Representatives from Paramount+ have reached out with a statement about the names on the posters:
At Star Trek: Mission Chicago, we inadvertently displayed posters with Spock and M’Benga’s names that were incorrect. Sometimes when you work at warp speed, mistakes are made. While Spock and M’Benga do indeed have first names, they have yet to be revealed.
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Banners at the official Mission Chicago Star Trek convention, which started today, have revealed that Strange New Worlds will be giving first names to two characters that previously did not have canonical first names, and both have their origins in Trek novels.
Meet Jabilo M’Benga
M’Benga’s first name of Jabilo comes from David Mack’s 2005 novel Harbinger. Jabilo is a word for “healer” or “medicine man” in the Luo language of Kenya.
Say Live Long and Prosper to S’chn T’Gai Spock
In a surprising move, Spock will also get a second name. His name was considered to be unpronounceable to off worlders (as strongly implied in TOS: “This Side of Paradise”). This name comes from the 1985 novel Ishmael.
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