.php?threads/yozoras-relationship-with-sora-and-riku.221721/
https://anagram-solver.net/Xehanort
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/exhortar#Spanish
https://www.khinsider.com/forums/index.php?threads/a-throne-master-xehanort-sits-on-a-throne.135308/
https://aminoapps.com/c/kingdom-hearts/page/blog/why-it-is-brain-and-not-blaine/Z4ZE_BaSBuQwbMPdj58KglZMoGon0xN2xb
https://www.khinsider.com/forums/index.php?threads/organization-xiii-real-names.138078/
https://www.kh13.com/news/four-new-...road-more-information-coming-june-10th-r3329/
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Balder-Norse-mythology
https://www.ancient.eu/odin/
https://kingdomhearts.fandom.com/wiki/Brain
 
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In French, Kairi means “melody” or “song,” which works with “Melody of Memory” being a Kairi-centric game.
Just going to chime in and say that various native French speakers said this isn't the case

 

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Just going to chime in and say that various native French speakers said this isn't the case
Oop, lol. I knew that it didn't literally translate in French, but I still thought that maybe it had some roots to French, or it sounded something similar to something that means "melody" in French. (But yeah, I know that "song" and "melody" are "chanson" and "mélodie." I was just assuming coz I'm dumb lmao)
 

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Someone points out in tumblr that Lauriam is laurel + memoriam. I already write in my tumblr that laurels are plants commonly used to make leaf crowns in ancient Rome/Greek days, relating it to his "Lord of the Castle" status (even if we know he's not exactly that) and adds to the many king symbolisms in KH, Sora and the varios incarnations of Xehanort also have it , and he shows up in Kingdom of Corona. Corona is Latin for crown, tying it back the previous fact that laurels are main ingredient for leaf crowns. It is also believed that laurel plants are lightning resistant, implying his relationship with Larxene/Elrena. And it's a plant, matching Marluxia's plant powers. And "memoriam"as in, "in memory of", as so far we see of Lauriam, he seem to live and die solely for Strel, in memory of her.

Brain is literally a name for a kind of computer virus and he says word per word he's gonna be a virus in the programming Master of Master have created.

Speaking about programming , Darkness in Zero= DiZ= Description in Zip, a text format when you compress files into zip. Also, Master of Masters/Melody of Memory=MoM=Message Oriented Middleware/Microsoft Office Management. Really, all non numbered KH titles are ALL IT terms. Even 358 is a number in IT . Even BC (back cover) . Heck, Verum Rex=VR=Virtual Reality. So Nomura aint it, mixing Latin with modern lang of IT terms. Now I have the full list of the ITterms of the non numbered KH titles, but I think this is the thread for character name meaning, not title meaning so I will stop at here, unless this is the thread for terms in KH in general?
 

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Someone points out in tumblr that Lauriam is laurel + memoriam. I already write in my tumblr that laurels are plants commonly used to make leaf crowns in ancient Rome/Greek days, relating it to his "Lord of the Castle" status (even if we know he's not exactly that) and adds to the many king symbolisms in KH, Sora and the varios incarnations of Xehanort also have it , and he shows up in Kingdom of Corona. Corona is Latin for crown, tying it back the previous fact that laurels are main ingredient for leaf crowns. It is also believed that laurel plants are lightning resistant, implying his relationship with Larxene/Elrena. And it's a plant, matching Marluxia's plant powers. And "memoriam"as in, "in memory of", as so far we see of Lauriam, he seem to live and die solely for Strel, in memory of her.
I'm not sure on it being intentional, but that combination seem rather fitting.
 

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Sora - meaning “sky” in Japanese or “empty,” as “Vanitas” and “Sora” are written the same way in kanji.
Fun fact: in Finnish, sora means gravel. Someone should tell this to Nomura, so he can make a joke about it in the next game.

Can also mean “vanity” in Latin, which is a synonym for “pride”.
How in hell haven't I noticed this connection before? I guess it is time to put a dunce cap on... :(

Ira - Latin for “wrath,” another of the seven deadly sins
Additionally, it may be a reference to Ira Einhorn, a convicted murderer in real life. Einhorn is German for unicorn.

(Fun fact - Even though the foretellers are named after the seven deadly sins, their personalities seem to follow the opposite virtue attributed to their sin.)
Yes, the rule seems to be that you are not allowed to commit the sin of your name. I don't know where this comes from, but I suspect it can be explained with either Japanese of Catholic tradition. Anyone got any idea?

Ephemer - from the word “ephemeral,” referring to when something “lasts a very short amount of time”. This comes from Greek, and might be referencing the fact that we, as the player, only knew him for a short amount of time before he disappeared.
Skuld also had similar experience with him before she met the Player.

Brain - from the word “brain”. It means brain. Fans thought his name translated to BLAINE, BECAUSE THAT’S ACTUALLY A REASONABLE NAME. Nomura... Why...
As others (I think it was Alpha Baymax who originally discovered this?) have pointed out, there is also a computer virus called brain. It seems clear that Brain was successful in his plan of getting out of the box, becoming a virus, and starting to do things that viruses are good at (namely, reproducing).

Also, I don't understand why so many people have a problem with his name. Yes, it is not a normal name, but how many characters in the series do have one?

Master of Masters (theory) - Although we haven’t been given a name yet, there is one deadly sin that we’re missing - Pride. Also known as “superbia,” in Latin. Seeing as all the foretellers names are two syllables, it would be logical to assume that MoM’s name is “Super.” (However... lame it may sound.) On the mysterious black box that MoM gives to Luxu, it says “Xsuper,” (with the “x” most likely referring to the Recusant’s Sigil) further supporting this argument.
Pride refers to the union leaders. There were several reasons to believe it before, and now that Vanitas connection makes it even clearer. A plausible theory/prediction about Mom's name would be:
  • It comes from some ancient language that used to be important. Could be Latin or Old Norse, since those have been used elsewhere in the series, or Hebrew because of the biblical stuff.
  • It is based on a power word associated with him. I think destiny is the most likely meaning. Other possibilities are master, god, sky/heaven, heart, or perhaps traitor.
  • Very likely it is an anagram of the base word with an X added.
  • It may contain a reference to darkness similar way there is lux in Luxu. Finding a way to do this is very hard, but as shown by some of the examples in the OP, Nomura has pulled off even more complicated ones before.
 

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Wow, there's quite a bit of meaning to Xion's name! I only ever knew of No. i and the flower connection.

In my eyes, the fact that No. i can be read as no one can be connected to how, due to her former nature as an experimental replica, she had no identity until connecting with Roxas and Axel, and contrary to belief she wasn't a replica of Sora or Roxas. She was no one, and she was a replica of no one.

But now she's Xion and she's adorable.

Now have a Xion
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Wow, while I knew about most of those, that analysis behind Lauriam before his connection to Stret was confirmed is making me loose my mind. That person predicted everything about the character and really made me want to go check the wikis for some more info about Days that might turn out to be veeery relevant soon. lol.
 

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Brain is literally a name for a kind of computer virus and he says word per word he's gonna be a virus in the programming Master of Master have created.
Oh, really? I didn't know that, thanks!

Speaking about programming , Darkness in Zero= DiZ= Description in Zip, a text format when you compress files into zip. Also, Master of Masters/Melody of Memory=MoM=Message Oriented Middleware/Microsoft Office Management. Really, all non numbered KH titles are ALL IT terms. Even 358 is a number in IT . Even BC (back cover) . Heck, Verum Rex=VR=Virtual Reality. So Nomura aint it, mixing Latin with modern lang of IT terms. Now I have the full list of the ITterms of the non numbered KH titles, but I think this is the thread for character name meaning, not title meaning so I will stop at here, unless this is the thread for terms in KH in general?
WOAH ok, I clearly need to do more research. If you have a list of terms, feel free to put them here - maybe we can make some connections? Clearly, the Shibuya that Yozora lives in is very technologically advanced. I'm not sure where I read this from, but apparently the Gigas were created by the humans that live there, but became sentient and out-of-control. I'll read up more on this.

Pride refers to the union leaders. There were several reasons to believe it before, and now that Vanitas connection makes it even clearer. A plausible theory/prediction about Mom's name would be:
  • It comes from some ancient language that used to be important. Could be Latin or Old Norse, since those have been used elsewhere in the series, or Hebrew because of the biblical stuff.
  • It is based on a power word associated with him. I think destiny is the most likely meaning. Other possibilities are master, god, sky/heaven, heart, or perhaps traitor.
  • Very likely it is an anagram of the base word with an X added.
  • It may contain a reference to darkness similar way there is lux in Luxu. Finding a way to do this is very hard, but as shown by some of the examples in the OP, Nomura has pulled off even more complicated ones before.
I love this! (I really didn't want to believe his name is "Super"... or some anagram of it with an 'x'.) I'll research more and add what I find to this thread.

Additionally, it may be a reference to Ira Einhorn, a convicted murderer in real life. Einhorn is German for unicorn.
That is a very likely reference - this is super interesting, thank you! Is this possibly implying something...? (perhaps the identity of the traitor, if there is one, or something else?)

Yes, the rule seems to be that you are not allowed to commit the sin of your name. I don't know where this comes from, but I suspect it can be explained with either Japanese of Catholic tradition. Anyone got any idea?
No, but I'll try and find out. I think 7 Deadly Sins originally came from Christianity.

”Xion” could also be a reference to “Zion,” which is Hebrew for Jerusalem, which, in the Bible, is known as the Promised Land or the Heaven on Earth.
Also, quoting myself because I forgot that there's also a song in Days called "Vector to the Heavens" and it's played when Roxas and Xion are fighting. I don't know how relevant this is, because "to vector" means "[to] direct (an aircraft in flight) to a desired point." However, it isn't Roxas "being directed" to Xion, it's Xion "being directed" to Roxas? ... But she IS being directed to KILL Roxas... hmm... What is the story behind the name of this song?

The word ‘aster’ comes from the greek word, ‘ἀστήρ,’ meaning ‘star.’
Also, 'star' is related to 'sky,' referencing that Xion is a Replica of Sora. There are also many references to stars in KH - Paopu Fruits, Wayfinders, "every star out there is a world," the Nameless Stars in the Final World, the fact that there was originally supposed to be a character named Stella in Versus XIII, which means 'star' in Latin, and she closely resembles the girl in Verum Rex who has a star necklace...

Of course, I could just be making non-existent connections lol
 
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All flowers have a symbolic meaning to them. Strelitzia is joy, beauty, and... immortality!

I've always looked at Demyx as Demy or demigod. Maybe one of his parents is a God/ruler Kingdom Hearts, and the other a Keyblade wielder?

Since we know latin for ventus=wind, aqua=water, terra=earth... are we going to find a fire elemental that once belonged to that group? Maybe someone who graduated already, or Eraqus's first student? The elements are usually represented as the four, and where Nomura is super symbolic, I think it's safe to bet we might see a character in the future?
 

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All flowers have a symbolic meaning to them. Strelitzia is joy, beauty, and... immortality!
Woah, really? That's super cool!

I've always looked at Demyx as Demy or demigod. Maybe one of his parents is a God/ruler Kingdom Hearts, and the other a Keyblade wielder?
Hmmmm... maybe?

Since we know latin for ventus=wind, aqua=water, terra=earth... are we going to find a fire elemental that once belonged to that group? Maybe someone who graduated already, or Eraqus's first student? The elements are usually represented as the four, and where Nomura is super symbolic, I think it's safe to bet we might see a character in the future?
Well, Axel is already the "fire person" in KH... And 'fire' in Latin is "Ignis." I'm not too familiar with Final Fantasy, but I think that there's a character named Ignis in FFXV?
 

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Well, Axel is already the "fire person" in KH... And 'fire' in Latin is "Ignis." I'm not too familiar with Final Fantasy, but I think that there's a character named Ignis in FFXV?
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True, and I've googled every relative fire word in the dictionary and we've got no matching character in KH yet. I was also thinking Ignis would be the candidate, and Nomura's style/choice for a future character. Leon also uses fire too, but again, he's not really relevant to the Wayfinder trio.
 

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WOAH ok, I clearly need to do more research. If you have a list of terms, feel free to put them here - maybe we can make some connections? Clearly, the Shibuya that Yozora lives in is very technologically advanced. I'm not sure where I read this from, but apparently the Gigas were created by the humans that live there, but became sentient and out-of-control. I'll read up more on this.
About the Brain thing, I didn't know it before until it was pointed out in one of UX's thread either.
Well then here's the full list, and the possible ties to the game/franchise's context
Chain of Memories=COM=.com, IP address for commercial sites. Commercializing meaning exploiting smth, and Marluxia's plan is to exploit Sora.
Coded: pretty self explanatory, programming coding.
358/2 days= 358 is an IP address in the V4 if the modern internet,that many ppl prefers despite we already got V6 now. It may refer how to Lea still likes to be called Axel despite being recompleted, for Xion and Roxas are comfortable with that name.
Birth By Sleep=BBS=Bulletin Board System, a chat feature . Referencing how communication (or rather, lack of it) leads to the tragedy that is in the game.
Dream Drop Distance=DDD=Domain Driven Design, a structure and language of programming that fragments the model into multiple models , when ideally, it should have been stay as one singular model. Fittingly, this is the game where Xehanort is revealed to have been fragmenting his souls when ideally someone is a whole soul, bonus that this game is released on the 3DS
A Fragmentary Passage= AFP=Advanced Function Presentation, a feature to show the preview of files before getting printed. And this game is just preview to KH3.
Master Xehanort=MX=Mode X, an alternative display mode of the IBM VGA graphics hardware . MX is simply another form of Xehanort.
X (spelled chi) =C= C programming lang, a general purpose programming lang, which may imply that most stuff in KH now are supposed to track back to Chi days
Unchained=Another mode of programming from the C language, that imply it's indeed sequel to Chi.
Back Cover=BC=Basic Calculator, a progamming lang rather similar to C programming lang, that BC movie is indeed part of chi days but they don't star same char, they differ by telling stuff from the Foreteller's perspective instead
Dark Road =DR=Disaster Recovery, an attempt to recover lost data lost due to human error or functional error. In this game, Xehanort seem to recall UX player's memory, maybe an attempt to recover that lost memory?
 

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Just adding to Xion's name... When you turn "no.i" into "number one," like you said, does this also refer to the fact that she's the first successful replica?

And there's a Japanese expression, "oni with an iron club," which describes something as undefeatable or invincible.
*looks at Xion's Re:Mind Data Battle*

Also, tide and seashells go hand in hand.

Just another little thing:
Sora, Riku, Kairi = 13 letters
Roxas, Sora, Xion = 13 letters
Roxas, Xion, Axel = 13 letters
Xehanort, Ansem = 13 letters
Terra-Xehanort = 13 letters
Ventus-Vanitas = 13 letters
Lingering Will = 13 letters
Young Xehanort = 13 letters

Those are only character names. There are a lot more on other things throughout the series lol.

Kairi's letter isn't the only thing that says "One sky, one destiny." Xehanort says it again in KHIII.


Terra compares Ventus to a star.
Sora's name means 'sky'.
Stars are in the sky.
Ventus' heart goes to Sora.
Boom. Symbolism.

Xion's name mean's star... eventually.
Sora's name means 'sky'.
Stars are in the sky.
Xion comes from Sora.
bOoM. sYmBoLiSm.
 
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