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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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 sounds and looks 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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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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What does Father Ballo's name mean in the spell-tongue?

The Wizards in Naomi Novik's Uprooted all have meaningful names in the "spell-tongue". This as opposed to apprentices, who just go by their regular names, since they have not yet had their "naming" ...
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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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