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To quote wikipedia:

Katniss' name comes from a plant that is more commonly known as Sagittaria, which is a tuber plant usually found in water.[4] The root of this plant can be eaten, as Katniss does in the book. Her father once said: "As long as you can find yourself, you'll never starve." This name also means "belonging to an arrow" in Latin, which may have a connection with Katniss's skill with a bow and arrow. The plant also shares its name with a constellation in the Zodiac called Sagittarius, or "The Archer", which may also reference Katniss's skills in archery.

Peeta is a baker with a name that sounds very much like "Pita bread", depending on how you pronounce it. Primrose (Prim) is also a name of a plant.

Are there any other names that are "puns" or also objects that are related to the character in question?

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    The leaf of the Sagittaria plant is shaped like an arrowhead hence the connection. – Stu Wilson May 14 '12 at 20:28
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    Naming children, especially females, after plants native to one's area is not exactly an uncommon practice. It's been done throughout history. – Mark Beadles May 14 '12 at 20:57
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Would you consider Panem to be a play on words, considering bread is an important part of the story? (Peeta, different loaves representing different Areas, etc.) As well as Panem et Circenses being the theme.

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I think Snow was named as a reference to a cold-blooded ruler, while Coin's name indicated that she was "a different side of the same coin". In essence, no different than Snow.

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Whilst not puns, many of the characters have names used in Shakespeare's play:

  • Coriolanus
  • Cinna
  • Enobarbia (from Ahenobarbus)
  • Caesar
  • Portia
  • Flavius

Also the two main characters are referred in the books as "the star crossed lovers" as in Romeo and Juliet; the use of poison in the play and in book 1 has some parallels

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