History ADogNamedDog / RealLife

1st Jul '16 9:26:14 AM AnotherDuck
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* Likewise, the Sun, as well as the Solar System.
** Subverted; unlike the Moon example above, The Sun is now a proper name for a specific star, and the generic term for a system of planets orbiting a star is now "star system." While other stars can still be referred to poetically as "distant suns," they're usually called by their proper names (e.g. Alpha Centauri, Sirius, HD 206250).

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* Likewise, Used to be the case for the Sun, as well as the Solar System.
** Subverted; unlike the Moon example above,
System, but terminology has changed, and The Sun is now a proper name for a specific star, and the generic term for a system of planets orbiting a star is now "star system." While other stars can still be referred to poetically as "distant suns," they're usually called by their proper names (e.g. Alpha Centauri, Sirius, HD 206250).
1st Jul '16 9:23:16 AM AnotherDuck
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* There are lots of countries in the world formed by the union of states, but only one that's commonly referred to as UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates.
* Similarly, [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland]] is usually shortened to just "The United Kingdom".
1st Jul '16 9:21:39 AM AnotherDuck
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* An exceptionally common phenomenon in Japan, where animals are often generally referred to by onomatopoeia of the sounds they make, along with a cutesy honorific: e.g., a puppy might be referred to simply as "Wan-chan", or a cat "Nyanko". As this is slightly different from simply calling a dog "dog" (or in this case "inu"), these "names" very frequently stick and often go unquestioned.
* Common name for a male kangaroo, when named as a joey: Joey.
* Common name for a tomcat: Tom.
** Common name for a molly: Molly.
** Common name for a tabby cat: Tabby.
** Common name for an orange tabby (aka ginger) cat: Ginger.
** Common name for a calico (tortoiseshell-and-white) cat: Callie.



* Common name for a rescued stray dog: Dog. Often, because the person who decides to take them in has been calling them "Dog" for a long time before doing so, or maybe ''that'' person is unimaginative.
* Common name for a billy goat: Billy.
* It's not uncommon for children to have imaginary friends or plush animals named after what they are.



*** Some science-fiction works try to avert this by christening the moon "Luna" and the sun "Sol". Pretty much the same thing, really.
* Adam is the Hebrew word for "man" in the collective sense. Meanwhile, "Andrew" is derived from an Ancient Greek word ("andros") that means "man" in the gender sense (in contrast to woman, which is "gynos"), so [[NonIndicativeName naming your daughters with it or its derivations actually means recognizing them as males]].
** By contrast, the name "Guy" has a completely different origin, but is regardless identical to the word "guy."
** Colleen is the generic word for "girl" in Ireland, as is Sheila in Australia.
** Donna means "lady."
** A more oblique example: in African-American communities Nene (and [[MyNaymeIs variant spellings thereof]]) is a popular girl's name, derived from West African ''nyene'' meaning "girl" or "young woman."



* Averted, at least for some species! Research started to discover that some species ''other'' than humans actually do have names in their own languages (such as it may be). For instance whales and parrots will have ''specific'' songs they use to identify themselves with and by which others will use. Some may even end up with song 'nicknames'.



* Not so common, but still heard from time to time: a dog named Diojee or some variant thereof (said aloud, it becomes "D-O-G").
* A survey back in the Nineties determined that the most common cat name in Britain was "Sooty," the most common in Canada was "Pasha," and the most common in the U.S. was "Kitty." This little fact was used in AdBumpers during Canadian [[SaturdayMorningCartoon Saturday Morning Cartoons]] around the year 2000.
3rd May '16 1:31:55 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* A survey back in the Nineties determined that the most common cat name in Britain was "Sooty," the most common in Canada was "Pasha," and the most common in the U.S. was "Kitty." This little factoid was used in AdBumpers during Canadian [[SaturdayMorningCartoon Saturday Morning Cartoons]] around the year 2000.
* The scientific name for a western lowlands gorilla? ''Gorilla gorilla gorilla.'' Only slightly worse than MagillaGorilla.

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* A survey back in the Nineties determined that the most common cat name in Britain was "Sooty," the most common in Canada was "Pasha," and the most common in the U.S. was "Kitty." This little factoid fact was used in AdBumpers during Canadian [[SaturdayMorningCartoon Saturday Morning Cartoons]] around the year 2000.
* The scientific name for a western lowlands gorilla? ''Gorilla gorilla gorilla.'' Only slightly worse than MagillaGorilla.
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3rd May '16 1:31:30 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Sometimes the owner gets creative with this trope - Their dog is, indeed, named "Dog", but they pronounce each letter individually in a way that makes it sound like a decent name (imagine "Diogi").
28th Apr '16 2:16:09 AM Dimas28
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* Adam is the Hebrew word for "man". Similarly, Andrew is derived from the ancient Greek word for "man."

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* Adam is the Hebrew word for "man". Similarly, Andrew "man" in the collective sense. Meanwhile, "Andrew" is derived from the ancient an Ancient Greek word for "man."("andros") that means "man" in the gender sense (in contrast to woman, which is "gynos"), so [[NonIndicativeName naming your daughters with it or its derivations actually means recognizing them as males]].
22nd Mar '16 6:41:02 AM Funkasaurus
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** A more oblique example: in African-American communities Nene (and [[MyNaymeIs variant spellings thereof]]) is a popular girl's name, derived from West African ''nyene'' meaning "girl" or "young woman."
2nd Mar '16 1:39:34 PM Papayaman1000
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*Sometimes the owner gets creative with this trope - Their dog is, indeed, named "Dog", but they pronounce each letter individually in a way that makes it sound like a decent name (imagine "Diogi").
17th May '15 12:49:26 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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The scientific name for a western lowlands gorilla? ''Gorilla gorilla gorilla.'' Only slightly worse than MagillaGorilla.

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* The scientific name for a western lowlands gorilla? ''Gorilla gorilla gorilla.'' Only slightly worse than MagillaGorilla.
31st Mar '15 8:57:59 AM Nailbudday
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The scientific name for a western lowlands gorilla? ''Gorilla gorilla gorilla.'' Only slightly better than MagillaGorilla.

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The scientific name for a western lowlands gorilla? ''Gorilla gorilla gorilla.'' Only slightly better worse than MagillaGorilla.
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