Sources and Links for Names in Dune

The following are the sources and further reading/viewing materials listed in the “Names in Dune” video, here with links provided. Most academic reference materials are paywalled by publishers, but Google Books often offers the ability to search for terms and view them in snippet mode.


1,001 Celestial Wonders to See Before You Die


The Biographical Dictionary

Britannica (Cossack)

Britannica (Jesuits)

The Cambridge History of Iran

The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

Christianity in Iraq

A Comprehensive Dictionary of the Middle East

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Place Names

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

Dictionary of American Family Names

A Dictionary of Astronomy

A Dictionary of First Names

A Dictionary of Law

A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic

A Dictionary of World History

Dreamer of Dune

Encyclopedia Britannica (Atreus)

Encyclopedia Britannica (Ulugh-Beg)

Encyclopedia Britannica (Zafar)

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism

Encyclopedia Mythica

Finnish-English Dictionary

Frank Herbert by Timothy O’Reilly

Handbook of Finnish

The History of Iraq

An Icelandic-English Dictionary

An Introduction to Classical Nahuatl

Introduction to Leo Tolstoy’s The Cossacks

A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader

Khalid Baheyeldin

Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names


Mubarak Al-Sabah

Net Bible

New Latin Grammar

The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God

“Origins of the Name ‘Idaho’ and How Idaho Became a Territory in 1863”

The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

Oxford Dictionary of English

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

The Oxford Guide to People and Places of the Bible

Oxford World Encyclopedia

Perseus Digital Library Project

The Persian Gulf Administration Reports

Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary: Latin-English 

Seven Pillars of Wisdom

“Strong’s Definitions”

Teilhard and the Future of Humanity

“The Turkic Etymology of the Word ‘Qazaq’ ‘Cossack’”


A Year of the Stars


Further Reading/Viewing

“Epic World-Building: Names and Cultures in Dune

A Guide to Dune Words: How to Pronounce DUNE NAMES According to Frank Herbert

A Guide to Dune Words: How to Pronounce HOUSES & HOMEWORLDS According to Frank Herbert

Sounds from Frank Herbert’s reading of Dune

Arabic and Islamic themes in Frank Herbert’s “Dune”