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Sci-Fi and the Subcontinent

The name ‘Ferengi’ in Star Trek has a clear resemblance to a word for foreigners in Southeast Asian and Indian languages.
In particular, it’s thought it may originally have been a word to describe the French, but the term came to apply to anyone from the outside.

An alternate term for Sikhs is Sardar or Sardarji. The Sikhs are famous as soldiers and warriors.
Thus is it any surprise the Padishah emperor sends his elite Sardakaur legions to Arrakis?
Frank Herbert is already known to have delved into history for names. Perhaps most famously Jesuit to Gesserit, both sects of powerful scheming intellectual clergy.

Also, the word ‘thug’ derives from the ‘thugee’, Indian gangsters who would gain the confidences of groups of travelers and then rob and strangle them when their guard was down.
As it so happens, a Thugee leader or boss was known as a Jemadar. According to wiki, Jemadar also corresponds to the rank of Lieutenant in the Indian armed forces. Sound familiar?

Was Khan Noonien Singh a Sikh?
After all, ‘Singh’ is the honorary surname for Sikh males, meaning ‘lion.’

Readers: Know of any other RL connections with sci-fi/fantasy names?

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