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Does Sirius Black have a middle name?

Both Sirius Black and his brother Regulus Arcturus Black are named after some of brightest stars on the sky. Given that connection, and given that they are brothers, I guess it is fair to assume that ...
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Where did the name Smaug come from?

So I was wondering what the origin of this name is for the dragon? Is it a known word from a language with a meaning or is it a completely made up word? Or perhaps it evolved from another word... its ...
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When Angelus has his soul, why is he called Angel?

When Angelus has his soul back he goes by the shortened form Angel. Is there an established in universe reason why he doesn't use his real name Liam?
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Significance of the name “Lorien”

In B5 Lorien is the name of a member of a very old (possibly the oldest) race in the galaxy. Though he can choose to appear humanoid he actually is more of a energy-field. He is very powerful and ...
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How would American space settlers name new planets? [closed]

I'm writing a SF novel in which English speaking US Americans travel to space and settle a number of planets. How will they name them? I don't mean, what names will they choose, but which principles ...
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In Age of the Five, what are the names of the Gods?

In Age of the Five, by Trudi Canavan there Circlians have 5 gods. What are their names? The Pentadrians also have 5 Gods, what are their names? The names of the Gods are not in the glossary, and are ...
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Who nicknamed Grima 'Wormtongue'?

Who actually gave Grima his nickname, 'Wormtongue'? I doubt his parents did. I would guess it would be either Saruman or the Rohirrim.
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What’s the correct way to refer to “the Doctor”?

What is the correct or most acceptable way to refer to the main character of Doctor Who? The Doctor Dr. Who Doctor Who Doctor The Dr. I was searching and couldn't find any explanation on how I ...
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Is there any guidance on how to pronounce “Da5id” from Snow Crash?

Has Neil Stephenson ever commented about how the character's name Da5id should be pronounced? Failing that how is the name pronounced in the audio version? I'm re-reading the book and my inner ...
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How to name a pair of a King and Queen? [closed]

Is there any way to properly name the pair of a King and Queen, other than saying "King and Queen" (i.e. "cattle" for more than one cow)? Because if there is a better way to say "Rohan's King and ...
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Do Ferengi have surnames?

In DS9: Heart of Stone, Quark says "No nephew of mine is going to disgrace our family name by joining star fleet!". My question: do Ferengi even have family names?
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Why does the Klingon Defence Force have such a wussy name?

The Klingons are not known for being defensive, so why is their space fleet named for defence? It should be called the Klingon Imperial Expansion Force, or the Klingon War Fleet. I have some ...
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Reference for the first name of Sirius Black's mother, known from her portrait: Walburga

In Order of the Phoenix chapter 4, we meet the portrait of Sirius's mother in Sirius's house. The portrait is behind a curtain and starts screaming. In chapter 6, Sirius tells a few more words about ...
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Officer's Name In Women In Black

What was the officer's name that was stationed outside Nick and Juliette's house at the end of season one? He was knocked unconscious on their porch by Akira Kimura.
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Is Lois Lane a member of the House of El?

In the pre-New 52 DC continuity where Lois is married to Clark (Kal-El) would she be considered a member of the House of El, and therefore have the name Lois-El? I'm not very familiar with how the ...
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Is there a relationship between Stanley Steamer and any business?

Stanley Steamer received his name in 'Dragon on a Pedestal (1985)' having previously been the Gap Dragon. I recall becoming aware of Stanley the Dragon about the same time I became aware of television ...
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In Brent Week's Lightbringer, what are the alternate names for the Luxins

In Brent Weeks Lightbringer series. (So far, The Black Prism, and the Blinding Knife) There are alternate names for the Luxins of various colours. Names used more informally. I'm not actually sure if ...
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Female Romulan Commander's Name

In "The Enterprise Incident," the female Romulan Commander whispers her name into Spock's ear. He comments that it is a beautiful name. Does the canon give her name or is it in non-canon only?
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Superheroes: names or titles?

I've noticed that some superheros' names are used like proper names, while others are used like a title or description, with "the" in front of it. For both forms there are cases where it seems to be ...
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Where did the name “The Borg” — as in Star Trek — come from? [duplicate]

How did the creators of Star Trek's biggest bad guy -- the Borg Collective -- come up with its name?
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How was Hodor named as so?

We know that he can only say his name. I observe from the series that whenever he is spoken to, he replies with (and I quote): Hodor! or Hodor. Is this how he was named? Or did someone ...
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Is there an astronomical name given to the Ewoks' home?

'Endor' is not the actual name of the satellite-moon that the Ewoks dwell(ed?) upon. It's actually the second moon orbiting the planet named Endor, and not Endor itself. In any Star Wars canon, was ...
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Why “Laurie” in “Laurie (Strange Things Happen)”?

In Dickey Lee's "Laurie (Strange Things Happen)" (1965), the narrator danced with a seemingly living girl, Laurie, who had, in fact, died a year prior. While the basic idea is not a new one, I'm ...
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Did the Federation actually have consistent naming conventions for their ships of the line?

In the Star Trek franchise the Federation had several classes of vessels, i.e. Miranda-class science vessels, Constitution-class cruisers, Exeter-class starships, Galaxy-class starships, etc. Were ...
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Why isn't Mr. Fantastic known as Dr. Fantastic?

Why isn't Mr. Fantastic known as Dr. Fantastic? This just struck me as a little strange. I am sure he has a doctorate. Dr. Doom, and Dr. strange are happy to advertise theirs. Yet Mr Fantastic is ...
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What does “Turambar” mean?

Why was Túrin called "Turambar" (Master of Fate/Doom)? Is it something to do with the Second Prophecy of Mandos?
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Does Gollum know that others call him Gollum?

I don't recall any of the characters in LotR or The Hobbit calling Sméagol Gollum to his face. It seems to be more of a private epithet. Is this correct? Does Gollum know that others call him Gollum?
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Why were the twins named Luke and Leia?

In G-Canon, it is not revealed that Padme is pregnant with twins until she is in the medical bay ready to give birth. When asked what they should be named, she immediately responds without much ...
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Does Emperor Palpatine have a first name?

Has the first name of the Emperor Palpatine been mentioned in any of the Extended Universe Star Wars works?
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Why the name changes for Janeway?

According to Wikipedia, Geneviève Bujold wanted Voyager's Janeway's first name to be changed from Elizabeth to Nicole. Later, Kate Mulgrew requested the name to be changed again to Kathryn. Why did ...
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James T. Kirk: Why “Tiberius”?

Considering the relatively exotic nature of "Tiberius", is there a story behind James T. Kirk's middle name? Do we perhaps know what the professions of his parents were?
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Why is Jon Vander's nickname “Dutch”?

In the Star Wars universe, there's a pilot named Jon Vander whose nickname is "Dutch". I'm assuming that the Netherlands doesn't exist in Star Wars - or is at least sufficiently far away from the ...
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Has JMS ever revealed the meanings of names in Babylon 5?

I like to read the various series wikias and guides as I go through a series I'd seen before, to pick up on stuff I may have missed. I ran across this on The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5 for A Voice ...
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Origin of Darth Vader's name

Who came up with the name Darth Vader? According to Wiktionary (apparently Darth Vader now warrants a dictionary entry meaning "a malevolent, dominating and threatening force" :o): Derived from ...
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How do you pronounce 'Tej'?

Ivan's book is finally here, and there's a new character named Akuti Tejaswini Jyoti ghem Estif Arqua, or Tej for short. I don't think I even want to attempt that mouthful of a full name, but I need a ...
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Are female super heroes often referred to by their common names?

I know from my childhood I heard of Jean Grey before I heard of her as Marvel Girl. Emma Frost is rarely referred to as The White Queen. Is this confirmation bias on my part, or is this a real trend? ...
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Was the original hobbit name of Bilbo and Frodo “Bilba” and “Froda”?

I am reading the appendices to the LotR and in particular Appendix F, part II "On translation". Tolkien writes "To their man-children they usually gave names that had no meaning at all in their ...
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Does the Big Guy have a name?

In the TV series Sanctuary, he's pretty much always called "the big guy" or "biggie" by everyone else, and as far as I know "Bigfoot" is one of the names for his species - not his name. Has he ever ...
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Which came first, the “S” or the Superman?

Disclaimer: I have not read many Superman Comics. In the Superman Movies and in the TV Show Smallville, Superman's iconic S was used as The El family crest. Was this original intention? I ...
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Name this children's sci fi show from my childhood

I am trying to remember what this show was from when I watched it in my childhood (I grew up in the 90's). It was a sci-fi television series with a crew of children/young adults that were stranded in ...
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What is the significance of Lily Luna Potter's middle name?

All of Harry's other children played a serious part not just in his life, but in the second wizarding war: James Sirius Potter, and Albus Severus Potter. Whereas Lily Luna Potter takes her middle ...
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When did Obi-Wan change his name to Ben?

In the fourth episode of Star Wars, "A New Hope", Obi-Wan tells Luke that he hasn't used "Obi-Wan" since a long time before Luke was born. But in the third movie, "Revenge of the Sith", Obi-Wan uses ...
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Finding an acronym for an astrophysics code based on sci-fi culture? [closed]

I am a Phd Student, and I work on a C++ mesh refinment code for Cosmology, and General Relativity. I currently search for an accronym for my code, but I don't find a convincing one. Maybe someone ...
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Why is the name 'Beauregard' used so often? [closed]

In a lot of TV shows, the name 'Beauregard' is used, is it a coincidence or is there some reason for it? Recently, it has been used again in 'American Horror Story' for the disfigured kid in the ...
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In the Dune series, how was Paul Atreides' choice of the mouse's name of Muad'Dib a natural choice?

Considering the messiah prophesy which was also Muad'Dib, I don't get it - how could he choose that name, and not be calling himself the messiah? The context of when he chose his name to be that of ...
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McKay/Carter Intergalactic Gate Bridge name reference to real world

It seems likely to me that the McKay/Carter Intergalactic Gate Bridge is a reference to the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge or Freeway given the similarity in name and the show's Canadian connection. ...
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Is there a name for a vampire werewolf hybrid in mythology?

Inspired by the recently closed question.Most modern media call a vampire/werewolf cross breed 'hybrids'. Do these hybrids exist in mythology or ancient literature at all? If they do what are they ...
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Significance of the name “Iffspay”

I've been reading and thoroughly enjoying the anthology I, Alien edited by Mike Resnick. In particular I liked the story “Hi, Colonic” by Harry Turtledove, though you possibly need to have studied ...