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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 ...

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Is this character’s name a reference?

In the new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, towards the end, a character is revealed who bears the name of Now, it is fairly well-known that the actor who played also played the ...
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Why are some of the Blake's Seven crew referred to by surname and some by first name?

In the first season of Blake's Seven (Blakes Seven? Blake's 7? Blakes 7?), the titular seven are: (Roj) Blake (Kerr) Avon Jenna (Stannis) Vila (Restal) (Olag) Gan Cally Zen Apart from Zen and ...
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Is Enfys Nest's name meant to be a pun?

In Solo: A Star Wars Story fans are introduced to a new character named Enfys Nest, a leader of a rebelling pirate group called, the Cloud Riders. Later in the film it is revealed that Enfys I have ...
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Was Bob Howard always intended to be BOFH?

In The Jennifer Morgue, Bob Howard's middle names are revealed to be Oliver and Francis, making his full name Robert "Bob" Oliver Francis Howard. If we take Bob as the first name, his initials become ...
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Why was the Snow White's father called the First King

On the Disney Wiki, Snow White’s father, the King, is called “The First King.” One Wiki commentator thinks it’s an awkward title and asked would it make more sense for him to be called that if he died ...
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Did any other starships have letter designations after their registry numbers?

The USS Enterprise is so famous that its registry number gets reused several times for successor ships (NCC-1701-A, B, C, D, E, etc.). Does this ever happen with any other Starfleet ships? Sisko's ...
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How did Laconia get its name?

The first mention of Laconia is in the epilogue to Nemesis Games: [Cortázar's] pleasure in the project they were undertaking at the new Laconia Station had a feeling of anticipation that was almost ...
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What does the TIE designation used in the Empire's starfighters names mean?

Is there a specific meaning behind the TIE designation used in the names for the Galactic Empire's starfighters (TIE Bomber, TIE Fighter, and TIE Interceptor) and if so what is it?
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In Harry Potter, do magical people refer to themselves as “magicians”? [duplicate]

As the question title states, do people in the HP universe refer to wizards and witches as "magicians"? From etymonline.com magician (n.) late 14c., from Old French magiciien "magician, sorcerer,...
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Why do Rebels have so many [Letter]-Wing Fighters?

In Star Wars the bigger part of rebel fighters are named after a letter, e.g. A-, B-, X- and Y-Wings. This pattern does not carry over to fighters of other factions. (E.g. a TIE fighter could have ...
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How is the name “Gandalf” pronounced?

I've been reading answers to the question asking how "Smaug" should be pronounced and I was wondering, is there an authoritative answer to the pronunciation of "Gandalf"? I first read The Hobbit ...
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What was Alderaan named after?

There are not a huge number of symbolic names in Star Wars, but there are some. The most obvious is "Endor," which shares the name with the forest where King Saul went to consult with a witch. "Hoth"...
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Why was Frodo “wise” and Samwise a “half-wit”?

According to the sources I’ve found (for example this one), “Frodo” comes from the Old English “fród”, meaning wise. (Apparently in “Hobbit Language” Frodo’s name is “Maura”, but I don’t know if this ...
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Why did Pratchett name Maurice Maurice?

In the Czech translation of Pratchett's book The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (which I read) the name of the cat is Mauric. Also, there is a word from the translator at the beginning of ...
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Why is it called the Orange Catholic Bible?

A frequently mentioned and important text in the Dune series is the Orange Catholic Bible. Having read the appendices for the first Dune, I understand why this book exists. However, I do not ...
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Are there starships in Star Trek that we know are named after men?

This question: Are there starships in Star Trek that we know are named after women? inspires me to ask about starships that we know are named after men. If the name of a starship is an Earth ...
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What's the first canon indication that Sulu is Japanese?

This comment claims that Sulu is not a Japanese name (technically true), but I always assumed that Gene Roddenberry intended the name to be Japanese but he was just oblivious or ignorant. It ...
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Was Gene Wolfe the first to use the animal-plant-mineral naming convention

In The Book of the Long Sun, Gene Wolfe uses the convention that male characters are named for animals or things derived from animals, female characters are named for plants or things derived from ...
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Was Wicket W. Warrick named after Warwick Davis?

Wicket W. Warrick is an Ewok from the Star Wars universe. The character first appeared in Return of the Jedi and was intended to be played by R2-D2 actor Kenny Baker. However, Baker fell ill and was ...
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Are there starships in Star Trek that we know are named after women?

A brief browse through this list yields some likely candidates: USS Curie -- most likely named after Marie Curie, but could be Pierre Curie or both, or involve Irène Joliot-Curie or Frédéric Joliot-...
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What is DJ's actual name?

This answer points out that DJ's hat bears an emblem that reads DON'T JOIN. So clearly, out-of-universe, DJ derives from that expression. But in universe, is Don't Join a backronym from his actual ...
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How many times are the words “Harry” and/or “Harry Potter” spoken in the Harry Potter movies?

How many times do people actually say Harry's name in all 8 movies? I'll accept either "Harry" or "Harry Potter" since just "Potter" could count for Lily and James as well.
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Was Fenrir Greyback his original name?

How did the biggest and baddest werewolf come to have such a well-fitting name? This has bugged me for a bit, but I have only now tried to look this up - without success so far. Was this the name ...
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Does this porg “have a name” and am I purchasing IT?

There's a lot of information about the porgs, which are bird-like creatures native to Ahch-To. Here's a fairly detailed summary much of which is learned from marketing and merchandising material. ...
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What were the first humans with alphanumeric designations?

In The Force Awakens, we meet this guy, FN-2187 (Finn) , and it's a plot point that the Stormtroopers in this era don't have given names besides the corps and a number. However, aside from that, ...
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What were the first robots with alphanumeric designations?

I was thinking the naming of the droids in Star Wars is rather unique, such as R2-D2 and C-3PO, where we have a mixture of letter and numbers and nothing else. Then I thought of K9 from Dr. Who, ...
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What does “Ilvermorny” mean?

I searched a lot on the Internet for the meaning of "Ilvermorny", including Pottermore, but I couldn't find anything other than wild theories like this. :( Now, I admit that "Hogwarts" doesn't seem to ...
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Is Harry Potter's real name Henry?

Did James and Lily Potter christen Harry "Harry" or "Henry"? I don't recall him ever being referred to as Henry in either the books or the movies, but (in the UK, at least) it would be odd for a boy ...
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Why is the ship named USS Discovery?

As a follow up on: Were the NX-class starships named after the Shuttles? we have pretty good evidence that the names of the NX-01 Enterprise and NX-02 Columbia were intentionally related to the U.S. ...
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Do Aberforth and Ariana have as long names as Albus?

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is a bit of a mouthful. Aberforth and Ariana are rather easier to say. But it seems kind of odd to have one child with a really long name and two others with ...
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What is the name of the Griffin that was given to Kes in Lord of the Changing Winds?

I want to know the name that was given to the character Kes in Lord of the Changing Winds by Rachel Neumier. I can't seem to find it online anywhere and don't have access to the book right now. I ...
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Why are there two characters named Aegon?

Spoilers for the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones, "The Dragon and the Wolf". At the end of the episode through one of Bran's visions we learn that: While we knew that Jon was the son of Rhaegar ...
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What's the origin of the name “The Orville”?

What's the origin of the name U.S.S. Orville (in and out of universe) in the upcoming Seth MacFarlane Star Trek comedy/spoof The Orville? (Is it related to Orville Wright)?
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What is the difference between Witchcraft and Wizardry in HP?

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is the whole name of this majestic and well-known institution. Such institutions don't have names that don't make sense, or names longer than one would ...
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Does Gríma have a “real” surname? [duplicate]

Does Gríma have a surname? Wormtongue was a nickname/epithet and not his actual name - but did he have a genuine one?
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What does the city name Ankh-Morpork in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels mean?

I would assume that someone has asked this question before but I haven't found any discussion about the name of Ankh-Morpork. Ever since I read my first Discworld book, I kept wondering about this ...
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What is the out-of-universe reason Lucifer Morningstar's new bar called “Ex Lux”?

In Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, Lucifer Morningstar gets tired of Hell and comes to Earth, to start a piano bar called "Lux" (best bar in Los Angeles!). The bar has been thoroughly exploited in Mike ...
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Who gave Sauron his name?

Sauron, of course, wasn't Sauron's original name. He was called Mairon the Admirable. Mairon was only given the name Sauron upon his defection to evil. The name Sauron was given in mockery of his ...
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Is it called Desolation Station on purpose?

In the canon Star Wars novel Tarkin, the rebellious former Republic officer Berch Teller was assigned to the Empire's Desolation Station before going off the grid. It was an Imperial installation that ...
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Why is the name Strider considered offensive?

To be clear, I am not asking why Aragorn and the Dunedain are treated as suspicious, but why the nickname 'Strider' (and Longshanks) is implied to have an insulting undertone, by Bill Ferny and ...
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Are there pronunciation rules for the names in Tolkien's legendarium?

I just watched some YouTube video discussing the new Beren & Luthien book. And to my surprise/chagrin, the people on the video were putting the emphasis on the syllable before the last, i.e. Beren ...
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How do you pronounce the name “Kahlan”?

What is the proper pronounciation of the name? I found a lot of different versions on fan forums, and also in the real world. Yes, people name their daughters after Kahlan Amnell!
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Besides Leia Organa-Solo, are there other example of married names?

As this answer points out, in canon, Princess Leia Organa eventually came to be known as General Leia Organa-Solo. Are there other examples of other characters altering their names by marriage? Or ...
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Was Leia ever referred to as “Leia Skywalker”?

Preamble: A lot of discussion on the parentage of Rey and Ben takes it for granted the "Leia is a Skywalker", which clearly she is by lineage. In any canon, did Leia go by or get called by the name ...
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Thor: Which was named first, the power or the demigod?

(Forgive me, I'm not a comics expert.) We have the enchantment by Odin on Mjolnir: . Whosoever holds this hammer, if (s)he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor. So that means there is a ...
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Why is the name “Rigel”, and especially “Rigel VII”, used in multiple universes?

Star Trek has a Rigel VII. Star Wars has a Rigel VII. Marvel Comics has a Rigel-3. The Simpsons has a Rigel 7, though I expect this is parodying the aforementioned works. All of the above systems ...
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What is the significance of Schmendrick calling the unicorn Amalthea in The Last Unicorn?

I'm aware that Beagle borrowed the name from a Greek goddess by the same name, but I cannot determine a connection outside of that (Wikipedia's entry is also rather short, and I can't seem to find ...
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Why does Kullervo have this name?

In the Companions Quartet by Julia Golding, the primary antagonist is Kullervo, an insubstantial, shapeshifting force of evil, bent on destroying humanity for the good of magical and non-magical non-...
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What's the relationship among the many uses of the name “Galen” in sci-fi?

This name is particularly common in SFF, the most recent example being the character of Galen Erso in Rogue One. Now, Galen of Pergamon, clearly the most prominent real-world usage, was a famous ...
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Where did using “Luna” as the future name for the moon come from? [closed]

Besides Latin, of course. It seems to be very common to refer to the (typically colonized) moon as "Luna" in sci-fi works. Did authors independently decide to use the Latin name? Or did someone ...