->'''General:''' ''[upon discovering that an invention called the Giant Death Ray is [[NonIndicativeName completely harmless]]]'' Well one question that obviously leaps to mind, Professor, er, Professor...\\
'''Inventor:''' Death...\\
'''General:''' Professor Death, is why on Earth you elected to name this contraption of yours the Giant Death R- ohIsee.
-->-- ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook''

In the real world, many things are named after the person who invented them or made them famous. The most oft-cited example is a certain easy-to-prepare meal popularized by John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich.

(And then there's [[http://www.snopes.com/business/names/crapper.asp Thomas Crapper]], but that's another story, which we won't go into here.)

There are two easy ways of twisting this for comedic effect, [[SelfDemonstratingArticle as invented by the famous comedian Hitomi Namesake]]:
# Mention an invention that was named in this way, but get some detail wrong (for instance, by suggesting that John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich, is famous for inventing the montagu).
# Mention an invention that ''wasn't'' named this way, but claim that it was.

Not to be confused with gags referring to the book and FilmOfTheBook titled ''Film/TheNamesake'', nor indeed jokes on the story's [[TheNamesake actual namesake]].


[[folder: Film ]]

* In Creator/MelBrooks' ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'', King Richard proclaims that, to remind everyone of Prince John's treachery, all toilets throughout England shall be called "Johns". (A modern American slang for toilet, for those that don't get the joke.) This one isn't actually that far off -- unliked Richard the Third is Cockney rhyming slang for 'turd'.
* The {{Stinger}} in ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum: Battle at the Smithsonian'' shows a kid in 1945, having spotted the cell phone Larry accidentally left behind [[ItMakesSenseInContext when he entered a framed print of]] TheVJDayKiss, tinkering with it in his basement as his mother calls down to him, "Joey Motorola, what are you doing down there?"


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Creator/DaveBarry uses this a lot, in one instance referring to Earl Tupper, who of course invented [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupperware Earlware]]. ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'' names such historical American geniuses as President Monroe Doctrine ("who became famous for developing the policy for which he is named"), Alexander Graham Bell System, and General Marshall Plan. The Elizabethan Era is named after the queen Elizabeth Ann Era, the Hudson River is named after the famous Dutch explorer Henry Hudson River, and the inventor of the sandwich is Samuel Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato. Samuel Morse invented, besides the telegraph, "the code named after him: PigLatin." And UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's administration was nicknamed "Theatre/{{Camelot}}" after the Broadway musical ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''.
* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'', Anathema Device is descended from the man who invented the device. She has an entire rant about forgotten inventors, who also include Humphrey Gadget, Pieter Gizmo, Cyrus T. Doodad, and Ella Reader Widget. When she subsequently mentions that she's also a descendent of Agnes Nutter, Newt Pulsifer's response is, "Let me guess, she invented the crazy person."
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series:
** In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' there's a footnote about people with weapons named after them, and how they attract rumours that they were killed by their namesakes, beginning with the more-or-less historical Joseph Guillotin and ending with William Blunt-Instrument.
** In ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', there's an entire RunningGag about the tendency for famous military men (such as Wellington and Cardigan) to get either food or items of clothing named after them. Several of the characters have surnames that are either foods or items of clothing in our world, and by the end of the book, they all have ''completely different'' foods or items of clothing named after them. (Lieutenant Blouse, for instance, is commemorated in a type of glove.)
** ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' mentions Sir Charles Lavatory, the Disc's equivalent to Thomas Crapper (and ''The Companion'' states his predecessor as head of the Plumbers' Guild was William Privy).
** ''The Fools Guild Diary'' reveals that the founder of ''that'' guild was Jean-Paul Pune, inventor of the play on words.
** Combined with CallARabbitASmeerp (and OrphanedEtymology) in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', when the text has Vimes' internal monologue use the phrase 'Pavlovian response', despite Pavlov the animal psychologist not existing on the Discworld. A [[FootnoteFever footnote]] notes that the said response was discovered by the wizard Denephew Boot, and is so named because it involved training a dog to eat [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pavlova_%28food%29 a strawberry meringue]] when a bell was rung.
** The Bugarup Opera House in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'' had a tradition of making unique desserts for famous opera singers which share their last names. Then around came Dame Nellie Butt. So Rincewind invented the Peach Nellie. At the end of the book there is also a mention of a singer called Doreen Trifle.
** In ''Discworld/TheShepherdsCrown'', the shed was invented by Heimlich von Sheddenhausen.
* Creator/TerryPratchett likes this trope. In ''[[Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy Johnny and the Dead]]'', [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike two unconnected people]] think the telephone was invented by Sir Humphrey Telephone.
* According to the 1971 satire ''Bust-Up: The Uplifting Tale of Otto Titzling and the Development of the Bra'' by Wallace Reyburn, the bra was invented in 1912 by Otto Titzling, but his invention and fame were stolen by the Frenchman Phillip de Brassiere. (The book inspired a song, which Creator/BetteMidler recorded in 1986 and reprised in the film ''Film/{{Beaches}}''. It was also recounted as fact in at least one edition of the board game Trivial Pursuit...)
* In one of the ''Literature/WaysideSchool'' books, the kids are playing music and wonder how the triangle got its name. They decide it can't be named for its shape because "then the tamborine would have to be called a circle", so they reason it must have been invented by Joe Triangle.
* ''Literature/TenSixtySixAndAllThat'' lists several inventions of the Victorian era with their inventors: roads were invented by Lord Macadam and his son Lord Tarmac; thermometers were invented by Lord Farqualquounheit; Mackintoshes were "invented by [[SubvertedTrope another Scottish nobleman whose name is now forgotten]]."


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''
** "Ink and Incapability":
--->'''Blackadder:''' Baldrick, go to the kitchen and make me something quick and simple to eat, would you? Two slices of bread with something in between.\\
'''Baldrick:''' What, like Gerald Lord Sandwich had the other day?\\
'''Blackadder:''' Yes, a few rounds of geralds.
** ''Blackadder Back and Forth'':
--->'''Blackadder:''' May I present to you, the greatest breakthrough in travel since Sir Rodney Tricycle thought to himself, "I'm bored of walking. I think I'll invent something with three wheels and a bell, and name it after myself"...
* There's an old ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/79/79tdouchebag.phtml sketch]] where a ball is attended by nobility with things named after them (Earl of Sandwich, Lord Worchestershire, Lord Salisbury) ...and Lord Douchebag.
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Parallel Universe", Holly speaks of his ambition to have an invention named after him, like the Earl of Sandwich, Samuel Morse and... Plato, inventor of the plate.
* In the ''Series/MaidMarianAndHerMerryMen'' episode "A Game Called John", the Sheriff invents a game that involves moving balls around on a cloth-covered table, and names it in honour of Prince John. After several varieties of [[HilarityEnsues hilarity ensue]], including the Merry Men stealing all the green cloth to make uniforms, Prince John decides he doesn't want the game and gives it away, with all naming rights, to a random peasant -- whose name turns out to be Snooker.
* In ''Series/GetSmart'', the Cone of Silence is so called because it was invented by Professor Cone.
* There's an ''Series/AlasSmithAndJones'' sketch about László Bíró, the inventor of the ballpoint pen. This is true. The NamesakeGag comes in when he's worried that someone might steal his idea, and is assured there's no-one in the house except the servants: Bic the butler, Parker the chauffeur, Pentel the maid...
* From the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Pillows and Blankets":
-->"The North Cafeteria, named after Admiral William North, is located in the western portion of East Hall, gateway to the western half of North Hall, which is named not after William North, but for its position above the South Wall. It is the most contested and confusing battlefield on Greendale's campus, next to the English Memorial Spanish Center, named after English Memorial, a Portuguese sailor who discovered Greendale while looking for a fountain that cured syphilis."
* ''Series/HorribleHistories'' had a sketch about the Earl of Sandwich inventing the sandwich. This was then followed by the culinary creations of his friends Baron Hotdog (silly) and Lord Turkey of Twizzler (very silly).
* In ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', the Giant Death Ray was in fact a SteamPunk barcode reader invented by a MadScientist named Dr Death.
* When Dog River celebrates its centennial in the ''Series/CornerGas'' episode "Block Party," Emma spearheads an initiative to rename Main Street Centennial Street, on the grounds that it was more relevant to the occasion than the traditional "Main". A CutawayGag promptly reveals that said street was actually named after Harold Main, [[OurFounder founder of Dog River]].
* ''Series/AllAussieAdventures'' has the Mitchell Track, which Russell Coight tells us is named for the explorer who first opened up the area, Mitchell Track (as opposed to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Mitchell_%28explorer%29 Major Thomas Mitchell]]). Other examples are Fry's Hut being named for its builder Fred Hut, and Mt. Disappointment being named for its discoverer's wife.
* ''Series/{{QI}}'': On the L season episode devoted to 'Love', Stephen mentions that there are a large number of items of clothing named after military officers; especially those involved in the Crimean War. Stephen mentions Lord cardigan and Lord Raglan. Alan tries to list some others and his list includes 'Lord Bobble Hat'.
* According to ''Series/TheWeekly'' host Charlie Pickering, the Rod Laver Arena is named after tennis legend Rod Laver and ''Young Talent Time'' star Tina Arena.
* According to the ''Series/LittleBritain'' narrator, transvestitism was invented by Dr. Neil Transvestite.
* On ''Series/SpicksAndSpecks'', Adam once asked the question 'Australian opera singer Helen Porter changed her name to what to honour her birthplace?'. After an incorrect answer was given, Adam said the correct answer was Nellie Melba. Who, of course, was born in the town of Nellie.
* ''Series/TheGreatBritishBakeOff'': Introducing a challenge involving frangipane tarts, Sue tells the contestants that the filling takes its name from 16th-century Italian nobleman Muzio Frangipane[[note]]Who did exist, and is also the namesake of the flower frangipani[[/note]] -- and that the pastry case takes its name from 16th-century Italian nobleman Giovanni Shortcrust.
* One bit on ''Series/TheEricAndreShow'' had Eric and Hannibal muse about what life was like before ladders, before the arrival of Thomas Ladder.
* ''Series/LookAroundYou'': Among many historical facts, we learn that iron is named for its discoverer, the Scottish cyclops Lord Iron de Havilland.


[[folder: Music ]]

* On the album ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer'', the spoken introduction to the song "In Old Mexico" includes a reference to "the late Doctor Samuel Gall, inventor of the gall bladder".


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* In ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Sally has to write a report about Columbus Day...
-->"Columbus Day was a very brave man. He wanted to sail around the whole world. 'I can give you three ships, Mr. Day,' said the Queen..."


[[folder: Radio ]]

* A common joke in ''Radio/BleakExpectations''. The hero, Sir Philip Bin, made his first fortune by inventing a cylindrical receptacle for putting rubbish in -- although it takes several attempts before he thinks of naming it the "bin". (He then has to defend himself from a claim that he stole the idea from the American Hiram Trashcan.) The series also features Harry Biscuit, whose father invented the biscuit, and Dr Swim, who made the medical breakthrough that saved so many people from drowning.
* An episode of ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' mentions Coco Chanel, "who, of course, invented the popular bedtime drink". (The joke was later reprised in one of the show's spin-off books.) Similarly, they claim that the ''Magazine/RadioTimes'' was named after the ancient Greek inventor of TV listings, Theradio Times (pronounced 'theh-rah-dio tee-mes').
* A sketch on ''Radio/TheBurkissWay'' concerned the Duke of Wellington, who employed an artisan to invent a foodstuff to be named after him. The result was Beef Wellington - A raw cow wearing gumboots. After months in hiding and painful 18th-century plastic surgery, the Duke re-emerges as the Earl of Sandwich, and employs the same artisan, who after months of experiments with hundreds of loaves of bread, produces... a single breadcrumb. Not very impressive on its own, but combine a large number of them together and you get... five hundred breadcrumbs threaded onto a piece of string.
* Neil Malarkey's lecture on barcodes in an episode of ''Radio/TheUnbelievableTruth'' claimed that they were invented by Baron Felix von Barcode, a contemporary of Michael Electricity and Sir William Shaving-Foam.
* In one of the Fred Dagg radio sketches, Fred talks about UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln being shot by a man called Booth, who had something to do with the founding of the Salvation Army. Or possibly he was the guy who invented the telephone box.


[[folder: Stand-Up Comedy ]]

* In one of Creator/EddieIzzard's routines, fire was invented by a caveman named Jeff Fire. He insists he's going to become famous for his invention, which he's decided to call "Jeff".


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In '''Dentity Crisis'' by Christopher Durang, Edith [[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Fromage Fromage]] claims to be the inventor of cheese.


[[folder: Theme Parks ]]

* From the [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Jungle Cruise]]: "And on our left you'll see beautiful Schweitzer Falls, named after the famed explorer and philanthropist, Dr. Albert Falls."


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/TheDarksideDetective'', Dooley claims that a portrait in the town library depicts Theodore Library, inventor of the library.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Mentioned as a gag in the ''WebAnimation/LegendaryFrog'' cartoon where Kerrigan decides to become an inventor and make millions. She says to her boyfriend, "Remember John from next door? John Velcro?"
* In the WebVideo/GameGrumps' playthrough of ''VideoGame/SonicBoom'', Danny and Arin are discussing Music/BlueOysterCult. They claim that the band's favorite color is blue, and that their favorite seafood dish is cult.
* When ''Creator/{{Funhaus}}'' played ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holden Holden]] Corners: The Game'', they decided the name was in honor of Holden Corners, the inventor of non-straight roads.
* Taako from ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone'' is a former celebrity chef who plans to invent the taco. Unfortunately, he's also a [[TheDitz complete idiot]] that doesn't even know what cheese is. [[spoiler:Although he becomes much smarter over the course of the story, he still only manages to create one with the help of Joaquin Terrero, a taco truck employee from our world.]]


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons:
** The town of Springfield is named after founder Jebediah Springfield. Nothing unusual about that. However, nearby Shelbyville is named after its founder, Shelbyville Manhattan.
** The Deadly meteor shower is named after Professor Artimus Deadly, who was killed in the shower of 1853.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', they not only had the Earl of Sandwich, but the Earls of Nachos, Movie Theaters, and Kibble inventing their respective products. Cosmo initially thinks the Earl of Sandwich invented the earl.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': The Tri-State Area was created when John P. Tristate united the Bi-State Area with an adjacent area, much to the dismay of Buford's great uncle Otto H. Adjacent, who founded that adjacent area.