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Interestingly this exact situation is covered in a draft letter Tolkien wrote dated August 1967. Tolkien notes that there is no connection merely "chance" or as suggested, a coincidence. It is [..] idle to compare chance-similarities between names made from 'Elvish tongues' and words in exterior 'real' languages, especially if this is supposed to ...


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Textually, we learn that Ron is short for Ronald in the middle of the first book, when Dumbledore and Harry speak about the Mirror of Erised. ‘Yes and no,’ said Dumbledore quietly. ‘It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts. You, who have never known your family, see them standing around you. Ronald Weasley, who ...


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Yes, "Thanos" is indeed derived from the name "Thanatos", the name of the Freudian concept of death drive (which in turn is named after the Thanatos of myth), according to Vulture: While attending a psychology class in junior college in order to woo a woman, Starlin had become briefly acquainted with the Freudian concept of Thanatos, ...


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According to a 2004 interview with Walter Hill, one of the producers on Alien, the surname, Ripley, was indeed inspired by Robert Ripley's Ripley's Believe It or Not! franchise, while the first name, Ellen, was his mother's middle name. David had suggested making the captain a woman. I tried that, but I thought the money was on making the ultimate survivor ...


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The first time the name "Ronald" is spoken is in the first movie, when Professor McGonagall calls him up to be sorted into his house. According to the movie scripts, he never introduces or refers to himself as Ronald.


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Hat tip to Valorum for the find; the source of this quote is Firefly: The Official Companion, Volume 1, by Joss Whedon and Abbie Bernstein, which makes this a canonical source. The Wikipedia page for Jubal Early replicates the quote as: The bounty hunter in "Objects in Space", the final episode of Joss Whedon's series Firefly is named Jubal Early ...


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President Snow’s granddaughter is not named. Snow’s granddaughter is never given a name. She is only ever mentioned once in the books, at the end of Mockingjay when Coin holds the vote for whether there should be one last Hunger Games using Capitol children. "It was mine," says Coin. "It seemed to balance the need for vengeance with the least ...


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It appears that the UNBI is an Earthling organization. This is evident from the second-to-last paragraph: Ivvy licked his lips. He though of the incredulity that had come into the UNBI chief's face when Ivvy had tried to tell him that Lochinvar was an ordinary precaution of Martian diplomacy. He thought of the worsening of high-level Mars-Terra relations ...


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The most likely answer is someone in charge thought necromancer sounded cool so they named them necromancers. There are many named weapon systems from missiles called Sidewinders to tanks called Walker Bulldog naming conventions are somewhat arbitrary.


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From a linguistical and writing perspective, Galen is almost the perfect name for a sci-fi or fantasy character for combining the following features: It is not bear any linguistic hallmarks that lead to association with a real-world language or culture for most readers. Contrast with Galenos (Greek and the original name), Calenus (Latin), Galnert (Germanic),...


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In context, 'PE&G' appears to be an intentional misrepresentation of PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric), a major supplier of power for California. Note her explicit concern for Pacific electricity consumption... "Why, last December after your old-fashioned Christmas sermons, power consumption was off 27% all along the whole Pacific slope, and it ...


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Due to the nature of English spelling, someone reading Bajor could end up being pronounced either BAY-djor or BAY-zhor depending on the person reading it, because of the way the letter "j" can represent multiple sounds: that's why an IPA spelling is necessary if you want something pronounced precisely ('be d͡ʒɔɹ) or ('be ʒɔɹ) would be the case. If ...


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OK, I'll give it a try. Hal got his bachelor's' degree in astronomy and was an amateur astronomer and high school science teacher all his life. He loved astronomy and gave public talks on it whenever he could, especially at science fiction conventions. Consequently, he used astronomy in most of his stories and used interesting names from astronomy whenever ...


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In the credits, they're listed as Prince and Princess Pondicherry. I think we can reasonably assume that they do have names, but they're not disclosed in the film (for which she was created) or the source novel which only mentions the prince.


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It looks very much like "Felodon" is made up of "Feline" and "teeth" in a bit of a Linnean pidgin construction. The Linnean binomial naming convention is to construct a name using classical languages which is a bit descriptive of a new species. The original idea -- invented back in the days when any educated person was literate ...


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If you want the name of a demon from the Bible, there are not many candidates. Few demons are explicitly named, but Azazel is indeed one of them. So the choice may simply be a selection from a small pool of names, and presumably wanting to avoid the more well-known names like “Lucifer” or “Beelzebub”. Most of what is known about the (Biblical) Azazel is ...


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Azazel, in Jewish legends, is a demon or evil spirit to whom, in the ancient rite of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), a scapegoat was sent bearing the sins of the Jewish people. Two male goats were chosen for the ritual, one designated by lots “for the Lord,” the other “for Azazel” (Leviticus 16:8) - not sure if this helps.


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According to the show's creator, the word "Nor" just means that you're describing an object of some kind. Q. DS9 was formerly Terok Nor. An upcoming episode about another Cardassian station is "Empok Nor." And in "The Maquis," the Cardassian freighter Bok'Nor was destroyed. So: what does the Cardie word "Nor" mean?...


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This is mostly speculation of a fan, but... perhaps it was much for the same reasons he named Albus after Dumblebore and Snape; not only was he honoring people he saw as heroic, but he wanted Lily to embody some of the qualities Luna had. Also.. Luna was a good, if odd friend to Harry. Think about it. Over the course of 3 books, Luna and Harry shared almost ...


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Yasskier gives a good basis that I would like to continue on with. A lot of these names seems to be synonyms of the same thing. Some like Witch, Mage, Sorceress and Enchantress seem to be largely for a similar group of magic users whilst professions go deeper into specific theorems and areas of magid and both differ in different levels of society and ...


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The press kit for the TV series indicates that in his natural state, Monkey may be rather more monkeyish than his earthly (human) form would otherwise suggest. In his younger, pre-imprisonment days, he apparently engaged in monkey-like behaviour (one assumes including flinging poop at passers-by, stealing mobile phones from tourists and publicly masturbating)...


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Ballo’s name means ‘Owl’ in the spell-tongue. When Agnieszka sees Father Ballo and asks the Falcon who he is, the Falcon refers to him as ‘our gentle Owl’. “The monk kept his hand on the net, steadily pouring in magic. I kicked my horse until she grudgingly moved in closer to the Falcon’s and leaned from my saddle to whisper, “Who is he?” “Do you mean our ...


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Ballo means owl I believe both solya and alosha say it! And Ragostok is the splendid which likely refers to his jewel making


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