->''"My name is Fear Kubrick. I am in no way related to the movie director."''
-->-- '''Fear Kubrick''', ''LightNovel/CubeXCursedXCurious''

A surprisingly common form of ThemeNaming is the practice of naming characters after real-life celebrities and famous people.

One way this can be done is to give a group of characters a set of names which, when combined, form the name of a famous person. An advanced version gives a person the same first name as a famous person, and has their last name included as a middle name. Another variation is to give a group of characters the first names of a well-known group, such as a group of friends named [[Music/JohnLennon John]], [[Music/PaulMcCartney Paul]], [[Music/GeorgeHarrison George]], and [[Music/RingoStarr Richard/Ringo]], after Music/TheBeatles.

If characters are named after things like [[NamesToRunAwayFrom/NotoriousKillers famous killers]] or [[NamesToRunAwayFrom/{{Conquerors}} conquerors]], it overlaps with NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.

Compare ShoutOutThemeNaming. When foreign characters are named after famous people from their countries just because the creators didn't research the relevant naming conventions, it's a FamousNamedForeigner. If the name in question isn't actually the character's real name but a fake one that they're using after a real or fictional famous person, it's a CharacterNameAlias.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[RecurringExtra The three recurring old geezers]] on ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' had thematic names -- Antonio, Carlos and Jobim. Put them together and you get the name of a famous musician.
* The same for goes for the adopted children of the eponymous character of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'': Maurice, Maeter, and Linck after the Nobel Prize winning essayist and author of ''TheBlueBirdOfHappiness''.
* Due to FantasyCounterpartCulture of Medieval Europe that ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' takes place in, it's no wonder some of the characters are named after somebody famous. Examples:
** Our main tsundere mage heroine Louise. She is named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_de_La_Valliere Louise de La Valliere]], one of Louis XIV's mistresses who became a duchess.
** Tabitha aka Charlotte Helene Orleans, the CaptainErsatz mage to Yuki Nagato of Haruhi fame, is named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Helene_of_Orleans Helene d'Orleans]].
** The seductive "Subtle Flame" that is Kirche? Her OverlyLongName is Kirche Augusta Frederika von Anhalt Zerbst. The character sheet mentions her name is taken from Sophia Augusta Frederika of Anhalt-Zerbst, who is none other than UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat.
** The campy Scarron is named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Scarron Paul Scarron]], a novelist, playwright, and poet who lived during the time of UsefulNotes/LouisXIV.
* In ''Manga/BakusouKyoudaiLetsAndGo'', the main characters' names, Retsu and Gou, are a pun on "Let's go!". Also, combined with their friend Jun, the three are named for Jun Retsugou, the stage name of Yoshiji Watanabe, one of the members of a 70's Japanese [[BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine manzai comedy]] trio.
* Almost everybody in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is named after a band, movie, or rock star. Dio Brando, the main villain, is named after both RonnieJamesDio and MarlonBrando.
** The ActionGirl -centered ''Stone Ocean'' saga of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has characters named after fashion designers -- [[BreakTheCutie Emporio]], [[BigBad Pucci]], Annasui, [[DarkActionGirl Hermes]], and [[IneffectualLoner Versace]] -- in addition to the usual rock bands ([[NanoMachines Foo Fighters]]).
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' the top ten Arrancar, the Espada, are all named after, of all things, Mexican architects and designers.
* In ''CromartieHighSchool'', all of the schools, including the titular one, are named after foreigners that played on Japanese baseball teams.
* ''[[LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru Maria Watches Over Us]]'' uses names of {{samurai}} and noble families for most of its important characters. Exceptions to this rule are specifically pointed out (Yumi and Sei).
* The villainous robots/cyborgs in ''Metal Guardian Faust'' are named after Santa's reindeer, and have name-appropriate enhancements (Vixen has robotic tails, Blitz generates Electro Magnetic Pulses, Dasher is incredibly fast, etc.).
* In ''SamuraiPizzaCats'', the New York Pizza Cats' original Japanese names are as follows:
** Sundance Kid = [[MichaelJackson Michael]], who even does Jackson's dance moves, including his Moonwalk.
--->'''Michael''' (''in GratuitousEnglish''): Hey you! Bad! Bad! You are bad!
** Dee Dee = {{Madonna}}
** Cosmo = {{Prince}}
* Edward and Alphonse from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' are named after real-life medieval alchemists, as is Hohenheim.
* [[Creator/FriedrichNietzsche Friedrich]] and Creator/{{Voltaire}}, Caro's dragons in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. If you don't recognize the names, you need to brush up on your European philosophers.
* Mecha pilot Jung Freud from ''{{Gunbuster}}'' (named after Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud).
* [[TerribleTrio Team Rocket]] from the English dub of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' is made up entirely of this- Jessie + James = Jesse James, Butch + Cassidy = Butch Cassidy, etc.
** Jessie and James's Japanese names also serve, as they were named after samurai: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miyamoto_Musashi Musashi]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sasaki_Kojiro Kojiro]]. Butch and Cassidy are just "theme named" to accompany the original duo: Kosaburo ("jiro": second son, "Saburo": third son) and Yamato ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_battleship_Yamato the sister ship]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_battleship_Musashi the Musashi battleship]]).
** Ash and Gary's Japanese names, Satoshi and Shigeru. They were named after Creator/SatoshiTajiri, creator of the Pokémon games, and ShigeruMiyamoto.
* ''RaveMaster'' had Deep Snow's QuirkyMinibossSquad named after actors who've portrayed Film/JamesBond, including [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Dalton Dalton]] the Chrysalis, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lazenby Lazenby]] of the White Flame, Goldeneye [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierce_Brosnan Brosnan]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Moore Moore]] the Full Moon.
* The Paper Sisters in the ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' TV series are named after the three actresses who played the main characters in [[HeroicTrio The Heroic Trio]].
* Trowa Barton from ''GundamWing'' was named for Creator/TimBurton; Masashi Ikeda, the director of ''Wing'', is an unabashed fan of Burton's works and directorial style.
* Two members of the Shrike Team in ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'' are named after Jazz singers Helen Merrill and Mahalia Jackson, just with the surnames switched.
* ''GundamUnicorn'': Audrey Burne is named after Creator/AudreyHepburn.
* ''CodeGeass'': Nina Einstein, who went on to develop [[spoiler: the Geass-world's first WeaponOfMassDestruction, the FLEIJA warhead]].
* Fuura Kafuka (actually an alias) and Arai Chie (which can also be read as "Ni Chie") from ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' are named after Franz Kafka and Friedrich Nietzsche, respectively.
* ''OnePiece'': Many characters are named after pirates or explorers.
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'': Knight Schumacher was named for famous FormulaOne champion Michael Schumacher (who was in Formula Three at the time the character was introduced) and Leon Earnhardt was named for {{NASCAR}} racer Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'''s Japanese name, Go Mifune (as well as the last name of the rest of his family), was named for famous Japanese actor Creator/ToshiroMifune.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'': Snake's snakes are named Bronte, Oscar, Wilde, Keats, Wordsworth, and Webster.
** Heck, a lot of characters are either named after someone famous (look up Sebastien Michaelis on the other wiki), or are someone famous themselves such as the Queen and her bodyguards.
* ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'': Katsuhiko becomes the Bugrom's military leader, and gains six Bugrom underlings. He nicknames them [[TheMarxBrothers Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo,]] Gummo (after the fifth Marx Brother who didn't appear in any of the movies) and Margaret(after Margaret Dumont, who frequently played Groucho's love interest/straight woman).
* The girls in ''StrikeWitches'' are named after real-life ace pilots.
* ''MobileSuitGundam'': [[WordOfGod Creator Yoshiyuki Tomino]] says that Char Aznable is named after the French musician, Charles Aznavour.
* The ''Manga/{{Mai-HiME}}'' and ''Manga/MaiOtome'' mangaverses have late-story antagonists named after Marie Antoinette and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yang_Guifei Yang Guifei]].
* An episode of ''ShinryakuIkaMusume'' features 2 dolls named [[JohnnyDepp Johnny and Depp]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a number of characters named after figures associated with ninja/samurai: Shimura Danzo and Kato Dan are named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat%C5%8D_Danz%C5%8D Kato Danzo]], and two relatively important supporting characters are named [[UsefulNotes/HattoriHanzo Hanzo]] and [[Creator/ToshiroMifune Mifune]].
* Leina Vance and her family are named after the American fantasy and sci-fi writer, JackVance, who was a major influence for DungeonsAndDragons, which many fantasy series, QueensBlade included, took some inspiration from it..
* In ''Manga/KotouraSan'', Yuriko's mother Chizuru Mifune was named after a RealLife clairvoyant, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chizuko_Mifune Chizuko Mifune]], per WordOfGod.
* Gou Matsuoka from ''Anime/{{Free}}'' is named for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oeyo Oeyo (AKA Gou)]], a female historical figure from the late Sengoku Jidai, despite being generally [[GenderBlenderName a boy's name]]. She doesn't want people to [[DoNotCallMePaul call her that]], though.
* Eisaku Noguchi from ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' has his name ''and'' looks derived from a famous Japanese bacteriologist, Hideyo Noguchi (né Seisaku).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'': Scrooge Mcduck in the comic strips was named after Ebenezer Scrooge from ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''.
* In the ''Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog'' Archie series, many relations to the main characters are named after historical figures: members of the Brotherhood of Guardians are named after peaceful revolutionaries and/or physicists/philosophers, same as their fire-ant compatriots (Rembrandt, Sojourner, Hawking, Archimedes, etc.), while Tails' father and uncle are named Amadeus and Merlin, respectively.
* In the 3rd Annual issue of ''[=ALF=]'', Gordon relates how he met the New Age Melmutant Abstract Turtles, a parody of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, if that wasn't blindingly obvious. Like the originals, they were named for artists: Calder (after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Calder Alexander]], Mondrian (after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piet_Mondrian Piet]], Picasso (after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Picasso ...you know, or I hope you do]], and Pollock (after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_Pollock Jackson]]). Each turtle's weapon's ability was related to their namesake's most well-known art's style (boomerangs that hang villains from mobiles, a t-square that creates abstract geometric walls, a paintbrush that turns villains into cubist creatures, and a bucket of paint that... splatters villains, respectively).
* The main characters in ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' are named after famous [[http://xkcd.com/197/ Italian artists]] from the Renaissance. In the '80s cartoon, they were briefly joined by a foursome of mutant frogs, who were all named after historical conquerors and warlords (Genghis Khan, Atilla the Hun, Rasputin the Mad Monk, and NapoleonBonaparte).
** One of the [[TeenageMutantSamuraiWombats many spoofs and rip-offs]] of ''TMNT'' back in the day had a set of rabbits named [[Creator/TexAvery Avery,]] [[Creator/ChuckJones Jones,]] [[Creator/BobClampett Clampett,]] and [[Creator/FrizFreleng Freleng.]] (Alas, Google is no help to aid the troper's weak memory.)
** Another spoof of TMNT was ''Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters'', named after Clint (Eastwood), Chuck (Norris), Bruce (Lee), and Jackie (Chan).
* The names of the genetically engineered dogs in ''Kingdom'' are celebrity names with canine puns. The protagonist is named Gene the Hackman (Creator/GeneHackman), and there's also Will Feral (Will Ferrall), Dingo Star (Music/RingoStarr), Rex Horizon (Rex Harrison), Holly the Hunter (Holly Hunter), and Clara Bow (same).
* Amadeus Cho, of ''IncredibleHercules'', is named after Mozart. His sister Maddy's full name? Madame Curie Cho.
** And his archenemy is Pythagoras Dupree.
* Stephen Stills of ''ScottPilgrim'' is named after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Stills folk singer]] of the supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. There's also a character named "Young Neil", an obvious reversal on Neil Young's name.
* Creator/AlanMoore's ''{{Promethea}}'' features a female cop named Creator/LucilleBall in the supporting cast. She frequently has to say, "No relation" and remind people that she has NoSenseOfHumor.
* JamesBuchananBarnes, formerly ComicStrip/CaptainAmerica's sidekick Bucky, is named after US President James Buchanan. This is somewhat strange, considering how unpopular Buchanan was during his presidency, but whatever.
* James Jesse, the first [[TheFlash Trickster]], invoked StevenUlyssesPerhero when he decided to commit robberies like his "reverse namesake" UsefulNotes/JesseJames. In-universe, this was definitely not intentional on his parents' part; a later retcon had it that his father was an Italian immigrant who'd Anglicized their names while unaware of the potential implications.
* Accidentally created (inverted?) in a story printed both in ''Action Comics'' #1 and ''Superman'' #1, where Superman has to solve the murder of [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy Jack Kennedy]].
* In the Reboot ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperheroes'', the Orando royal family (Sensor's family) are the [[TheHouseOfWindsor House of Wynzorr]]. The current monarch is [[BritishRoyalFamily King Charlz, and his son's name is Prince Willum]].
* Both Batman (Bruce Wayne) and the Golden Age superheroine Miss Victory (Joan Wayne) were named after "Mad" Anthony Wayne, a hero of the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution American War of Independence]]. But movie director Raoul Walsh beat them to it, giving actor Marion Michael Morrison the stage name Creator/JohnWayne in 1930.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'': Bluto is named ''Brutus'' in the comic strips, after the adoptive son of UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar.
* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'': Professor Barabas is named after the biblical thief the people of Judea wanted to be spared of a death sentence, instead of Jesus Christ.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}'': The titular character is named after Roman Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Nero}}. Another character, Clo-Clo, is named after the affectionate nickname of French singer Claude-François.
* ''ComicStrip/DeKiekeboes'':
** Bibi Pralin Gaga is named after Ugandan dictator UsefulNotes/IdiAmin.
** Alanis is named after Music/AlanisMorissette.
** Elody Melody is named after Flemish teen pop star Sylvie Melody.
* ''ComicBook/InspectorCanardo'': Rasputin the main villain is named after ''UsefulNotes/RasputinTheMadMonk''.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Urbanus}}'': Urbanus, just like the comedian he is based on, is named after several medieval popes. His dog Nabuko Donosor is named after Babylonian king Nebukadnezzar.
* ''ComicBook/{{Agent327}}'': Olga Lawina is named after Dutch singer Olga L'''o'''wina.
* The ''Comicbook/{{Batman}}'' villain Mr Zsazs, created by Alan Grant, and Denny O'Neil's RetCon that Comicbook/TheQuestion's real name is Charles Szasz, are both references to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Szasz Thomas Szasz]]. Since both characters are explorations of the "differently sane", Szasz's theories are relevent to them.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The title character of ''Film/{{Amelie}}'' is named after actress Creator/EmilyWatson, who was originally intended to play her.
* In the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen fourth]] instalment of the WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles there would have been a fifth turtle joining called [[Creator/JackKirby Kirby]].
* Doc and Clara Brown's sons, of ''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back To The Future Part III]]'' and [[WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture the animated series]], are called Jules and Verne after [[Creator/JulesVerne their favourite author]].
** This actually proved to be a plot point in the animated series episode "A Verne By Any Other Name" - after being bullied about his name, Verne went back in time to convince his parents to name him something else.
** Doc has dogs named after famous scientists. In 1985, his dog's called Einstein; in 1955, his dog's called Copernicus.
* The Gates family, from the ''Film/NationalTreasure''' movies. The protagonist is Benjamin Franklin Gates. His father is Patrick Henry Gates, ''his'' father was named John Adams Gates--it's apparently a family tradition.
* The names of characters in ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' include, among others of this type, Hedley Lamarr (Creator/HedyLamarr) and Olson Johnson ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olsen_and_Johnson Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson]]). Other Johnsons include [[strike: Samuel and Howard]] the whole town.
* The film ''Film/DoctorStrangelove'' features a psychotic, genocidal military commander named [[JackTheRipper Jack D. Ripper]].
** Similarly, Creator/CillianMurphy's villainous character in ''Film/RedEye'' is named "Jackson Rippner."
* ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' has a Veronica and a Betty, which you might think is a coincidence until you notice their equally significant last names - Sawyer and Finn respectively.
* In ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'', Jackie Chan plays "Chon Wang", misheard by Owen Wilson's character as "John Wayne". {{Lampshaded}} when O'Bannon declares "That's a terrible cowboy name!". It is later revealed that the real name of Roy O'Bannon is "Wyatt Earp".
* In ''Film/CoolRunnings'', one of the characters' names is [[Creator/YulBrynner Yul Brenner]], which elicits a chuckle from one of his teammates.
* In ''Film/{{Shortbus}}'', Severin is deeply ashamed of her real name, and can only write it down on two slips of paper on Sophia's request. Her first name is Jennifer. Her last name? [[spoiler:Aniston.]]
* Since Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda considered ''Film/EasyRider'' to be a modern day Western, the protagonists are Wyatt (Earp) and Billy (the Kid)
* In ''Film/OfficeSpace'' the main character Peter's best friend is named Music/MichaelBolton, like the famous singer. This is ultimately an Aversion, since he wasn't named after the singer (Michael mentions he was in his early teens when the singer became famous). The name is just a coincidence.
* ''Film/MeanGirls'' features Janis Ian, named after the eponymous singer (who was lesbian, something the character is accused of being), whose song "At Seventeen" is even on the soundtrack.
* In TheLastSong, the main character Ronnie (played by MileyCyrus) is named after Miley's grandfather, Senator Ron Cyrus.
* ''Film/ForrestGump'' was named in-universe after the Civil War general and UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan founder Nathaniel Bedford Forrest.
* In-universe, Caesar from the ''PlanetOfTheApes'' franchise chose his name after the Roman Caesars.
* ''Film/TheDistinguishedGentleman'': InUniverse, UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson Johnson's mother named him such because she hoped that he would become important. Instead he becomes a ConMan, but she still loves him. Then he discovers that he [[OneSteveLimit shares part of his name with Jeff Johnson]], a recently deceased Congressman, and runs for office under that name.
* In ''Film/TheFactsInTheCaseOfMisterHollow'' Johnny Hollow, the eponymous photographer who sent the campsite photo, that's the subject of the film, is named after the [[Music/JohnnyHollow electronica group]] who's song "Alchemy" provides the film's soundtrack. (It's co-director, Vincent Marcone, is a member.) The short was initially conceived as a music video before developing into a more fully-plotted short film.
* ''Film/SilenceOfTheLambs'': Serial killer Buffalo Bill is named after UsefulNotes/BuffaloBill.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* {{Literature/Kydd}} was named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Paine Thomas Paine]], whom his parents met before he was born, though they would later come to disapprove of his radical ideas.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': Tons and tons of characters. A few examples: the main characters are named Baudelaire; their banker is named [[EdgarAllanPoe Poe]].
* In-story in ''Film/TheEnglishPatient'': the thief David Caravaggio. He [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this, mentioning Caravaggio's painting [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_with_the_Head_of_Goliath_(Caravaggio) David with the Head of Goliath]].
* Napoleon, from ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' by GeorgeOrwell.
* Practically everyone from ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' (how that fits in a historyphobe society, [[FridgeLogic you ask]]), such as Bernard Marx (Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw and Creator/KarlMarx), Benito Hoover (UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini and UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover) and Darwin Bonaparte (UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin and UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte).
** Incidentally, Benito Mussolini was himself named after Benito Juarez.
* In the sci-fi novel ''Literature/TheGreenFuturesOfTycho'' by WilliamSleator, the eponymous main character's parents have named their children after Tycho Brahe, an astronomer; Tamara Karsavina, a ballet dancer; Ludwig van Beethoven, a composer and Leonardo da Vinci, an inventor and artist. They hoped the names would inspire them to aspire careers associated with them.
* The [[ANaziByAnyOtherName ReMastered]] in ''Literature/IronSunrise'' by Creator/CharlesStross seem to be named after notable far-right philosophers. Or people with similar viewpoints; one of them calls herself [[Film/JamesBond Blofeld]]!
* In ''Film/MinorityReport'', the three oracles are named after [[Creator/AgathaChristie Agatha]], [[Creator/ArthurConanDoyle Arthur]], and [[Creator/DashiellHammett Dashiell]], after the mystery novelists.
* A Victorian novelist was sued and lost because one character in her work, who had a connection to theater, had the same name as a man who had some connection to the theater. Shortly thereafter the serial went on with all the names changed. To things like "Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw" and "Creator/HGWells" -- all of whom were connected with the theater and had given permission as a protest against the ruling.
* Nods to famous folk in-universe are frequent in the {{Deryni}} works. Of course, among famous people, it's also as much to do with family and/or friendship as fame.
** Haldane royalty tends to reuse the names of certain illustrious predecessors. Since princes get four names in addition to the surname, there's plenty of opportunities for this. Among the popular candidates for reuse are Cinhil (first Haldane king of the Restoration), Blaine (also used by the Festils), Donal (Brion's father's first name, King Brion and King Cinhil's second), Nygel/Nigel, Aidan (second Haldane in the seventh century, also Cinhil's grandfather, the only survivor of his family's massacre during the Festillic Invasion) and Alroy (Cinhil's father and Cinhil's eldest surviving son).
** Morgan's first two children. His daughter is named Briony after the late King Brion Haldane, and his son is named Kelric (a combination of King '''Kel'''son and Morgan's own first name Ala'''ric''').
** Kelson's heir, born in the year 1130 (according to the ''Codex''), is christened Javan Uthyr Richard Urien Haldane; the prince's first name is that of the ill-fated King Javan Haldane, King Cinhil's second surviving son (and the protagonist of ''King Javan's Year''), and his third name honours Kelson's great uncle and Araxie's father, Prince Richard Haldane Duke of Carthmoor.
* Members of the Ghost Brigades in John Scalzi's ''OldMansWar'' universe are named after famous historical figures, mostly scientists (e.g. Jared Dirac and Jane Sagan).
* When [[EndersGame Ender Wiggin's]] dad gets a name, it turns out that (1) Wiggin isn't his actual name, but rather Wieczorek, and (2) his full name is Jan Paweł Wieczorek, which became John Paul Wiggin when Anglicized, and yes, that's John Paul as in [[ThePope Pope John Paul II]], who was canonized in this timeline ([[LifeImitatesArt as happens in 2014 in real life]]). Something of a subversion in that he is NamedAfterSomebodyFamous both in-universe and out of universe (John Paul II was, of course, Polish).
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Houdini Harry]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Blackstone,_Sr Blackstone]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Copperfield_%28illusionist%29 Copperfield]] [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden]]
* In the Literature/ThursdayNext series, people do this deliberately; it's a world where literature is SeriousBusiness, so people name themselves after somebody famous, most often a classic English writer. After a court case where the entire jury was made up of Christopher Marlowes, a law was enacted to affix a number to the names of people who did this.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', people from the Capitol are often named after Ancient Roman historical figures: Cinna, Caesar (Flickerman), Seneca (Crane), Coriolanus (Snow), Claudius (Templesmith), etc.
* The slave characters in the alternative history series {{Timeline-191}} by HarryTurtledove all bear famous classical names from the past (Scipio, Xerxes, Aristotle, Bathsheba) echoing the real-life tendency to do this in the American South during slave-owning times.
* The narrator of the pornographic novel ''The Oxford Girl'' has the PreppyName Presley Abbott, which can be refashioned into a ShoutOut to a well-known living musician. Considering the author's obvious erudition, and the rarity of Presley as a first name, this was probably deliberate.
* In ''Literature/TheMazeRunner'' books, the Gladers' names are [[spoiler: not their real names, but names based on scientists and inventors and such that were planted in their memories.]]
* In Creator/EstherFriesner's ''Majyk'' series, the local village idiots are named [[Creator/LawrenceWattEvans Lorrenz, Wot, and Evvon]].
* In {{Robert Newton Peck}}'s young-adult series {{Soup}}, the girl on whom Rob has a crush is named [[MarilynMonroe Norma Jean]] (Bissell, not Mortenson).
* In the children's book ''Black and Blue Magic'' Harry Houdini Marco's father, a magician, named his son after Creator/HarryHoudini hoping he'd follow in his footsteps.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein likes this trope:
** Lazarus Long, the protagonist of ''Literature/MethuselahsChildren'' and ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'' was born Woodrow Wilson Smith and named for U.S. president UsefulNotes/WoodrowWilson.
** Andy Libby, Lazarus' side-kick in ''Literature/MethuselahsChildren'' had AndrewJackson Libby as a full name.
** Twins Tom and Pat Bartlett, from ''Time For The Stars'' have the full names of ThomasPaine LeonardoDaVinci Bartlett and Patrick Henry Michelangelo Bartlett.
** Daniel Boone Davis, the protagonist of ''Literature/TheDoorIntoSummer''.
** Johann Sebastian Bach Smith of ''Literature/IWillFearNoEvil''.
* Parodied in the Literature/{{Adventures of Huckleberry Finn}} - minor character [[OverlyLongName Thomas Franklin Benjamin Jefferson Elexander Phelps]] is this, combined with {{My Nayme Is}}.
* In ''In The Year Of The Boar and Jackie Robinson''; the main character is grade-school-aged, emigrating to America from China, and has to pick herself an American name; she picks Creator/ShirleyTemple Wong.
* In SA Swann's [[Literature/HostileTakeoverSwann Hostile Takeover]] series virtually everything on or relating to [[LibertariansInSpace Bakunin]], from the star Kropotkin that it orbits down to the Friedman Hotel on Lenin Avenue in Proudhon City is named after some anarchist, minarchist, socialist and/or anti-statist philosopher or theorist.
* ''Literature/TheUltraViolets'' has Albert Feinstein, mathlete.
* The fae boy from ''Literature/AnEncounterAndAnOffer'' is [[MeaningFulRename renamed]] [[KingArthur Arthur]], after being put under Sir Kay's care. Ironically, he has no idea why.
* In ''Literature/ApeAndEssence'', Alfred Poole was named after Creator/AlfredLordTennyson because his mother liked ''In Memoriam''. It suits his own fondness for English poetry.
* ''Literature/SilenceOfTheLambs'': Buffalo Bill is named after Creator/BuffaloBill.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Multiple characters in ''Series/{{Lost}}'' are named after philosophers. There's John Locke [[spoiler:(who for some time goes by another philosopher, Jeremy Bentham)]], Danielle Rousseau, Desmond David Hume, and Mikhail Bakunin, among others.
** Locke's father is named Anthony Cooper, after Lord Shaftesbury, patron of John Locke the philosopher.
** Also, Daniel Faraday and [[spoiler:Eloise Hawking]] are both named after physicists, which becomes important when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Hawking is Faraday's mother]].
** [[Creator/CSLewis Charlotte Staples Lewis]].
* In ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy's sons are named Scott, Virgil, Alan, Gordon and John -- all of which happen to be the names of the RealLife Mercury Program astronauts.
** In real life, Virgil Ivan Grissom was better known to the public as "Gus".
* The three male leads in the UK detective drama ''Series/NewTricks'' are Jack Halford, Brian "Memory" Lane, and Gerry Standing. The writer is a supporter of West Bromich Albion football (soccer) team, and Halford Lane Standing is the oldest stand at their grounds.
* The TV show based on ''Series/ManiacMansion'' has three kids named Ike, Tina and Turner.
* Some of the Tenctonese on ''Series/AlienNation'' are named after famous people, usually dead ones like Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, and Betsy Ross.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Sam and Dean's {{Character Name Alias}}es
** Their real last name, Winchester, is part of a firearms-theme in the show as a reference to Oliver Winchester of repeating-rifle fame. Though they're not so much "named after" as actually descended from the family of Oliver and Sarah Winchester, with plotlines showing that the family has been hunting for at least as long as the name has been associated with the signature firearm.
*** It might be better to say it's a reference to Oliver's daughter-in-law Sarah Winchester, making it not only a firearms reference but a [[TitleDrop supernatural]] one: Sarah believed she had to appease the spirits of victims of Winchester rifles by continuing construction on her home, and the "Winchester Mystery House" remains a paranormal landmark.
** There is a demon named Alistair and a demon named Crowley. This refers to Aleister Crowley, an early 20th century British occultist.
*** One or both of them may be the actual [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy man behind the myth]] of the famed occultist, Crowley especially is shown as being fond of showing up in human guise and making his bargains without any pretense that he's anything other than a supernatural creature... just to make sure the bargainers have no room to loophole their way out of damnation.
* The dying president on the Geena Davis show ''Series/CommanderInChief'' was named Teddy Roosevelt Bridges.
* Lampshaded (of course) in the naval expedition sketch from episode 32 of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': "Why does the senior personnel all bear the names of Hollywood film stars of the forties, and female ones at that?"
* ''GavinAndStacey'' has a subtle one that eventually gets {{lampshaded}}; the two central families are [[TortureCellar the Wests]] and [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate the Shipmans]], while the latter's neighbours are [[JackTheRipoff the Sutcliffes]].[[note]]For any non-UK tropers who haven't worked it out from the {{Pot Hole}}s, these were all serial killers.[[/note]] [[AerithAndBob The other main characters are called Smith and Jenkins]].
* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/TheDailyShow'' discussing the White House gatecrashing incident where the "Senior Correspondent" turns out to be a random crasher calling himself "Edward R. Brokaw-Amanpour"
* Jefferson Davis Hogg of ''TheDukesOfHazzard''. [[note]]Jefferson Davis was the President of the Confederate States of America during the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar[[/note]]
** And his brother Abraham Lincoln Hogg, the "white sheep" of the family.
* The Sheriff of ''TwinPeaks'' is Harry S. Truman. FBI Agent Cooper says that he should remember it, this time.
** Agent Cooper himself is named after the very mysterious [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._B._Cooper D.B. Cooper]]
* Ryan Howard of ''TheOffice''. The writers swear that the name, shared by the All-Star first baseman of the Philadelphia Phillies, is a coincidence, but consider that the American adaptation was in development in 2004, the same year Howard, a big-time prospect since he was drafted, played for the Phillies Triple-A affiliate in Scranton, which is where the show is set.
* Franklin Mumford on ''MyWifeAndKids'', although you really can't tell until you learn he has a sister named Aretha.
* Liam Gallagher from ''{{Shameless}}'' shares his name with the singer of Oasis, something clearly intentional as he is also from Manchester. Jokes are made on the subject on several occasions.
* [[TheStarsMyDestination Alfred]] [[TheDemolishedMan Bester]] from ''Series/BabylonFive''. At first the name was just a ShoutOut, but then the ExpandedUniverse revealed he was also named after the author in-universe.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** One of The Lone Gunmen is John Fitzgerald Byers, as he was born on the day JFK died.
** Scully's name is taken from Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully (in "Irresistible" a character even says "I don't remember his name, but she was Scully, like that baseball announcer.")
** John Doggett comes from Vin's partner Jerry Doggett.
* ''{{CSI}}'' franchise likes this. Grissom was last-named after Gus Grissom, the aforementioned Mercury astronaut, courtesy of William Petersen.
** Grissom makes a joke of this once, naming his beetles from a crime scene "John,Paul,George and Ringo".
** Apparently, 'Diebenkorn' Russell was named after a famous artist. It's still no wonder he prefers 'D.B.'.
* ''CSIMiami'' Horatio, named after Horatio Alger.
* ''Series/DueSouth'': [[AStreetcarNamedDesire Stanley (Ray) and Stella Kowalski]].
** Wilson Welsh and his brother Harding were named after the two American presidents with those last names. (Woodrow Wilson and Warren G Harding)
** And of course, Fraser's senior inspector, Margaret "Meg" Thatcher.
* Bernard Black from ''BlackBooks'' got his middle name (Ludwig) from Beethoven. (Discussed in-universe.)
* In the ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' episode "Caregiver", StephenKing guest stars as a "cleaner" named Bachman. "Richard Bachman" was an alias King used to publish stories early in his career.
** Another episode has two minor characters named Luther and Vandross.
* Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner from ''Series/CriminalMinds'' is, quite possibly, named after a real [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._E._Hotchner Aaron Hotchner]], who also just happened to be a lawyer before finding his true calling, which isn't too far off from Hotch's- the real Hotchner became a biographer, famously penning one for Ernest Hemingway meaning, in real life, Hotch is just as much a profiler as the one on TV is (only that the real one doesn't use it to catch criminals).
* ''[[{{Series/MASH}} M*A*S*H]]'' had a double with Hawkeye. His full name is Benjamin Franklin Pierce, so he's named after both a Founding Father (Benjamin Franklin) and a U.S. President (Franklin Pierce).
** Though never revealed in the series, {{Fanon}} gives Colonel Sherman T. Potter the middle name "Tecumseh", which would make Potter named after Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman.
* Josiah "Jed" Bartlet in ''TheWestWing'' says he was named after his ancestor Josiah Bartlett (despite the spelling difference), who was a real-life signer of the Declaration of Independence.
* Oliver Wendall Douglas from ''Series/GreenAcres'' is named after 19th century supreme court justice Oliver Wendall Holmes.
* ''Series/OrphanBlack'' names several characters and places after scientists famous for championing evolution.
* Similar to ''Series/AlienNation'', the Zabronians in ''Series/TheNeighbors'' name themselves after famous athletes in an attempt to blend in. Thus the community leader is Larry Bird, his wife is Jackie Joyner-Kershee, and their sons are Reggie Jackson and Dick Butkus. (Notice that none of them share a surname, a concept that is apparently too foreign for them.)
* The two main characters of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon and Leonard, are named after writer Sheldon Leonard, creator of ''Series/GilligansIsland'' and ''Series/TheBradyBunch''. Their last names are Cooper and Hofstadter, respectively, which they share, aptly enough, with famous physicists: Leon N. Cooper and Robert Hofstadter (whose son Douglas is best known for the book ''GodelEscherBach''). Leonard's middle name is Leakey, after the famous archaeologist Louis Leakey and his anthropologist wife Mary.
* In the ''Franchise/StargateVerse'' about half of Earth's starships are named for historical figures (the others are figures from [[ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming Greek mythology]] not known to be Goa'uld). The Russian-crewed ''Korolev'' was named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergey_Korolyov one of the lead engineers of the Soviet space program]], and the Chinese-crewed ''Sun Tzu'' was named after SunTzu. The fourth American-crewed 304 was supposed to be USS ''Phoenix'', but was renamed ''George S. Hammond'' after the first CO of Stargate Command, who [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim had recently died]].
* British series Skins had a character named Naomi Campbell, no relation to the famous singer, and very much not played for laughs as the show is set in the British equivalent of High School. The mocking is merciless.
* ''Series/SamsonEnGert'': Samson is named after the biblical character, because of his long hair.
* ''Series/FCDeKampioenen'': Carmen's dog Nero is named after ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}''.
* In ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' Nietzscheans tend to have names that are mashups of famous people. Like "Tyr Anasazi", or "Charlemagne Bolivar".
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[[folder:Music]]
* "[[Music/TheBeatles Maxwell Edison, majoring in medicine.]]"
* Members of Music/MarilynManson used to be named after sex symbol + serial killer - the namesake singer himself is Creator/MarilynMonroe + UsefulNotes/CharlesManson. The only other two still in the band are Ginger Fish and Twiggy Ramirez.
** Ginger Fish has left the band and is now a part of RobZombie's band, but ousted cofounder Daisy Berkowitz is returning to his stage name and doing a solo album at the advice of a close friend.
* Music/TheRamones member Elvis Ramone was named after Music/ElvisPresley.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', named after 16th-century theologian John Calvin and 17th-century philosopher Thomas Hobbes. In a similar vein, Calvin's teacher, Mrs. Wormwood, [[ShoutOutThemeNaming is named after]] a character in C. S. Lewis' ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters''. It's unlikely the principal Mr. Spittle is another literary reference.
** The newspaper comic strip ''Ink Pen'' parodied this, with a duo of a boy and his stuffed lion called "Luther and Locke" (after Martin Luther and John Locke).
*** ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}} once had a parody strip coincidentally also named "Luther and Locke"
** ''IrregularWebcomic'' also made a [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1580.html parody strip]] titled "Wittgenstein and Nietzche" (after Creator/LudwigWittgenstein and Creator/FriedrichNietzsche).
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[[folder: Radio]]
* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho
** The vortisaur that becomes the TARDIS TeamPet in the audio drama ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho016StormWarning Storm Warning]]'' is named Ramsay, after the Prime Minister in Charley's time, UsefulNotes/RamsayMacDonald. In ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoNEDAS1E6NoMoreLies No More Lies]]'', the Doctor names another vortisaur Margaret, but [[MargaretThatcher doesn't say why]].
** The Big Finish audio drama "[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho039BangBangABoom Bang-Bang-A-Boom!]]" has a parody of Victor Bergman from ''{{Space 1999}}'' called Ivor Fassbinder. The name is presumably a reference to Creator/RainerWernerFassbinder, by analogy with Ingmar Bergman.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._P._Morgan J. Pierpont]] Finch, protagonist of ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying''.
* ''Theatre/{{RUR}}'' features an in-universe case of this, with two robots named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaius_Marius Marius]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulla Sulla]]. When one of the characters asks why they named a female robot after a Roman general, the manager simply says "We thought that Marius and Sulla were lovers."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry 7'', all of the girls have names that reference female Hollywood stars, such as [[Creator/DrewBarrymore Drew Baringmore]] and [[Creator/JamieLeeCurtis Jamie Lee Coitus]].
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', the EdibleThemeNaming of Soysauce, Vinegar, and Mayonnaise were turned into Ozzie ([[Music/OzzyOsbourne Osbourne]], although he's ''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ozzy]]''), Flea (of RedHotChiliPeppers) and Slash (of Music/GunsNRoses). This raised issues with [[VideoGame/ChronoCross the sequel]], which introduced a ''new'' character named Slash, while containing the old ones as a BonusBoss, so the new character was renamed Nikki (presumably after MotleyCrue's Nikki Sixx).
** Also, the Gurus in the English version are named after [[Literature/TheBible the Three Wise Men]].
* Every one of the eight maverick bosses in ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'' have names derived from the rock band Music/GunsNRoses. Grizzly Slash (Slash), Axle The Red (Axl Rose), Squid Adler (Steven Adler), Dark Dizzy (Dizzy Reed) and the list goes on. (except The Skiver, which might be a reference to Michael "High in the Sky" Monroe, who recorded a song with GNR)
** From the [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic original series]], there's Dr. Thomas Light and Dr. Albert Wily, named after Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein, respectively. The former might be questionable, but the latter does have some resemblance to his namesake (the EinsteinHair).
** ''VideoGame/MegaManZero's'' BigBad Dr. Weil is named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_kurzweil Ray Kurzweil]], an author on several books about transhumanism and technological singularity, things that Weil is a master of.
* Both ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' contained many a ShoutOutToShakespeare. The former had Rosencrantz and Romeo Guildenstern, while the latter had both characters and [[ShowWithinAShow fictional characters]] named Puck, Cordelia, and King Leo/Lear.
* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryII'', characters of the thieving persuasion can break into a certain house at night where a man lives with his three sons, Kareem, Abdul, and Jabbar, respectively.
* How many real-life [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zeldas]] can you think of? WordOfGod states that the eponymous princess is indeed named for Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of Creator/FScottFitzgerald.
** Creator/RobinWilliams named his daughter after the princess. [[MemeticMutation Yo dawg, I heard you like naming people after other people...]]
** Also the recurring enemies known as Poes, likely named after the famous Creator/EdgarAllanPoe. Another possible source of the name, however, is the Chinese philosophy of "hun" and "po", similar to yin and yang. "Hun" is the part of the soul that strives for heaven and is associated with life, and "po" is the part of the soul that stays with the corpse and is associated with death.
*** Further, the Poe sisters are named Amy, Beth, Joelle, and Meg after the sisters from LittleWomen.
** [[Creator/FScottFitzgerald F. Scott]] himself was named after Francis Scott Key, a distant relative and the lyricist for the national anthem of the US.
* In DotHackGU Redemption, the AIDA-infected weapon wielded by Taihaku is called Maxwell. This is a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxwell%27s_demon Maxwell's Demon theory]]. The game self-confirms the reference by naming the identical-looking sword Haseo obtains after defeating Taihaku as Szilard (mistranslated as Silad), the person that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Szilard solved]] (or at least offered an explanation to) Maxwell's Demon.
* Speaking of theoretical demons, the online game AceOnline threw a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laplace%27s_demon Laplace's demon]], by the item called "Soul of Laplace". The item is used to upgrade Legendary Weapons, which is in turn created by merging a weapon with Gematria Scripture, referring it as "being possessed by demonic souls".
* The Koopalings in ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' are named after real life musicians and other celebrities. As is possibly the boss [[Music/NineInchNails Reznor]] in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''.
** Oddly, one of the badniks in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' is also called Reznor.
* Tony Delvecchio of ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'' is named after wrestling announcer Tony Schiavone. Marky Dubois, from the same series, is named after Marky Ramone, a member of Music/TheRamones. The developers were [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally]] going to give Marky the full name, but then decided against it.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has Linnell the Booze Giant, named for John Linnell of Music/TheyMightBeGiants. There's also a town called Flangeburgh, a play on the name of John Flansburgh, another member of TMBG.
* In the fourth world of ''VideoGame/MysticArk'', there are several [=NPCs=] scattered about that are named after famous inventors and musicians such as Edison, Einstein, Ludwig, and Picasso.
* [[Creator/IsaacAsimov Isaac]] [[Creator/ArthurCClarke Clarke]] from ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' - which was mocked by WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation.
* Many characters in the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' series are named after Western bands or musicians, including A. B. A. (Music/{{ABBA}}), Axl Low ([[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]]), Chipp Zanuff ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enuff_Z%27nuff Chip Z'nuff]]), Johnny ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Winter Johnny Winter]]), Ky Kiske ([[Music/{{Helloween}} Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske]]), Music/{{Slayer}}, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Testament_(band) Testament]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venom_band Venom]], and Zappa (Music/FrankZappa).
** Some characters are also named after famous fictional characters, like [[{{Zatoichi}} Zato-1]], his symbiote Eddie ([[Music/IronMaiden Eddie the Head]]), and {{Faust}}.
* The VideoGame/{{Zork}} games take this UpToEleven (literally) with Lord Dimwit Flathead's eleven siblings: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._Rockefeller John D.]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_Jackson T.J. "Stonewall"]], [[Creator/JohannSebastianBach Johann Sebastian]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._P._Morgan J. Pierpont]], [[UsefulNotes/ThomasEdison Thomas Alva]], [[Creator/LeonardoDaVinci Leonardo]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucrezia_Borgia Lucrezia]], [[Creator/RalphWaldoEmerson Ralph Waldo]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Paul_Jones John Paul]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lloyd_Wright Frank Lloyd]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babe_Ruth Babe]].
* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' provides us with Provost Prokhor Zakharov, leader of the [[MadScientist University]] [[EmperorScientist of]] [[ForScience Planet]] faction, who invented the fusion drive that made the journey to Alpha Centauri possible. He seems to be named after Soviet nuclear physicist and peace/human rights/democracy activist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrei_Sakharov Andrei Sakharov]], who was famous for his brilliance (like Zakharov) and his involvement in politics (it's possible he would have become President of post-Soviet Russia had he not died in 1989). To put the icing on the cake, ArthurCClarke names the fusion engine in the ''Leonov'' in ''[[Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact 2010]]''...the Sakharov Drive. Clearly, the Firaxis team read its science fiction.
* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 3'', the twin bears of Razor Ridge are named Benny and Bjorn, after Music/{{ABBA}} songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI'', there are two characters named Howard and Nester, after the Nintendo Power comic characters.
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', Systems Alliance carriers are named for great leaders, artists, and intellectuals in human history. One mentioned by name is SSV ''Einstein''.
* In ''[[VideoGame/EscapeVelocity EV Nova]]'', the Kania system and its SpaceStation Port Kane, as well as the Kane Band (Earth's equatorial docking ring), are named for Omata Kane, the physicist who developed FasterThanLightTravel in the setting.
* VideoGame/TeamFortress2: In the "Meet The Medic" short, it's revealed that Medic keeps a flock of pet doves. [[{{Squick}} In the operating room, no less.]] His favorite is named Archimedes, which is fitting for an eccentric bird who follows after [[MadScientist his]] [[MadDoctor master]].
* Dr. Salvador in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' may be named after Dr. Salvador Allende, the Chilean president who was deposed by Pinochet in 1973.
* In ''VideoGame/PerfectDark Zero'', Chandra Sekhar (her last name isn't given in-game) is likely named after Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, a famous astrophysicist.
* The Zeppelin/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Sepperin]] family from ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' is named after Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the Prussian brigadier-general responsible for the dirigible airship which shares his name.
* One of the technicians in ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'' is named after the German-Austrian composer Johann Strauss.
* The Amarcians in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' are all named after famous scientists and mathematicians -- names such as (Blaise) Pascal, (Siméon Denis) Poisson, (Joseph) Fourier, (Pierre de) Fermat, (Carl Friedrich) Gauss, and so on. Also, Fermat's husband is named after astronomer Creator/CarlSagan.
* Colonel Sanders in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}} 2'' takes his name from the Kentucky Fried Chicken founder and mascot.
* In the ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' novel ''The Deacon's Tale'', one human character is called Margaret Thatcher.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has Samuel Cooke, the founder of the Powder Gangers, who is named after Sam Cooke, the singer of "Chain Gang".
** Ulysses named himself after UlyssesSGrant, the general who, in his words, turned two flags into one.
* The ''{{Pokemon}}'' Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan are named after Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. As a double bonus, their Japanese names, Ebiwalar and Sawamular, are after Japanese martial arts stars.
* ''VideoGame/PsychoNauts'': Mikhail Bulgakov, the foreign student at Whispering Rock Camp, takes his name from the Russian playwright who wrote ''Literature/TheMasterAndMargarita''.
* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI'', the leader of the royal guard in the Green Isles is named Captain Saladin, after the medieval Muslim leader known for fighting the Crusaders.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Justice for All'' has the name Laurence Curls, and people call him Moe. He is named after ''Film/TheThreeStooges''.
* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', all of Rin's cats are named after famous people. That is to say, whatever random famous people [[GiverOfLameNames Kyousuke]] comes up with off the top of his head at the time, as he believes that it's important to give them a name but that the name itself doesn't matter. This leads to cats with names like Lennon, Gates, Einstein, and ''Hitler.''
* ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' has [[SdrawkcabName Dlanor]] A. [[http://www.diogenes-club.com/knoxrules.htm Knox]], named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Knox Ronald Knox]], and [[http://gaslight.mtroyal.ab.ca/vandine.htm Willard H. Wright]], named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willard_Huntington_Wright S. S. Van Dine]]. Both figures created rules that codified detective fiction.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Police in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' are named after ice cream. The two feds are Ben and Jerry, and the two local cops are Baskin and Robbin.
* A rare one-person example in ''Webcomic/TheWotch'': When '''Sonny''' Leo Harper got permanently [[GenderBender ka-girled]], he became '''Cher''' Lita Harper. This new identity also counts as a PunnyName, as Cher Lita is a cheerleader.
* The original two members of Penny's GirlPosse were named Sara and Michelle. There is no Gellar. Nick and Charisma are also named after Nicholas Brendon and Charisma Carpenter (aka [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander and Cordelia]]), and Stan and Jack after StanLee and JackKirby.
* ''[[CiemWebcomicSeries Ciem: The Human Centipede]]'', and its sequels, mention [[LampshadeHanging rather explicitly]] that Dolly Malestrom was named after Dolly the Cloned Sheep. Given that it takes place in the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2020s]], this reference actually makes sense. It places Dolly's birth some time between 1996 and 1998, making her just slightly older than Candi.
** There AintNoRule that the "someone" can't be an animal, right?
* In ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', Tycho Brahe is named after an astronomer.
* ''Webcomic/TimesLikeThis'': Cassie's last name is [[Creator/HGWells Wells]]. Matt's last name is [[DepecheMode Gahan]]. (Indirectly, though... according to WordOfGod on the FAQ page: "Matt Gahan originally had the last name of 'Gahane' and that was based on a good friend of mine whose last name used the same letters, but I decided to leave off the last 'e' so he'd have the same last name as the lead singer of one of my favorite bands.")
* ''Webcomic/MyLifeInBlue'' does this a lot: Iddy Pop is clearly named for Music/IggyPop. Portia's last name is Bathory like [[ElizabethBathory the bloody countess.]]
* In ''Webcomic/BaritarianBoy'', one of the lead characters is named Felix. Co-author Fyodor Pavlov chose this as a shout out to [[RomanovsAndRevolutions Russian Prince Felix Yusupov]], whom he describes as his "life's inspiration."
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* George Washington Missler of ''Literature/HyperFightingMachineMarmalade'' is named after both George Washington Carver, famous for saving the economy of the American South by farming peanuts (as well as inventing peanut butter) and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Missler Chuck Missler]], who has become famous on the Internet as [[MemeticMutation "the peanut butter man"]] after [[ArtisticLicenseBiology assuming that evolution is false because life doesn't spontaneously form inside sealed jars of peanut butter]]. Fittingly, the HumongousMecha which the character pilots is called [[EdibleThemeNaming Peanut Butter]].
* Chester A. Bum, Doug Walker's character on ''BumReviews'', is named after Chester A. Arthur, further enforced when it's eventually revealed that the A actually stands for Arthur.
* Happens occasionally on ''Roleplay/NeoPokeforum''. For example, Chaos' poochyena is called DirtyHarry, while Skitty's slowpoke is named ForrestGump. For a certain degree of "famous", both Allen and Chaos borrow names from TwitchPlaysPokemon.
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' has a character named for hockey player Sidney Crosby. A slight variation in that the character is based off the real person rather than simply sharing his name.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Lampshaded in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', where the monster that lives in the Aqua Teen's attic is named "Willie Nelson" as a reference to the fact that the original ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' episode "Baffler Meal" which served as the pilot to ''ATHF'' featured Music/WillieNelson as a guest star.
* Each of the titular Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles are notably named after famous Renaissance artists.
* Mr. Oskar Kokoschka from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is named after the Austrian expressionist painter.
* Amethyst van der Troll from ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollz}}'' appears to be named after Anneliese van der Pol.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'', the main characters go to "UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington Middle School"
** Of course, there was an episode where Todd uses an evil robot to threaten teachers into accepting any answer he gives them as correct. So, when he said the first president was George ''Stapler'' .... from that point on, [[ContinuityNod every episode referred to it as George Stapler Middle School.]]
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has the heroes encounter a group of [[CloudCuckooLander spacey]], [[TheStoner stoner]]-esque fantasy [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippies]] with a leader named [[Creator/CheechAndChong Chong]].
** Aang's father figure Gyatso is named after Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama.
** In SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' Aang's son Tenzin repeats the motif (although Tenzin is a fairly common Tibetan name), while Korra's friend Mako is named after {{Mako}}, the prominent Japanese-American actor and voice artist who voiced the original series' Iroh until his death. The BigBad Amon may also be named after Nazi war criminal Amon Goeth (made famous by ''Film/SchindlersList'').
* Francesco Bernoulli, the Italian racecar from [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} ''Cars 2'']], is actually named after Dutch/Swiss mathmetician Daniel Bernoulli, who actually came up with the law of conservation of fluid dynamics.
* Michael Jordan Mackenzie, usually referred to as "Mack", a supporting character in WesternAnimation/{{Daria}} is named after famous basketball player Michael Jordan, and mocked for that by short-lived jerk of the week Tommy Sherman.
-->'''Mack''' - It was Michael James Mackenzie, but Dad went to a Bulls playoff game when I was 12 and then he changed it.
-->'''Tommy''' - That's sick, man. [...] Make sure your father doesn't go to any Whoopi Goldberg movies!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'', Victor's full name is "Victor UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson Volt".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Dr. Marvin Monroe is named after Creator/MarilynMonroe.
** Milhouse's named is based on UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's middle name. Creator/MattGroening gave him the name because he felt it was the most unfortunate name you could give to a child.
** Barney Gumble is named after Barney Rubble from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.
** Arnie Pye was named after radio presenter Ernie Pie.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'': George Herbert Walker King Chicken's name is based on UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Mayor Adam West is named after the real life Creator/AdamWest, who consequently is also his voice.
* Creator/LeonardoDaVinci, Creator/{{Donatello}}, Creator/{{Raphael}} and Creator/MichelangeloBuonarroti will still remind many people below the age of 30 of the WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.
* ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'': Archimedes the owl is named after UsefulNotes/{{Archimedes}}.
* ''Disney/TheAristocats'': Lafayette and Napoleon are named after the UsefulNotes/MarquisDeLafayette and Napoleon Bonaparte.
* ''Disney/TheRescuers'': The character Medusa is named after the Greek mythological creature and her crocodiles Nero and Brutus after UsefulNotes/{{Nero}} and Brutus, Caesar's adoptive son.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'': Bartok the bat was named after Hungarian composer Music/BelaBartok.
* ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'': Dolf is named after UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and Dr. Livingston after UsefulNotes/DavidLivingstone. Winnie, Alfred's girlfriend, was named after Winnie Mandela. Michael Duckson is clearly ''Music/MichaelJackson''.
* ''WesternAnimation/LosTrotaMusicos'': Attila the dog is named after UsefulNotes/AttilaTheHun.
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* TruthInTelevision. Many people have named their infants after characters made famous by religious/mythological scriptures: Adam, Eve, Noah, Moses, Abraham, Maria, Benjamin, Jonah, Joshua, Ezechiel, Joseph, Jesus (this name is more common in Spain than in other countries), Eli, Muhammad, Fatima, Thor, Venus, Hercule(s), Jason, Diana,... , sometimes without even knowing what these people actually did. Other names will also directly bring up associations with famous people nowadays: [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte Napoleon]], [[WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse Mickey]], [[Creator/WaltDisney Walt]], [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar César or Caesar]], [[UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII Cleopatra]], [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]], [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Adolf]], [[UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden Osama]], [[UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein Saddam]], [[UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette Marie-Antoinette]], [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Elizabeth]], [[Creator/VincentVanGogh Vincent]], [[Creator/MarlonBrando Marlon]], [[Creator/MarilynMonroe Marilyn]], [[UsefulNotes/RembrandtVanRijn Rembrandt]], [[Creator/LeonardoDaVinci Leonardo]], [[UsefulNotes/AttilaTheHun Attila]], [[UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan Genghis]], [[UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini Benito]], [[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Romeo]], Marina (named after the 1958 song by Rocco Granata),...
* Many street names are named after famous people. Some of them very famous to this day, others haven fallen in such obscurity that you have to consult an encyclopaedia to find out who they were and what they did to earn a street named after them?
* Though now more or less abandoned, the naming system of the US Navy had destroyers named after naval heroes. Currently they're named after admirals. Still in use is the trend of naming aircraft carriers after former presidents: most recently USS ''UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush'' (which is rather fitting, as Bush had been a naval AcePilot during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII). The new class of supercarriers currently under construction is to be called the ''[[UsefulNotes/GeraldFord Gerald R. Ford]]'' class, as work on the ship was started shortly after his death.
** Uniquely, UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter asked if, rather than an aircraft carrier, he could have a nuclear submarine, as he had been trained as a nuclear engineer but left the Navy a year before USS ''Nautilus'' came online. Sure enough, USS ''Jimmy Carter'' is a ''Seawolf''-class nuclear attack sub, launched in 2005.
** Many of the US Army's armored vehicles (tanks, APCs, etc.) are named after American generals. This practice was actually adopted from the British Army, after they purchased a batch of tanks, which the US Army had creatively dubbed "Medium Tank, M3," and renamed them as "General Lee", with an improved version being called the General Grant. The next American tank to see widespread use was thus named the M4 Sherman.
* There's quite a few porn stars who do this for PornNames - usually a name that's similar, rather than identical (such as Dru Berrymore), although there is one young lady out there performing in hardcore under the stage name of Cindy Crawford.
** As the [[Creator/CindyCrawford supermodel of the same name]] found out when she took legal action, the young lady's birth name really is Cynthia Crawford. Fair use prevailed.
* Creator/ChrisColumbus
* US Senator John Little [=McClellan=], named by his parents after a former governor named John Little.
* Winfield Scott (1786-1866) served as an officer in the United States Army from 1806 through 1861, as a general from 1814 until his retirement in 1861 at the rank of a Major General. "The Grand Old Man of the Army" played a prominent role in the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, and various Indian campaigns, and designed the basic strategy which the Union used in the Civil War. Two other individuals born during Scott's tenure as a general officer were named after him, and also rose to command rank in the armed forces: Major General Winfield Scott Hancock, who served in the Army of the Potomac in the Civil War (And served under the original General Winfield Scott as a newly minted Lieutenant in the Mexican-American War), and Rear Admiral Winfield Scott Schley, who commanded the U.S. squadron at Santiago in the Spanish-American War.
* Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz was named for a famous doctor of his time, Naguib Pasha Mahfouz.
* Creator/DavidTennant's real name is David [=McDonald=], but uses the last name Tennant after Music/PetShopBoys singer Neil Tennant professionally because there was another David [=McDonald=] in the Actors Guild.
* Many places, people and monuments in real life are named after famous people, [[TruthInTelevision making this...]]
* Very popular in space exploration. Features on other planets, such as impact craters, are frequently named after famous people, usually from the sciences or arts.
* Brazilian soccer player Roberto Carlos is named after an eponymous singer from that country.
* It is remarkably common in Brazil to name your son after a famous American- both Ronaldo and Ronaldo Gaucho (Ronaldinho) are named after UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, and then there's Creedence Clearwater Couto...
* Creator/AlbertBrooks 's real name is Albert Einstein. His parents thought it was funny.
* Creator/SiegfriedSassoon owes his German first name to his mother's love for Wagner's ''Theatre/RingOfTheNibelung''.
* A Romanian couple wanted to name their son Osama Bin Laden for this specific purpose. They eventually settled on Stefan (Steve), after the legendary Moldavian lord [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_III_of_Moldavia Stephen III]].
* In 2010, the [[http://www.behindthename.com/top/lists/us/2010/100 most popular names]] for babies born in the U.S. were Jacob and Isabella. Both names had been decently popular beforehand; Jacob, in fact, is undergoing a slight lull [[http://www.behindthename.com/top/name/jacob/us?viewing=graph in popularity]]. Isabella, however, only made the [[http://www.behindthename.com/top/name/isabella/us?viewing=graph top five]] in 2006, right after a certain uber-popular [[Literature/{{Twilight}} teen vampire book series]] hit the shelves. One cannot help but wonder if fans are letting their [[FanPreferredCouple preferred couple]] influence their ThemeNaming just a tad...
* Similarly, a number of too-obsessed Potters have named their sons Harry.
* George Washington Carver and Martin Luther King Jr. take things a step further than usual by bearing their namesakes' ''full'' name.
* SerialKiller John Wayne Gacy was named after Creator/JohnWayne, who was his mother's favorite movie star. One has to wonder how the Duke would have reacted if he had been alive at the time of Gacy's arrest.
* Diane Keaton (born Diane Hall) took her last name from Creator/BusterKeaton. Micheal Keaton (born Michael Douglas) didn't have to change his name until AFTER his time period working as a stagehand for "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" (during which time Diane was establishing herself in Creator/WoodyAllen comedes), but when he did (for [[Creator:MichaelDouglas obvious reasons]]) he got HIS inspiration from Diane Keaton's name.
* [[Music/BetteMidler Bette Midler]] was named after [[Creator/BetteDavis Bette Davis]], although she's pronounced her name with one syllable, instead two like Davis. Considering the fact that Bette Midler was the multitalented diva's real birth name, of course it was her mother who named her (after Mrs. Midler's favorite movie star), but it was also her mother who thought "Bette" was pronounced as per the single-syllable word "bet", instead of Ms. Davis's pronunciation (which is the same as the more traditional spelling of "Betty").
* Creator/{{Joan Crawford}} loved to state that in the 1940s, which is when her fame hit its ultimate peak, there was a massive influx of baby girls named Joan, half for Joan of Arc and half for Ms. Crawford herself.
* UsefulNotes/{{Bill Clinton}} and Hillary Rodham Clinton named their daughter Chelsea after the Music/JoniMitchell song "Chelsea Morning", which itself got its name (and was basically about) the bohemian New York City hangout called the Chelsea Hotel.
* On the periodic table, elements 95 through 112 are mostly named after famous scientists, though a couple are named after famous laboratories instead.
* [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods Cryolophosaurus]] was dubbed [[Music/ElvisPresley 'Elvisosaurus']] for its unique, curled crest before being given a formal name.
* A genus of ferns have been named ''Gaga'', after, of course, Music/LadyGaga, because its young, unfurled stalks tend to look like claws, similar to Gaga's "paws up" gesture. Going further, one species is named ''Gaga germanotta'', taken from her maiden name (Stefani Germanotta), and another has species name ''monstraparva'', which pretty much translates to Little Monsters, Gaga's FanCommunityNickname.
* Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio was named after painter Creator/LeonardoDaVinci.
* Flemish bar window painter Rubbes was nicknamed after Creator/PeterPaulRubens.
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