What Did the ‘Survivor 39’ Contestants Name Their Merged Tribe, and What Does It Mean?

In the back-to-back episodes of Survivor 39: Island of the Idols, the contestants made one of the crucial landmarks in the game, the merge. Even though viewers saw the competitors enjoy their merge feast, it did not show them name their new tribe or make the flag.

What did the merged group decide to call their tribe, and what does it mean?

Survivor 39 Lumuwaku
Lauren Beck and Noura Salman | Robert Voets

Why did the ‘Survivor 39’ contestants name their tribe Lumuwaku?

The back-to-back episodes were overshadowed by Kellee Kim’s sexual assault allegations against Dan Spilo and how the other contestants responded to it.

Even though the MBA student had legitimate concerns against Spilo, she, Missy Byrd, and Elizabeth Beisel used the claims as a decoy vote while Kim and Byrd gunned for each other, creating backlash from fans.

Therefore, the episodes didn’t focus as much on the new tribe, and how they came up with their new name. The merged tribe of Lairo and Vokai from Survivor 39: Island of the Idols is blue and named Lumuwaku.

Jack Nichting mentioned the abbreviation is for “Love You Miss You Really Wanna Kiss You,” which is an acronym his now-deceased family used to tell the family before deployment.

Even though Nichting didn’t make the merge, his close allies Janet Carbin and Jamal Shipman suggested the name and explained the meaning to the rest of the group.

Fellow competitor Lauren Beck confirmed it on Twitter, and sent a “special shoutout to Jack for the best tribe name.”

‘Survivor 39’ contestant Jack Nichting attempts to deal with father’s passing

In his Ponderosa video, Nichting admitted he hasn’t figured out exactly how the death of his father six years ago has “truly impacted” him. Therefore, he plans on using his time in Ponderosa to discover it because he wants to “become a better person” from it.

So far, Nichting has been a positive energy as he welcomed Kellee Kim and Jamal Shipman and even baked them cookies upon their arrival. He also bonded with Shipman over their shared love of music and wrote a song together.

Nichting can also potentially continue to use music at Ponderosa to help him deal with his father’s passing.

How Jack Nichting became the first member of the Jury

After Kim answered three questions correctly on the Island of the Idols, she earned an immunity idol good for the next two Tribal Councils. However, she was protected in a strong alliance and never needed to use it.

Kim was also very close to Dean Kowalski, especially after finding out they had a mutual friend in common. Therefore, once she realized everyone planned on placing their votes on Kowalski, she gave him her immunity idol so they could make a big move together.

She also roped Noura Salman into her plan and convinced the two to vote for Jack Nichting, as his likeability posed a considerable threat for her post-merge, and she wanted to separate him from Shipman.

Everything went as planned, and Nichting became the first member of the Jury. Watch Survivor 39: Island of the Idols Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.