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8th Apr '18 7:22:43 PM Pisthetairos
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* Prohibition advocate and cult person Carry A. Nation (the A stands for Amelia) took advantage of her meaningful name in speeches where she promised she would "carry a nation" towards prohibition. Her adversaries and critics also joked about it, with the phrase "All Nations welcome except Carry" becoming a bar-room slogan. She eventually had her own name trademarked.
6th Mar '18 2:24:56 PM darkemyst
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** {{Word of God}} has it that Theopholous [=DuMedd=] was originally "doomed" to be killed off in volume 3, but the Foglios so enjoyed him that he stuck around.
** Most likely Sleipnir O'Hara wasn't supposed to be kept around either. Agatha needed a roommate to introduce her to the world of the Baron's flying castle, so the Foglios gave her someone to "sleep near".
** The town of Mechanicsburg is integrated with the mechanical Castle Heterodyne.
** Bangladesh [=DuPree=]. Bang duPrey. Or ''Du-praved''.
** Heterodyne: The principle of periodic functions upon which theremins and radio modulation rely. Possibly related to the ThemeMusicPowerUp.
** Portentius Reichenbach's [[IncrediblyLamePun Portentous]] Operatic Masterpiece: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080204 The Storm King.]]
** Othar Tryggvassen, ''{{GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER}}''. His surname roughly means "Safe Waters" in the North Countries where he's said to be from.
** Doctor Chouteh (pronounced shout-ay) is a LargeHam of ridiculous proportions.
** Agatha's foster parents are called ''Adam'' and ''Lilith'' and it doesn't look like they are very god-fearing. Not to mention their surname, ''Clay''. (Note that they almost certainly picked these names for themselves.)



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4th Mar '18 10:31:47 AM Schol-R-LEA
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Very common in [[WesternAnimation cartoons]], where the meaning is most times not hidden at all, except that the target audience may not have the vocabulary to get [[PunnyName the joke.]] Also common in {{Anime}}, since Japanese names have a lot of obvious literal meaning to start with. See notes at ThemeNaming.

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Very common in [[WesternAnimation cartoons]], where the meaning is most times not hidden at all, except that the target audience may not have the vocabulary to get [[PunnyName the joke.]] Also common in {{Anime}}, since Japanese names have a lot of obvious literal meaning to start with.with [[note]]Technically, most Western names do, too, but since a lot of them - especially those of English speakers - are meaningful in some ''other'' language such as Hebrew, Latin, or Gaelic, the meanings tend to be missed unless specifically mentioned.[[/note]]. See notes at ThemeNaming.
24th Feb '18 1:10:31 AM jormis29
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** In a very early strip, Odie had an "accident" inside the house and is punished by Lyman. Garfield snarks that they should have called him "Spot" instead. ([[MythologyGag That was going to be the name of Odie]], but it was changed due to there being a dog called that in the comic strip ''Boner's Ark''.)

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** In a very early strip, Odie had an "accident" inside the house and is punished by Lyman. Garfield snarks that they should have called him "Spot" instead. ([[MythologyGag That was going to be the name of Odie]], but it was changed due to there being a dog called that in the comic strip ''Boner's Ark''.''ComicStrip/BonersArk''.)
9th Feb '18 5:13:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* WerewolfThemeNaming: Werebeasts with names alluding to their true nature.
3rd Feb '18 5:15:06 PM Rebu
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* One of the most notorious cocaine traffickers was Griselda Blanco Restrepo. Commonly called just Griselda Blanco. That's right, the "Cocaine Godmother" was named Griselda ''White''.
19th Jan '18 4:59:17 PM Kingkuma
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** Theo's full name is Theodoric, who was the king of the goths who sacked Rome. Also, his last name, Noordegraaf, hints that he's related to "Young" Neil Noordegraf of ScottPilgrim. [[spoiler:Turns out he's Neil's son. Scott is revealed to be his uncle, which means Neil married ([[CaptainObvious and had a child with]]) Stacey.
** Lars' full name is Lars Secundus Gilmore, who was also named for a barbarian king, Lars Porsenna, and his middle name means "The second" in Latin. He's the second character in the comic.
** Katrina is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial NOT]] named after the bow wielding heroine of TheHungerGames.
** Akila's middle name is Selene.
** Violet has PurpleEyes.
** Andromeda. Enough said.
** Orion's full name is Orion Victor Bjorn, which is basically three of the coolest possible names in one name.
1st Dec '17 8:32:28 PM FRizer
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When additions or alterations to names signify stronger versions of said beings, that's TieredByName. If the name is explicitly a description, it's a NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom. If it's just the initials that are meaningful, you have a SignificantMonogram.

Compare NamedAfterSomebodyFamous, PropheticNames, StevenUlyssesPerhero, TheyCallHimSword. Contrast with NonindicativeName. Also compare/contrast with IronicName. See also NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, which is about names indicating power and villainy and heavily overlaps with this trope, and PunnyName, which many of these names fall into as well. See also MeaningfulRename, for when the name is changed to something significant after the fact. Can also be related to DeadGuyJunior if the naming is intended to symbolize a deceased in-universe character's legacy in some way.

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When additions or alterations to names signify stronger versions of said beings, that's TieredByName. If the name is explicitly a description, it's a NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom. If it's just the initials that are meaningful, you have a SignificantMonogram.

Compare NamedAfterSomebodyFamous, PropheticNames, StevenUlyssesPerhero, TheyCallHimSword. Contrast with NonindicativeName. Also compare/contrast with IronicName. See also NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, which is about names indicating power and villainy and heavily overlaps with this trope, and PunnyName, which many of these names fall into as well. See also MeaningfulRename, for when the name is changed to something significant after the fact. Can also be related to DeadGuyJunior if the naming is intended to symbolize a deceased in-universe character's legacy in some way.



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* ADogNamedDog: An animal character gets the very animal's species name as their first name.
* ALizardNamedLiz: an animal character (or a humanoid character with an AnimalMotif) is given a name based on the animal's attribute.
* MeaningfulRename: Someone renames themselves/someone else/something into a name with meaning.
* NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom: The name is a full description.
* PropheticNames: If the name's meaning isn't immediately relevant, it will be.
* SignificantAnagram: When you scramble the letters of their name, it can turn into something meaningful.
* SignificantMonogram: The name's initials refer to something meaningful.
* SpeciesSurname: An animal character gets the animal name as their last name.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: A person is named after their abilities/powers/occupations.

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14th Nov '17 5:33:46 AM dmeagher13
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* In 2003, astronomers discovered an object in the outer solar system that was larger than Pluto. This, a long with the discovery of other similar objects in that same era, kicked off a 3 year long debate among astronomers about whether ought to remain classified as a planet. This culminated in Pluto being demoted from it's status as a planet, and the object in question being named Eris, the Greek goddess of discord, due to all of the arguments it caused.
2nd Sep '17 11:08:23 PM MadCormorant
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* There's a sort of poetic justice in the U.S. Supreme Court case striking down laws prohibiting interracial marriage being titled ''Loving'' v. Virginia.

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* There's a sort of poetic justice in the U.S. Supreme Court case striking down laws prohibiting interracial marriage in the country being titled ''Loving'' v. Virginia.
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