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12th Jul '17 7:49:24 PM Gideoncrawle
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* ''{{Garfield}}'': 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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* ''{{Garfield}}'': ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':
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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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* ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'' has Bung, an almost perpetually drunk court jester who is named for a wine cask's stopper.
25th May '17 11:26:48 PM Az_Tech341
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* In some cultures, it's common for names to change to reflect achievements or personality. In cultures were names are fixed, they are often considered to be prophetic in some way.
25th Apr '17 2:11:39 AM Mysterics
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*In some cultures, it's common for names to change to reflect achievements or personality. In cultures were names are fixed, they are often considered to be prophetic in some way.


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21st Apr '17 12:34:40 PM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'':
** Alex, Riley, and Tristan all have gender neutral/masculine name. [[spoiler:They are three (girl) incarnates of three boy heroes.]]
** Miya's last name "Gato", which is Spanish for "cat". She takes the form of a feline on earth to mentor the girls. Her first name too: "Miya" when spoken sounds like "meow" and "neko" is Japanese for "cat."
** Shugari's name sounds a lot like "''sugary''". The name she uses while posing as a student is Candi Shugari.
** Grant Kyokasho spends his time on Earth disguised as a teacher. His surname is Japanese for "textbook".
18th Apr '17 11:13:19 AM AthenaBlue
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* Franchise/{{LEGO}} at one point caused quite a controversy for trying to trademark words from the Maori language as ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' names. These included Tohunga (craftsman, name of the resourceful villagers), Toa (champion, name of the heroes), Turaga (village chief), Kanohi (face, used as masks in ''BIONICLE''), and a collection of others. After the controversy, which had forced LEGO to change a few of these names (most famously Tohunga to Matoran), they began using made-up words, although the on-line games occasionally still took meaningful words from existing languages like Finnish, Egyptian, Hawaiian, Hungarian or Japanese -- however these weren't trademarked, and the few that were had to have their spellings changed. A lot of the made-up names also have clear meanings:
** Axonn: carries a mighty ax

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* Franchise/{{LEGO}} at one point caused quite a controversy for trying to trademark words from the Maori language as ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' names. These included Tohunga (craftsman, name of the resourceful villagers), Toa (champion, name of the heroes), Turaga (village chief), Kanohi (face, used as masks in ''BIONICLE''), and a collection of others. After the controversy, which had forced LEGO to change a few of these names (most famously Tohunga to Matoran), they began using made-up words, although the on-line online games occasionally still took meaningful words from existing languages like Finnish, Egyptian, Hawaiian, Hungarian or Japanese -- however these weren't trademarked, and the few that were had to have their spellings changed. A lot of the made-up names also have clear meanings:
** Axonn: carries a mighty axaxe



* [[http://zeropercentdiscountcomic.tumblr.com/post/77021086539 Creative Retort Man]] from ''Webcomic/ZeroPercentDiscount''.
* Mock, from ''Wecomic/OneOverZero'', turns out to be an adept shape-shifter.



* ''Webcomic/GrimTrigger'': Hunter. There's also Camilla, who's named after the warrior in TheAeneid.

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Immortals tend to give themselves names. Sometimes they're self-important, sometimes they're plain. Pandora Chaos Raven chose hers deliberately to be meaningful with all three segments, and told Magus (after beating the crap out of him) to call her by one or any, she was all of them: Pandora (after Pandora's Box; she actually sees herself more as the box, but even fewer people got it when she called herself 'Box') Chaos (she hates being able to predict things based on what she knows), and Raven [[spoiler:(her married name)]].
* ''Webcomic/GrimTrigger'': Hunter. There's also Camilla, who's named after the warrior in TheAeneid.''Literature/TheAeneid''.



*** 'Eridan' comes from 'Eridanus', and 'Cronus' from a Greek titan. 'Ampora' is derived from 'amphora,' which is a variety of vase.

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*** 'Eridan' comes from 'Eridanus', and 'Cronus' from a Greek titan. 'Ampora' is derived from 'amphora,' 'amphora', which is a variety of vase.



* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Immortals tend to give themselves names. Sometimes they're self-important, sometimes they're plain. Pandora Chaos Raven chose hers deliberately to be meaningful with all three segments, and told Magus (after beating the crap out of him) to call her by one or any, she was all of them: Pandora (after Pandora's Box; she actually sees herself more as the box, but even fewer people got it when she called herself 'Box') Chaos (she hates being able to predict things based on what she knows), and Raven [[spoiler:(her married name)]].

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Immortals tend to give themselves names. Sometimes they're self-important, sometimes they're plain. Pandora Chaos Raven chose hers deliberately Mock, from ''Wecomic/OneOverZero'', turns out to be meaningful with all three segments, and told Magus (after beating the crap out of him) to call her by one or any, she was all of them: Pandora (after Pandora's Box; she actually sees herself more as the box, but even fewer people got it when she called herself 'Box') Chaos (she hates being able to predict things based on what she knows), and Raven [[spoiler:(her married name)]].an adept shape-shifter.
* [[http://zeropercentdiscountcomic.tumblr.com/post/77021086539 Creative Retort Man]] from ''Webcomic/ZeroPercentDiscount''.


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17th Apr '17 7:52:30 PM TNTiger
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* ''Webcomic/GrimTrigger'': Hunter. There's also Camilla, who's named after the warrior in TheAeneid.
11th Mar '17 8:15:28 AM Jeduthun
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[[caption-width-right:300:[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin What the trope basically is.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:Pleased to meet you; I'm Caption.]]
3rd Mar '17 2:55:34 PM LB7979
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* "C++" is a computer language that's an improved version of the [[UsefulNotes/TheCLanguage "C"]] computer language. The MeaningfulName, as well as {{Pun}} (if you understand the computer language) kicks in when you know "++" is an affix within "C" that when attached to a variable, ''increases its value''. Thus the name "C++" means "C improved/taken UpToEleven" - which it is.
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1st Jan '17 10:09:56 AM HersheleOstropoler
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3rd Dec '16 3:54:11 PM DustSnitch
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Compare NamedAfterSomebodyFamous, PropheticNames, StevenUlyssesPerhero, TheyCallHimSword. Contrast with NonindicativeName. Also compare/contrast with IronicName. See also NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, which is about names indicating being a {{Badass}} 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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Compare NamedAfterSomebodyFamous, PropheticNames, StevenUlyssesPerhero, TheyCallHimSword. Contrast with NonindicativeName. Also compare/contrast with IronicName. See also NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, which is about names indicating being a {{Badass}} 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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