Questions tagged [names]

For questions about names: of characters, including titles, nicknames, and honorifics; of in-universe locations, e.g. countries or planets; or of objects, e.g. vessels, weapons, etc. Questions can be in-universe or out-of-universe, about topics such as origins, meanings, usage and pronunciation. For questions about the title of a work of sci-fi or fantasy, use the [title-explanation] tag instead.

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What is the most frequently mentioned proper noun/adjective in Star Trek that remains undepicted?

Part of world-building involves making references to invented objects, people, and races. And since Star Trek had been going on for seven decades, there's been a lot of it. Sometimes some of those ...
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Are there meaningful anagrams in Lord of the Rings character names?

Motivation I just observed that "Denethor", the human steward who thought himself king has all the same letters as the word "dethrone" which is what he intended to do to Aragorn, ...
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Why are all the DS9 runabouts named after Earth rivers?

It seems whenever we hear mention of a runabout assigned to DS9 it's named after a river on Earth—the Rio Grande, the Ganges, the Yangtzee Kiang—is there a particular reason for this naming convention?...
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Why does Sabriel remark that "Touchstone" is a fool's name?

In Garth Nix's book Sabriel, the titular character discovers a statue of a man. She is able to reanimate the man, she asks his name, and he replies "Touchstone." She replies something along ...
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Why is Starfire named after an herb?

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. ...
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Does the name Ten Forward have any precedent in the real world or in fiction?

Ten Forward is, of course the inconic lounge/bar/gathering area on the Enterprise-D. It is named after the fact that it is located at the forward extreme of the tenth deck, making it the most ...
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What are the Legions High Gothic Names?

In the WH40K universe, a lot of High Gothic is depicted as Latin. E.g. the different branches of government: Adeptus Administratum (administro, latin for minister), Adeptus Munitorum (munitio, latin ...
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What is the term for how Star Wars characters have names based on real people, but scrambled?

I distinctly remember there being a page on Wookieepedia on this. For instance, taken from this Quora Answer Bo-Katan is a portmanteau of Dave Filoni's wife's name (Anne) and her cat's name… Also, ...
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The Ander family in Tepper’s A Plague of Angels: who are they?

There are four families in the Place of Power, and Sheri Tepper appears to have named them after various well-known institutions: Ellel — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Mitty — Massachusetts ...
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First use of the term "belter" in sci-fi as the demonym for asteroid belt inhabitants?

Obviously the series The Expanse has brought the term "Belter" into relatively common use. However, I have seen the expression used in Larry Niven's great novel Protector (strongly ...
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What was Chewie's last name? Does he even have one?

I have never seen the new Solo movie, so this may be a dumb question, but really, what is Chewbacca's last name, if he has one? Han just calls him Chewie, Chewbacca, or thing's like that, and never (...
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Is the name of The Master known?

One of the great mysteries of the Whoniverse is "What is the true name of The Doctor?". Are there any hints or clues through Nu Who or Classic Who (or even books or audio) as to the true ...
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What is the significance/meaning of Apoc's name?

One of the crew members of the hovership Nebuchadnezzar is named "Apoc". What is the meaning/significance of that name? Is it short for something, or perhaps an acronym? A recent answer ...
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Have the Wachowskis explained what significance they intended for the character name "Trinity"?

Many of the characters in The Matrix have meaningful names which relate to the role the character plays. For example: "Neo" is an anagram of "One" (for The One). Also, one of the ...
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What is Mafalda’s surname?

There exists a character that was cut from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (the book). Her name was Mafalda and she was a cousin to the Weasleys on Mrs Weasley’s side (the Prewetts). Due to being ...
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What is Prince Pondicherry’s wife called in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Grandpa Joe tells Charlie the story of Prince Pondicherry and the palace he got that was made of chocolate. His Princess went unnamed and the 2005 film adaptation ...
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What is Snow's granddaughter's name in "The Hunger Games"?

Does anybody know what President Snow's granddaughter's name is?
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Why is Monkey a monkey?

The titular character in The New Legends of Monkey is named "Monkey", which is short for his apparently being the "monkey king". The series is a fantasy/comedy adaptation of the ...
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Meaning of acronym UNBI

"Lochinvar" is a short story by Margaret St. Clair, published in 1961 in Galaxy (and available to read at the Internet Archive). The titular character is an alien creature from Mars, with ...
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Viridis and felodon: shared worldbuilding?

A recent question in the "Hal Clement challenge" asked if there was any meaning or significance to the name "felodon", an amphibian carnivore with large fangs that featured in ...
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What does PE&G stand for, and does it connect with Mazda's name?

I've just read Margaret St. Clair's short story "An Old Fashioned Bird Christmas", available on the Internet Archive. In the setting of this story, mention is made of an organisation (a ...
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Was the word 'Warcraft' ever used in-universe?

According to Wikipedia, the name 'Warcraft' was chosen for no particular reason other than that it sounded cool. The Wikipedia links to this article that discussed the origin of the name in more ...
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Has anyone ever acknowledged this interpretation of the name of the Galactica?

Before Edwin Hubble discovered the true distance to objects such as the Andromeda "Nebula", it was widely believed that all the stars in the universe were contained within the Milky Way, ...
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Is Ripley (from Alien) a reference to 'Ripley's Believe It Or Not'?

To someone over a certain age, "Ripley" reminds us of "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" which was a sort of cartoon strip about amazing "facts" (not too worried about ...
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Any meaning or significance to the name "Felodon"?

I've just read Hal Clement's 1963 short novella "The Green World" (available from Project Gutenberg). Set on an alien planet, it features an amphibian carnivore which is called a Felodon and ...
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What's the significance of the bounty hunter being named Jubal Early?

The last TV episode of Firefly, "Objects in Space", features a bounty hunter named Jubal Early who boards the Serenity with the intent of kidnapping River and claiming the bounty on her head....
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Was the name "Thanos" derived from "Thanatos", the name of the Greek god of death?

This is intended to be an out-of-universe question I recently learned of Thanatos the Greek god of death, and I could not help but notice how similar the name Thanos is to the name Thanatos. This got ...
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Does the name of Shub Niggurath contain or reference a racial slur?

I've always thought that the name of the Lovecraft deity Shub Niggurath was intended to sound vaguely Semitic, but I recently noticed that it seems to encode a certain well-known English-language ...
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Why was the ship named Albireo in Hal Clement's "Hot Planet"?

In Hal Clement's short story "Hot Planet" (freely available to read online), a group of scientists and engineers are engaged in a mission on the surface of Mercury. Their ship is called the ...
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What is the significance of the name Azazel for Asimov's demon?

Isaac Asimov wrote a series of short stories about a rather dislikeable man named George Bitternut who claims to have a sort of pet demon, around two centimetres high, whom he can summon to perform ...
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Why is Sauron's name similar to the Greek/Latin word for "lizard"?

Sauron looks and sounds so similar to the Greek word σαῦρος, or Latin corresponding word saurus, which means lizard. Is this just a coincidence, or there is a (known or speculated) reason behind ...
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Why are the killer robots called necromancers?

In Raised by Wolves the religious faction created killer robots that they called necromancers. Why? A necromancer communicates with the dead. The title seems to have nothing to do with the robots.
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Does Ron ever introduce himself as "Ronald Weasley" in Harry Potter?

Per Wizarding World (formerly Pottermore), Ron's full name is Ronald Bilius Weasley and he uses his family name Ron Weasley. I recognize that even the first time he met Harry, he called himself "...
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Why does Kira pronounce Bajor differently?

I'm hardly a linguist, but it's impossible to not notice. Throughout the show, Major Kira refers to Bajor and Bajoran with a hard J, while everyone else (it seems) uses a soft J. Is there any in-...
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Did Timothy Zahn name Grand Admiral Thrawn after himself?

It's always struck me that Grand Admiral Thrawn's name rhymes with that of his creator, Timothy Zahn. Thrawn also doesn't seem to be based on anything in English or anything else I'm familiar with. ...
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How did Tolkien and Lewis come to use the similar names "neekerbreeker" and "Nikabrik"?

I noticed today, after being reminded of the episode in The Fellowship of the Ring, when Strider and the hobbits are crossing the Midgewater Marshes, where they hear countless noisy insects, There ...
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What does Eru Ilúvatar's name mean?

So I was wondering whether Eru Ilúvatar has any meaning in and of itself, in-universe, besides being the name of the Creator? Is it at all related to any words in Primitive Quendian, for example? Out-...
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Different magic users in The Witcher series?

There are multiple professions/social positions in The Witcher series that employ magic (Witchers, Mages, Druids etc). However, they are referred to by multiple different names by different persons, ...
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What is the deal with Commodore Oh's name?

In Star Trek: Picard episode 2, "Maps and Legends", we met Commodore Oh who appears to be very high in (the head of?) Starfleet Security or Section 31. Objects on her desk and her position indicate ...
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Was Marvel's Falcon named after the original Uncle Sam?

The original character of Falcon debuted in Captain America no. 117 (1969) and soon became Cap's partner/sidekick. In his second appearance, it was revealed that the character's actual name was Sam ...
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What is the meaning behind Rey's name?

What is the meaning behind Rey's name? I’ve found a lot of answers about Kylo Ren but why Rey? It means king and that’s all?
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Do non-human groups gender their ships?

From various quotes in Star Trek we can tell that Federation officers (or at least the human ones) have preserved the English language tradition of referring to ships with feminine pronouns (e.g. "I'm ...
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What happens when more than one person with the same initials joins the Men in Black?

As seen in the film, Men in Black (1997), when a person becomes a part of the Men in Black organization their name is erased and they are given a code name which is the first letter of their birth ...
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Why choose the name "Morpheus" when it is the name of the Greek god of dreams

Why did the writers of The Matrix choose to call the awakener of Neo by the name "Morpheus"? A priori that is a random question, but the question becomes more pertinent after appreciating that ...
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How did Papa Smurf become, well... Papa Smurf?

How did "Papa" (presumably not the natural, biological father of all the other members of the village) Smurf become Papa (equally presumably a title for the village elder, most powerful, and thus ...
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Who declared the Last Alliance to be the "last" and why?

Who named it, why and when? Some possibilities I can think of: They themselves chose it, meaning that if they would overthrow and destroy Sauron, no more such alliances would be needed. Someone gave ...
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Why does Sauron not permit his followers to use his name?

From The Two Towers, chapter 1, "The Departure of Boromir": Upon their shields [the orcs] bore a strange device: a small white hand in the centre of a black field; on the front of their ...
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What is Bubble's real name?

After watching Bubble's incredible shape-shifting performance, Valerian asks (her?) what her real name is. She seems to hesitate, and then finally says "Bubble". Was that her real name, or a ...
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In Toy Story, is Bo Peep’s name really Bo Peep?

I’ve read an account about someone’s grandmother having porcelain figures with names like “princess.” Is it possible that Andy just CALLS her Bo Peep while her ACTUAL name would be something like “...
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Does every generation of Starks have a Brandon?

I'm playing catch up with Game of Thrones and relying on YouTube to help fill in blanks, but have noticed there are a lot of Brandon Starks who all have important roles in shaping the story. I know ...
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