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2nd Apr '17 5:37:25 PM DustSnitch
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* Almost all Christian names do have a discrete meaning in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek or Latin; however, most are simple words or phrases (e.g. Benjamin=Hebrew Bin-yamin, "Son of the Right [hand]"; James/Jacob=Hebrew Ya'aqov, "Heel"; Mary=Hebrew Miriam, "She of Strong Will"; Ruth=Hebrew Rut, "Companion"). However, some names are in fact full sentences: "John" is short of Hebrew ''Yehonahan'' which means "God is Merciful", and both "Joshua" and "Jesus" are Anglicizations of "Yeshua" which is itself a shortening of "Yehoshua": "God is salvation." Rather fitting for its [[{{Jesus}} most famous bearer]], don't you think?

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* Almost all Christian names do have a discrete meaning in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek or Latin; however, most are simple words or phrases (e.g. Benjamin=Hebrew Bin-yamin, "Son of the Right [hand]"; James/Jacob=Hebrew Ya'aqov, "Heel"; Mary=Hebrew Miriam, "She of Strong Will"; Ruth=Hebrew Rut, "Companion"). However, some names are in fact full sentences: "John" is short of Hebrew ''Yehonahan'' which means "God is Merciful", and both "Joshua" and "Jesus" are Anglicizations of "Yeshua" which is itself a shortening of "Yehoshua": "God is salvation." Rather fitting for its [[{{Jesus}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} most famous bearer]], don't you think?
2nd Apr '17 1:12:39 AM Theriocephalus
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* On a simpler level, this is also where Europeans got most of their surnames. A lot of them came from the family profession, a person's lineage, or the town a person came from. "Smith" meant "the blacksmith." "Miller" was the guy who ran the flour mill. "Hanson" was literally "the son of Hans." "Norton" was "the guy from North Town."

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* On a simpler level, this is also where Europeans got most of their surnames. A lot of them came from the family profession, a person's lineage, or the town a person came from. "Smith" meant "the blacksmith." blacksmith". "Miller" was the guy who ran the flour mill. "Hanson" was literally "the son of Hans." Hans". "Norton" was "the guy from North Town."Town".
30th Mar '17 9:28:43 AM TheGreatUnknown
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* Being set in a Wuxia-esque Asian mashup, similarly to ''Exalted'', the characters in ''[[TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}} Jadeclaw]]'' tend to have names like this, such as "Bitter Storm", "The Little Mountain", or even "Number 21 Mouth" (so named because she was the 21st child of a peasant farmer, and another mouth to feed).
16th Mar '17 11:39:24 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6199150/chapters/14230852 The Power of a Well-Organized Mind]]'' Harry acquires some Parseltongue books written by a Naga whose name translates as "Warm Breath of Morning."



* In ''Literature/TheHost,'' [[PuppeteerParasite Souls]] choose their own names, which are often the old names of their host bodies; sometimes they chance them when they get a new host, sometimes not. As such, the Souls in the book, who are inhabiting humans, can have names like "Kathy," or things like "Fords Deep Waters," "Sunlight Passing Through the Ice," and "Rides the Beast."

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* In ''Literature/TheHost,'' [[PuppeteerParasite Souls]] choose their own names, which are often the old names of their host bodies; sometimes they chance change them when they get a new host, sometimes not. As such, the Souls in the book, who are inhabiting humans, can have names like "Kathy," or things like "Fords Deep Waters," "Sunlight Passing Through the Ice," and "Rides the Beast."
4th Mar '17 5:35:37 AM Divra
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* Mostly averted in ''Literature/TrailOfGlory''. The Cherokee characters tend to have this type of names, but drop them in favour of more anglicized versions. A good example would be Kuhnungdatlageh, which translates to "He Who Walks Along The Peak Of The Ridge", but who usually signs his name "John Ridge".
1st Mar '17 7:23:03 PM nombretomado
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* This causes a bit of a DubInducedPlotHole in ''Literature/{{Durarara}}''. One of the main characters is named Mikado Ryugamine, which means "Emperor of the Dragon's Peak." It's pretty much ''exactly'' as strange as if someone walked up to you and said "Hi, my name is Emperor of the Dragon's Peak." Unfortunately, we don't translate Japanese names, so English viewers are left confused as to why everyone is making such a big deal out of his name.

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* This causes a bit of a DubInducedPlotHole in ''Literature/{{Durarara}}''.''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''. One of the main characters is named Mikado Ryugamine, which means "Emperor of the Dragon's Peak." It's pretty much ''exactly'' as strange as if someone walked up to you and said "Hi, my name is Emperor of the Dragon's Peak." Unfortunately, we don't translate Japanese names, so English viewers are left confused as to why everyone is making such a big deal out of his name.
15th Jan '17 5:15:36 PM Game_Fan
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* There is some TruthInTelevision to this. Most names mean something, but they normally aren't translated. Most Native American names sound like "Running Bull" or something similar in their native language, so it's usually translated in media to make sure everyone knows exactly what they were named after. This actually started with the Bureau of Indian Affairs' attempt to take Indian census. Traditionals may have [[IHaveManyNames several names plus assorted nicknames]] throughout their lifetimes. The BIA started making people use assigned names at least when dealing with the U.S. government.

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* There is some TruthInTelevision to this. Most Essentially all names mean something, but they normally aren't translated. ''something''. Even the incredibly generic AliceAndBob could also be called Noble-Kind and Bright-Fame.
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Most Native American names sound like "Running Bull" or something similar in their native language, so it's usually translated in media to make sure everyone knows exactly what they were named after. This actually started with the Bureau of Indian Affairs' attempt to take Indian census. Traditionals may have [[IHaveManyNames several names plus assorted nicknames]] throughout their lifetimes. The BIA started making people use assigned names at least when dealing with the U.S. government.


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** The "el" ending is very common among both traditionally Jewish names and the names of angels as it refers to God. For example: Daniel is "God is my judge", Raphael is "God Heals", Uriel is "God is my light". In fact for many the only thing we know for sure is that the name is some poetic allusion to God with the proper translation of the rest being unclear because of how Hebrew has changed over time.
7th Jan '17 11:43:30 AM EDP
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* ComicBook/TexWiller's Indian name Eagle of the Night was given to him because, at the time, he was doing just that to some criminals: appearing from nowhere (possibly from upside) to prey on them, and did it mostly at night. He was a bit bemused when Lilyth (his ''wife'') first sprung that on him, but as soon as she told him the reason he decided it was fitting and started using it himself.
5th Jan '17 7:24:36 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11999343/1/Snapped Snapped]]'' the snake Draco Malfoy summons during the dueling club meeting second year is called "Bane-of-all-rodents."
25th Dec '16 2:34:24 PM Theriocephalus
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* In ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'', the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] have particularly grandiose names with a number tacked on to signify how many times they’ve [[ResurrectiveImmortality reincarnated]], such as 82 White Chain Born in Emptiness Returns to Subdue Evil, or 6 Juggernaut Star Scours the Universe. Humans get in on the act, too, such as [[spoiler:Allison]], whose real name is [[TitleDrop Kill Six Billion Demons]], and the monk [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Murder the Gods and Topples Their Thrones.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'', the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] have particularly grandiose names with a number tacked on to signify how many times they’ve [[ResurrectiveImmortality reincarnated]], such as 82 White Chain Born in Emptiness Returns to Subdue Evil, or 6 Juggernaut Star Scours the Universe. Humans get in on the act, too, such as [[spoiler:Allison]], whose real name is [[TitleDrop Kill Six Billion Demons]], and the monk [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Murder the Gods and Topples Topple Their Thrones.]]
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