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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Why did Henry Evans continue to go by Derrial Book?

In Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale, we learn that However, he continues to go by Book even after It seems odd that he would continue to go by a stolen name after finding religion. Is there anything to ...
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What is the origin of the name “Jedi”?

Where does the name "Jedi" originate, either in or out of universe? Is there any in-universe evidence at all for the origin of the word? Out of universe, how did George Lucas come up with the name "...
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Is there any connection between Mace from Caravan of Courage and Mace Windu?

While watching the first Star Wars Ewok movie; Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure I noticed that one of the main characters was called Mace. This of course made me think of Mace Windu from Episodes ...
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How many Hobbit clans/families have 'feet' in their surnames?

How many hobbit clans or families include feet in their last names? According to the movies, it seems like every other clan seems to have feet in their last name. Is this typical or is this just in ...
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When and why did Bat-Man become Batman?

I was inspired by this to ask a question I've had for a while: It what issue(s) did Batman first lose the hyphen in his name? Have any of the writers stated why they changed the spelling?
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What is the origin of “Desilijic”, Jabba's clan name?

Is there an explanation for the origin of Jabba the Hutt's clan name? Namely, the Desilijic name, the full family name being Desilijic Tiure. I know that the name Jabba has its roots in Indo-European ...
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How is his name “Chewbacca”?

Chewbacca (Chewie to his friends) is the Wookiee in the original Star Wars trilogy. We know his name because people other than he say his name. Whenever he speaks, it's in growls and other noises, ...
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When did “The Batman” become “Batman”?

In Batman's first appearance in Detective Comics No. 27, he is referred to as "The Bat(-)Man" exclusively. In the issue, characters say "It's the Bat-Man" rather than "It's Batman". For example: ...
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Were the NX-class starships named after the Shuttles?

From Enterprise we know that the first two warp-5-capable NX-class starships were the NX-01 Enterprise and NX-02 Columbia. Lo and behold, the U.S. Space Shuttle Orbiters were built in the following ...
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Why do Hogwarts teachers have such strange names?

Look at the first names of the Hogwarts staff we know of: Albus, Minerva, Severus, Filius, Remus, Pomona, Quirinus, Gilderoy, (Argus), ... Most of these sound like ancient Roman or Greek names. ...
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Is it ever explained why the Thundercats have species specific names?

Our favourite feline anthropomorphic heroes all seem to have ironic names, Lion-O, Panthra, Cheetara, Tygra etc. Is it ever explained in universe why they are named after their species and what ...
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Why is the (android) Human Torch called the Human Torch?

Before there was the Fantastic Four's human Human Torch, there was the original Human Torch, who was actually an android. Does anyone know why the Human Torch (Android) was called the Human Torch ...
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Kylo Ren vs. Kybo Ren

Star Wars has two characters with almost the same name: Kybo Ren the space pirate, and Kylo Ren the villain of the upcoming episode The Force Awakens. Are these characters linked in some way? Even ...
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What is the earliest instance of Spock being called “Dr. Spock”?

As noted in the answer to the question Does Spock have a PhD?, Spock is never referred to on-screen as "Dr. Spock" in Star Trek. However, the "doctor" title has persisted amongst the general ...
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What is the etymology of Spock's name?

The title says it all really: What was the inspiration and/or origin for Spock's name? The only other Spock I know of is, of course, Dr Spock who wrote about children - was this at all an influence?
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How to pronounce Mos Eisley?

For several months I've been a regular participant in this site's chatroom, Mos Eisley. But I've never seen Star Wars, so I don't know how to pronounce the name! Is it "moz ice-lee" or "moss eyes-lay" ...
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Why do the trolls have civilized names?

In The Hobbit, the trolls' names, Tom, William, and Bert, don't seem to fit their "uncivilized" characters. Why did Tolkien give them those names?
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What's the origin of referring to female superior officers as “sir”?

It is well established in Star Trek: The Next Generation that female superior officers are normally referred to as sir. This is applied to Dr. Crusher, Counselor Troi, Cmdr. Shelby, Maj. Kira, Lt. ...
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When was the first verbal reference to the Shadows made in Babylon 5?

I'm just wondering something about Babylon 5. I know that in the middle of the first season we end up seeing a Shadow ship at some point for the first time, but only briefly. But when was the very ...
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What's the relationship among the many uses of the name “Praxis” in sci-fi?

Besides being the name of the Klingon moon destroyed in Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, there are at least five other uses of the name in sci-fi or gaming citation How are these uses related?
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Why did JK Rowling choose the name 'Harry'?

The title says it all, my question is, has JK Rowling ever commented on why she chose the name Harry for her main character?
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Why are Deanna Troi and her parents, Lwaxana and Ian Andrew, all named “Troi”?

As we know, Counselor Troi's mother is Lwaxana Troi and her father was Ian Andrew Troi who died suddenly in 2343. How are they all named Troi? The most likely to me seems to be that Ian took Lwaxana'...
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First uses of names having power?

Often, in science fiction, knowing a person's true name gives you power over it. One such example is in the Inheritance Cycle series. Also, sometimes only knowing the person's name can give you ...
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Is there behind-the-scenes information on which came first, Bender's name, function or alcoholism?

Bender's name is a nice bit of wordplay because he is a bending unit, and also alcoholic (goes on benders). But this reference[1] in Wikipedia says he was named after the character John Bender from ...
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Harry Potter characters with alliterative names?

Lots and lots of characters in the Harry Potter books have alliterative names (Severus Snape, Peter Pettigrew, Godric Gryffindor, Stan Shunpike, to name but a few). Is there a complete list of such ...
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Why is Hiccup called Hiccup?

In the opening of Cressida Cowell's "How to Train Your Dragon", Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III makes some effort to explain his name; My name's Hiccup. Great name, I know. But it's not the worst. ...
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In “Agent to the Stars” by John Scalzi, where did the Yherjak words come from?

Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi involves an ameboid species which communicate among themselves by smell. Points are made that there is no easy translation between smells and spoken language. Where ...
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What's the relationship between Ensign Janeway and Capt. Janeway?

In the Star Trek: TNG Episode "Man of the People", we have these lines: TROI: Computer today's appointment calendar. COMPUTER: Oh nine hundred hours, counselling session with Ensign Janeway....
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What's the deal with the name “Jumpstar Prime”?

The currently running arc of Schlock Mercenary features a huge starship (later reconfigured as a city) christened Jumpstar Prime. Characters in the comic tend to have very strong reactions to that ...
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Why where the aliens called Buggers in the book, but called the Formic in the movie?

I read Ender's Game about a year ago, and saw the movie shorty after. In the book the aliens are always addressed as "Buggers", however in the movie they are always called "The Formic". What was the ...
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In-universe, what is the origin of the name “Borg”? [duplicate]

Is there an explanation anywhere of why the Borg have come to call themselves "the Borg", in-universe? Note : I am not asking about the origins of the Borg collective itself — only how ...
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Is there a list of the names used for Sauron in Lord of the Rings?

In the preface to The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, authors Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull mention a surprising fact: Dr. Richard E. Blackwelder once counted in The Lord of the ...
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Reference for the first name of Neville Longbottom's grandmother: Augusta Longbottom

Similarly to Reference for the first name of Sirius Black's mother, known from her portrait: Walburga , I'm asking about the name of a character whose first name doesn't seem to be mentioned in ...
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Why was Marvin called “the paranoid android”?

Marvin, from The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, is clearly depressed, but there are not any indications that I recall (from the books, at least ) that he is paranoid. Yet both in-universe and out-of-...
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What, if anything, is the name FRIDAY an acronym for?

At the end of Age of Ultron, JARVIS is an acronym for for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System. What is FRIDAY an acronym for?
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If names are unique and family relationships are gone, why do Solarians have last names?

Why do residents of Solaria bother with last names? Every person is guaranteed to have a unique first name, so last names don't distinguish there. Also, children have no idea who their parents are ...
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Why are the names Sauron and Saruman so similar?

The names Sauron and Saruman are very similar in writing and pronunciation. Is it an accident? or having an a forethought reason?
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What was the wordplay in the name Irulan?

Frank Herbert is well known for playing word games with character names in all of his works. ("Irulan" and "Noah Arkwright" are two of my favorite examples (from this Q) Noah Arkwright is kind of ...
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Which mythological character drowned in a lake during a sacrifice or mutual suicide? [closed]

I am looking for a character in (I think) Greek mythology that may have been drowned as a form of sacrifice / gift to an underworld god. I found out about them via a painting so I believe they are ...
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Did JK Rowling say anything about the name Gellert?

I am interested in the origins of the name Gellert (of Gellert Grindelwald)? Has J.K. Rowling said anything about this? Is there a connection to the surname of the German writer Christian Fürchtegott ...
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Were the -man/-woman/-boy/-girl suffixes of superheroes once considered…erm…goofy?

This is a question which bugged me in my childhood. Being German, I recognized that most of the superheroes names were not translated at all (Superman, Batman) or were translated incompletely. Well, ...
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Is “the Man Without Fear” just a marketing term for Daredevil, or does it reference something?

I'm fairly well-versed with comics lore, but I'm not very familiar with Daredevil. I know his basic powers/abilities, but I'm interested in learning more in the run-up to the new Netflix show. One ...
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Why didn't Snape recognize the Marauder's Map?

When Harry was in the corridors trying to find Peter Pettigrew at night, Snape came. Snape took that map, and had a few attempts at revealing it. When he told the map to reveal itself in the name of ...
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Does Star Trek's adherence to naval tradition have roots in NASA or earlier real organizations or works?

Is it well established that Star Trek follows naval tradition. For example its ranks come from USN. Ships share names with real Earth vessels, etc. I was surprised that the contingency speech on the ...
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What are the origins of the names “Just Read The Instructions” and “Of Course I Still Love You”?

SpaceX / Elon Musk dubbed their East Coast floating landing pad (or "Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship", (ASDS) if you really prefer), Just Read The Instructions, apparently after a ship from ...
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Did Voldemort know what his name meant?

In French Voldemort means "flight from death". Was Voldemort aware of that fact when he created it?
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Why is “Diagon Alley” named that way?

I totally didn't get the Diagon Alley / "diagonally" thing for a long time after reading the first Harry Potter book. I think my mind didn't want it to be such a sleazy pun. (Re-run commentary to ...
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Was Hogwarts named such because of a connection to warthogs?

Was Hogwarts named 'Hogwarts' because of a connection to warthogs? Or was it named for hogs and warts separately, or something else entirely?
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Did Tolkien give Thranduil his name?

I am aware that during the writing of The Hobbit, Tolkien must not have had much in mind for a large universe, as he was simply writing a children's book. Therefore, Thranduil was simply named 'the ...
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Do Katniss' parents have a set name?

Does Katniss' mother have a known first name? What about her father? I would prefer canonical sources, the movie and author interviews if any are okay.