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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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 iron helms ...
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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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Who is the earliest named character to live in Disney Star Wars canon?

In Disney's Star Wars canon (explicitly excluding Legends), who is the earliest named character to live? This question is similar to real-life questions about who the earliest named person in recorded ...
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Was Harry Harrison aware that he was giving James DiGriz a cover name that means “life vest”?

In Harry Harrison's followup novel The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge, criminal-turned-superspy James Bolivar DiGriz, also known as "The Stainless Steel Rat", infiltrates Cliaand, a grim world with an ...
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Is Kreacher ever called 'Monster'?

Reading some Harry Potter fan-fics, I noticed Kreacher the house elf sometimes being called 'Monster', and even answering to that name, which is something that confuses me. Is Kreacher called '...
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Is the name Rookwood in any way special?

The name Rookwood is used in V for Vendetta (A former fingerman) and Harry Potter (A lesser DeathEater). Is this a fairly common British name or does it have some kind of hidden meaning?
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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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