Sunday, December 24, 2006


More names revealed:

Gabriel (Sylar’s real first name) –The name Gabriel is of Hebrew derivation and means “God is my strength”, “Man of God” or "God Has Shown Himself Mightily." It appears first in the prophecies of Daniel in the Old Testament. This Angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks, (Daniel 9, 21-27). His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the Angel who appeared to Zechariah to announce the birth of St. John the Baptizer, (Luke 1, 11), the messenger Angel who announced to Mary that she would bear a Son who would be conceived of the Holy Spirit, Son of the Most High, and the Savior of the world, (Luke 1, 26), and the angel who buried Moses. Within all of the legends of birthing, Gabriel as been accredited as the angel who selects souls from heaven to be birthed into the material world and spends the nine months as the child is being developed informing the new person of what he or she will need to know on Earth, only to silence the child before birth by pressing his finger onto the child's lips, thus producing the cleft below a person's nose.

Gray (Sylar’s real surname) – The surname Gray is a nickname for a man with gray hair, or a gray beard, from Old English groeg, meaning grey. Also, a place name, for one who originated in Graye in Calvados, from Latin gratus = welcome.

Hal (Niki and Jessica’s father) – The boy's name Hal is of English origin. It is a nickname for Henry. In Shakespeare's plays about Henry IV, his son is affectionately known as "Prince Hal." The name Henry is English in usage and comes from the Germanic name Heimerich which meant "home ruler", composed of the elements heim "home" and ric "power, ruler". This name was introduced into Britain by the Normans. It was borne by eight kings of England including the infamous Henry VIII, as well as six kings of France and seven kings of Germany. A famous Hal was the computer from “2001: A Space Odyssey”. So named because it is one letter higher in the alphabet than IBM.

Mira (Mohinder’s old girlfriend) – The girl's name Mira is pronounced MEER-ah. It is of Latin, Slavic and Hindi origin, and its meaning is "wonderful; peace; prosperous." Variant of Myra and Miranda. In Spanish, "mira" means "Look!"

Shanti (Mohinder’s dead sister) – The girl's name Shanti is pronounced shan-TEE. It is of Hindi origin, and it’s meaning is "peaceful, peace or calm."

Rufus – (Security guard at Primatech Paper Company) Rufus has its origin in Latin and means “red-haired one.”

Lloyd – (Deputy Sherrif in Midland / Odessa, Texas) – English, from a surname derived from Welsh llwyd meaning "grey". It is of Welsh origin, and its meaning is "gray-haired; sacred." From Llwyd. The name may originally allude to experience and wisdom, and probably denoted a person entitled to respect.

Lynette – (Older woman at Burnt Toast Café) - The girl's name Lynette is pronounced le-NET. It is of Welsh origin, and its meaning is "nymph; idol." French variant of an ancient Welsh given name, Eluned. Its first use was by 19th-century British poet Tennyson, for a character in "The Idylls of the King." The name looks similar to Lynn. In the Arthurian tales, Lynette accompanied Sir Gareth on a knightly quest.

Brian – (Telekinetic’s first name) - Irish, English - The meaning of this name is not known for certain but it is possibly related to the Old Celtic element bre meaning "hill", or by extension "high, noble". Brian Boru was an Irish king who thwarted Viking attempts to conquer Ireland in the 11th century. He was victorious in the Battle of Clontarf, but he himself was slain. It is of Celtic, Irish and Gaelic origin, and its meaning is "high, noble." Could also mean "strength." Historical: Brian Boru (10th century) was a warrior who became high king of Ireland and one of its greatest national heroes. He liberated the country from the Danes in 1014.

Davis – (Telekinetic’s surname) – Origin: English, Welsh and means, “Son of David (beloved).” It is of Old English origin, and its meaning is "son of David." Short form of surname that was first used in the Middle Ages. Also a variant of David.

Iyer – (“Dream walker’s” first name) - “Iyer is the name given to a community of Brahmins (members of the priestly class / caste) of India whose members migrated from the Northern part of India to settle in Tamil Nadu. Iyers are therefore Tamil Brahmins. Though Iyer is used as a suffix to names, it does not strictly constitute a family name.”
Iyers are primarily Siva worshippers.

Sanjog – (“Dream walker’s” surname) – Indian name which means coincidence.
Charlie – (Charlene) (Hiro’s friend) – The boy's and girl's name Charlie is pronounced CHAR-lee. It is of English origin. Pet form of Charles, popular as an independent name.

Charlene - The girl's name Charlene is pronounced shar-LEEN. 20th-century coinage. Feminine form of Charles (Old German) "free man" with the -ene suffix. It may have been influenced by the older and rarer French name Charline, a feminine diminutive of Charles. Char- is also used as a blend prefix.

Andrews – (Charlie’s surname) – English, Hebrew - From the Greek name Andreas, which derives from aner "man" (genitive andros) "of a man"). In the New Testament the apostle Andrew was the brother of the apostle Simon Peter. According to legend he was crucified on an X-shaped cross, and he is the patron saint of Scotland, Russia, and Greece. It is of Greek origin, and its meaning is "man, warrior." English form of the Greek name Andreas. Biblical: the first chosen of the 12 apostles. Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and Russia. The "Saint Andrew's Cross", representing Scotland, appears on the flag of the United Kingdom. Andras is a Welsh form; Andy is the pet form.
Note: Hana Gitelman is a new character introduced in Issue 13 of the Graphic Novel (see sidebar link).

Hana: The girl's name Hana is pronounced HAH-nah. It is of Arabic, Japanese, Hawaiian, Spanish and Slavic origin, and its meaning is “happiness; flower; work”. Probably derived from Hannah: It is of Hebrew origin, and its meaning is "favored grace". Biblical: mother of the prophet Samuel. Being barren, she asked God to bless her with a child, and her prayer was answered. Hence, the name literally means “God has graced me with a son”. Hana (Hannah) also means blossom, graceful, merciful, gracious, God is gracious, gift of God and beautiful.

Gitelman (also, Gittel and Gittleman): meaning Goodman. This surname is derived from the female name Gita. Men often left home to earn money and during the time of their absences children were named after their mothers. Later adopted as a surname. Goodman then is “good man” and Gita “song.” Gita means "song" in Sanskrit. The word appears in ‘Bhagavad Gita’, the name of a sacred writing of Hinduism (meaning “The Lord's song”).
Graphic Novel Issue 13: Wireless – Part One

The first page of the graphic novel reveals most of the Heroes where we last saw them. Peter is shown glowing in the background, the new character Hana stands in the foreground carrying two automatic machine guns with scopes (she is wearing gun belts, fatigues and military boots), HRG and Sylar flank Hana to her left and right respectively, Sylar can be seen in front of the broken wall of glass from his cell, the Haitian holds Claire’s mouth just prior to asking her if she can keep a secret, Micah and D.L. are shown, at the bottom of the page Niki sheds a tear in jail, Matt sports a bloody nose and Hiro confronts the dinosaur with his sword.

Also, a page that didn't load in the interactive version... might be important (It does load in the Printable Version, though).

Bonus Graphic Novel Page

Peter and Claire Promo Pic

Hana Gitelman:

Hana’s grandmother (Tanta) was a member of the resistance in Germany in 1944. She was captured by the Nazi’s and placed in the prison camp at Auschwitz. Her head was shaved and the digits “359” were the first three numbers of her tattooed prisoner number. She died in a bus crash caused by suicide terrorist Abd-al-Hadi in 1989 in Jerusalem when the bus was forced off the cliff at Kiryat Yaarim.

Hana’s mother (Zahava) was one of the first female pilots for the IDF in Jerusalem in 1967. She shot down two Russian MIG’s during the Six Day War. She also died in a bus crash caused by suicide terrorist Abd-al-Hadi in 1989.

Hana’s name is Hana Gitelman. She was a 3rd generation Israeli patriot/soldier and was trained by the Mossad. She tries to apply for para-troopers in Beer Shiva in 1997 but is denied because of the anger she holds in her heart. She is assigned instead to Army Intelligence. She was promoted numerous times but held on to and prepared for life in the field. Later, during picket duty she was confronted by HRG who told her he wanted to help her.


Grace said...

hey! ur blog rocks... and so does 'Heros'! i was wondering if you would post something on the characters of the show.... you know, things like their real name, what movies/t.v. shows they were in before they were on 'Heros'

The Alternative said...

Grace --->

Thanks for your post! That's a great idea! Stay tuned for a post concerning the main characters of Heroes. During one of the interim weeks I'll post something that Ithink you'll enjoy. And, for you others out there if you have any ideas you'd like to discuss send me an e-mail or post a comment and we'll discuss.

Serendipity said...

I agree with Grace, your blog is awesome. I love all the original info and all the connections and trivia you find after each episode. Between your blog and Heroes Wiki I get all the Heroes info I need! Thanks!!

The Alternative said...

serendipity -->

I'm glad you like the blog. I intend to keep it going as long as Heroes survives the hard world of network TV. The connections and the trivia are very fun to compile each week. Keep the posts coming. We'd like to hear from all our readers.