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Origin of Name “Zefram Cochrane” (Out-of-Universe)

While reading, I came upon the real-world Jacqueline Cochran, an American pilot known for, among other things, numerous speed records and flight pioneering. I thought this a funny coincidence with ...
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What is the meaning of the surname Hooch?

What is the meaning of the surname Hooch (Madam Hooch from the Harry Potter books)? Has J. K. Rowling said what it means, in-universe? In the Russian translation she is called like Madam Hooch or ...
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Where did the name “Marvin” come from?

It is documented that the character of Marvin the android was based on Andrew Marshall. Wikipedia further suggests that his name originally was Marshall, but was changed to avoid offense and also to ...
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Is Monty's last name actually Reynolds?

I was looking at IMDB today, and to my surprise, Monty's last name was listed as "Reynolds." No other websites I could find gave him any last name. It would be very strange if he had the same last ...
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Did Isaac Asimov give two or more unrelated characters the same name component in any of his science fiction stories?

In his stories, Isaac Asimov avoided giving common real world names to his characters, instead most of the time he invented new names or new spellings to existing names. This gave us lots of ...
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Is Dean's name in Supernatural a reference to Gilmore Girls?

Jared Padalecki portrayed Dean in Gilmore Girls and then, in Supernatural, his chararacter Sam had a brother named Dean. Jared Padalecki's roles in Gilmore Girls and Supernatural are among his ...
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How would you pronounce the name “Sidheag”

non-British person here. In Gail Carriger's series, mainly Finishing School, there is a female character named Sidheag, and I have no clue how this is pronounced. (Is it a real name in the first place ...
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What exactly is the Rake in Anomander Rake's name?

In the initial books of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, the Knight of Darkness is called Anomander Rake. Later on, in the prologue of Midgnight Tides, Scabandari Bloodeye calls him (in his thoughts) ...
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In Dune, what type of name is Chani?

Is is Jewish, Arabic, European etc? Does anyone know the origin of the name Chani?
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Does “FN” stand for or mean anything?

There are several Stormtroopers with designations in the form "FN-####" in The Force Awakens, including There are also other First Order Stormtroopers whose designations start with "FN" appearing ...
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Do TIE Fighter squadrons have names like X-Wing squadrons?

In A New Hope, the X-Wing squadron attacking the Death Star is called "Red Squadron". Do TIE Fighters have squadron names too? If so, what are they named after (color, alphabet, number)? Answers from ...
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How did Gandalf get each of his various names?

Gandalf goes by many names in Tolkien's works. Gandalf himself says in The Two Towers: "Many are my names in many countries. Mithrandir among the elves, Tharkûn to the dwarves; Olórin I was in my ...
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In-universe and out-of-universe meaning behind droid names? [duplicate]

What are the in-universe and out-of-universe meanings behind the names droids are given? The out-of-universe origin of R2-D2 ("Reel 2 - Dialogue 2") is widely known, but what about in-universe? ...
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In The Time Machine, why does Wells leave the protagonist unnamed?

H. G. Wells leaves the main character of his novel The Time Machine without a name. The two times that he would have given a name, it was replaced with underlines. Why would he do this?
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What is the meaning of 'Nor' in Cardassian?

In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine we find out that the Cardassian name for the Deep Space Nine space station is "Terok Nor." Later, the Maquis (in The Maquis, Part I) use a protomatter implosion device ...
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The name of the room holding the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone in first Harry Potter movie/book

In the first book/movie of Harry Potter, he and his friends go to a specific room to get the Sorcerer's Stone. This room had many traps, like the famous giant witch chess, for example. We know some ...
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When do we first hear the name “Anakin”?

I recently watched the Original Star Wars Trilogy and I don't remember the name "Anakin" being said that much. However Wookieepedia states: Annikin Starkiller was the proposed name for the lead ...
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Origin of the name “Slave I”

Are there any known in- or out-of-universe reasons for the name of Jango and Boba Fetts' ship, Slave I?
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Why did Henry Evans continue to go by Derrial Book?

In Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale, we learn that However, he continues to go by Book even after It seems odd that he would continue to go by a stolen name after finding religion. Is there ...
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What is the origin of the name “Jedi”?

Where does the name "Jedi" originate, either in or out of universe? Is there any in-universe evidence at all for the origin of the word? Out of universe, how did George Lucas come up with the name ...
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Is there any connection between Mace from Caravan of Courage and Mace Windu?

While watching the first Star Wars Ewok movie; Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure I noticed that one of the main characters was called Mace. This of course made me think of Mace Windu from Episodes ...
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How many Hobbit clans/families have 'feet' in their surnames?

How many hobbit clans or families include feet in their last names? According to the movies, it seems like every other clan seems to have feet in their last name. Is this typical or is this just in ...
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When and why did Bat-Man become Batman?

I was inspired by this to ask a question I've had for a while: It what issue(s) did Batman first lose the hyphen in his name? Have any of the writers stated why they changed the spelling?
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Origin behind Jabba the Hutt's clan name

Is there an explanation for the origin of Jabba the Hutt's clan name? Namely, the Desilijic name, the full family name being Desilijic Tiure. I know that the name Jabba has it's roots in ...
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When did “The Batman” become “Batman”?

In Batman's first appearance in Detective Comics No. 27, he is referred to as "The Bat(-)Man" exclusively. In the issue, characters say "It's the Bat-Man" rather than "It's Batman". For example: ...
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Were the NX-class starships named after the Shuttles?

From Enterprise we know that the first two warp-5-capable NX-class starships were the NX-01 Enterprise and NX-02 Columbia. Lo and behold, the U.S. Space Shuttle Orbiters were built in the following ...
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Why do Hogwarts teachers have such strange names?

Look at the first names of the Hogwarts staff we know of: Albus, Minerva, Severus, Filius, Remus, Pomona, Quirinus, Gilderoy, (Argus), ... Most of these sound like ancient Roman or Greek names. ...
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Is it ever explained why the Thundercats have species specific names?

Our favourite feline anthropomorphic heroes all seem to have ironic names, Lion-O, Panthra, Cheetara, Tygra etc. Is it ever explained in universe why they are named after their species and what ...
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Kylo Ren vs. Kybo Ren

Star Wars has two characters with almost the same name: Kybo Ren the space pirate, and Kylo Ren the villain of the upcoming episode The Force Awakens. Are these characters linked in some way? Even ...
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What is the earliest instance of Spock being called “Dr. Spock”?

As noted in the answer to the question Does Spock have a PhD?, Spock is never referred to on-screen as "Dr. Spock" in Star Trek. However, the "doctor" title has persisted amongst the general ...
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What is the etymology of Spock's name?

The title says it all really: What was the inspiration and/or origin for Spock's name? The only other Spock I know of is, of course, Dr Spock who wrote about children - was this at all an influence?
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How to pronounce Mos Eisley?

For several months I've been a regular participant in this site's chatroom, Mos Eisley. But I've never seen Star Wars, so I don't know how to pronounce the name! Is it "moz ice-lee" or "moss eyes-lay" ...
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Why do the trolls have civilized names?

In The Hobbit, the trolls' names, Tom, William, and Bert, don't seem to fit their "uncivilized" characters. Why did Tolkien give them those names?
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When was the first verbal reference to the Shadows made in Babylon 5?

I'm just wondering something about Babylon 5. I know that in the middle of the first season we end up seeing a Shadow ship at some point for the first time, but only briefly. But when was the very ...
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What's the relationship among the many uses of the name “Praxis” in sci-fi?

Besides being the name of the Klingon moon destroyed in Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, there are at least five other uses of the name in sci-fi or gaming citation How are these uses related?
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Why are Deanna Troi and her parents, Lwaxana and Ian Andrew, all named “Troi”?

As we know, Counselor Troi's mother is Lwaxana Troi and her father was Ian Andrew Troi who died suddenly in 2343. How are they all named Troi? The most likely to me seems to be that Ian took ...
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First uses of names having power?

Often, in science fiction, knowing a person's true name gives you power over it. One such example is in the Inheritance Cycle series. Also, sometimes only knowing the person's name can give you ...
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Is there behind-the-scenes information on which came first, Bender's name, function or alcoholism?

Bender's name is a nice bit of wordplay because he is a bending unit, and also alcoholic (goes on benders). But this reference[1] in Wikipedia says he was named after the character John Bender from ...
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Harry Potter characters with alliterative names?

Lots and lots of characters in the Harry Potter books have alliterative names (Severus Snape, Peter Pettigrew, Godric Gryffindor, Stan Shunpike, to name but a few). Is there a complete list of such ...
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Why is Hiccup called Hiccup?

In the opening of Cressida Cowell's "How to Train Your Dragon", Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III makes some effort to explain his name; My name's Hiccup. Great name, I know. But it's not the worst. ...
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In “Agent to the Stars” by John Scalzi, where did the Yherjak words come from?

Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi involves an ameboid species which communicate among themselves by smell. Points are made that there is no easy translation between smells and spoken language. Where ...
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What's the relationship between Ensign Janeway and Capt. Janeway?

In the Star Trek: TNG Episode "Man of the People", we have these lines: TROI: Computer today's appointment calendar. COMPUTER: Oh nine hundred hours, counselling session with Ensign Janeway. ...
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What's the deal with the name “Jumpstar Prime”?

The currently running arc of Schlock Mercenary features a huge starship (later reconfigured as a city) christened Jumpstar Prime. Characters in the comic tend to have very strong reactions to that ...
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In-universe, what is the origin of the name “Borg”? [duplicate]

Is there an explanation anywhere of why the Borg have come to call themselves "the Borg", in-universe? Note : I am not asking about the origins of the Borg collective itself — only how ...
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Is there a list of the names used for Sauron in Lord of the Rings?

In the preface to The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, authors Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull mention a surprising fact: Dr. Richard E. Blackwelder once counted in The Lord of the ...
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How is Sol unambiguously referred to in other languages? [closed]

In the answers to this question, it is suggested that Sol is used to disambiguate between any sun and The Sun, and also that sol is a term for a/the sun is many languages. For example: Spanish: Sol ...
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Reference for the first name of Neville Longbottom's grandmother: Augusta Longbottom

Similarly to Reference for the first name of Sirius Black's mother, known from her portrait: Walburga , I'm asking about the name of a character whose first name doesn't seem to be mentioned in ...
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Why was Marvin called “the paranoid android”?

Marvin, from The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, is clearly depressed, but there are not any indications that I recall (from the books, at least ) that he is paranoid. Yet both in-universe and ...
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In the 2015 Supergirl pilot, why do they avoid saying “Superman”?

They call him "the other guy", "the guy in blue", "my cousin", "him", "the male", etc. but they are clearly avoiding referring to him as "Superman". Is it a production choice to keep focus on this ...
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What, if anything, is the name FRIDAY an acronym for?

At the end of Age of Ultron, JARVIS is an acronym for for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System. What is FRIDAY an acronym for?