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  • After deciding to change its name from the Washington Redskins, Washington DC's football team is now named "Washington Football Team".
  • Contra Costa County, California—Spanish for "opposite coast". Because the 18th century Spanish building a fort and a mission in what eventually became San Francisco looked across the bay to the opposite coast, and named it Opposite Coast.
  • During the English Civil War, Prince Rupert of the Rhine, Charles I's nephew and military commander, had an inseparable standard poodle called Pudel.
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  • Beverley Nichols mentioned in one of his books that his Hungarian neighbours had a cat called Cica — Hungarian for "cat". Hungarian-born photographer Suzanne Szasz also named her cat Cica.
  • Used to be the case for the Sun, as well as the Solar System, but terminology has changed, and The Sun is now a proper name for a specific star, and the generic term for a system of planets orbiting a star is now "star system." While other stars can still be referred to poetically as "distant suns," they're usually called by their proper names (e.g. Alpha Centauri, Sirius, HD 206250).
    • Still played straight with Earth's moon, however, which is simply known as "The Moon".
  • George Foreman owned a dog named Doggo.
    • As unoriginal as this looks, at least it's more original than the names he gave his five sons (all named George).
  • Mariah Carey owned a Jack Russell terrier named "Jack".
  • Many monotheists express loyalty to a god they call "God". Jehovah's Witnesses are notable for being Christians that avert this.
  • There is a shopping mall in St. Matthews, Kentucky, originally named The Mall. To distinguish it from other shopping malls in the area, it was sometimes specified as The Mall in St. Matthews. Its official name is now Mall St. Matthews.
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  • There was also a shopping mall called The Mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It has since changed its name to Putra Place when a new management took over though.
  • A common girl's name is Colleen, the English spelling of Cailin, the Irish word for Girl.
    • Same in Greek: Kore (the derived form Cora is much more common)
  • Pueblo, Colorado. "Pueblo" means "town" in Spanish.
  • lists at least three racehorses which are named simply "The Horse" or just "Horse".
  • Marshal Józef Piłsudski, the leader of Poland (1918-1922 and 1926-1935) had a dog named Pies ("Dog").
    • The marshal's favourite companion, a chestnut mare, is considered one of symbols of pre-war Poland. He called her Kasztanka, which is simply a Polish word for a chestnut mare. Her actual name was Fantazja ("Fantasy"), but that's a fact unknown to most of people.
  • Boaty McBoatface, the suggested name for a polar research vessel.
  • Honolulu's bus service is called TheBus.
  • There's a republic, in central Africa. It's called the Central African Republic. Blame the French.
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  • The ancient Romans combined this trope with misogyny when naming their daughters. If your family's name was Julius, your son would get three fancy names like Gaius Julius Caesar. Your daughter would only get the feminine of the family name—"Julia". If you had more than one daughter they'd get numbers: Julia Primera, Julia Secunda..."Girl Child #1, Girl Child #2".... (They weren’t much better with their sons; while there sometimes was more variation, many families did the same thing with boys as with girls, keeping two of the three names and using the number for the first—e.g. Primus Julius Caesar, Secundus Julius, Tertius Julius Caesar, etc.)
  • Rally driver Ott Tänak used to carry along a plush duck good-luck charm whom he affectionately named, well, Duck, though he eventually parted ways with her especially after his Ford Fiesta foundered at a reservoir in 2015.
  • From May 6, 1998 to March 20, 2019, Nur-Sultan, the capital city of Kazakhstan, was named Astana, meaning "capital city" in Kazakh.
  • Pablo Picasso had several dogs throughout his life, one of which was a Dalmatian named "Perro," the Spanish word for dog.
  • Johnny Ramone was so conservative that he didn't give his pets names "because animals don't have names in nature."
  • The female actress Mädchen Amick, whose given name is the German word for "girl".
  • Played with a little, but a decently common boy's name is Guy.
  • In 1798, they split off Rockland county, NY, and they needed a new city to be the county seat. They named the new city New City.


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