The DC Comics superhero Starfire is a Tamaranian princess who joins the Teen Titans after escaping her home planet of Tamaran. The most baffling part of her origin story is her real name: Koriand'r. For those that aren't familiar, coriander, also known as cilantro, is an herb that tastes like dish soap for about 25% of people. Is it just an unusual coincidence that the beloved hero Starfire shares her name with a plant, or is there a reason behind that choice?
Before I go too far, a brief digression. I love puns, and as far as I'm concerned, the worse the better. Hence, our spicy Starfire is named Koriand'r, after the spice, coriander. Her father, who can never make up his mind what to do and keeps going off in the wrong direction, is named Myand'r, or meander (so you know how to pronounce it). And of course, her ruthless sister the military leader is named Komand'r, or commander. Oddly, this final name was not my pun but that of colorist Anthony Tollin. Credit where credit is due.
New Teen Titans Archives Vol. 4 (November, 2008)
According to the show's creator, this pun was intentional.
I love puns and as far as I'm concerned, the worse the better. Hence, our spicy Starfire is named Koriand'r, after the spice, coriander.
In-universe, it would appear to be a coincidence. Her sister is Komand'r (which sounds like commander) and her father is Myand'r (which sounds like meander) but her brother and mother are Ryand'r and Luand'r respectively, which don't sound like English words.
It does not go unnoticed that her name is funny, which presumably is why she shortens it.