->'''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:
* AlliterativeFamily
* AlphabeticalThemeNaming
* AnimalThemeNaming
* ArmsAndArmorThemeNaming
* ColourfulThemeNaming
* DayOfTheWeekName
* EdibleThemeNaming
* FloralThemeNaming
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming
* 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:Body Parts]]
* The [[VideoGame/{{Arma}} Republic of Chernarus]] has quite a few place names that derive from body parts, like a hill on a castle named "Horn", another castle hill named "Tooth", and a peninsula that is, quite appropriately, named "Head". [[BilingualBonus All in Russian]], of course, with Chernarus being a post-Soviet surrogate and everything.
* 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 ''Anime/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 ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'' have head- or brain-related names: Chromedome, Hardhead, Highbrow, Brainstorm, and Cerebros. The Decepticon Headmasters Mindwipe and Skullcruncher followed the pattern.
** The Targetmasters (at least, the ones that weren't old figures given a new gimmick) followed a similar convention, in that the Autobots were named for accuracy (Crosshairs, Pointblank, Sureshot) and the Decepticons were named for ''in''accuracy (Slugslinger, Triggerhappy, Misfire).
* [[QuirkyMinibossSquad The Seven Primevals]] of ''Anime/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).
* The Org Generals from ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''. Their counterparts in ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' were designed based on parts of the face, so they were named Retinax, Nayzor and Mandilok (from retina, nasal and mandible).
* The mutates from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' are Talon, Claw, Fang and [[OddNameOut Maggie]]. Having been turned into human/animal hybrids, they took a MeaningfulRename that reflected their new anatomy (Maggie just kept her old name).
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the international agency at the focus of the series is called Nerv (German for "nerve"); its predecessor agency, sharing most of the staff, locations and equipment, was called Gehirn ("brain"); and both are backed and directed in secret by a [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness shadowy]], religious ([[AllThereInTheManual according to the manual]]), organization called Seele ("soul").

[[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 ''Manga/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".
* ''Franchise/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.
* A lot of the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' gym leaders have names that correspond to the type of Pokemon that they use. For instance, Lt. Surge uses electric Pokemon.
* 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"). ''VideoGame/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).
* Some of the villains from ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' have a [[PlayingWithFire fire]] and [[AnIcePerson ice]] theme naming: Moltor, with his {{Mooks}} the Lava Lizards, and Flurious, with his {{Mooks}} the Chillers. They're also [[FamilyThemeNaming brothers]].

* One major character's entire family in ''Manga/DragonBall'' is named for undergarments (Bulma (whose name when pronounced in Japanese, ''Buruma'', is a homophone to the Japanese word for "Bloomers"), 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.
* 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!"]]
* Hakkasan group has two restaurants in Las Vegas named Herringbone and Seersucker. Oddly, the names of both of these kinds of fabric are related to food: "herringbone," because of course herring are food fish, and "seersucker," whose name comes from a Persian phrase meaning "milk and sugar."

* The names of the Black Siblings in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' 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''.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Spoofed with the Carter family. 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.
*** From the same region (Lancre), several families have last names which reference professions ("Carter" itself being an example). It's a running joke that none of these families have any members who are actually ''in'' that profession, so if you run into a man in Lancre whose name is, say, Sam Cooper, you can be certain that, whatever his job actually is, it will have absolutely nothing to do with barrels.
** Some dwarfs are named after emotions, as a ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' reference (Cheery Littlebottom being an example).
* 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; and The Fear, who loves to stalk his foes and attack with booby traps and ambushes.
** 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 Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon.
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' names all of Beanbean Kingdom's locations 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 Joke's End.
* The main characters of ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', being personifications of Riley's emotions, are Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust.
* ''Film/TheAirIBreathe'': All the four main characters are named for a Chinese proverb that sees life as being divided between four emotional cornerstones. Forest Whitaker's character is Happiness, Brendan Fraser's character is Pleasure, Sarah Michelle Gellar's character is Sorrow, and Kevin Bacon's character is Love.
* ''Literature/XWingSeries'': Becomes a plot point when Rogue Squadron is inspecting freighters for contraband. After ''Pride of Contruum'' checks out and is about to do a Hyperspace Jump, Pash Cracken (a Contruum native) insists on doing a more thorough search, because the name is fake. When queried, he explains that Contruum has extremely strict naming conventions for ships, only military capital ships can be named for virtues, and freighters are named after [[LocationThemeNaming rivers]] and [[AnimalThemeNaming beasts of burden]].
* The fallen humans in ''Fanfic/YouCanOnlyUseYourOwn'' all have five-letter names with meanings related to joy.

[[folder:Foreign Language Words]]
* [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Giftia]] in ''Anime/PlasticMemories'' mostly have western names like "Max" and "Zack", in contrast to the Japanese names of the human characters.
* In Creator/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''...
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'': Every single one of Innes' artes are in French.
* In ''WebAnimation/HanazukiFullOfTreasures'', the [[PlantPeople Moonflowers]] all have vaguely Japanese-sounding names (Hanazuki, Kiazuki, Kiyoshi, etc).
* ''ComicBook/{{Bamse}}'' has Skutt's siblings... All of which are named for Swedish synonyms for "jumping" (he has ''a lot of them'', being a rabbit).

* 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 ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy'' fit into this category.
* [[VideoGame/SuikodenIII Geddoe's]] mercenaries are: Jacques, Queen, Ace, and Joker. Ace refers to Geddoe at one point as King.
* ''Manga/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.
* ''VideoGame/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.
* The second ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' 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.
* In ''VideoGame/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)
* ''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.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': The Midnight Crew of the Intermission (''Spades'' Slick, ''Hearts'' Boxcars, ''Diamonds'' Droog, and ''Clubs'' Deuce) are named after suits of cards. The Felt, themed after billiard balls, have names and powers related to their number (i.e. #1 - ''ichi'', romanized Japanese for 1 - "Itchy", #7 - looks kind of like a crowbar - "Crowbar", #13 - baker's dozen - "Biscuits").
* Among the Inlays in ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'', the different classes are named after chess pieces (pawns=infantry, rooks=tanks, etc.).
* Music/JohnZorn has composed "game pieces", which are best described as musical {{Improv}} under a series of strict rules. He literally named several of these game pieces after sports, including ''Track & Field''(1974), ''Baseball'' (1976), ''Lacrosse'' (1976), ''Dominoes'' (1977), ''Curling'' (1977), ''Golf'' (1977), ''Hockey'' (1978), ''Cricket'' (1978), ''Fencing'' (1978), ''Pool'' (1979), and ''Archery'' (1979).
* The female members of the Higashikata family in ''[[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure JoJolion]]'' are named after the four (Japanese names for the) suits of playing cards -- Mitsuba (Club), Daiya (Diamond), Hato (Heart), and Tsurugi (Spade). In addition, all the family's Stands have the word "King" in their names.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4''[='=]s Nero uses techniques named mostly after gambling terms.
* Every location in Santa Destroy in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' is named after a pro wrestling maneuver; Body Slam Beach, Rounding Body Press Station, Atomic Drop Ward, Suplex Pizza, etc.
* In Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the Charjabug you meet during the fifth Island Challenge are named Onejabug, Twojabug, Threejabug, Fourjabug, Fivejabug, Sixjabug, Sevenjabug, Eightjabug and Ninejabug.

[[folder:Grammatical Terms]]
* In ''ComicBook/ThePro'', the villains are named after grammatical terms (The Noun, The Verb, The Adverb, and The Adjective), because all the other names were taken.
* ''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.)
* Admittedly, a fairly loose theme, but every character in ''Webcomic/ArtificialTimeXS'' just has a verb as a name. This starts with the main group of Sheath, Float, Tear and Feed and extends to everyone with the exceptions of the three Void Knights.
* 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.
* [[ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Asterix and Obelix]] are named after the punctuation marks designating first and second footnotes.

* 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 Boruto matches both Neji's and her husband Naruto's 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.
* In ''Manga/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.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In addition to most of the characters being grouped and theme named within the group, there are two academies known as Beacon and Signal.
* From ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', "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.

* The third and fourth generation of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games had widespread nature-themed portmanteaus for town names. This also happens with the Professors, [[FloralThemeNaming all of whom are named after trees.]]
* 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...]]
* As part of their MeaningfulRename, all of the citizens of Refuge in ''Film/{{Purgatory}}'' take nature names. Forest, Glen, Ivy, Rose, Woods, Lamb.
* In ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'', nature-talent fairies commonly have names related to whatever aspect of nature they're associated with. Rosetta is a garden-talent fairy, Silvermist is a water-talent fairy, Fawn is an animal-talent fairy, Iridessa is a light-talent fairy, and so on.
* The cats from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' have names made of two words strung together. ''Very'' often, parts of their names are things found in nature. Throughout the books, you'll find names containing animals, plants, rocks, landforms, natural phenomena, celestial bodies, weather, etc.
* Two examples from ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'':
** [[FamilyThemeNaming Ivy, Mint, and Rose]] are all named after plants. Lampshaded in Rose's soul tear, where [[spoiler:Claire]] jokes that Rose always has her mind on the garden.
** Regular status protection rings are named after gemstones, often playing off of folk lore (emerald rings prevent poison, for instance). Rings that protect against multiple status effects are named after snakes; the best one is the Ouroboros Ring.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BenAndHollysLittleKingdom'', all the fairies are named after plants (Holly, Daisy, Poppy, King Thistle, Nanny Plum...) and the elves are not.
** Lampshaded in the episode Spies: Strawberry, pretending to be an elf, gives her name as "Strawberry - I mean Alice" and Barnaby, pretending to be a fairy, gives his as "Barnaby - I mean Bamboo."
** Tarquin the fairy and Nettle the elf seem to be the only exceptions.
*** Tarquin will have a problem if he needs a new wand, since the Wise Old Elf says fairies' wands come from the plant they're named after.
* ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': In keeping with previous protagonists with bird-themed names, Aguilar means "eagle house" in Spanish (as in "pigeon house"), coming from the Spanish word for "eagle" (águila), while Callum means "dove" in Scottish and Irish Gaelic (as in "Hawk and Dove").
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToadPatrol'', almost all the Toadlets are named after types of mushrooms (Panther Cap, Oyster, Puffball, Shaggy Mane, Earth Star).

* For the magic-themed ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', the core five are members of the "Ozu" (as in ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'') 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", and is the word used to translate "wizard" in several Japanese adaptations of ''The Wizard of Oz''.
* ''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:Science and Technology]]
* The four generals in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' 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.
* In keeping with the theme naming trope set by the very thing it's parodying, ''Literature/SailorNothing'' uses the noble gasses plus an OddNameOut technique for the Dark Generals (Argon, Neon, Xenon, Radon, and '''Cobalt''').
* When history was altered so Creator/MarvelComics' third Captain Marvel, Genis-Vell, suddenly had a sister, she turned out to be named Phyla, riffing off the taxonomical 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 ''VideoGame/{{Zelda II|TheAdventureOfLink}}''. 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.
* ''Manga/ShamanKing'':
** The members of the Pache tribe in are all named after elements of the periodic table: Silva (silver), Goldva (gold), Kalim (kalium AKA potassium), Rutherfor (rutherfordium) and so on.
** Among other examples of Theme Naming, we get an example of ''Drug'' Theme Naming, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar of all things]]. Specifically, a British shaman named Lyserg Deithel (from lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD) and his Spirit Morphine (whose name is even ''more'' blatant). In the English manga, Morphine's name is changed to "Morphea" (but that's probably just to make it sound more like a name), and in the English anime it's changed to "Chloe", removing the reference entirely.
* ''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.
* ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'': The mice are named after mathematical principles (Cevian, Cartesian, Euclidian, Heronian…)
* 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.
* 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/PokemonHeartGoldAndSoulSilver'', the Rocket admins (Proton, Petrel, Arianna and Archer) are named after... well, rockets.
* The ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' series {{Terraform}}er ships use a hexadecimal string (#deca, #fade, #cefa).
* The ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' are all named after skin afflictions - Rash, Pimple, and Zitz.
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', all of the elves are named after prescription drugs.
* Rom Di Prisco, in ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed'' or otherwise, names his songs after various scientific and mathematics terms such as Quantum Singularity, Graviphoton, Subatomic Shifter, Quantum Velocity, Liquid Plasma (which is a bit of a paradox, those are two different states of matter). The other theme in his music are {{Stellar Name}}s.
* ''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).
* ''WebAnimation/GirlChanInParadise'' has main character Kenstar and his DistaffCounterpart Maytag, named after brands of washing machines.
* Arakune's moves from ''Franchise/{{Blazblue}}'' are named after mathematical terms, such as If P Then Q, Y Two-Dash, Permutation N R, A±B, Equals 0 (which makes you invisible) and Zero Vector. His super moves are N Factorial, F Inverse, F Of G and F Equals, and his Astral Finish is named N To Infinity.
* 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.]]

[[folder:Titles and Occupations]]
* 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 [[Franchise/TheFlash Spe]][[OddNameOut edo]].
* 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. Simon Pegg has 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. Additionally, Guy Shepherd [[spoiler: tries to guide the main characters into accepting fate and becoming alien replicants (i.e. sheep).]]
* 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]].
* A ''lot'' of real-life English-language surnames are derived from occupations, such as Smith, Miller, Cook, Baker, Taylor, Shepherd, Potter, Fisher, Cooper, etc. Some German-language surnames follow the same concept.
* In the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh TCG'', the Igknight names were changed to place more emphasis on the "knight" part of the name, rather than "ignite", by naming the members after medieval military positions (or other terms related to chivalric ideas).

[[folder:Water/The Sea]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is filled with people named after Japanese warships from WWII and pieces of nautical equipment.
* ''Anime/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.
** [[spoiler:The codenames of the subjects wearing diving suits are all water-related: Slick, Mist, Typhoon, Surge, Hydride and Mariner. Laze seems to be an exception.]]
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', people from District 4 tend to have aquatic names (Finnick, Annie Cresta, etc).
* The majority of ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'' characters follow a naming theme based off where they live. In the Ripple Kingdom they have sea-based names.
* Most of the principle characters from ''Series/{{Stingray|1964}}'' have a water/sea theme going: Captain Tempest, Commander Shore and his daughter Atlanta, Phones (from "hydrophones"), Marina, Sub-Lieutenant Fisher and so on.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats,'' [=RiverClan=] cats are often named after water-related things in nature (Graypool, Lilystem, Lakeshine, Rippleclaw, Rainflower, Stormfur, Rainstorm, Silverstream) or aquatic animals (Piketooth, Troutstream, Ottersplash, Voleclaw).
* Most of the major characters in ''Manga/SazaeSan'' are named after what you would find in the sea: Sazae (the horned turban, a type of sea snail), Wakame (seaweed), Katsuo (Skipjack tuna), Namihei (tidal wave), Fune (boat), Masuo (from "masu", Japanese for trout), Tarao (from "tara", Japanese for Gadidae fish).

* The Tendos in ''Manga/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 ''Manga/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.
* 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]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': Unova's towns are named after clouds, such as Accumula (cumulus) and I''cirrus''.
* The Imperial Japanese Navy was big on theme naming. Destroyers were usually named after weather phenomena or [[TemporalThemeNaming 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.
* At Steamboat Ski Resort in Colorado, which uses a lot of theme naming for different parts of the mountain, the runs on Storm Peak have weather-themed names.
* In the original Japanese version (but not the English dub) of ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'', the members of the Build Team are named Build Hurricane, Build Cyclone and Build Typhoon (their leader Build Boy is the OddNameOut), with the alt modes of their [[CombiningMecha combined form]] following the same theme.
* ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'': Three of the Rangers have the names of their respective arsenal/Zords based on the name of a weather phenomenon ("lightning" for the Red Ranger, "thunder" for the Green Ranger, "wind" for the Pink Ranger).
* [[SantaClaus Donner and Blitzen]] are named after the German words for thunder and lightning.
* Pegasi from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' often have weather-inspired names like Rainbow Dash, Lightning Dust, Thunderlane, Cloudchaser, Zephyr Breeze, etc.
* Sports teams tend to be named after animals or badass human titles, but a somewhat common alternative is weather names. Cities that use it thematically include Miami (the Heat and the Hurricanes) and Tampa Bay (the Storm and the Lightning).

!!Other Examples

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''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).
* Miko and Matsuri's names in ''Anime/{{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 Frieza and his family in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' who are all named after English terms for cold or cooling kitchen appliances (King Cold, Cooler, etc.). It's something of of a SignatureStyle for creator Creator/AkiraToriyama in almost everything he works on, with [[EdibleThemeNaming foodstuffs]] being far and away his favorite naming scheme.
* The few members of the Joketsuzoku (or "Amazons") in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' who are named are named after cosmetics, [[EdibleThemeNaming spices, or Indian food]]: for example, the central trio Cologne, Shampoo, and Mousse.
* Aside from the AnimalThemeNaming for the main cast in ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'', the Nezu siblings' given names are based on varying degrees of luck.
* Franchise/YuGiOh:
** Yuzu and [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Celina/Serena]] from ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' have their name follows the female leads of the previous series. Yuzu and Anzu are both fruits, while Serena and Asuka are related to time of day (Serena=moon, Asuka= tomorrow/dawn).
** Interestingly enough, the dub names of the female leads complement with the types of deck that the protagonist in their respective series use. Tea means Gift of God, referring to Yugi's God Cards. Alexis means defender, referring to Jaden's Elemental Heroes, Akiza is likely named after Akiva which means to protect, referring to Yusei's Junk Warriors and Stardust Dragon, Tori means Victory, referring to Yuma's Number 39: Utopia, and Zuzu is named after Susan Boyle, an opera singer and type of performer, just like Yuya.
* ''Anime/DeathParade'': Each of the [[ArtificialHuman arbiters]] who play a role in the judgement of humans' souls are given names extracted from the [[NumericalThemeNaming Latin number]] for their assigned floor. Those without a defined floor number still retain Latin theme naming with a loose connection to their role (i.e. Clavis (key), controls the tower's only elevator; Castra (castle), assigns who goes to which floor for judgement; and Oculus ([[HellishPupils eye]]), oversees the tower's operations and makes the rules).
* The Chimera Ants' Royal Guards in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' have names that cover multiple categories: The first half is ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming, named after obscure Egyptian Gods, and the second half is ShoutOutThemeNaming, named after characters from the French children's book series ''Caroline et ses Amis'': Neferpitou (Nefertem and Pitou), Shaiapouf (Shai and Pouf), and Menthuthuyoupi (Montu and Youpi).

[[folder:Asian Animation]]
* In ''Animation/NoonboryAndTheSuper7'', the good guys are known as Borys and the bad guys are known as Gurys. Accordingly, the Borys all have names ending in "bory" (e.g. Noonbory, Lunabory, Totobory, etc.), and the Gurys all have names ending in "gury" (e.g. Wangury, Rosygury, Coldygury, etc.).

* In the ''ComicBook/{{Bunty}}'' story "The Four Marys", all the heroines had the same name (Mary). In order to avoid confusion, they all had nicknames based on their surnames - Raddy (Radleigh); Simpy (Simpson); Fieldy (Field) and Cotty (Cotter).
* The three main characters of ''ComicBook/{{Owly}}'' have names ending in "-y" (Owly, Wormy, and Scampy).

[[folder:Fan Fics]]
* In ''FanFic/PrettyCurePerfumePreppy'', a motif of scents stretches itself through the Cures and the mascots (Lavvie is short for lavender, and Pittan's name is supposed to be derivated from the Brazillian name of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenia_uniflora Eugenia uniflora]]). Even [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafflesia Raflesina]] and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ylang_ylang monsters]] fall under this.

* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', the Kingsman agents are, from the given examples, code-named after the Knights of the Round Table, with the leader being called Arthur and the tech/training agent called Merlin.
* The Agent [[ThemeTwinNaming "triplets"]] in ''Film/TheMatrix'' media, Smith, Jones, and Brown, are all stereotypically common short American surnames. In fact, Agents all seem to be called by common surnames.
* In a subtle and possibly unintentional example, the ThreeAmigos of ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' -- Ferris, Sloane and Cameron -- all have common surnames as first names.

* 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.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' employs Theme Naming to delineate the ethnic, cultural and familial differences between its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* In ''Literature/NorthOfBeautiful'' 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 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), 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''.
* In the third book of the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, Dairine had to resort to this when naming a thousand Mobiles. From [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous US Presidents and UK monarchs]], comic book, fantasy movie and literature characters to [[LocationThemeNaming states and their capitals]], she went through a lot of themes.
* The works of Creator/PGWodehouse have a very clear set of naming conventions.
** Men with ordinary-sounding one- or two-syllable names are often heroes and good guys.
** Similarly, a woman with an ordinary-sounding one- or two-syllable name is likely to be a decent person.
** Women with masculine-sounding two-syllable names ending in -y or -ie like Bobbie, Billie or Corky will be perky and fun-loving, but also devil-may-care, risk-prone and quite likely to land herself and any hangers-on in trouble.
** Men with two-syllable names ending in -y or -ie like Freddie or Reggie are generally amiable but silly and dumb in an UpperClassTwit sort of way.
** Men with silly nicknames like Bingo and Guppy are the above, taken UpToEleven.
** Men with classic "Romantic lead"- names like Desmond or Derek are generally heels.
** Men with names that sound like they belong in ''Literature/LeMorteDarthur'' are also heels, but also likely to fall into AristocratsAreEvil.
** Women with pretentious or creatively spelled names like Kathrynne or Melusine are pseudo-intellectual, [[CloudCuckooLander "artistic" in temperament]] and extremely annoying.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The Sinclairs in ''{{Series/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.
* The Boohbahs from ''Series/{{Boohbah}}'' all have names ending in "bah" (Humbah, Zumbah, Zing Zing Zingbah, Jumbah, and Jingbah).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' uses this as a gameplay mechanic, by having several related cards with the same [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Archetype word]] in their names, and card effects that work on only cards with such names. Moreover, there is the "''X'' Eyes ''Y'' Dragon" theme, which isn't an archetype, it's just a thing the designers do. It started off with the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, which later got a colour-inverted counterpart, Red-Eyes Black Dragon. Both of these later got upgraded forms, Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon and Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon. Around the ''Zexal'' era, this exploded into ridiculousness, so that as well as the aforementioned dragons, there are now (deep breath): Googly-Eyes Drum Dragon, Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon, Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon, Galaxy-Eyes Neo-Tachyon Dragon, Galaxy-Eyes Ci[her Dragon, Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon, Galaxy-Eyes Full Armor Photon Dragon, Neo Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon, Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon, Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon, Galaxy-Eyes Dark Matter Dragon, Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon, Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, Neo Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, Blue-Eyes Twin Burst Dragon, Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon, Malefic Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Blue-Eyes Chaos MAX Dragon, Blue-Eyes Alternative Dragon, Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon, Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon, Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon, Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon, Malefic Red-Eyes Black Dragon, Red-Eyes Black Flare Dragon, Red-Eyes Flare Metal Dragon, Red-Eyes Meteor Dragon, Red-Eyes Retro Dragon, Red-Eyes Toon Dragon, Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon, Odd-Eyes Gravity Drago,n Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon, Odd-Eyes Mirage Dragon, Odd-Eyes Persona Dragon, Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon, Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon, Odd-Eyes Saber Dragon, and Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon. Phew!

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' has Cream the Rabbit, who is inseperable from Cheese the [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Chao]]. Get it? [[DontExplainTheJoke Cream cheese]]?
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': All dragon names are derived from English words related to dark concepts. Across the game and its sequel, we have Seath (As in "To ''seethe'' in anger"), Kalameet (''Calamity'') and Sinh (''Sin'', if that wasn't obvious.).
* ''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.
* 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.
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', the five multiplayer [[DownloadableContent 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.
* 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/FinalFantasyIV'' names the four elemental fiends (Rubicante, Scarmiglione, Barbariccia, and Cagnazzo after some of Dante's Malebranche from the Inferno.
* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', newly-created Huragok (aka Engineers) are named for the way they float immediately after they are created, resulting in names such as "Lighter Than Some", "Quick To Adjust", and "Prone To Drift". Their ability to seemingly ''never'' run out of words to describe their buoyancy qualities is even lampshaded in ''Literature/HaloMortalDictata''.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', the skeletons Sans and Papyrus are apparently named after the Comic Sans and Papyrus fonts which their dialogue text loosely resembles. Naming skeletons after fonts may also be a ShoutOut to ''Webcomic/{{Helvetica}}''.

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* 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.]]

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* ''{{WebVideo/Aaron}}'''s protagonist is called Adam. Characters who are aligned with him also have A names - Arianna (his girlfriend) and Aaron (his unborn son). His brother, who is opposed to him, is named Chris.
* ''Literature/ArcanaMagiUniverse'':
** In ''Literature/ArcanaMagiZero'', Alysia Perez and Megumi Miyazaki named their magical items Saga and Fable after genres of fiction.
** In the ''Literature/ArcanaMagi'' Main Series, the Sentinels magical items are named Saga, Fable, Legacy, and Epic.
* ''Wiki/TVTropes'': Our trope naming organizations, like JustForFun/{{SPOON}}, JustForFun/{{FoRKS}}, JustForFun/{{KNIVES}}, and JustForFun/{{PLATTER}}, were all named after kitchen utensils.
* Meta example in ''Literature/VoidDomain'': All non-main teachers at Brakket Magical Academy are references to other works.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' a majority of the characters names are either a PunnyName or ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin (Sheep, the Ranting Swede, Angry Scientist).

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* The Mars Rovers are developing a pattern -- Pathfinder (lander)/Sojourner (rover); Spirit (R.I.P) and Opportunity (still kicking), Curiosity (rover).
* This is actually a common trope when it comes to naming things in space. As it turns out, there are so many things in the universe that it ultimately doesn't matter what their discoverers call them, leading to astronomers giving object serially themed names, ranging from naming [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfUranus the moons]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moons_of_Uranus of Uranus]] after [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean characters]], to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9617_Grahamchapman a series of asteroids]] named after [[Creator/MontyPython the cast of Monty Python.]]
** Since there are a ''lot'' of asteroids, astronomers looking for names for them began naming them after mythological heroes. At first semi-accidentally but now by convention, those in Jupiter's L4 and L5 Lagrangian points are named after characters from the Iliad, with those on one side of Jupiter being named for heroes from the Greek side, and those on the other named after heroes from the Trojan side. There are two exceptions from before the convention was established: 624 Hektor (a Trojan) is in the leading "Greek camp" and 617 Patroclus (a Greek) is in the trailing "Trojan camp".
* Britain's Royal Navy has a tendency to use theme naming for their ships, with each class of ships being assigned a particular theme (such as all having a name starting with the same letter, all being named from Greek mythology, or all being named after virtues). 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). And more recently the Duke class frigates (all [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin named after dukes]]).
** Most other nations' navies instead simply have naming conventions dictating how each type of ship would be named, rather than a theme for each class. For example, during the first half the 20th century the US Navy named battleships after states, cruisers after cities, aircraft carriers after battles or famous 18th and 19th century warships[[note]]Both of these themes came about by accident. Aside from the experimental USS ''Langley'', the first US aircraft carriers were the converted battlecruisers ''Lexington'' and ''Saratoga'' (the US Navy never having built battlecruisers before, no established naming convention existed for them), named after [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution warships of the Continental Navy]]. The next two dozen aircraft carriers followed this scheme (at least initially; some were renamed during construction), but with the massive increase in the number being build for World War II (over a hundred of them, including the smaller light and escort carriers) it was obvious that more names were needed. Since many of the names already used were also the names of Revolutionary War battles, using the names of famous battles (in all of America's wars, not just the Revolution) was considered the obvious choice.[[/note]], destroyers after war heroes, and submarines after marine animals. The pre-[=WW2=] Imperial Japanese Navy on the other hand named battleships after provinces, aircraft carriers after animals (both real and mythological), heavy cruisers after mountains, light cruisers after rivers and destroyers after natural phenomena, with the caveat that a ship converted from one type to another would often keep its old name regardless of breaking the theme.
*** A caveat in the Modern United States naming conventions: aircraft carriers are named after admirals or statesmen (Presidents or Senators thus far). If it is an admiral, then only the last name will be used (i.e. USS ''Nimitz'') and if a statesman, it will be the full name (i.e. USS ''Ronald Regan'' or the upcoming USS ''John F. Kennedy''). Another class of ships can be named after a statesman, but this is usually only when they are particularly associated with that type of ship. For example, the USS ''Jimmy Carter'' is a nuclear submarine because Jimmy Carter was stationed on them when he was in the Navy. The exception to ''this'' scheme was the now-retired aircraft carrier USS ''Forrestal'', named after a statesman (Secretary of Defense James Forrestal) but using only his last name.
* 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 but not limited to stagecoach based names on Pioneer Ridge, 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.
* 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.
* In the Netherlands at least, street name themes often vary by part of town. Common ones are "flower neighborhood" ([[https://www.google.nl/maps/place/Bloemenbuurt,+Almere/@52.38929,5.2807756,16.25z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x47c617c33a2cf05f:0x2a674fd6352abbae!8m2!3d52.3887727!4d5.2844834 take a look for yourself]], "bird neighborhood" with names as 'Kiekendief', "professor neighborhood" with names like 'Arestotelesstraat' and 'Platolaan' and "royal family neighborhood" with names as 'Maximastraat'. There's even [[http://io9.gizmodo.com/this-small-netherlands-town-has-streets-named-after-tol-1523909927 a Tolkien neighborhood]] and a 'comic heroes neighborhood' with names as 'Donaldducklaan'.
* Brazil has a tendency of naming their streets and highways after [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_indigenous_peoples_of_Brazil native indigenous tribes]] (Tupis, Guaranis, Caetés, Tamoios, etc.), such as in the UsefulNotes/SaoPaulo neighborhood of [[http://www.moema.com/guiaderuas.htm Moema]] and the Minas Gerais capital [[http://www.filologia.org.br/ileel/artigos/artigo_401.pdf Belo Horizonte]] .
* Once Arthur J. Brown decided to baptize his American Basketball Association franchise from New York, he chose a name that both invoked the sport and [[RhymesOnADime rhymed with]] [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Jets]] and [[Usefulnotes/{{MLB Teams}} Mets]]: New York Nets (currently known as the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA's]] Brooklyn Nets).
* Operating systems:
** Major releases of the Debian operating system (and often derivatives of this system) are named after characters from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.
** Ubuntu Linux uses an [adjective] [animal] scheme that follows the alphabet, e.g. Utopic Unicorn, Wily Werewolf[[note]]Some of the animals are pretty obscure, e.g. Xerus (a squirrel), [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pangolin Pangolin]][[/note]].
** Linux Mint uses female first names following the alphabet, e.g. Rebecca, Sarah.
** Android uses sweets, e.g. Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat.
* Automobiles:
** Fiat has a few vehicles named after old coins, such as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ducat Ducato]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florin Fiorino]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doubloon Doblo]].
** Lancia often uses Greek letters as names for their cars, e.g. Kappa, Thema.
** Lamborghini takes the majority of their names from bullfighting, such as Miura, Murcielago, Gallardo. Countach is an exception.
** Lotus seems to exclusively use words starting with "E" for their model names like Elan, Esprit, Europa...
** Maserati gets a lot of their names from notable winds like Khamsin, Ghibli, Bora, and Mistral. Although this has been phased out since the turn of the century.
* In the US, where towns were often laid out all at once instead of growing over centuries, it is ''very'' common for streets in a neighborhood to have related names. Popular choices are: US states, US presidents, counties (in the current state), trees, universities (especially common in college towns), and prominent (for the time) local sponsors. All of these generally come after the letters and numbers have been used up; “the corner of 2nd and C” is a perfectly normal American address.
** While there are probably many other examples: the town of St. Joseph, Missouri was founded by Joseph Robidoux, who had a large family. The major east-west streets in downtown St. Joseph (from Faraon on the north to Messanie on the south) were named after his 8 children. The one east-west street in that group that is ''not'' named for one of his children is Angelique, which is named after his (second) wife instead.