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I Accidentally Brand X'd an Entire House:

 1 Mukora, Thu, 22nd Mar '12 4:04:05 PM from a place Relationship Status: Love is an open door
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So, I just started up a story I've been wanting to write for a while, and three chapters in, I realized the local "Asshole Noble Family" have a name suspiciously similar to the example in A Song of Ice and Fire, the Lannisters. Mine are the Lancasters.

I didn't do it intentionally, by any means, and only noticed it when I was describing the characters to a friend.

Is this something to worry about? Should I change the name, or just keep going with the current name?
 2 nrjxll, Thu, 22nd Mar '12 4:41:01 PM Relationship Status: Not war
I'd be more worried about the association with the real Lancasters (who the Lannisters may very well be a reference to), personally.

Also, I don't think that's a correct use of Brand X.

 3 Mukora, Thu, 22nd Mar '12 4:52:18 PM from a place Relationship Status: Love is an open door
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I know it isn't the correct use, but I couldn't find a trope that described this well enough.
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Personally, whenever I see 'Lancaster' I think 'British bomber class circa World War II.' But that's just me.
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 5 Night, Thu, 22nd Mar '12 6:38:21 PM from PSNS Intrepid Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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I think "place in the UK" and then "bomber" and then "last name" but yeah.
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I don't think it's worth worrying over.

 7 Nightwire, Thu, 22nd Mar '12 9:27:33 PM Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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I'm having the same problem: I came up with a name for my Mad Scientist school (the University of Cogsworth). Then half a month later, I realized that it sounds suspiciously like Hogswart from Harry Potter.

edited 22nd Mar '12 9:30:03 PM by Nightwire

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 8 nrjxll, Thu, 22nd Mar '12 9:31:42 PM Relationship Status: Not war
You too may have less of a problem then you think, considering that it's actually Hogwarts (and yes, the S does make a difference there).

If anything, the impression I get from Cogsworth is "Steampunk U".

 9 Nightwire, Thu, 22nd Mar '12 9:40:23 PM Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Paperclip Curator
Heh, I'm not too familiar with Harry Potter anyway. But yeah, my work does have a Steam Punk / Diesel Punk feel.

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Indecisive Goldfish
Cogsworth makes me think of the clock-guy from the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast more than Hogwarts.

 11 Nightwire, Thu, 22nd Mar '12 11:34:28 PM Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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The city which holds my university is named after its founder, the Reverend Sir Reginald Cogsworth.
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I wouldn't be too worried There have been two Harry Potter's and another Wizard named Harry as well.

Why not two Lancasters.

I chose most of my protagonist first names based off other famous works, only because I feel that helps and single names usually can't be copy written.
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 13 JHM, Wed, 28th Mar '12 6:30:37 AM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
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Well, Lancaster's kind of problematic...

There are similar names in that vein open for use, however...

(Granted, this is from a person who gave one character the surname Caboga, so take what you will with a grain of salt.)

edited 28th Mar '12 6:32:26 AM by JHM

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