* Fionn Mac Cumhaill, a hero of Myth/CelticMythology, whose name is pronounced "Finn [=McCool=]."
* Cu Chulainn is an Irish hero whose name means "the Hound of Culann." This name was given to him when he ripped apart the blacksmith's (Culann) guard dog with his bare hands as a young boy. As a punishment he offered to take its place until a successor could be reared.
* OlderThanFeudalism from Jewish mythology:
** The angel known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metatron Metatron]]!
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samael Samael]], whose name means "Poison of God". Fittingly, he's one of the Angels of Death, and, depending on the sources, either the Devil or a [[DontFearTheReaper really cool guy]] who loves to [[SmartPeoplePlayChess talk with wise men while playing chess]].
** Jacob, one of the Hebrew patriarchs, was [[MeaningfulRename renamed]] ''by God Himself'' as "Yisrael" (anglicized to ''Israel'') meaning ''wrestles with God'', after Jacob [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fought with an angel and won]]. The angel only defeated Jacob by [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem wounding Jacob]] [[GroinAttack in the inner thigh]]. [[note]]He "pinched" the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sciatic_nerve sciatic nerve]], which in Hebrew is called the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gid_hanasheh gid hanasheh]]'', and which observant Jews do not eat to this day, in memory of Jacob's injury. Since the nerve must be extracted by hand, it's usually cheaper to just sell the hindquarters of a slaughtered kosher animal to a non-kosher (often halal) butcher, so Hebrew National advertises how it has no "butts" in its hot dogs, and it's nigh-impossible to find kosher filet mignon outside of Israel. The rule applies to hoofed mammals only; poultry are exempt.
** The Apostles John and James may certainly have common first names by today's standards, but [[MeaningfulRename Jesus gave them the name]] "Boanerges" which translates to "Sons of Thunder."[[/note]]