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If names are unique and family relationships are gone, why do Solarians have last names?

Why do residents of Solaria bother with last names? Every person is guaranteed to have a unique first name, so last names don't distinguish there. Also, children have no idea who their parents are ...
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What was the name of the ~70's movie with a little monkey in it? [closed]

When I was a kid I saw a movie (possibles 1970's) that had a little monkey in it who was a pet or companion to one of the characters. I don't remember anything else about it except that it was ...
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Is there a greek mythological figure who was paralyzed and somehow started walking again?

I'm working on a project for which I need to find a name. It has to do with giving paraplegic people the ability to walk again. As cliche as it may seem, I'm a big fan of giving things greek/roman ...
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Why are the names Sauron and Saruman so similar?

The names Sauron and Saruman are very similar in writing and pronunciation. Is it an accident? or having an a forethought reason?
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What was the wordplay in the name Irulan?

Frank Herbert is well known for playing word games with character names in all of his works. ("Irulan" and "Noah Arkwright" are two of my favorite examples (from this Q) Noah Arkwright is kind of ...
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Which mythological character drowned in a lake during a sacrifice or mutual suicide?

I am looking for a character in (I think) Greek mythology that may have been drowned as a form of sacrifice / gift to an underworld god. I found out about them via a painting so I believe they are ...
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Did JK Rowling say anything about the name Gellert?

I am interested in the origins of the name Gellert (of Gellert Grindelwald)? Has J.K. Rowling said anything about this? Is there a connection to the surname of the German writer Christian Fürchtegott ...
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Were the -man/-woman/-boy/-girl suffixes of superheroes once considered…erm…goofy?

This is a question which bugged me in my childhood. Being German, I recognized that most of the superheroes names were not translated at all (Superman, Batman) or were translated incompletely. Well, ...
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Is “the Man Without Fear” just a marketing term for Daredevil, or does it reference something?

I'm fairly well-versed with comics lore, but I'm not very familiar with Daredevil. I know his basic powers/abilities, but I'm interested in learning more in the run-up to the new Netflix show. One ...
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Why didn't Snape recognize the Marauder's Map

When Harry was in the corridors trying to find Peter Pettigrew at night, Snape came. Snape took that map, and had a few attempts at revealing it. When he told the map to reveal itself in the name of ...
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Does Star Trek's adherence to naval tradition have roots in NASA or earlier real organizations or works?

Is it well established that Star Trek follows naval tradition. For example its ranks come from USN. Ships share names with real Earth vessels, etc. I was surprised that the contingency speech on the ...
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Did Voldemort know what his name meant?

In French Voldemort means "flight from death". Was Voldemort aware of that fact when he created it?
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Why is “Diagon Alley” named that way?

I totally didn't get the Diagon Alley / "diagonally" thing for a long time after reading the first Harry Potter book. I think my mind didn't want it to be such a sleazy pun. (Re-run commentary to ...
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Did Tolkien give Thranduil his name?

I am aware that during the writing of The Hobbit, Tolkien must not have had much in mind for a large universe, as he was simply writing a children's book. Therefore, Thranduil was simply named 'the ...
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Do Katniss' parents have a set name?

Does Katniss' mother have a known first name? What about her father? I would prefer canonical sources, the movie and author interviews if any are okay.
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Is there an in-universe explanation for the Roman Empire terminology used for the Romulans?

This answer to another question indicates that several of the showrunners of Star Trek had an interest in the Roman Empire, and that influenced their design and construction of the Romulan Empire. ...
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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 Emperor Palpatine been mentioned in any Star Wars work?
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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 J. Michael Straczynski 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 ...