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->''Ever notice a lot of butlers are named Jeeves? You know, I think when you name a baby "Jeeves"... you've pretty much mapped out his future, wouldn't you say? Not much chance he's gonna be a hitman, I think, after that. "Terribly sorry, sir, but I'm going to have to whack you."''
-->-- '''''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''''', "The Pilot Pt. 2"

A variety of MeaningfulName, sometimes an offshoot of ThemeNaming, but not always.

This describes the situation where what one names someone or something results in that something or someone taking on the aspects of what they are named after. Sometimes this is merely intentionally descriptive after the fact, but if not, then circumstances will change to fit them. Sometimes you wonder what the parents were thinking.

(Hint: Naming [[AIIsACrapshoot a computer system]] after a bloodthirsty god or demon is never a good idea. Naming an organization this usually implies premeditation of purpose already.)

GenreBlindness prevents anyone from recognizing this and predicting future plot developments.

StevenUlyssesPerhero is a subset of this, focused specifically on the tendency for names to relate to super-powers and/or [[SecretIdentity secret identities]].

This happens in real life [[TruthInTelevision more often than you would expect]] -- for example, by the [[http://scienceblogs.com/mixingmemory/2007/04/the_nameletter_effect_or_why_c.php name-letter effect]]. ''New Scientist'' coined and popularised the term "Nominative Determinism" for this. The [[OlderThanFeudalism Romans had their own term]]: the "nomen omen" (name omen).

As some of the examples show, Icarus seems to be an unusually favored name in this regard (no fewer than ''five'' examples). [[RuleOfCool Might have something to do with the name having a nice ring to it]]. Oh, yeah, and the melting wings of doom probably help.

See also WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt and NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Ataru Moroboshi from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' pretty much has his future laid out in his name: ''moroboshi-de atari'' means "struck by a falling star" -- and in a metaphorical sense that's exactly what happens. (The joke was extended in the show's commercial bumpers, which usually featured something falling on him.)
* Naming anyone after Japanese stars (''Anime/{{X 1999}}'', ''Anime/DotHackSign'', ''Anime/GearFighterDendoh''), or the constellations from the astrology/geomancy system of TheFourGods (''Manga/FushigiYuugi''), is pretty much setting their status as Very Important in stone.
* Also in ''Anime/{{X 1999}}'', Satsuki's supercomputer, Beast, emblazoned with the number 666. It probably doesn't help matters that when written in hiragana, "satsuki" looks like "sakki", which means "bloodlust".
* Chloe from ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', when pronounced using Japanese phonemes, sounds very similar to ''"kuroi"'' -- which means "black" in Japanese. The word "Noir" is French for "black."
* The organization "Nergal" from ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' is named after the Babylonian god of war and pestilence, for whom the Babylonians named the planet Mars.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Likewise, the "Marduk Institute" chose child candidates to pilot the Evangelions. The fact that Marduk was also a Sumerian god to whom children were (supposedly) sacrificed is appropriate.
** Similarly, Rei Ayanami. Rei being a word that can be translated a variety of ways of ways in the Kanji script; most prophetically: 'Spirit' or 'Zero'. Especially since despite Rei's status as [[spoiler:an ArtificialHuman]] Gendo came up with the name long before the need for [[spoiler:her creation and many of the plans relating to it]] even arose - it was the name he would have given to Shinji if he'd been a girl.
* "Hypnos" in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' was named after a god created by Creator/HPLovecraft in his Franchise/CthulhuMythos. (He in turn borrowed the name from the Greek god of Sleep.) Lovecraft's version made certain that the physical world and the dream world were separated. The main weapons of the ''Digimon'' version, the Yuggoth and Shaggai "programs", are also Lovecraft references, and ironically resulted in the world barrier being weakened.
** Also, Hikari Yagami of the ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' continuity. "Hikari" means "light". Guess who gets the [[LightIsGood Crest of Light]] and gets partnered with an [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angel Digimon]].
* One episode of ''Anime/DirtyPairFlash'' has the girls split up, with airhead Yuri getting a new partner. Her new partner "Lily" has every one of Yuri's flaws (doesn't take work seriously, easy to scare, always worried about her appearance etc.) writ much larger. Naturally, "yuri" can translate as "lily" in Japanese.
* Rezo, TheManBehindTheMan and WellIntentionedExtremist of the first season of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', is known alternately as the Red Priest or the Blind Priest. This is a very early reference to his unique connection with the Ruby-Eyed Shabranigdo.
* Lucia of ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is a [[MessianicArchetype Messiah]]-type character easily spotted because of her name; in contrast, the last BigBad is an angel named Michel, both an allusion to the biblical Michael and a hint that he, like his name, is "off" somehow from the source. Then there's Michal, an IllGirl with ''some'' connection to Michel; what it is isn't revealed until the end, but thanks to the name, you catch on quickly that it's there.
* There are a ton of examples in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' of peoples whose names just happen to emphasise their abilities. This list doesn't even cover half the examples:
** Sena Kobayakawa, the puny but swift protagonist, whose speed and ability to dodge opponents makes him a stellar running back. His last name means "small, swift river".
** Joe Tetsuma, a powerhouse who cuts through the field like a train. His name means "Iron Horse".
** Kengo Mizumachi, whose style was perfected by his previous experience as a swimming ace, has "Mizu", the Japanese word for water, in his name.
** Manabu Yukimitsu's name means "To Study." While it is his outstanding trait (that, and going bald in high school), it was probably a deliberate ploy by his mother, who wanted a hard-working, studious son.
** Hiroshi Ohira and Hiroshi Onishi, the high-wave defence characters from the Poseidons. Their names mean Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, respectively.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** All of the Sailor Senshi, as well as Tuxedo Kamen, were somehow conveniently reborn into families whose family names reference the particular senshi's planet.
** Further, the kanji for Sailor Venus's first name, "Minako," can also be read as "Binasu", which is very close to the way "Venus" is pronounced in Japanese.
** In the ''Anime/SailorMoon R'' movie, the main villain is named Fiore, which is Italian for "flower". As it turns out, Fiore [[spoiler:is being controlled by [[PlantAliens an evil flower]]]].
* Nearly all of the cast of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' and its sequel series have such names. The title character, for example, Itoshiki Nozomu, is a eternally depressed schoolteacher who has a fairly normal sounding name when written vertically, but when written horizontally in kanji, his name spells "despair" (zetsubou). His given name, Nozomu means "hope" (it becomes the "bou" in "zetsubou", which still means "hope" as in "totally without hope"), further cementing the irony. Of note is the fact that most, if not all, members of his family have names of this sort, courtesy of their surname which, when written horizontally and tightly enough that the two characters it is written with to appear to be one character, reverses the meaning of most names written after it ("hope" becomes "despair", "life" becomes "death", and so on).
* Light Yagami from ''Manga/DeathNote'', who has the character for "[[AGodAmI god]]" in his name... His first name is also a bilingual prophecy about how [[spoiler: he eventually replaces L]] as well as being a reference to Lucifer whom he eventually parallels. More directly, as it's written using the [[FourIsDeath four-stroke kanji for "moon"]], it represents death in Japanese numerology.
* A tragic example in ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'' is Yue Katou. His father called him "Yue," [[spoiler: which is a name usually given to still-born children and miscarriages in Japan, because Yue is his wife's son by her lover and he basically wants him to die young]]. Guess what? [[spoiler: He dies young. ''Twice''.]]
* Himeno Awayuki of ''Anime/{{Pretear}}'' just happened to have kanji "princess" ("hime") and "snow" ("yuki") in her name -- pretty convenient for the protagonist of a story based on ''Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs'', who is initially described as "the one who can make the white snow fall".
* [[Manga/TriGun Million Knives]].
* The Planet Kallamity in ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories''. [[EarthShatteringKaboom Guess how this one turns out]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** Suzaku Kururugi has a name that means 'phoenix'. [[spoiler:This comes to make sense in the series finale, where he technically 'dies' as Suzaku Kururugi, and comes back to 'save the world' as Zero. To make it even more blatant, the way he "dies" is in an explosion of flames.]]
** Also Nina Einstein who ultimately invents [[NuclearWeaponsTaboo something which isn't technically a nuclear weapon]] but might as well be.
* Joshua Christopher from ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''. "Joshua" comes from the same name as "Jesus", and "Christopher" means "Christ-bearer"--so is it really any surprise he ends up with holy powers?
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', [[spoiler: the main character's (code)name means "A Moment From The Holy Eternity". If one translates it to Japanese except the ''From'', which you will remove the other three letters after ''F'' then it would read as Setsuna F[[strike:rom]] Seiei. [[WordOfGod The director said]] that it represents the moments of revolutions in the long history of mankind, hinting at Setsuna being the true Innovator, the one who is going to bring revolution to mankind. Appropriately, Setsuna [[EvolutionaryLevels evolves into an Innovator]] during the last few episodes of the series.]]
* In ''Manga/NaruTaru'', the main character's name can be translated as "a seed that shall never sprout." [[DownerEnding How appropriate.]]
* In ''Anime/ErgoProxy'', the name Daedalus is originally just prophetic of him being a brilliant scientist and inventor. Towards the end of the show, [[WhatAnIdiot he gives one of his loved ones wings and they fly towards the sun]].
* It definitely overlaps with MeaningfulName, but several members of Mustang's [[TheSquad squad]] in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' all have pretty badass names (Armstrong, Havoc, Fury, and Hawkeye). Particularly predictive are Armstrong (a GeniusBruiser) and Hawkeye (TheGunslinger and an expert sniper).
* Bibliophile Yomiko Readman of ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' fits this quite well. (Yomiko literally meaning "reading child" and Readman being quite obvious)
* The prophecy in ''Anime/{{Pokemon2000}}'' says "...then the world will turn to ash...". It turns out it's referring to Ash Ketchum, the protagonist. Averted in the Japanese version as his name is "Satoshi".
* In ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', [[TheHero Miyuki Hoshizora's]] StellarName doubles as this because it roughly translates to "the starry sky of happiness". Her MagicalGirl name is Cure Happy. Guess what [[ForHappiness her reason for existing]] is.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Smoker, whose habit and ability centers around smoke.
** The Boa sisters (Boa Hancock, Boa Marigold, and Boa Sandersonia) whose respective appearances and abilities are inspired around snakes.
** Charlotte Cracker, biscuit based power. How surprising. Although his crime-lord family might have preserved that ability just for him.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/WarrenEllis uses this almost to the point of parody:
** ''Lazarus Churchyard'' is an indestructible man fixated on dying.
** ''Comicbook/TheAuthority'' has Jenny Sparks/Jenny Quantum, who can control electricity and quantum mechanics respectively, and Jack Hawksmoor, who has a psychic relationship with cities (he is named after architect Nicholas Hawksmoor). Jenny's name was deliberately chosen by analogy with her predecessor.
** ''Comicbook/{{Planetary}}'' has Elijah Snow, who can freeze things, and Jakita Wagner, who is something of a valkyrie (composer Music/RichardWagner wrote "Music/TheRideOfTheValkyries").
** ''Scars'' has John Cain, an outcast police detective.
** ''Fell'' is about Richard Fell, a detective who falls from grace and is reassigned to the worst city in America.
** ''Frank Ironwine'' is about a gritty New York cop with a penchant for getting drunk.
** ''Comicbook/{{Red}}'' is about Paul Moses, whose death is decreed by the CIA.
* In ''Comicbook/RogueTrooper'' from ''Comicbook/TwoThousandAD'', and the games based on it, Rogue's comrades were named Gunnar, Bagman, and Helm. They end up dying and accompanying him on his journey in the form of datachips mounted onto his gun, backpack, and helmet. No points for guessing which goes where.
* Creator/StanLee villains tended towards this too, such as ''Franchise/SpiderMan'''s Otto Octavius. Take a guess, was he Comicbook/DoctorOctopus or Sandman?
** Even more egregious, early ''ComicBook/XMen'' villain the Vanisher, who is a teleporter. His real name? Telford Porter.
** And of course Victor [[TheVonTropeFamily Von Doom]], better known as Doctor Doom. The surprising thing thing is not that he became a supervillain, but that his father Werner had not already been one. (Doctor Doom however quite frequently fails to live up to the "victor" part, though).
* Invoked by The Riddler, who tells people his birth name is Edward Nygma, when it's actually Edward Nashton.
* What are the chances that a guy named Thaal Sinestro would end up being a bad guy wielding a weapon based on the power of fear?
* DC Comics hero, Comicbook/{{Steel}}, once worked with a man named Dr. Villain (pronounced "will-hane"). The good doctor did a bit of LampshadeHanging on this trope when he was first introduced. Guess what he turned out to be?
** Arguably Steel himself, as his birth name was John Henry Irons, after John Henry, the "Steel-Drivin' Man".
* Referenced in the ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'' tie-in ''Spider-Island'' with Stegron the Dinosaur Man, birth name Vincent Stegron.
--> '''Tony Stark''': How's that for nominative determinism? Pretty much knew what you'd be the day you were born, huh, Steggy? What was it like when you told your parents you were going to be a paleontologist? I'm guessing they didn't even bother trying to steer you to law school. I mean, what other choice was there? "I am Stegron--''the mailman!''"
* Grigori Eisenstein in ''ComicBook/FiendsOfTheEasternFront'' shares his first name with {{Rasputin|ianDeath}}. He is accordingly difficult to kill, [[spoiler:going so far as a NotQuiteDead moment. Being a partially transformed vampire helps.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Invoked in ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' with the Apple family, who farms apples. The main members are Applejack, Big McIntosh, Apple Bloom, and Granny Smith. Apple Bloom has wants to be president (nevermind that Equestria has princesses, not presidents) but according to her sister "We didn't name ya Apple Bloom so you could grow up to be the president".

* In the ''Film/JamesBond'' movie ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', the name of the orbital mirror system Icarus rather obviously foreshadows the device's final fate.
* ''Film/StarWars'': "Vader" is written the same as the [[FunWithForeignLanguages Dutch]] word for [[LukeIAmYourFather "father"]], though pronounced differently. Truly prophetic, considering that George Lucas didn't originally intend Vader to be Luke's father.
** Also, overweight rebel pilot Jek "Piggy" Porkins.
** From the prequel films, we get [[strike: drug]] deathstick dealer Elan ''Sleazebaganno'', later retcon'd into being "Sel'Sabagno". He is, nonetheless, still a sleazebag.
* ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' With an surname like Scrumptious (spelt "Skrumshus" in the book) is it any wonder Truly Scrumptious's father went into sweet production? See also Caractacus Pott ("Crackpot," and later "Jackpot"), who in the movie had an S added to the surname.
* Parodied with ''Film/HotShots'': One of the characters has Deadmeat as his nickname. Gee, I wonder...?
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' parody ''Thumb Wars:''
-->'''Oobedoob Benubi:''' Wait, ''what'' did you say your aunt and uncle's names were?
-->'''Loke Groundrunner:''' Soondead and Gonnabiteit...''oh my God!''
* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'' (2004). Totenkopf, literally "dead man's head" (e.g. skull) in German.
* ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' featured a ship called the ''Icarus''... which was in charge of a mission that not only involved ''restarting the Sun'' but said mission was ''vital to the Earth's survival''. [[WhatAnIdiot Even more stupidly]], when the first ship is lost, the second ship (which due to the massive resources involved in the Sun restarting device ''cannot be rebuilt'') was named the ''[[TemptingFate Icarus II]]''. Director Creator/DannyBoyle admitted this was unrealistic, saying that Americans would likely call it ''Ship of Destiny'' or ''Hope''.
* Lampshaded in ''Film/SpiderMan2''.
-->'''J. Jonah Jameson:''' Guy named Otto Octavius winds up with eight limbs. Four mechanical arms welded right onto his body. What are the odds?
* In ''Film/ThatThingYouDo'', the band originally names themselves the "One-ders" (the spelling is later changed so people quit calling them the "O'Needers". Guess what [[OneHitWonder becomes of the band]]. Lampshaded at the end by Tom Hanks' character.
--> '''Guy''': But we still have a hit record!
--> '''Mr. White''': Yes you do. The one-hit Wonders.
** The band's unnamed bass player is give the name TB Player in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
* The servants from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' were all given names that will allude to which objects they will be turned into under a magic spell. For example, Lumiere (French for "light") becomes a candle, ''Cog''sworth becomes a mechanical clock, Mrs. ''Potts'' becomes a teapot, and her son Chip (who has a loose tooth) becomes a teacup with a damaged rim.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''
** Dashiell Robert Parr nicknamed "Dash." A speedster. Somebody really shoulda seen that coming.
** Likewise, older sister Violet started off shy and can turn invisible. A real "ShrinkingViolet".
** Also, baby son Jack Jack is discovered to have a wide array of powers. A veritable "jack of all trades".

* In Creator/JRRTolkien's Middle-Earth (''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', etc), it is custom for (at least some tribes of) Elves to be given a name by each parent, and the name given by the mother tends to be descriptive of the person and may even be prophetic as to their fate. See for instance one of Fëanor and Nerdanel's twin sons, called by his mother 'Umbarto', meaning 'the Fated' (though she wouldn't tell which one it was.) Fëanor attempted to change his doom by having Nerdanel call him 'Ambarto' but [[spoiler: still ended up accidentally killing him.]] See also the human [[ButtMonkey Túrin]], who attempted to dispel the {{curse}} laid upon him by calling himself 'Turambar' ('Master of Fate'.) [[spoiler: It didn't work.]]
--> A Túrin Turambar turún' ambartanen (O Master of Doom, by Doom Mastered)
** On the other hand, Tolkien has some interesting things to say about prophetic names which may not have been prophetic at all. About Mablung Heavyhand (the name is connected to an incident from the lay of Leithian), he wrote:
--->"It was said that Mablung's name ("with weighted hand") was prophetic; but it may have been a title derived from the episode that afterwards became the one that the hero was chiefly remembered by in legend." ''The Shaping of Middle-earth'', J.R.R Tolkien.
** In the appendix to ''The Lord of the Rings'' there is a character called Arvedui, which is Elvish for 'last king', instructed to be named so by Malbeth the Seer. He is indeed destined to be the last King of Arnor, according to prophecy (either because he'll manage to unify Gondor and Arnor and thus be king of the unified Kingdom or because he'll fail and there'll be no more Arnor).
** Ever wondered if the name Aragorn has any meaning? Well, in Sindarin it means "revered king" (though the prefix ''ara(n)-'' meaning "high, noble" is quite used in names from Isildur's heirs ... justified since they are still of the ''lineage'' of the kings, even if the kingdom itself is mostly a memory).
*** Actually, it's "Lord of Courage" or "Kingly Valor", depending on how you translate it.
*** Rather "Lord of Courage": in Sindarin ''ara(n)'' can't be an adjective in that position (unless it's a very ancient name).
* The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books by Creator/JKRowling feature ''many'' names with deliberate meanings on one level or another. A number of websites have sprung up to analyze her naming patterns, like [[http://www.theninemuses.net/hp/list.html this one]]. A few examples:
** Remus Lupin, who is a werewolf. Remus was one of the mythological founders of Rome who was raised by a wolf, and Lupin is similar to ''lupine'', or wolflike. If he were born a werewolf into a family of werewolves this would make perfect sense, but he was a perfectly normal wizard boy until ''Fenrir'' (as in the Norse Armageddon wolf) Greyback bit him.
** Sirius Black has the ability to turn into a black dog. Sirius is the "dog star".
** Miserly shop owner Caractacus Burke, who bought a historical relic from a desperate and heavily pregnant young woman for a few coins.
** Very, very much lampshaded in Creator/CleolindaJones' ''Movies in Fifteen Minutes'' version of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'':
--> '''Snape:''' I want two rolls of parchment on WEREWOLVES by tomorrow, including what WEREWOLVES look like, how to detect WEREWOLVES in the faculty of a British boarding school for wizards, and the definition of the Latin word "lupus." CLASS DISMISSED!
** Parodied in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'''s book three parody. Obvious names are given to the ''wrong'' characters.
* In the second book of Creator/JasperFforde's ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' series, Thursday is repeatedly tailed and "protected" by pairs of government agents. Pairs plural because none of them last longer than one appearance before getting killed. And appropriately, they have paired prophetic names like "Deadman and Walken", "Kannon and Phodder", etc. In a subversion, the last pair (still with similar names) manages to avoid being killed by staying well away from her.
** Of course, it helped that the person killing them was doing so by ''manipulating coincidences''.
* The central figure of much of the action in Neal Stephenson's novel ''Literature/SnowCrash'' is a young half-Japanese man named "Hiro Protagonist". In fact, he changed his name to it as deliberate statement of what he feels his karmic lot is.
* In a play on this, in one of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, a footnote devotes a section to prophetic names, and describes some of the effects on the Carter family of Lancre: Charity becomes a miser, Chastity a prostitute, Prudence had over a dozen kids. Meanwhile, Bestiality Carter turned out to be kind to animals.
** Played with in last names also: ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' has, in addition to the Carter just mentioned, a group of men with the family names Weaver, Carpenter, Baker, Thatcher, and Tailor. Between them, they cover those same professions as well, but no one's job matches his name (Carter is the town's baker, etc.). There's also Tinker, who actually ''is'' a tinker; they probably find this confusing.
** The Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' has a character whose full, legal name is A.E. Pessimal, described as not having been named, but initialed. Fittingly, he is a government clerk.
** ''Discworld/SmallGods'' has the anchorite St. Ungulant. Who isn't a saint, nor did he feel particularly attracted to the hermit life, but when people noticed his full name was Sevrian Thaddeus Ungulant, there really was nothing left for it.
* ''Literature/TheObernewtynChronicles'' by Isobelle Carmody feature a futureteller named Dell. This isn't a prophetic name, but in the fifth book, [[spoiler:she develops a strong affinity for computers, and it suddenly seems stranger that she shares her name with a well-known computer company.]]
* Johnny Truant in ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves''.
* Near the beginning of the novel ''The Life and Opinions of Literature/TristramShandy'' by Lawrence Sterne, the title character describes his father's theory that a person's given name has a profound influence on their life, their character, and their destiny.
* ''Literature/{{Jennings}}'' invokes this trope in Anthony Buckeridge's classic ''Jennings Goes To School'', in which he and Darbishire are trying to co-write a pulp detective story and are arguing about what name their protagonist should have:
--> '''Darbishire:''' But that means that if you're born with a name like Fuzziwig you can't be as bald as a coot no matter how hard you try, and if you're called Marlinspike Mainbrace, f'r instance, then you've just ''got'' to be a sailor, even if you don't want to be!
* Chance the Gardener in ''Literature/BeingThere'' was named "Chance" because "he was born by chance" (i.e., possibly illegitimate and/or unplanned). The MeaningfulName becomes prophetic when he heads out into the world and becomes incredibly powerful by way of a ''chance'' encounter with a financial titan's wife and a subsequent series of misunderstandings. As for the name of the wife, the first person Chance interacts with at length outside of his old home and beloved garden? It's ''Eve''.
* Melony in ''Literature/TheCiderHouseRules''. Her name was apparently supposed to be "Melody," but there was never anything melodious about her.
* In ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians'' the Dearlys' nannies, Nanny Cook and Nanny Butler, train as a real cook and butler after the Dearlys get married and no longer require nannying.
* In ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'', the eponymous character turns out to be good with sun magic. [[spoiler: Although it doesn't hurt that she's the daughter and grand-daughter of some ''very'' powerful magicians.]] For extra irony, her real name? [[spoiler: Rae. Yes, as in 'a drop of golden sun'.]]
** Well, her ''original'' real name, her birth name, is actually "Raven." Her mother changed it when they left her father the sorcerer.
* In ''Literature/PeterPan'', Captain James Hook. Actually, "Hook" was not his real name. Barrie makes it clear that he adopted it later, and that if it ever got out what his real name was, it would cause a scandal. And he signs his name Jaz. Hook, but yeah. He came from some prominent family that sent him to public school and got in fights in his own head about [[EvenEvilHasStandards showing 'good form']] like they taught him at school.
-->'''Hook:''' I am the only man of whom Blackbeard was afraid!
-->'''Snooty Voice In Hook's Head:''' Blackbeard? What House?
* Stephen Donaldson had some fun subverting this trope in his duology Mordant's Need; many of his character's names are opposites of their personalities, such as a weakling bearing the family name Armigite and a determined lord named Fayle. Terisa Morgan, the protagonist, is played straight as she's a bit of a dark horse.
* [[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]] Son-of-None [[spoiler:(later Bromsson)]], shares a first name with the original Dragon Rider, an elf. This is so prophetic because he ends up being the first new rider of his own generation, centuries after dragons became extinct. [[spoiler:The prophetic factor is weakened slightly, however, because it is later revealed that his father was also a rider.]]
* Literature/TheFarseerTrilogy: It is ancient tradition in the Farseer dynasty to name children after certain qualities, which inevitably come to be a defining characteristic of the individual as they grow up. For example, King Shrewd is cunning and clever, Prince Verity is honest and trustworthy, and Prince Regal is arrogant and proud.
* Very common in ''Literature/TheBible''. Usually given by God, whether at birth or as a rename (and in some cases, at conception).
* ''Literature/AmericanGods'': Shadow. The way the titular American Gods work is as [[spoiler: a lesser copy, or "shadow," if you will, of gods from the Old World. Shadow is American Balder, and Balder is the god of Light.]]
* Deliberately invoked in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', where the firstborn daughter in any family is named Eldest. Her sisters and brothers are raised to look to her and told "Listen to Eldest, she'll be Mother Eldest one day". It's halfway a title. If the family gets large enough to split, or Eldest dies, the next eldest sister inherits that title, though not the name. Since there are usually quite a few sisters they are often grouped into the eldest sisters, the middle sisters, and the little sisters, and the oldest surviving sister is not necessarily the natural leader, which makes things extra difficult for her.
* ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'' gives us Alfred. When finally revealing his backstory states his real name is Corren, which means Chosen One in his language. Even though he is [[LastOfHisKind Last of His Kind]], it admits it isn't all that prophetic since every family has at least one child given that name to invoke [[TheChosenOne The Chosen One]].
* In the ''Literature/TakeshiKovacs'' novel ''Woken Furies'', the revolutionary leader Nadia Makita took the name Quellcrist Falconer centuries before the events of the book. In the setting, "quellcrist" is a sort of plant that [[FromASingleCell regenerates from finely scattered dust]]. [[spoiler: At the very end of the book, it is revealed that Ms. Makita has returned from being DeaderThanDead and taken control of an array of alien {{Kill Sat}}s.]]
* In ''Literature/WingsOfFire'', the character Sunny has an idealistic personality.
** Glory later [[spoiler:becomes queen of the [=RainWings=]]].
** [=NightWings=] name all their dragonets this way, like an assassin named Deathbringer or a prophet named Morrowseer.
* In ''[[Literature/TheLeatherstockingTales The Last of the Mohicans]]'', David Gamut is a Puritan church musician. His first name is that of the Biblical king to whom most Psalms are credited, his last name is a musical term (a complete scale).

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Dr Lazarus in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Lazarus Experiment" seemingly invents a way to rejuvenate humans. LampshadeHanging at one point with the line, "Lazarus, back from the dead. Should've known really."
** And in "The Fires of Pompeii", Lucius Petrus Dextrus ends up with a stone right arm.
** Then there's the interstellar cruise liner named after that "most famous Earth vessel", the ''[[TemptingFate Titanic]]''. [[spoiler:Then again, given what the owner plans to do, it was probably his version of a very bad joke.]]
---> '''The Doctor''': Did anyone tell you ''why'' it was famous?
** Planet names in "The Chase": Aridius, which is a desert when we see it, was presumably named while it was still an ocean world, and likewise Mechanus must have been named when the intent was still that the Mechanoids would prepare it for human colonisation, rather than keeping it. The ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' review for the Literature/PastDoctorAdventures novel ''Catastrophea'' refers to "the charming Creator/TerryNation habit of naming planets after what's ''going'' to happen to them".
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' mentions a science ship named the Icarus. The ship gets a bit too daring in its explorations and meets an unfortunate end, [[WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt to the surprise of absolutely no-one]].
** Not the only ship in the series with a prophetic name. Sheridan is introduced as the captain of the ''Agamemnon'', [[spoiler: and meets a fate similar to [[Theatre/TheOresteia the Agamemnon of legend]] at the hands of a traitorous wife--although unlike Agamemnon, he came BackFromTheDead.]]
* A minor character on ''Series/PushingDaisies'' talks about this trope: "Names are destiny. If you think Dwayne Cloggin ain't gonna grow up to be a plumber, then you just think again." Considering that this show also had a dog-breeder named Hundin and a Buddy Amicus running a rent-a-friend agency, she might be on to something.
* Invoked by ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', when Kramer notes the appropriateness of a library detective called Bookman, and an ice cream man called Cohn (pronounced 'cone').
* Almost every project or endeavor in the Franchise/StargateVerse is named prophetically. For example, ''Series/StargateSG1''[='=]s Prometheus brought the power of the Asgard to the humans, and was later destroyed by the more powerful Ori, and ''Series/StargateUniverse''[='=]s [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Project]] [[WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt Icarus]] had hoped to use the Stargate to go where no one had gone before, but ended up dying in a gigantic fireball. [[GenreBlindness You'd think they'd catch on by now.]]
** That said, they didn't name it the ''Prometheus'' until ''after'' they got some Asgard technology to play with, so it was a little less than prophetic, more "appropriate name our classicist scientist came up with"...
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this in the "Wizard School" story.
-->'''Alex''': We need to focus on Evilini. I don't know if you know, but she's evil.
-->'''Justin''': No, her ''name's'' Evilini.
-->'''Alex''': And how much cleaner could it be?
-->'''[[WrongGenreSavvy Justin]]''': Okay, if she was really evil, don't you think she would have changed her name to "Really Friendly Ini" or "Nice Ini" or "Totally Not Evilini"?
** And again, in the episode "My Tutor, Tutor":
-->'''Harper''': So she's a tutor named "Tutor". Isn't that weird?
-->'''Alex''': Well, no, not in the wizard world at least. A lot of people name their kids what they want them to grow up to be, but sometimes it doesn't really work out. My dad goes to a doctor named "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Butcher]]".
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In "Conundrum", we're introduced to Commander [=MacDuff=], who we eventually learn [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} "is not of woman born."]]
** The titular ship on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' found herself 70,000 light years from home with quite the, erm, ''voyage'' ahead of her.
* In ''Series/{{Castle}}'', a character nicknamed Jimmy the Rat is a mob informant. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Castle, naturally.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Season 3 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has a BadassNormal man whose surname was Holtz (meaning wood) seeking revenge on a [[HeelFaceTurn formerly evil]] vampire who murdered his family. He was able to capture and harm said vampire, but was never able to kill him and later stopped trying to. Season 7 of ''Buffy,'' a year later, has a man whose actual surname ''is'' Wood; if you make the connection, you can guess what he turned out to be.
** Scott Hope in Season 3 of ''Buffy''. Now, if only his first name were Dash...
** Spike's name when he was human was William Pratt. "Pratt" = "idiot" in English parlance.
** Faith. You can take this from several view-points. For instance, her sponsorship by Angel, or (in the comic series) Faith's loyalty to him.
*** After all, Faith manages.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilith Lilith]]. If you have a little information on that name, a lot of jokes about the character become [[CaptainObvious a lot more understandable]].
* Ash in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' dies in a fire, and only his badly charred remains are found.
* Meta example: ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Fireflies are known for shining brilliantly and having a short lifespan.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Mohammad Yone named his Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH PowerStable "Disobey". No one was surprised when Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Genba Hirayanagi and Wrestling/KentaKobayashi overthrew him as leader and renamed the group "No Mercy".[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Just about every single named character in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.
** Sanguinius, Primarch of the Blood Angels (who suffer from a debilitating bloodthirst), Konrad Kurze (had the gift/curse of foresight, eventually turned traitor), Angron, Primarch of the World Eaters, (who are, to a man, AxCrazy [[TheBerserker Berserker]] {{Blood Knight}}s with UnstoppableRage), Mortarion the Primarch of the Death Guard (and its current leader Typhus) devoted to the disease god Nurgle.
** The Space Wolves in particular stand out: a GuileHero named Lokas ([[TheTrickster Loki]]), Canis Wolfborn (RaisedByWolves)...
** Kharn the Betrayer (also of the World Eaters) has a multiple one: not only is his name similar to his profession of carnage, it's also similar to the Arabic for traitor (he got the nickname when both his legion and the enemy preferred to find shelter than keep fighting. Kharn found this lack of moral fibre so reprehensible he started running around with a flamer and torching every shelter and SpaceMarine in sight).
** Averted withLiterature/CiaphasCain: despite a double dose of BiblicalBadGuy names (the priest who demanded Jesus' death and the first murderer), the worst he's ever done is built a reputation of valor and courage he claims to be entirely fraudulent. However, every time he's taken what looked like the easy way out directly leads to victory (discovering an enemy plot or entrance into the Imperial's base), and when the chips are down he always fights.

* Combining this with PunnyName, Nick ''Bottom'' of ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' gets his head turned into that of a donkey, or alternatively, an ''ass''. Of course, considering Shakespeare's language, [[HilariousInHindsight this may not have been intentional.]]
* Deianira. Means "husband slayer". This is pretty much what happens in ''Theatre/TheTrachiniae''.

* Sephiroth, of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' fame. Made out of the ten sephirot (the plural of the Hebrew "sephira"), the Sephiroticum in Kabbalah is the Path of God, and that is precisely what Sephiroth is seeking in the game.
** The prequel game ''VideoGame/CrisisCore: Final Fantasy VII'' introduces Angeal. He starts the game as a somewhat benevolent figure, and as the story progresses, he manages to become even more angelic.
** And let's not even get started on Genesis Rhapsodos.
* Furiae in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'', a MeaningfulName which is also another name for the Greek Furies, female personifications of vengeance. The Furies in Greek mythology were winged, monstrous women. [[spoiler: Furiae, when placed inside a Seed of Resurrection, becomes exactly this. A thousand times over, in fact.]] It works even better if you think of the word "Furiae" as a sort of Latinate plural replacement for "Furies."
** Caim could also count, as his name is a Gaelic pronunciation of Cain, and in any of the story lines you [[spoiler: have to fight/kill Inuart]] sure he's not Caim's brother in a blood relation sense, but they were one of the few people Caim didn't [[AxCrazy want to make into a bloody mess, which is saying something.]]
* Honestly, what did Doctor Light EXPECT when he [[Videogame/MegaMan3 decided to work]] with someone named Dr. WILY?!
* In ''VideoGame/{{Loom}}'', Bobbin's mother Cygna was turned into a swan after he was born. Cygna is latin for swan.
* Lenny the lyrebird of ''VideoGame/TyTheTasmanianTiger''. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', the protagonist has the code name of Naked Snake. He meets up with a woman named EVA. According to a specific dialogue in the game, [[spoiler: the first spy in history was the Snake that tempted Eve in the Bible. However, the exact opposite happens in the ending, with Snake being used by EVA]].
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/HiddenAgenda1988''. Colonel Horatio Ehrlich is ''anything but'' honest.
* "Valiant Servant" (Shirou) and "Guardian Shrine" (Emiya.) to directly steal the quote from the ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' page. Clearly it's his name and not the fire or being saved by Kiritsugu that made him who he is.
* Done retroactively for the message-scrawling "Rat Man" of ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''; the cryptic promotional teasers for ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' reveal that his real name was "Doug Rattmann".
* In ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'', the Protoss praetor Fenix "dies" and then is "reborn" as a dragoon. His name is obviously derived from the legendary phoenix, which is reborn from its ashes after it dies.
* Staggering numbers of {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' have names which just happen to relate to their profession, role, or demeanor.
** Unintentionally done with Genn Greymane, who was named long before the Worgen were made a playable race.
* ''VideoGame/BeyondTheBeyond'' has a playable character named Samson, who possesses superhuman strength just like his [[Literature/TheBible biblical]] namesake. No donkey jaws, though; this Samson prefers to kick ass with {{an axe|ToGrind}}.
* The Trope Image comes from ''VideoGame/The7thSaga'', which contains an advanced civilization which is an {{Atlantis}} corollary. Guess what happens to the civilization when it tries to hook up its energy source to the Dark World? (Maybe they would have had better luck if '''Dr. Fail''' hadn't been in charge of the project...)
* Jason Bright in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is a Glowing One, a ghoul that [[SicklyGreenGlow glows brightly with radiation]]. You'd think he adopted the name on purpose, but no, it's his real name from when he was fully human.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'', it turns out that TheNightThatNeverEnds can only be cured by [[spoiler:the death of a guy who just so happens to be named Noctis (the Latin word for 'night'). More specifically, his name is ''supposed'' to mean "Light of the Night Sky", or it would if the GratuitousLatin wasn't so hilariously butchered]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/FlintlockesGuideToAzeroth'':
---> '''With a name like "Westfall" we were setting that place up for failure.
** Luckily they have Fort Pwned to fall back on.
* Poor Officer Getskilled in ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}'' spends his first story arc with a narrative bullseye painted on his back. To everyone's surprise, he survives that arc, and most of the comic, until he [[TakingTheBullet Takes The Bullet]] in a HeroicSacrifice -- only to be rescued out of the blue by an immortal man who whisks him off to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence a higher plane of existence]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', the goblins are all named by their tribe's fortune teller. While this isn't so bad for Chief, Big Ears, or even [[LampshadeHanging Complains-of-Names]], you have to feel sorry for poor Dies-Horribly. And of course, Young and Beautiful got to name herself, even though she... well, isn't.
** And then you have names where the fortune teller clearly wasn't even trying, such as Go-Away-I-Have-A-Headache and Stop-The-Ceremony-I-Swallowed-A-Bug.
** Played with in the case of Saves-A-Fox, who decided to ScrewDestiny and kill the fox she was prophesied to save. [[spoiler: Dies-Horribly later reveals that from her description of the fox, it was probably suffering from an illness that sounds similar to rabies, so in a sense she [[MercyKill saved it]] from a slow and painful death.]]
* [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0018.html The chimera Trigak]] from ''Webcomic/{{The Order of the Stick}}'' could be interpreted this way since his name could be taken to mean mean "three 'gak's". Belkar fulfills the prophecy in the second panel [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0021.html three strips later]].
* In ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'', [[http://yafgc.net/comic/2332-lightheaded/ the ghost of Sir Nedworth de Tete]] introduces himself, indicating that he had that name as a living adventurer, and thus before he became a disembodied ''head''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Subverted in the ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' mission ''Ow, Ow, and Ow Again'':
-->'''Suicide:''' I once knew an agent named [[KillerRabbit FluffyKitten]], and by the Gods she could use a machete!
** Also played straight throughout. Makes-Things was the Korean technological genius who invented a number of useful items allowing the Agents to go about their duties. He was given this name by the Flowers, who were unable to pronounce his correct name. His assistant and later replacement Techno-Dann may also fit this trope.
* In ''Machinima/ReynaldoTheAssassin'', there is a man named Captain Pirate.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has Bubs, who runs Bubs' Concession Stand. It eventually turned out that his full name was actually Bubs Concession Stand.
* Every. Single. Person in ''AstoundinglyUnoriginalAdventure''. Just listen: We've got PROTAGONIST, PROTAGONIST'S MOTHER, LOVE INTEREST, FRIENEMY RIVAL, COMIC RELIEF...
** Subverted with MINDLESS GOON, who seems pretty nice and is actually smart enough to not tick off BITTER CYNIC.
** Possibly subverted with [[spoiler: MAIN ANTAGONIST, who doesn't seem very much like a villain. He complains that nobody wants to get near him because of his name (and accent?) and offers BC and LI some soup.]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Nora Valkyrie is an ActionGirl and, [[GeniusBonus yes,]] a little bit of a BloodKnight, additionally it's revealed that her Semblance (read: superpower) is [[ShockAndAwe turning electrical energy]] into SuperStrength. Pyrrha Nikos' name can be translated as "PyrrhicVictory"... [[spoiler:which is how she dies]].
** {{Lampshaded}} in Volume 5 by Raven on Cinder's last name, saying that it's just so appropriate for a [[spoiler:Fall Maiden]] that she suspects Cinder chose it herself.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has a guy named Andrew ''Richter'' who dies due to undersea earthquakes destroying the island he lived on.
* Wow, Jake Harrier from ''Webanimation/MagicalBorderPatrol'' took on the ability of magical sight! Never would have guessed it from a kid whose name means "Supplant Hawk Species".
* Linkara has made this observation several times on ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': "If your name means anything, you will become a supervillain."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Invoked for a gag in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where Cletus the Yokel comments;
-->"We named her Mary because we knew she'd git married, we name all our kids whut we thinks' gonna happen to 'em. Ain't that right, Stabbed-In-Jail?"
** "We'll see who does the Stabbing."
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Timmy's parents were nicknamed Mom and Dad as children. This was done basically as TheUnReveal to their real names.
* ''WesternAnimation/InchHighPrivateEye''. Inch wasn't a nickname.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'' it was revealed that Granny was always called Granny.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s Ms. Choksondik. Guess how she dies. Go on, guess. ([[spoiler:Sound it out]]) [[SubvertedTrope But the newscaster said her death didn't have anything to do with the... "evidence" found in her stomach]].
* ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'': Overhaul. Gets a MidSeasonUpgrade into Leobreaker. In ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' in general, this applies in-universe to Megatron, who is named after the Transformer equivalent of Judas, and usually had that name ''before'' he became a villain.
* Used throughout the ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' franchise to a degree. A pony's name tends to correspond to his or her personality/special talent, even though they are named before their later personality would be apparent (and finding their talent becomes a major focus of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic.'') For example, Twilight Sparkle, the main protagonist, becomes a princess alongside Celestia (Equestria's daytime ruler) and Luna ("Princess of the Night"). In a more "What were they thinking" example, in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the Cakes name one of their newborn babies Pound Cake. Guess what he proves to have a troublesome habit of doing to things once he comes home from the hospital? Hint: It's not caking things.
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer''. Yes, that's actually his given name. Also his brother Rex, aka Racer X.
* In ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' and ''Gadget and the Gadgetinits'', Gadget actually is the hero's last name.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** During the Riddler's StartOfDarkness episode, Batman lampshades this trope when Edward Nigma reveals his new identity, asking him if it's meant to be a joke.
** The Clock King's real name, ''Temple Fugate'' sounds a lot like ''Tempus Fugit'' ([[AltumVidetur latin for 'Time Flies']]).
** Then there's Victor Fries.
* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}'', an inventor named Cyrus Borg. Guess his specialty. He even ''lampshades'' this trope by joking that when his parents named him, his career choice was set.
* In the world of ''WesternAnimation/EverAfterHigh'', children are expected to grow up and live out the fairy tale roles of their parents, no questions asked or else, so naming them after their destinies is the norm. The daughter of Snow White is Apple, the son of the Frog Prince is Hopper, the daughter of Little Red Riding Hood is Cerise, etc.
* A meta example regarding the name of a series: the title of [[Creator/CartoonNetwork Cartoons Network's]] ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones'' became this after the series was cancelled and fell into obscurity. Now fans of the show are wondering the titular question.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aptronym A real life list of these can be found on]] [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} That Other Wiki]].
* Formula 1 and NASCAR driver [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Speed Scott Speed]]. 20 years earlier, the unrelated NASCAR driver Lake Speed.
* A tragic example in Edward Glenn Roberts, Jr., a successful NASCAR driver in the 1950's who has always been known exclusively by his nickname [[AwesomeMcCoolName "Fireball" Roberts.]] He earned the nickname from the speed of his college baseball pitch, but died in 1964 [[WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt of third-degree burns]] suffered in a terrible crash.
* A real-life "subversion" -- one Archbishop of Manila (served 1974-2003) was called Jaime Sin; he was created a Cardinal in 1976, leaving him as "Jaime Cardinal Sin" or simply "Cardinal Sin" (which is even funnier). He recognized the humor, and often joked to his guests at the Archbishop's residence by greeting them, "Welcome to the House of Sin."
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_vos_Savant Marilyn vos Savant]], a woman listed in the Guinness Book of World Records under "[[ImprobablyHighIQ Highest IQ]]". She was born Marilyn March ([[ItRunsInTheFamily she is a descendant of Ernst Mach, by the way]]), but her mother's maiden name was Marina vos Savant.
* '''D'''avid '''Ten'''nant, playing the '''Ten'''th '''D'''octor in ''Series/DoctorWho''. The FanNickname "d10" applies equally well to both the actor and the character.
* There's a Finnish meteorologist named Pekka Pouta. "Pouta" is Finnish for fair weather.
** Meteorologist Dr. Frank Field named his son "Storm." Storm Field later became ... a meteorologist.
* There's also a botanist called Aarno Kasvi. "Kasvi", of course, is Finnish for "plant".
* Poker player and World Series of Poker champion Chris Moneymaker.
* Professional ad-man Creator/VinceOffer.
* Ernest Fehr, an economist known for doing experimental work on notions of fairness.
* Try this one: Sir Francis Hole, who was a pedologist.. meaning a soil scientist who specialized in soil layers as defined by pedons.. which are holes dug in the ground. I'm not even going to talk about ecologist Gene Likens (pronounced like 'lichens').
* The 100m/200m/4x100m Olympic champion in 2008: Usain ''Bolt''.
* The ''New Scientist'' article which coined the term "Nominative Determinism" cites some fine examples from the world of academia:
** A book about the polar regions by Daniel Snowman.
** A book about the London Underground by Richard Trench (and others.)
** An article on incontinence in the British Journal of Urology penned by Splatt and Weedon.
** Numerous accounts of geologists named Stone, Rock, Shale and the like.
* Satirical singer Music/TomLehrer is also a teacher. Lehrer is German for "teacher".
* US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.
* White House spokesman during the Reagan administration, Larry Speakes.
* Wolfgang Wolf, former manager of German football team VfL Wolfsburg
* Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal FC.
* Lord (Igor) Judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.
* Lord Brain, leading neurologist
* Derek and Dale Kickett, Australian Rules football players.
* And of course, the poet William Wordsworth.
* In the special features of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', Sean Astin discusses his fascination that the man assigned to work on his hobbit foot prosthetics was named Sean Foot.
* During the Interwar period, there was a left-wing Marxist group in Germany who tried to make revolution, called the Spartacist League after the famous leader of a slave rebellion in the Roman Republic. Take a guess why that name was not a very lucky one. HINT: both rebellions were defeated.
* Charles de Gaulle was elected french president: France covers most of ancient Gaul.
* On ''Touched by an Angel'', Andrew the Angel of Death was played by actor John Dye (a homonym, but still...)
* Professional boxer Tyson Fury. Need one say more? Well, ''yeah'': as of this writing and at the age of 21, he's 7-0 with a 100% KO rate. Not quite as good as his namesake, but impressive nonetheless.
* Karin Slaughter writes thrillers and murder mysteries. And actor Tod Slaughter specialized in {{Melodrama}} villains.
* Why was anyone surprised when Bernie Madoff made off with all the money?
* A bit of a stretch, but Derek Poundstone, one of the World's Strongest Men and only other person to lift the fabled Cyr Stone, could qualify.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unity_Mitford Unity Valkyrie Mitford]]. Of course she ended up a Nazi.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Robinson Jack Robinson]] is a very good name for a Major League Baseball player.[[note]]As an aside, a surprisingly large number of baseball greats have the last name "Robinson" and are not related to each other. Two, Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson, shared space on the World Series-winning 1970 Baltimore Orioles. It's only about the 20th most common last name in America.[[/note]]
* The Vancouver Sun Run was won by an African-born runner named Kip geo.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Tory John Tory]], leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.
* Jimmy '''Riddle''' Hoffa.
* Is it any wonder that [[Creator/MarkHamill M]]'''[[BedlamHouse ark Ham]]'''[[Creator/MarkHamill ill]] would be the one to give what many consider to be ''the'' definitive performance of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker?
* Reversed: Thilo Sarrazin is a German politician who [[http://voices.washingtonpost.com/political-bookworm/2010/08/german_politicians_new_book_ab.html wrote a book]] where he rants about Muslims in Europe. ''Saracene'', get it?
* Dr. Helen Patience Dodgson (maiden name Uprichard). A female doctor during World War II who preferred to be called by her middle name must have found it annoying to hear people talking about their patients.
* Averted by Royal Navy by naming a battlecruiser as ''HMS Invincible'' and then having her blown into smithereens by a single lucky hit in one of the ship's magazines in the Battle of Jutland 1916 (if you can call a type of hit lucky that also happened to three other British battlecruisers that day and caused two of them to explode in a similar fashion).
* Anthony Weiner was a New York representative until he was caught tweeting pics of his groin in 2011 and was forced to resign, although in April 2013, he announced he was going to run for mayor of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, only to get caught again three months later.
* The inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham ''Bell'', anyone?
* Creator/AudieMurphy was a highly decorated WWII veteran whose personal courage and leadership skills got him promoted from private to corporal to sergeant to lieutenant with impressive speed. He eventually earned the Congressional Medal of Honor, for an incident where he was out of ammo, and the only thing available [[{{Determinator}} for him to shoot Germans with was a .50 caliber gun on top of a burning tank destroyer, liable to blow up the moment the fire reached the ammo.]] His [[EmbarrassingFirstName first]] and [[{{Oireland}} last]] names were not this trope, but his middle name was. When he was born, his sister had picked out the middle name "Leon" for him. She later claimed that she had no idea that it meant [[KingOfBeasts "lion."]]
* Magnus ver Magnusson, which translates to "Big Guy, son of Big Guy, who was the son of another Big Guy", holds the record for most wins in the World's Strongest Man competition.
* The understudy (eventually main) performer for [[Series/SesameStreet Big Bird]] is named Matt Vogel, "Vogel" being German for bird. Even current performer Carroll Spinney took that as a good sign.
* It's sometimes assumed that Thomas Crapper perfected the flushing lavatory, it was called a "crapper" after him, and that's where the word "crap" comes from. The word "crap" was first recorded in 1846, when Thomas was nine. (Creator/TerryPratchett's theory is that he was teased at school and decided to make being a Crapper something to be proud of. "Crap" actually comes from the Dutch ''krappe'' "the residue remaining from the rendering-down of fat", and for a long time in British English simply meant "rubbish"; the coarser meaning was added later, and likely is indeed a back-association from Crapper.)
* In the 2012 election for the Australian state of Queensland, in the seat of Lytton, the Katter's Australian Party candidate was named Jim Vote. His name appeared on the ballot as "VOTE, Jim". [[SubvertedTrope He didn't win.]]
* Samantha Bond played Moneypenny in the Creator/PierceBrosnan ''Film/JamesBond'' films.
* Amelia Earhart (pronounced the same as "air heart") was one of the most famous aviators of all time.
* TV news reporter '''Amelia''' Rose '''Earhart''' is also an avid aviator. She is not related to Amelia Earhart.
* The director of Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan is named Marc ''Webb''.
* Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is a devout Roman Catholic, and at one point was training to become a priest (but never actually became one). He also at one point served in the same Cabinet as a man named Peter Costello.
* [[DeepSouth Which side]] of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar do you think [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/States_Rights_Gist States Rights Gist]] fought on?
* Harold Bell ''Wright'' was a religious author who wrote extensively on the triumph of good over evil.
* It's 1972, and what better host to choose from for a revival of [[GameShow/ThePriceIsRight a certain price-based game show]] than Bob ''Barker''?
* Averted with Philipp Lahm ("lame"), the captain of the German national team that won the [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup 2014 football World Cup]].
* French socialist leader and pacifist Jean Jaurès was murdered by a nationalist student called Raoul ''Villain''.
* Subverted with U.S. Senator [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheldon_Whitehouse Sheldon Whitehouse]] (D-RI), who, despite serving in various branches of state and federal government for over 20 years, has never ran for the Presidency and expressed no desire to run in 2016.
* Elizabeth ''Speare'', author of ''The Bronze Bow''.
* The Great Lakes freighter ''Edmund Fitzgerald'' was the pride of the American lakes shipping fleet and was fairly larger than others, earning itself the nickname "''[[UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic Titanic]]'' of the Great Lakes." It eventually became the most famous shipwreck in Lake Superior.
* The Vice President of Sales at Creator/{{Nintendo}} of America is named Doug [[Characters/SuperMarioBrosBowser Bowser]]. Apparently he makes an effort to live up to his namesake, as shown by the [[https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/601168035257397249 tied-up Mario and Luigi plushies here]].
* Stoke City Midfielder Stephen Ireland plays for the Irish National Football Team
* There's a football joke that goes: "Life would be awesome if David Villa played for Aston Villa, Antonio Valencia played for Valencia, and Danny Shittu played for [[spoiler:Liverpool (or any team hated by the person telling the joke).]]"
** Ironically, Shittu averts this trope in real life, having earned 32 caps for his native Nigeria (including an appearance in the [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup 2010 World Cup]].)
* Former NBA Player Frank Brickowski must have been teased a lot during his free-throw attempts (Then again, 74.1% FT percentage isn't too bad for a power forward).
* Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey has the misfortune of playing in a very hitter-friendly ballpark.
* Zephyr ''Teachout'' is a law professor, whose father was also a law professor.
* Zak Penn, a notable screen''writer''.
* [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38526255 Ervil LeBaron]] behaved like a stereotypical evil baron.
* Comic book artist Skottie ''Young'' does variant covers of Creator/MarvelComics characters as babies.
* Lonzo ''Ball'' plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.
* Widely considered the greatest racehorse of all time, Man o' War was defeated only once in his career, by a horse named Upset.