Friday, December 7, 2012

Nyota Uhura

Nyota Uhura was the communications officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise in the original Star Trek. She was always referred to as Lieutenant Uhura in the original series and her first name was unknown. Although it was never definitively stated, various non-canon sources gave her name as Nyota, Penda, or Samara. It wasn't until the 2009 reboot of the franchise that her name was given as Nyota. 

Nyota means 'star' in Swahili and in Lingala.

Uhura was inspired by uhuru, the Swahili word for freedom. Nichols was reading the book Uhuru by Robert Ruark on the day she auditioned for Star Trek. When the meaning of the word was explained to Gene Roddenberry, he changed it to Uhura and used it for the character. 

Neither name appears in the Social Security Administration's database. I believe Nyota is the more usable of the two, as Uhura has become closely associated with the character. 


  1. I know someone named Nyote, I always thought she had a beautiful and interesting name. Sadly, I forgot the meaning of her name, and a little to lazy to research it.

  2. I have s friend named Nichelle Savic

  3. I have s friend named Nichelle Savic