->'''Obelix:''' O chief Vitalstatistix, the Normans are landing! And they've got ever such funny names! They all end in "af"!\\
'''Asterix:''' That's right! Their chief is called Timandahaf!\\
'''Vitalstatistix:''' Ha, ha, ha! Did you hear that, Getafix, Cacofonix, Operatix, Acoustix, Polyfonix, Harmonix?
-->-- ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Normans''

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Authors like to use themes to create a sense of unity or cohesiveness within their work. Some extend themes to the names of the characters, often beyond the similarities that would be expected for characters from the same culture or who all speak the same language. When the author does this, you have Theme Naming, for instance, all the female characters will have names of flowers or plants (occasionally the male characters will get {{Gender Blender Name}}s); all the names start with the same letter or syllable, groups of characters are named after groups of gods, demigods, or mythical heroes. As the list of subtropes demonstrates, there are a ''lot'' of possible themes (and that's not all of them, either)

The {{Recurring Extra}}s, ThoseTwoGuys and CreepyTwins sometimes have thematic names that link them. Theme naming is also common for characters with unusual names as a mnemonic in order to keep track of a huge cast; it's easier to keep track of which character is associated with which other characters if each group uses a theme.

Theme Naming can also be a GeniusBonus if it involves puns or other types of wordplay, names or words from languages other than the language the work is written in, or multiple layers of meaning in the name, or alternate or changed spellings.

* FamilyThemeNaming
* LetterMotif
* OddNameOut
* PlanetOfSteves
* ThemeInitials
* ThemeTwinNaming

Subtropes include:
* AlphabeticalThemeNaming
* AnimalThemeNaming
* ArmsAndArmorThemeNaming
* ColourfulThemeNaming
* EdibleThemeNaming
* FloralThemeNaming
* LocationThemeNaming
* MusicalThemeNaming
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous
* NumericalThemeNaming
* OppositesThemeNaming
* PunnyName
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming
* RockThemeNaming
* ShoutOutThemeNaming
* StellarName
* TemporalThemeNaming
* ThemedAliases
* VehicularThemeNaming
* WerewolfThemeNaming
* YouAreNumberSix

This page is for examples that don't really fit into any of the above subtropes. Those that do should be placed on the appropriate subtrope's page.

See also MeaningfulName, PropheticNames, WhosOnFirst, StevenUlyssesPerhero, NamesGivenToComputers, and ThisIsMyNameOnForeign. See IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming for titles.

!!Examples by Soft-Split Subcategory


[[folder:Classical Elements]]
* The heroines of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' have names that reflect the magical elements they command (Hikaru = "[[PlayingWithFire light/fire]]", Umi = "[[KillItWithWater ocean]]", Fuu = "[[BlowYouAway wind]]").
** The Latin American dub decided to maintain the game, and translated the heroines' names: Hikaru became "Lucy" (derived from Latin ''Lux'' meaning "light"), Umi was renamed Marina (feminine form of Latin ''Marinus'' meaning "of the sea"), and Fuu became Anais (supposedly alluding to her "air" element after a famous perfume, but also seems to point more [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anais to her gracefulness]]).
** The Filipino dub did this one better by going with Luce, Marina, and the more-appropriate Anemone (Greek for "daughter of the wind").
* Terra of the Left, Vento of the Front, Acqua of the Back and Fiamma of the Right of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' are named after the elements as well as the different position you can take in regard to someone.
* Similarly, many characters in ''FlameOfRecca'' have names that reference the elemental powers they possess (Recca = "wild fire", Fuuko = "wind child", and so on).
* The Shiba siblings in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' follow a pattern: Kaien means "sea swallow", Ganju means "rock eagle", and Kuukaku means "sky crane".
* ''KingdomHearts'' also has a "[[LandSeaSky Sky, Land, Sea]]" motif for three main characters
** Sora, Riku, and Kairi are in Japanese; Ven(tus), Terra, and Aqua go for a more Latin theme.
** The sea / water theme extends to Naminé ('nami' -- wave), [[spoiler: Kairi's Nobody (sort of)]] and Xion ('shio' -- tide), who looks like a young Kairi with black hair [[spoiler: but turns out to be a Replica of ''Sora'' created from his strongest memories, which are mostly of her.]]
* The Chateau level names in ''VideoGame/{{Something}}'' are based on the elements in the French language. (Feu, Eau, Vent, and Terre).
* Each "Elemental Lord" in the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' game is named in a different language with their respective element. "Grandsoil" (Earth) and "Windrose" (Wind) in English (This could be German too), "Moulinglacia" (Ice) in French, and "Pyrorex" (Fire) in Latin.

[[folder:Water/The Sea]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is filled with people named after Japanese warships from WWII and pieces of nautical equipment.
* ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' uses puns on the girls' origins ("Noel" from the Arctic, "Coco" from the South Pacific) sometimes, and just about every name in the series has a reference to the sea somewhere.
* The Venezuelan SoapOpera ''[[http://www.telenovela-world.com/archives/show.php?N=llovizna1997 Llovizna]]'' named most of its characters either with water-related names, or things related to the Guayana and Gran Sabana region (for example, the namesake protagonist has a name who means "light rain"; the [[LoveTriangle rivals on the protagonist love]] are named Orinoco and Caroni after the two main rivers of the region; one of them has the surname "Ferrer", who alludes to the iron and steel industry traditionally established there). Many of those characters have the surname "Fuego" ("fire"), which combined with the water-trend on first names gave birth to silly combinations as "Nieves Fuego", "Snow Fire". Another character has the sillier name "Soledad Barranco" ("Solitude Precipice"), which continues the theme naming (since the table mountains and their lonely deep precipices are common in the region) and also doubles as a PropheticName and a MeaningfulName.
* The names of recent companions in ''Series/DoctorWho'' seem to be following this trend: Jackson Lake, Adelaide Brook, River Song, Amy Pond... It might be symbolic, or then again, it might just be a coincidence.
** It turns out [[spoiler: that River and Amy isn't a coincidence; "River Song" is a mistranslation of "Melody Pond"]].
* The Blue Boys gang in ''Webcomic/{{Waterworks}}'' all have plumbing-themed names: Slick, José (Hose), Flush and Tubs.

* One major character's entire family in ''Manga/DragonBall'' is named for undergarments (Bloomer, Trunks, Bra, Dr. Briefs), a joke which for [[SpellMyNameWithAnS various]] [[{{Bowdlerise}} reasons]] is only partially carried over to the English translation.
* All of the Borogravian officers in ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Monstrous Regiment]]'' have clothing related names (Blouse, Froc, Strappi, etc.) This is a fairly obscure reference to Lords Cardigan and Raglan, two of the generals (and sweater designers?) responsible for the disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade.
** For bonus points, said Charge was during the Battle of Balaclava.
** And perhaps also to the Duke of Wellington (for non-Brits, this is because "Wellington" is a common term for waterproof boots in the UK).
*** Wellington seems indicated, as it's pointed out that Generals either get items of clothing or culinary dishes named after them. Beef Wellington anyone?
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': all the major characters are named after undergarments. There are also Chuck, Brief, BigBad Corset and the demon sisters Scanty and Kneesocks, Panty uses a gun named Backlace... you get the point.

[[folder:Body Parts]]
* The Band of Seven in ''Manga/InuYasha'' have names ending with "kotsu" (骨), meaning "bone", which might signify that they are undead. The other kanji in each of their names also signifies something about each of them.
* The four main characters of ''WolfsRain'' are all named for aspects of the wolf; Kiba (Fang), Tsume (Claw), Hige (Whisker), and Toboe (Howl). The pun in the title of the second episode, "Toboe, Who Doesn't Howl", is thus lost in the English translation.
* Knuckles' mother in the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' comic seems to have an affinity of naming her children after body parts (Knuckles and his half-brother Kneecapeon "Kneecaps" Mace).
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents,'' the RoguesGallery of {{superhero}} The Crimson Chin are The Body of Evil, whose members are (naturally) all named for body parts: Bronze Kneecap, Golden Gut, Iron Lung, and Titanium Toenail, among others.
* Autobot Headmasters in ''TransformersHeadmasters'' have head- or brain-related names: Chromedome, Hardhead, Highbrow, Brainstorm, and Cerebros.
* [[QuirkyMinibossSquad The Seven Primevals]] of ''GaoGaiGar'' were named after the body-parts related to their powers (Nails, Liver, Intestine, etc.)
* In ''Skeleton Krew'', the three playable Krew members are named Spine, Joint and Rib.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' the three leads' armor are named Manus, Corus and Octus (hand, heart and eye).

[[folder:Science and Technology]]
* The four generals in ''GurrenLagann'' are all named for the four chemicals in DNA, while Beastmen in general, as well as Lordgenome, all have a genetic-based name (Viral, for instance).
** The other halves of their names come from the four classical elementals. Thymine + Sylph = Thymilph, Adenine + Undine = Adiane, Guanine + Gnome = Guame, and Cytosine + Salamander = Cytomander. One might question the logic of having Thymilph represented by the Wind elemental (considering that he's a gorilla who's units are all on the ground) and Cytomander by Fire (who looks more like a peacock than a salamander and uses all air-units), but Cytilph and Thymander don't have quite the same ring...
* The ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series uses a computer theme for its main characters (Net/Site or Lan/Hub, Mail, and so on), but contains a nod to the musical theme of the earlier games in the third game -- the master of the Ura Internet and penultimate final boss, Serenade. The manga [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade]] on this, where in an {{omake}} the author decides to make Blues a girlfriend named Rhythm. Rhythm and Blues!
** In X8, we have Alia[[note]]Aliasing, jaggies, anti-aliasing[[/note]], Layer[[note]]Background layers, rather important in sprite ripping.[[/note]] and Pallette[[note]]Palettes, duh.[[/note]], all graphics related.[[note]][[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle And now you know]][[/note]].
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': Antimony is named for the element, and both parts of her mum's maiden name refer to it -- "Surma" is (close to) Russian for "antimony", and "Stibnite" is antimony sulfide.
** Also, Zeta and Gamma.
* ''SailorNothing'' uses the noble gasses plus an OddNameOut technique for the Dark Generals (Argon, Neon, Xenon, Radon, and '''Cobalt''').
* When history was altered so MarvelComics' third Captain Marvel, Genis-Vell, suddenly had a sister, she turned out to be named Phyla, riffing off the taxanomical classifications "genus" and "phylum".
* The Card Professors in ''Manga/YuGiOhR'' are named after Intel project codenames (Mendo Cino from Mendocino[[note]]the 300 [=MHz=] P6 Intel Pentium II Centrino chip[[/note]] and Kirk Dixon from Dixon[[note]]the 333 [=MHz=] 1.6V Intel Pentium II chip[[/note]], for example), which explains why [[AerithAndBob some of them are much more "unique" than others]]. This overlaps somewhat with LocationThemeNaming, as many of those codenames were originally taken from the locations of various Intel plants (Tilla Mook is derived from Tillamook[[note]]the Embedded 266 [=MHz=] Intel Pentium MMX chip[[/note]], Oregon, and Willa Mette is named after the Willamette[[note]]Intel's 1.5 [=GHz=] P7 Pentium IV[[/note]] River from the same state).
* The Sky People from ''Anime/ZoidsGenesis'' are named after transition metals: Fermi from Fermium, Prome from Promethium, Palla from Palladium and so on. [[GeniusBonus Anyone quick to spot this]] may have worked out who else was a Sky Person before [[TheReveal it was revealed]]: [[spoiler:Ron Mangan (Manganese)]].
* Accidentally averted in ''[[ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink Zelda II]]''. You know Error? Yeah, the guy who says "I am Error". That's his name. That's supposed to be his name. You know Bagu? He was supposed to be named Bug... you see where this is going.
* The members of the Pache tribe in ''ShamanKing'' are all named after elements of the periodic table: Silva (silver), Goldva (gold), Kalim (kalium AKA potassium), Rutherfor (rutherfordium) and so on.
* ''VideoGame/{{Varicella}}'' does one with diseases. The last name of AntiHero Primo Varicella means "chickenpox". His final enemy is Modo Variola, whose last name means "smallpox".
* The Doozers in ''Series/FraggleRock'' are all named after tools, machine parts or gadgets; Flange Doozer, Cotterpin Doozer, Old Man Pipe Wrench, Modem Doozer, etc.
* While the main characters of ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'' have {{meaningful name}}s referring to their associated tarot card, the {{talking animal}}s, Laplace and Schrodinger, are named for thought experiments in physics on the nature of causality. In case you haven't guessed, the show has a destiny theme.

* The names of the Black Siblings in ''GurrenLagann'' all start with ''ki'': Kittan, Kiyoh, Kinon, and Kiyal. If you flip them, you get emotions or states of mind: ''tanki'' means ''quick temper'', ''youki'' means ''cheerfulness'', ''nonki'' means various things including ''carefree'' and ''optimistic'' and ''yaruki'' means ''willingness''.
* Creator/TerryPratchett -- naturally -- spoofs theme naming with the Carter family in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. The daughters are named after virtues: Hope, Chastity, Prudence, and Charity. After that they got confused and thought that the sons should be named after vices: Anger, Jealousy, Bestiality, Covetousness and Deviousness. This being ''Discworld,'' they all have personalities which are the exact opposite of their names. For example, Hope suffers from depression and a sense of the existential alienation and angst, Chastity is a uhh..."Seamstress" in Ankh-Morpork's seedier districts, while Anger is a calm and reasonable fellow and Bestiality is known for his kindness towards animals.
* In Robin Hobb's ''Literature/{{Farseer}}'' trilogy, royal children and sometimes lesser nobles are named for virtues: Chivalry, Dutiful, Patience, etc.
* The majority of the bosses in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' are named after the emotions they "carry into battle," such as The Pain, who is covered in hornets.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', The Beauty and the Beast unit takes this trope one step further, combining the animal names of FOXHOUND and the emotions of the Cobra Unit (for example, combining Vulcan Raven and The Fury to make Raging Raven).
*** This also provides FridgeBrilliance when you realise the name "Old Snake" fits the theme (combination of Liquid Snake and The End).
* The [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Seven Dwarfs]], at least in DisneyAnimatedCanon.

* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', most of the important members of the Hyuga (Toward the Sun) clan follow this sort of theme naming with [[ThemeTwinNaming Hiashi (Daytime), Hizashi (Sunlight)]], Hinata (Sunny Place), Hanabi (Fireworks) with Neji (Screw) being the OddNameOut. [[spoiler:Hinata's daughter Himawari (Sunflower) joins the Hyuga's ThemeNaming while her son Bolt matches both Neji's and her husbands spiral theme naming]].
* Three of the four Organoids in the ''Anime/ZoidsChaoticCentury'' anime have names related to light effects: Shadow, Ambient and Specular. Note that Zeke and Shadow are not the original names of those Organoids; those names were given later by humans. Their original names could well have been Diffuse and Emissive.
* The [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness first installment]] of the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series named quite a few of its primary characters after volcanos, including Etna, Vulcanus (From Vulcano, Italy), Maderas (La Madera), Krichevskoy (Kliuchevskoi), and Lamington. Laharl is named after a type of pyroclastic mudslide that occurs after eruptions.
* In ''HikaruNoGo'', the names Hikaru, Akira and Akari are all related to light.
* The Earth Alliance of ''Series/BabylonFive'' named various class of ships from the sun and light, giving us the ''Nova''-class dreadnoughts and starfuries, the ''Hyperion''-class heavy cruisers (named after the titan of the sun) and the Aurora-class starfuries.
* Tidus and Yuna in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' are named after the sun and moon, respectively - the words come from Okinawan.

* The ''[[WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots GoBots]]'' had a gestalt character called Puzzler, and the robots who combined to form him all had puzzle-related names: Crossword, Jig Saw, Pocket, Rube, Tic Tac and Zig Zag. Just in case a few of those escape you, Zig Zag was a puzzle manufacturer in the early part of the 20th century, and RubeGoldberg is famous for his complicated devices.
* [[RockPaperScissors Ronk, Papes, and Snips]] from ''TheLegendaryStarfy'' fit into this category.
* [[SuikodenIII Geddoe's]] mercenaries are: Jacques, Queen, Ace, and Joker. Ace refers to Geddoe at one point as King.
* ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' has Shin's four playing card-themed henchmen (known as the Four Jacks in the anime adaptation), who are Spade, Diamond, Club, and Heart. Shin's alias of "King" comes from the highest rank in playing cards, making Yuria his (reluctant) "Queen". The anime introduces the FillerVillain Joker, although the other members of Shin's army later introduced completely averts the theme naming altogether.
* ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'' - In the Japanese version, we have Spade, Heart, and Ace; an Ace is the most valuable card in a suit, with Spades and Hearts being two of them in a standard deck of playing cards. Switching to the English version, a tarot deck uses twenty-two cards known as Major Arcana (Arcanus). The Minor Arcana, likewise, are divided into suits, two of which are swords (Blados) and cups (Chalis). Kraden explains this proper upon a certain {{Reveal}}.
* The ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game has the [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Archfiend Archfiend archetype]], in which the main monsters that are part of it are themed after chess pieces, each with a demonic-themed slant (Terrorking, Infernalqueen, Darkbishop, Desrook[[note]]Any card with the word 'Death' in the title of their original Japanese form was {{bowdlerise}}d to 'Des' in the English translation[[/note]], Shadowknight and Vilepawn).
* In the playing card-themed ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'', there are Spade Ace, Dia Jack, Heart Queen and Clover King.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0'' has characters named after cards - Ace, Queen, King, Jack, and the rest of the cast named after numbers in various languages.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' has an M9 gun, SEAL Team 10, Raiden (real name "Jack"), Fortune (nicknamed "Queen"), Solidus (nicknamed "King"), and Solid Snake (referred to multiple times as the 'ace in the hole'). Together, they make a straight flush. (This also fits how the game is about the difference between games and reality.)
* In the [[ShowWithinAShow Movie-Within-A-Show]] of ''[[Pinball/LightsCameraAction Lights... Camera... Action!]],'' the characters are named after playing card ranks — "Ace" (TheHero), "King" (BigBad), "Queen" (CampGay), "Jack" (TheDragon), and "10" (TheChick). This was because the game originally had a card game motif that was changed midway through development.

* For the magic-themed ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', the core five are members of the "Ozu" (as in ''TheWizardOfOz'') family.
** The first sibling is Makato, which means "sower" (he is a gardener by trade) and "logs" (his element as a magician is earth).
** The second sibling is Houka, which means "fragrance" and mirrors her girly demeanour.
** The third sibling is Urara, which means "bright" and "beauty". It is also a pun on Uranai (fortune telling), which is her special talent as a magician.
** The fourth sibling is Tsubasa, which means "wings". His motif is that of a garuda.
** The fifth sibling is Kai, which means "leader" (he is the leader of the team). The Japanese symbol for "fire" (his element) is read as "ka".
** Finally, take the first syllable of each sibling's name and arrange them from oldest to youngest, and you get "mahoutsukai", which is Japanese for "magician".
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'': Except for Bloom (whose search for her power source is a major thread in S1 while her powers are ''blooming'') and Aisha (the newcomer in S2), the Winx girls have names that recall their power source (that is, the theme of their attacks): Stella (sun and moon, although most of her attacks are solar), Musa (music), Tecna (technology), and Flora (plants).
* ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' has Door and her family, who have a reputation in London Below as "openers." In addition to her, there's Arch, Ingress, and her father, Lord Portico.

[[folder:Weather and Nature]]
* The third and fourth generation of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games had widespread nature-themed portmanteaus for town names. This also happened with all the Professors.
* The [[FourIsDeath Four Heavenly Kings]] of the Devil Gundam in ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' seem to be named for the terrain on which they fight best: Grand (a corruption of "ground"), Walter (corruption of "water"), Heaven's Sword (sky). Master Gundam doesn't quite fit the theme, but its pilot is indeed a master martial artist (nicknamed Master Asia) who can fight well no matter where he is, so the theme is still somewhat preserved.
* Citizens of Viron, the main city in Gene Wolfe's ''Literature/{{Book of the Long Sun}}'' follow a strict naming convention. Men are named after animals, or animal-derived substances: Bison, Auk, Silk, Horn, Blood. Women are named after plants or plant-derived substances: Mint, Rose, Chenille. Robots are named after minerals: Marble, Sand, Molybdenum. Family members will have similar names (Auk and Bustard are two brothers named after large birds, and the family that controls the city council are all named after lesser primates: Lemur, Loris, Potto). [[GeniusBonus At various points, a sufficiently alert reader can figure out that certain people are related by the similarity of their names, which is relevant to the plot in a number of cases.]] [[spoiler:For instance, the city's former ruler was named Tussah, a type of expensive fabric, and the protagonist is named Silk...]]
* The Tendos in ''RanmaOneHalf'' are named after clouds, which also represent their personalities. "Tendo" (or "Tendou", depending on the romanization) can mean "Way to Heaven" or "Path of Heaven." "Akane" means "crimson," "Nabiki" means "to sway" (which her victims tend to do,) and "Kasumi" means "mist," referring to her wispy nature. "Soun" means "fast cloud."
* In'' Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'', the Three Storms, [[BigBad Lo Pan's]] [[QuirkyMinibossSquad elite servants]], are named Thunder, Rain, and Lightning. These names vaguely conform with their abilities. Well, [[PsychoElectro it's pretty obvious with Lightning]].
* TheHero of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is named Squall. His mother is named Raine. His father is called Laguna. The odd one out is his adoptive sister, Ellone.
** Extending beyond that game, there's [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Lightning]]. Zack Fair was given his last name as a play on "fair weather" to contrast Cloud.
* Almost everyone in ''NabariNoOu'' has a name relating to weather. Raikou and Raimei mean "lightning" and "thunder", Gau means "rain shower", Yoite means "evening breeze", Kumohira means "calm cloud", and Fuuma means "wind demon". Yukimi, Kouichi, and Miharu have the characters for "snow", "rainbow", and "clear weather", respectively.
* The Taiwanese girl group 4 in Love have the stage names Rainie, Windie, Sunnie and Cloudie.
* As part of their MeaningfulRename, all of the citizens of Refuge in ''Film/{{Purgatory}}'' take nature names. Forest, Glen, Ivy, Rose, Woods, Lamb.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' the Winds of Destruction are all named after various winds. Mistral, Monsoon and Sundowner. In the case of Sam, his official designation is Minuano but he's more commonly known as Jetstream Sam.
* In RealLife, both Maserati and Volkswagen have a wind-based theme to naming cars. Despite this, they've only shared one model name: Bora. [[note]] The Volkswagen Bora is sold in some markets as the Jetta or Vento. [[/note]]

!!Other Examples

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''SaintSeiya'''s characters foreshadow their destiny. "Seiya" means "Star Arrow" (in reference to his signature "Pegasus Meteor Fist" attack). "Shiryu" means "Violet Dragon" (and he becomes the Bronze Dragon Saint). "Hyoga" means "Glacier" (his attacks revolve around freezing the opponent, and he trained in the North Pole). "Ikki" and "Shun", brothers, mean "Gleam" and "Twinkle" respectively, reflecting not just their relationship but also the shine of the Phoenix's flame and of the Nebula Chain.
* Miko and Matsuri's names in ''{{Kamichu}}'' mean "shrine maiden" and "festival" respectively
* One character's name in ''Shanghai Youma Kikai'' is "Kuo". However, the kanji used can also mean "Kyubi," a nine-tailed fox demon of Japanese mythology (they could also change to a human form). [[spoiler:Though not techincally conformed yet, it seems obvious that since everyone working at Demon Taoist Corperation (other than Su-An) is a demon, Kuo is a Kyubi demon.]] Main character, Jack, also has a MeaningfulName.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' certainly qualifies, as there's hardly a name that isn't a pun or doesn't have a constant theme through their names in a family or race. Most fall under one or more subtropes, but there is also:
** Underwear: Dr. Briefs, Bulma (whose name when pronounced in Japanese, ''Buruma'', is a homophone to the Japanese word for "Bloomers"), Trunks, Bulla (Bra).
** Freeza and his family in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' are all named after English terms for cold, or cooling kitchen appliances (King Cold, Cooler, etc.).
* The few members of the Joketsuzoku (or "Amazons") in ''RanmaOneHalf'' who are named are named after cosmetics, [[EdibleThemeNaming spices, or Indian food]]: for example, the central trio Cologne, Shampoo, and Mousse.
* ''CaseClosed'' is full of these, whether related to the plot or not. For example:
** The second movie ''The Fourteenth Target'' centers around a series of attacks on a group of people, with the order based on the numerical element in the kanji or pronunciation of the target's name based on playing cards (starting at Joker and working down). The English dub, dropped that theme and [[DubNameChange changed several names]], basing the necessary allusions on their careers instead, such as how many patents an inventor had filed, or a professional golfer's national ranking.
* Aside from the AnimalThemeNaming for the main cast in ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'', the Nezu siblings' given names are based on varying degrees of luck.

[[folder:Audio Drama]]
* In the ''Radio/BigFinishDoctorWho'' "Zoe's memories" arc, all the characters in the 'present day' sections have three-letter names: Ali, Jen, Kym and Zoe herself.

* In ''ComicBook/ThePro'', the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica League of Honor]] are each named for medieval titles: [[Franchise/{{Superman}} The Saint]], [[Franchise/{{Batman}} The Knight]], The Squire, [[Franchise/WonderWoman The Lady]], [[Franchise/GreenLantern The Lime]], and [[TheFlash Spe]][[OddNameOut edo]]. Their enemies are named after grammatical terms (The Noun, The Verb, The Adverb, and The Adjective), because all the other names were taken.

* The Agent [[ThemeTwinNaming "triplets"]] in ''Film/TheMatrix'' media:
** ''The Matrix'': Smith, Jones, and Brown.
** ''The Matrix Reloaded'': Johnson, Thompson, and Jackson.
* In ''Film/HotFuzz'', all of the characters have trade or occupation-related surnames (Paver, Reaper, Draper, Butterman, Messenger, and, yes, Angel). These names tend to fit with the character's current profession.
** There's also that one guy with a cellar full of guns, Mr. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webley_Revolver Webley]].
*** Simon Pegg has also stated that the use of old-fashioned trade-related names was to serve as an indication of how insular, endogamous and xenophobic Sandford had become. There are no Patels in Sandford, because anyone named Patel who tried to move there would be encouraged to seek his/her fortunes elsewhere.
* ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'':
** The surnames of the five lead characters are King, Knightley, Prince, Chamberlain and Page.
** Guy Shepherd [[spoiler: tries to guide the main characters into accepting fate and becoming alien replicants (i.e. sheep).]]

* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', some dwarfs are also named after emotions, as a ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' reference (Cheery Littlebottom).
* Creator/JRRTolkien's Middle-earth world makes much use of Theme Naming and its various subtropes, ranging from family members being given related names, to naming conventions of dynasties of the general public.
* Likewise in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', uses employs Theme Naming to differentiate the ethnic, cultural and familiar differences between its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* In DavidDrake's Literature/{{RCN}} series, the so-called Alliance of Free Stars is not especially German in its ethnicity -- but '''many''' major Alliance warships have German names: the cruiser/minelayer ''Bremse'', battleships ''Der Grosser Karl''[[note]]and every ship in its squadron had a name that at least '''could''' be German[[/note]], ''Siegfried'', and ''Direktor Friedrich'', cruisers ''Bluecher'' and ''Scheer''.... Also, Alliance destroyers mostly have alphanumeric designators which usually begin with "Z." Like German destroyers (''Zerstörer'') in World War 2. One notable exception is a battleship named ''Pleasaunce'' after the Alliance capital world.
* In ''North of Beautiful'' by Justina Chen Headley, the main character Terra's siblings are all named after map terms because their father is a cartographer. Terra's name sounds pretty normal, but her other brother is Mercatur.
* ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'':
** The mice are named after [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous famous mathematicians]] and mathematical principles.
** The rats have compound names, usually violent -- Ripred, Gorger, Makemince.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' there are many different themes, mainly depending on which part of Panem people are from. Those in the Capitol and those from District 2 often have Roman names (Caesar, Cato, Cinna, Portia), those from District 1 have names related to luxury (Cashmere, Glimmer, Gloss), people from District 4 have aquatic names (Finnick, Annie Cresta) and so on depending on the district specialty.
* Many of the characters in ''Literature/TheVaginaAssOfLuciferNiggerbastard'' share a vulgar theme, such as, ''King Lowrider Dewrag Dicksalsa''.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The Sinclairs in ''{{Dinosaurs}}'' are named after the Sinclair oil (fossil fuels) company, which famously uses a brontosaurus as its logo and on all its merchandise. Other characters in the show are also named after oil companies, including Earl's friend Roy ''Hess'', boss ''B.P.'' (British Petroleum) Richfield (from Atlantic Richfield, better known as ARCO and now owned by BP) and others.
* ''Series/DueSouth'' adored themed names. There was usually some sort of pun or reference involved (e.g. in one episode, a hockey player's manager shared a name with a well-known Canadian hockey commentator), but they were not often {{Meaningful Name}}s -- once you ''got'' the reference or pun, there was generally no further significance to the name.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The Tuner monsters of the Vylon archetype in ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' are shaped and named after three-dimensional geometric figures ("Prism", "Cube", "Sphere", "Tetrah[edron]", "Stella [Octangula]", and the Union monsters are based on four-dimensional figures.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''HouseOfTheDead'', the various boss monsters are named after [[TarotMotifs Tarot cards of the Major Arcana]]. Some of these names fit the description of the zombie (Strength from ''House of the Dead 2'' is a hulking giant armed with [[ChainsawGood a chainsaw]]), others not so much (Chariot from the first game is an armored humanoid with a spear)
* In ''{{Killer7}}'', the names of the three spirits Iwazaru, Mizaru, and Kikazaru in Japanese refer to the 'speak no evil', 'see no evil', and 'hear no evil' monkeys, respectively.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'': Every single one of Innes' artes are in French.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' has the secret boss, [[spoiler: Solomos]] have artes that are basically Japanese sayings like "因果応報", retribution or Karma, or "天衣無縫", ten'i muhou, the clothing of the heavens is seamless, i.e. flawless, etc.
* From ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', the robot TrueCompanions Quote and Curly Brace are named for punctuation (the " and } symbols, respectively). According to the end credits, the four Mimigas that Curly adopted went by the last name Colon.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 3'' game had an obvious playing card theme: Jack, Queen Tia, A.C. Eos -- better known as Ace, King, Joker, Heartless, and the name of the evil organization, Dealer.
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' names all its places after laughter, such as Hoo Hoo Mountain, Chucklehuck Woods, Woohoo Hooniversity and Teehee Valley. Fittingly, ThatOneLevel, the DiscOneFinalDungeon and place the ThemeNaming comes to a screeching stop is called Jokes End.
* In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'', the places are named after bodily diseases/issues. Cavi Cape (cavity), Plack Beach, Dimble Wood, Bumpsy Plains and a few others are included.
* In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'', every place (and many characters) are named after sleep and things associated with it. Pi'illo Island/Castle and the Pi'illo Kingdom, Dozing Sands, Wakeport, Mount Pajamaja... heck the main professor guy is even called Professor Snoozemore (who keeps falling asleep), the other ExpositionFairy is called Prince Dreambert and the third giant Luigi opponent is called Earthwake.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Unova's towns are named after clouds, such as Accumula (cumulus) and I''cirrus''.
** A lot of the gym leaders have this as well. The names correspond to the type of Pokemon that they use. For instance, Lt. Surge uses electric Pokemon.
** In ''[=HeartGold=]'' and ''[=SoulSilver=]'', the Rocket admins (Proton, Petrel, Arianna and Archer) are named after... well, rockets.
* Every location in Santa Destroy in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' is named after a pro wrestling maneuver; Body Slam Beach, Rounding Body Pess Station, Atomic Drop Ward, Suplex Pizza, etc.
* The ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' expansion pack "Old World Blues" includes a collective of Mad Scientists called the "Think Tank." All are [[BrainInAJar disembodied brains]] floating around in robotic life support units. Their names are "Dr. Klein," "Dr. Dala," "Dr. 8," "Dr. 0," "Dr. Borous" and "Dr. Mobius," who is estranged. All of their names refer to the same thing: Endless, recursive loops. [[spoiler: Which turns out to be a big clue to the nature of their characters.]]
* While not universal, many of the elemental witches from the ''VideoGame/LuminousArc'' games have names that reflect their power. In the first game, there's Lucia (based on the Latin word for light), Clair (possibly derived from the French word "éclair," meaning a flash of lightning), and Vivi (maybe from the Spanish word for wind, "viento"). ''LuminousArc2'' has Dia ("día" is Spanish for day, as in daylight), Potpurri (her element is nature, which combines earth and wood), Luna (meaning moon, she is the Tide Witch and the moon affects the tides), and possibly Fatima (sounds like "fatal," referring to her power over darkness).
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', the five multiplayer {{DLC}} packs for ''Mass Effect 3'' employ both a theme ([[{{Determinator}} resistance against hopeless odds]]) and assonance: Resurgence, Rebellion, Earth (the OddNameOut but also ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin), Retaliation, and Reckoning. Doubles as AlphabeticalThemeNaming.
* The ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' series {{Terraform}}er ships use a hexadecimal string (#deca, #fade, #cefa).
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', bosses often drop loot whose name relates to the boss or setting. The name might mention the boss' name (such as "Finger of Zon'Ozz" from Warlord Zon'Ozz), be named after one of the boss's attacks (Ultraxion's Morningstar of Heroic Will reflects an ability you must use to survive some of his attacks), be a reference to who the boss is (Morchok, a powerful earth elemental, has gear referencing the earth, such as "Rockhide Bracers"), and so forth.
* ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}} Unlimited'' has all of its levels (except for Edwin's Farm) named after things that have to do with writing (St. Asterisk Hospital, Bullet Point Bayou, Ruins of Ellipsis, etc.)
* The ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' are all named after skin afflictions - Rash, Pimple, and Zitz.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The majority of ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'' characters follow a naming theme based off where they live. In the Ripple Kingdom they have sea-based names.
* The Inlays in ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' show multiple examples of theme naming, the different classes are named after chess pieces (pawns=infantry, rooks=tanks, etc.), and the name Inlay is derived from [[Literature/WatershipDown Inle]].
* The [[AltText title= text presenters]] in ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' are all title-based. So far, we've had "Titular" and "[[PunnyName Ebony Nauss]]".
* Warships in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' have a lot of running themes: the protagonists tend to give their ships comedic names [[PrivateMilitaryContractors appropriate to their profession]], such as the Post-Dated Check Loan or the Serial Peacemaker. The [[TheFederation UNS]] names their battleplates after major asteroid impact events. The Tausenigann Ob'enn have long, pretentious names of the form "Weapon of Adjective Noun." And the Fleetmind's ships [[ThemeInitials all have the initials P.D.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Route148}} '' the Reeds have a habit of naming their oldest sons John. The only exception of this is the protagonist Jack, but then again Jack ''is'' a diminutive of John. All the towns encountered in the comic used to be named after famous writers.
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', all of the elves are named after prescription drugs.
* In ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'', [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/05/09/freaky-things/ Nin Wah takes exception to being part of a crew consisting of "Fluffy," "Socks," and "Mittens."]]
-->'''Nin Wah:''' [[AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal "...which brings up]] ''[[AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal another]]'' [[AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal freaky thing about this ship!"]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' uses different kinds of this again and again. The Midnight Crew of the Intermission (''Spades'' Slick, ''Hearts'' Boxcars, ''Diamonds'' Droog, and ''Clubs'' Deuce) are named after suits of cards. All trolls have six-letter first and surnames. Adult trolls, with the notable exception of the [[MonsterClown Grand Highblood]], are referred to by titles along the lines of "the [eight-letter word]", i.e. the [[MamaBear Dolorosa]], the [[DragonRider Neophyte Redglare]], the [[{{Badass}} Marquise (Spinneret) Mindfang]], the [[GreenEyedMonster Orphaner Dualscar]], etc. The numerical constraints are flexible, such as the [[GadgeteerGenius Expatri8]][[note]]Expatriate[[/note]] [[TheAtoner Darkleer]]. Even [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Her Imperious Condescension]] is shortened to the Condesce.
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Overlapping with SdrawkcabName in many cases, the Heliorites from U19 are named after different brands of electrical appliances: Eleim (Miele), Xeniloum (Moulinex), Tidar (Radit), Naurb (Braun), Phipsil (Philips), Magsuns (Samsung), Loopwhirl (Whirlpool) and Nedwook (Kenwood).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''ArcanaMagiZero'', Alysia Perez and Megumi Miyazaki named their magical items Saga and Fable after genres of fiction.
** Also in ''ArcanaMagi'' Main Series, the Sentinels magical items are named Saga, Fable, Legacy, and Epic.
* ''Wiki/TVTropes'': Our trope naming organizations, like {{SPOON}}, {{FoRKS}}, {{KNIVES}}, and {{PLATTER}}, were all named after kitchen utensils.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Two academies are known as Beacon and Signal. Almost all characters are grouped and theme named within the group.
* ''GirlChanInParadise'' has main character Kenstar and his DistaffCounterpart Maytag, named after brands of washing machines.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', there's a very AerithAndBob style convention: Either you're Jake, Billy, Harold, etc., or you have a noble title (Lumpy Space Princess, Ice King, [[StealthPun Duke of Nuts]], Princess Bubblegum, etc.). This is particularly in view with the princesses, who make up [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses easily a quarter of the show's cast]].
* ''{{Bamse}}'' has Skutt's siblings... All of which are named for swedish synonyms for "jumping" (he has ''a lot of them'', being a rabbit)
* In SheepInTheBigCity a majority of the characters names are either a PunnyName or ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin (Sheep, the Ranting Swede, Angry Scientist).

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Mars Rovers are developing a pattern - Pathfinder (lander)/Sojourner (rover); Spirit (R.I.P) and Opportunity (still kicking), Curiosity (rover)
* Britain's Royal Navy has a tendency to use theme naming for their ships, with each class of ships being assigned a particular theme. Sometimes, the class is named not after the first ship built (as is normally the case in all navies) but after the theme used, as in the County class heavy cruisers, Town class light cruisers, Crown Colony class light cruisers, and Colony class frigates (named after smaller, less significant colonies than the light cruisers).
** Similarly, the Imperial Japanese Navy was big on theme naming. Destroyers were usually named after weather phenomena or times of the year. Individual classes or sub-classes of destroyers sometimes had themes within the theme, such as the Minekaze-class and Kamikaze-class destroyers which were all named after types of wind.
* It is all too common that you'll find that ski resorts tend to utilize this trope in naming their trails and runs. Some notable examples:
** Steamboat Ski Resort has theme naming for each part of the mountain above Thunderhead restaurant, including stagecoach based names on Pioneer Ridge, weather phenomena themed runs on Storm Peak, mountain man-themed runs off the Sunshine Express lift on south Sunshine Peak and morning-themed runs in Morningside Park.
** Breckenridge Ski Resort's Peak 6 expansion opened in 2013 has trails named for a common theme of "Awaken Your Sixth Sense," which is unique because the trail names were picked through a Facebook naming contest. And if you have a profound knowledge of some Japanese words, the chairlift names also reflect the theme: the Zendo lift is named for a word meaning "meditation hall," while the Kensho [=SuperChair=] is Japanese for "seeing nature" or "seeing essence".
* Westfield Group, an Australian shopping mall firm, names all of its malls "Westfield X". If they acquire a mall from another company, then they will usually take part of the old name and add "Westfield" (e.g. "Westfield Sherman Oaks", formerly Sherman Oaks Fashion Square, in Los Angeles). They used to take it a step further and have them all be "Westfield ''Shoppingtown'' X", but they dropped the "Shoppingtown" in the mid-2000s. However, this naming is frequently subverted, as locals will almost always refer to the mall by its pre-Westfield name. Also, if Westfield sells the mall, the new owners will invariably revert it to its former name.
* Technology companies often go with a theme for codenaming their products. AMD used to use the names of locations, then started using constellations, before settling on heavy construction equipment.
* The city of Pontiac, UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}} (a northern suburb of UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} that used to be its own thing but is now part of Detroit's sprawl) is named after Pontiac, a chief/war leader of the Ottawa people who led/inspired a major war/revolt of the Native peoples of the Great Lakes region against the British settlers there in 1763-66. Because he inspired many peoples to rise up against the British, many streets in Pontiac (named in his honor) are named for various Native peoples of North America (although not necessarily ones that participated in Pontiac's War); the main east-west street is Huron St., and there are streets honoring the Seminole, Ottawa, Seneca, and others.