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22nd Nov '16 11:52:29 AM hopelesromantc23
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** This sort of thing happens a lot when a nation suddenly gains improved infrastructure. Many common English surnames come from middle to modern English descriptions (e.g. Brown, Sharp), jobs (Smith, Reeve), etc as surnames were adopted in England in the 13th-14th centuries. The Scots and Welsh held out until the 17th, hence the stereotype of Scottish names being "Mc" constructs (Mc means "son of", so adopting Mc[Parents name] is an easy way to come up with a surname) and many Welshmen having the same surname.

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** This sort of thing happens a lot when a nation suddenly gains improved infrastructure. Many common English surnames come from middle to modern English descriptions (e.g. Brown, Sharp), jobs (Smith, Reeve), etc as surnames were adopted in England in the 13th-14th centuries. The Scots and Welsh held out until the 17th, hence the stereotype of Scottish names being "Mc" "Mac" constructs (Mc (Mac means "son of", so adopting Mc[Parents Mac[Parents name] is an easy way to come up with a surname) and many Welshmen having the same surname.



** On the Anglo-Scottish borders, Surnames merit a capital "S". The reason being that these denoted the ChaoticNeutral reiver clans in a state of permanent feud with each other, who in the absence of effective law imposed by equally distant London or Edinburgh ran the border country exactly how they liked. Names like Charlton, Lowther, Dodds, Maxwell, Fenwick, Elliot, Graham or Murray were respected and feared for the power they represented, and often derived from landscape features at the heart of each extended family's power-base, taken up by followers and family members as a symbol of clan allegiance.

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** On the Anglo-Scottish borders, Surnames merit a capital "S". The reason being that these denoted the ChaoticNeutral reiver river clans in a state of permanent feud with each other, who in the absence of effective law imposed by equally distant London or Edinburgh ran the border country exactly how they liked. Names like Charlton, Lowther, Dodds, Maxwell, Fenwick, Elliot, Graham or Murray were respected and feared for the power they represented, and often derived from landscape features at the heart of each extended family's power-base, taken up by followers and family members as a symbol of clan allegiance.
21st Nov '16 8:30:18 PM scooter
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** He once joked in an interview the it turned out better than it might have -- if a different biscuits lorry had gone by he could ended up as "Michael Peek Freans."
16th Nov '16 6:37:35 PM merotoker
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* In the version of ''[[ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures Paperinik]]'' where he starts out as a member of [[SpacePolice The Guardians]] [[TheChosenMany of the Galaxy]], Donald just makes up the name "Paperinik" from an alien symbol on his shield that looks like the letters P and K entwined when asked who he is during his super hero debut (he has recently been told he must remain anonymous).

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* In the version of ''[[ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures Paperinik]]'' ''ComicBook/{{Paperinik|NewAdventures}}'' where he starts out as a member of [[SpacePolice The Guardians]] [[TheChosenMany of the Galaxy]], Donald just makes up the name "Paperinik" from an alien symbol on his shield that looks like the letters P and K entwined when asked who he is during his super hero debut (he has recently been told he must remain anonymous).



* ''Film/TheRocketeer'' gets his name when airshow promoter Bigelow, having rejected "Rocket boy" and "Rocketman", spots a sign advertising Pion'''eer''' fuel.

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* ''Film/TheRocketeer'' Film/TheRocketeer gets his name when airshow promoter Bigelow, having rejected "Rocket boy" and "Rocketman", spots a sign advertising Pion'''eer''' fuel.



* In ''Literature/TheHungerPains'', the HarvardLampoon's parody of ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Delly Cartwright's [[ParodyNames parody name]] is Dietcoke Elevatortable.

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* In ''Literature/TheHungerPains'', the HarvardLampoon's parody of ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Delly Cartwright's [[ParodyNames parody name]] {{parody name|s}} is Dietcoke Elevatortable.



** Miley is doing a radio interview from her kitchen while eating spaghetti and claims to be speaking from a cafe in Italy. When she is asked where she is, her father passes her the pasta box. She reads the first words she sees and claims to be in the small village of "Sodium Free". She immediately ammends this to "Sodium Freme" (said in an Italian accent).

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** Miley is doing a radio interview from her kitchen while eating spaghetti and claims to be speaking from a cafe in Italy. When she is asked where she is, her father passes her the pasta box. She reads the first words she sees and claims to be in the small village of "Sodium Free". She immediately ammends amends this to "Sodium Freme" (said in an Italian accent).



** In "The Audit Couple", Felix lets it slip to an IRS agent that Oscar is behind on his taxes and tries to cover his tracks by saying that he moved and became a transexual by the name of Rhonda... Rhonda Pencilcup.

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** In "The Audit Couple", Felix lets it slip to an IRS agent that Oscar is behind on his taxes and tries to cover his tracks by saying that he moved and became a transexual transsexual by the name of Rhonda... Rhonda Pencilcup.



* Subverted on ''ModernFamily''. Alex is infuriated that her parents think her boyfriend is imaginary, and describes him detail, while they silently notice suspicious objects around the room: starting with the teddy bear ("His name is Teddy"), and ending with the Martin luther King Jr. poster ("He works at some mattress place...Mattress King".). But then Teddy shows up at the door, because everything Alex had said was true.

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* Subverted on ''ModernFamily''. ''Series/ModernFamily''. Alex is infuriated that her parents think her boyfriend is imaginary, and describes him in detail, while they silently notice suspicious objects around the room: starting with the teddy bear ("His name is Teddy"), and ending with the Martin luther Luther King Jr. poster ("He works at some mattress place...Mattress King".). But then Teddy shows up at the door, because as everything Alex had said was true.



** In a subtle ShoutOut in the webcomic ''SkinHorse'', one strip shows a filing cabinet labeled "A-N", implying that the bottom one is "O-Z". (Yes, this was intentional--the comic contains a number of ''Wizard of Oz'' references.)

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** In a subtle ShoutOut in the webcomic ''SkinHorse'', ''WebComic/SkinHorse'', one strip shows a filing cabinet labeled "A-N", implying that the bottom one is "O-Z". (Yes, this was intentional--the comic contains a number of ''Wizard of Oz'' references.)



* One of Creator/JimHenson's [[Series/FraggleRock Fraggles]], Wembley, was named this way. At an early production meeting where potential character names were being tossed around, head writer Jerry Juhl happened to glance at a newspaper article about an event at Wembley Stadium.

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* One of Creator/JimHenson's [[Series/FraggleRock Fraggles]], Series/{{Fraggle|Rock}}s, Wembley, was named this way. At an early production meeting where potential character names were being tossed around, head writer Jerry Juhl happened to glance at a newspaper article about an event at Wembley Stadium.



* [[Music/LutherVandross Luther]] ''Ronzoni'' Vandross was so named because his mother saw a commercial for Ronzoni brand pasta in the hospital.

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* [[Music/LutherVandross Luther]] Music/{{Luther|Vandross}} ''Ronzoni'' Vandross was so named because his mother saw a commercial for Ronzoni brand pasta in the hospital.



* Italian comic book artist Creator/{{Zerocalcare}} in his youth needed a handle to register to an internet forum and he chose this nickname in reference to the ads of a then-popular descaling product. The nickname stuck and became his pen name as a published author years later.

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* Italian comic book artist Creator/{{Zerocalcare}} in his youth needed a handle to register to an internet Internet forum and he chose this nickname in reference to the ads of a then-popular descaling product. The nickname stuck and became his pen name as a published author years later.
10th Nov '16 9:08:29 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Creator/StephenKing came up with a last name for his pseudonym while listening to BachmanTurnerOverdrive and reading a novel by Richard Stark(pen name of DonaldWestlake). Hence, Richard Bachman.

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* Creator/StephenKing came up with a last name for his pseudonym while listening to BachmanTurnerOverdrive and reading a novel by Richard Stark(pen Stark (pen name of DonaldWestlake). Hence, Richard Bachman.
5th Nov '16 9:03:43 PM Ratimir
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* ''Film/{{Silkwood}}'' includes a telling of the "Two-Dogs" joke below.


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** See also minor ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' character One-Man-Bucket, under Literature (below), essentially an expanded version of the same joke.
14th Oct '16 8:48:54 AM gaimanite.pkat
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* In a film version of "Puss in Boots" starring Creator/ChristopherWalken, Puss (Walken) comes up with an alias for his master, the "Marquis of Carabas", after seeing a cart loaded with casks of "Carabas Wine" in the marketplace.

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* In a film version of "Puss in Boots" starring Creator/ChristopherWalken, Creator/WilliamShatner, Puss (Walken) (Shatner) comes up with an alias for his master, the "Marquis of Carabas", after seeing a cart loaded with casks of "Carabas Wine" in the marketplace.
13th Oct '16 11:25:04 PM Chytus
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* In the 2004 version of ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays,'' Creator/JackieChan's character makes up the name Passepartout in this way.
-->'''Fogg:''' I'm sorry. What was your name?\\
'''Passepartout:''' ''[sees a man with a passport out the window]'' Passport! ''[{{beat}}]'' Tou!\\
'''Fogg:''' "Pass-por-tou"?\\
'''Passepartout:''' ''[nods and smiles]''



-->'''Lau Xing:''' [[MythologyGag Passport... tout.]]

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-->'''Lau -->'''Fogg:''' I'm sorry. What was your name?\\
'''Lau
Xing:''' [[MythologyGag Passport... tout.]] ''[sees a man with a passport out the window]'' Passport! ''[{{beat}}]'' Tou!\\
'''Fogg:''' "Pass-por-tou"?\\
'''Lau Xing:''' ''[nods and smiles]''



** Similar to the Inuit example, most Finnish people got surnames when the Swedes took over, most names were taken from the surroundings, and today, most surnames are references to nature, trees, rivers, hills etc.
*** Seems unlikely since Swedish surnames do not start to come into general usage until about 500 years after the conquest of Finland. Swedish nobility does have a certain amount of this trope though, as they usually got their names based on the device they bore on their shields. (This started out as a convention used by historians to differentiate all the various people with similar names and patronymics, but was eventually formalized in the 17th century) Case in point: Gustav Eriksson, widely credited as [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder of the Swedish nation]], is known today as Gustav Vasa, after his family's coat of arms- a vasa being a trap for catching fish.

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** Similar to the Inuit example, most Finnish people got surnames when the Swedes took over, most names were taken from the surroundings, and today, most surnames are references to nature, trees, rivers, hills etc.
*** Seems unlikely since Swedish surnames do not start to come into general usage until about 500 years after the conquest of Finland.
Swedish nobility does have a certain amount of this trope though, trope, as they usually got their names based on the device they bore on their shields. (This started out as a convention used by historians to differentiate all the various people with similar names and patronymics, but was eventually formalized in the 17th century) Case in point: Gustav Eriksson, widely credited as [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder of the Swedish nation]], is known today as Gustav Vasa, after his family's coat of arms- a vasa being a trap for catching fish.



** Same thing with most Russian surnames. Before nineteenth century, only the Russian nobility, merchants and some richer urban commoners had surnames. The surnames for peasants, priests and various non-Russian ethnicities had to be made on spot. Peasants' names were mostly like this; priests' names were made from some random vaguely Christian concepts, often on Greek and Latin (for example "Benevolensky" from benevolence), or from Biblical character names. Bad students of religious seminaries [[CrowningMomentOfFunny got names after biblical villains]]: Saulov, Pharaohnov and so on.

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** Same thing with most Russian surnames. Before nineteenth century, only the Russian nobility, merchants and some richer urban commoners had surnames. The surnames for peasants, priests and various non-Russian ethnicities had to be made on spot. Peasants' names were mostly like this; priests' names were made from some random vaguely Christian concepts, often on Greek and Latin (for example "Benevolensky" from benevolence), or from Biblical character names. Bad students of religious seminaries [[CrowningMomentOfFunny got names after biblical villains]]: villains: Saulov, Pharaohnov and so on.



** I've heard of a (Spanish) girl called Iloveny after the "I love NY" T-shirts.
3rd Oct '16 8:55:27 PM foxley
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* ''Literature/ShadowPolice'': Ross picked her new surname from a refrigerated van she saw overturned in a ditch.
16th Sep '16 2:54:12 PM WoodyAlien3rd
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* Italian comic book artist Creator/{{Zerocalcare}} in his youth needed a handle to register to an internet forum and he chose this nickname in reference to the ads of a then-popular descaling product. The nickname stuck and became his pen name as a published author years later.
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