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Things in reality/real life/meatspace/Earth/etc. with many names.

  • As a general rule, anything, living or inanimate, will accumulate myriads of names given long enough time. Bonus point if that thing is recognized in different cultures in different parts of the world; it is possible for those civilizations to give that thing different names even without factoring in the different languages.
  • Truth in Television: for one, Sun Yat-sen, leader of Nationalist China, with as many as thirty names.
    • Chinese revolutionaries and thinkers all tend to work with an impressively large number of pseudonyms and noms de plume in order to evade the Powers that Be.
      • True with most revolutionaries of many nations. They adopt multiple noms de guerre to avoid agents of the government as well as to project certain images of themselves or to disassociate with their pasts. (Leon Bronstein became Leon Trotsky, Iosif Djugashvilli became Josef Stalin, Vladimir Ulyanov became Vladimir Lenin, Nguyen Sinh Cung became Nguyen Ai Quoc then Ho Chi Minh, Kim Sung Joo became Kim Il Sung, to give a few examples.)
      • The Kim Il-Sung one is an interesting example, as Kim Il-Sung was originally the name of another (more well known) Korean revolutionary leader who was recently killed when the other Kim took his name; essentially, creating a Dread Pirate Roberts situation.
      • Before settling on the name Stalin, Iosif Djugshvili took the nom de guerre Koba, after a Georgian folk hero who is also the hero of the 1883 novel The Patricide''.
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  • Romans had a praenomen, nomen (or nomen gentile), and cognomen. Praenomen was the given name (e.g. Gaius), nomen was the clan name (e.g. Julius), of which, potentially, there could be several, cognomen was a name that distinguished an individual based on his characteristics (e.g. Caesar, Tacitus). In addition, accomplished individuals often added an agnomen, based on their accomplishments, such as military victories (e.g. Africanus).note  in addition, there may be additional patronyms based on names of their parents or even grandparents. The other wiki [1] provides multiple examples.
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  • Arabic has around 300 words for lion, with certain top estimates counting to 400. The author who compiled the dictionary containing the names had a habit of collecting synonyms for living things and no way indicated everyday use, with a lion's share (pun intended) being used as personal names (the usual Arabic word for lion is "Asad"). Still, you have to wonder how highly regarded the lions are among the Arabs to have so many, mostly imposing, titles, as other usual animals-to-be-respected like wolves don't get the same treatment (and unlike the lions, are very much still present in the Middle East). Samples of the names include Abbas, Feras, Hamza, Haydar, Ifrit, Hasur, Awf, and Mayyas.
  • Naoki Maeda, of Dance Dance Revolution fame. He has produced songs for Konami's Bemani franchise under many, many pseudonyms, most of which he only uses once or twice. It's been rumored that "Naoki Maeda" is not his real name, and is yet another pseudonym; "Naoki M" is an anagram of "Konami," and some argue that it's too much of a coincidence that his real name would be an unintentional Shout-Out to Konami.
    • Just to list a few: Naoki, Naoki Underground, De-Sire, RevenG, Z, ZZ, Omega, Crystal Aliens, d-Complex, Factor-X, NM...
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    • Custom stepfile maker Chuck Enck, a.k.a. Family Farce, takes this trope and runs it into the ground. Here we go: Family Farce, Hypernov8, dj foreshanks, F+ F, Nullify, KLiNK, Sidewinder, ASSIMILATION, Yawaraka, The Grind, Tidal Da Wave, Sun Buddha, radiograph, Rampage Superstars, Hulisi-Ska, Nadeshiko feat. H8!, PIPN, PIPN UNDERGROUND, PIPN SPEEDVIBE, Kurio, SideFX, DJ Analytic Hum, E519, 375U, APT.204, Gunhat, Snatcher, Pointy, Radical Minds, Avin, Reigun Overdose, Eversedative, Omega Phlegm, DJ Rezolution, Tri-Umvirate, Ni-MH, Chaarusu, NOMA VAE VICTIS, H.S.M Recovery Team, Miasma, Culture-Slum, Project Anilox, Riksmaal, Agnostix, FL@_line, Devonshire, Nessus, MC Turista, Digital Chaos, Okui Hun, e.n.d, Rick Victims, Magway, DJ Nedved, Victor-E, Mr. Pill, Sound Pressure, Jimmy Presto, Cetro, XY-Cycle, ROBO MOJO vs. EE330, A.B.O.F.A, C&E, EZKL, Final Gasp, Retsu Group, Automatic Allisto feat. Angela, DJ Torq, S.Hazard, Two Faced Trio, Sevensleuth, Tune Out.
    • Kyle Ward of In the Groove fame also goes by Inspector K, KaW, Smiley (actually just a happy face), KeeL, K-Bit...
      • This is actually informative: Each alias writes a different style of music. KaW does trance, Smiley does happy hardcore, K-Bit does chiptune-style stuff...
  • The cougar is also known as a puma, catamount, panther, painter, mountain lion, American lion, brown tiger, deer lion, and mountain screamer. Some of the rarer names, only in common use in backwater areas, include ghost walker, ghost lion, screech lion, and purple feather.
  • Terrestrial crustaceans of the order Isopoda are variously referred to as pill bugs, roly-polies, woodlice, sow bugs, armadillo bugs, cheeselogs, doodlebugs, potato bugs, chuggypigs, butcher boys, cheesy bugs, slaters, roll up bugs, chunky pigs, gramersows, butchy boys, or wood bugs. Oh, or isopods, for their official name.
  • Dogs of mixed ancestry have many generic names: Hybrid, mutt, cur, cross-breed, mix(ed)-breed, mongrel, Heinz 57, and simply "dog".
  • Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the Vatican City State, Servant of the Servants of God, and last, but not least, Jorge Mario Bergoglio. There used to be more — "Patriarch of the West", "Vicar of the Apostolic See", and "Vicar of Peter" were all used in the past, for example. Really, all the ancient heads of state did this, to some greater or lesser extent. See Queen Elizabeth II and the Tsars above, for example.
  • Some college sports teams have more than one nickname. Army is known as the Cadets and the Black Knights. North Texas is the Eagles and the Mean Green. Virginia Tech can be the Hokies or the Gobblers, although Gobblers isn't used much anymore. The LSU Tigers are often called the Bayou Bengals. Sometimes the women's teams will have different nicknames than the men: USC's men teams are the Trojans, while Women of Troy and Trojans are used interchangeably for women's teams.
  • In the case of men's and women's teams at a given college, it can be more complicated...
    • Some use a feminized version of the men's nickname for all women's teams. For example, all three Division I schools that use Cowboys as their men's team nicknamenote  call their women's teams Cowgirls.
    • Others use a feminine nickname for some but not all women's teams:
      • In the case of LSU, it depends on whether a particular sport has men's and women's teams. If so, Lady Tigers is used for the women's team. If a sport is sponsored only for women, it's known simply as Tigers.
      • Tennessee long called all of its women's teams Lady Volunteers, but in 2015 it dropped "Lady" from all of its women's teams except basketball. This was controversial enough that quite serious efforts were made in the state legislature to pass a law requiring restoration of the Lady Vols name. UT reversed course in 2017, allowing all of its women's teams to use "Lady Volunteers" once again if they so wished.
    • Some schools have very different nicknames for men's and women's teams—for one particularly notable example, Louisiana Tech calls its men's teams Bulldogs and its women's teams Lady Techsters.
      • UNLV is a special case—it uses separate nicknames only in basketball. Men's basketball uses Runnin' Rebels; women's basketball uses Lady Rebels; all other sports are just Rebels.
  • Rudy Ray Moore. The King of the Party Records. The Human Tornado. The Avenging Disco Godfather. Petey Wheatstraw. The Devil's Son-In-Law. Dolemite, muthafucka! Ya heard?
  • The city of Jerusalem has seventy names.
  • Voice Actors (especially ones doing anime) often have an alias or two when working on obscene or non-union projects. Some of the most glaring examples of voice actors having many names:
    • Kirk Thornton has also been credited as Ronald Allen, Ron Allen, Sparky Allen, Todd Crump, Donald Lee, Robert Lloyd, Sean Roberts, Spanky Roberts, Sparky Roberts, Kurt Thornton, Sean Thornton, Sparky Thornton, Sparly Thornton, Starky Thornton, Kirk Thorton, Sean Thorton, and Sparky Thorton.
    • Bridget Hoffman has also been credited as Ruby Marlowe, Ellen Arden, Ellen Wilkinson, Jane Arden, Karen Woods, Serena Kolb, and Tessa Ariel.
    • Stephanie Sheh has also been credited as Jennifer Sekiguchi, Stephanie Shane, Stephanie Shea, Tiffany Hsieh, Lulu Chiang, Laura Chyu, Becky Chiang, Saki Shin, and Michelle T. Hseih. In her case, it was because she didn't want to take credit for her early work, and kept changing her name.
    • Kari Wahlgren has been credited as Kay Jensen, Jennifer Jean, Tara Hudson, Renee Emmerson, and Jan Irving.
    • James Carter Cathcart has also been credited as Billy Beach, Carter Cathcart, Nicole Cathcart (for manly female voices), John Dorsey, and especially Jimmy Zoppi.
    • Dorothy Elias Fahn has also been credited as Dorothy Elias, Dorothy Fahn, Midge Mayes, Dorothy Melendez, Dorothy Melendrez, Jacky Morris, Annie Pastrano, Anna Grinta, and Johanna Luis.
    • Melissa Fahn has been credited as Heather Lee Joelson, Melissa Charles, and Tina Dixon.
    • Barbara Goodson has also been credited as Barbara Larsen, Betty Gustafson, Shirley Roberts, and Bertha Greene.
    • Sherry Lynn has also been credited as Katie Ashley, Roberta Kim, and Shirley Lane.
    • Michelle Ruff has also been credited as Georgette Rose, Jophie Roberts, and Sophie Roberts.
    • Mary Elizabeth McGlynn has also been credited as Melissa Williamson, Anna Top, Lucy Todd, and Charlotte Bell.
    • Daran Norris has also been credited as James Penrod, Justin Shyder, Rob Thomas, and Jack Hammer.
  • Babe Ruth, born George Herman Ruth, Jr. (his real name), was also known as "The Babe", "The Bambino", "The Sultan of Swat", "Caliph of Clout", "The King of Swing", "Rajah of Rap", "The Terrible Titan", "The Home Run King", "The Colossus of Clout", "The Wazir of Wham", the "Maharajah of Mash", the "Blunderbuss", "the Monarch of Maul" and "Behemoth of Bust". And those are just some of them.
  • Like many Asian cultures, Japanese children are generally given an Embarrassing First Name to not attract evil spirits, and then are expected to give themselves a "grownup" name by their first Rite of Passage... but many will also change their names to mark a turning point in their lives or in hopes of changing their fortunes. This doesn't include the many, many titles (granted or self-appointed) they may also gain in the course of their lives.
    • This, of course, doesn't apply to modern-day Japan, as nobody believes in these evil spirits regarding names anymore.
    • The naming system in Feudal Japan is extremely complex. Take the person we usually known as Tokugawa Ieyasu as an example: He was born Matsudaira Takechiyo, "Takechiyo" being the Embarrassing First Name mentioned above. When he came of age at 15, he became Matsudaira Jirōsaburō Motonobu— "Jirōsaburō" is a name others call him, and "Motonobu" a name he calls himself. After his first marriage, he changed his name to Matsudaira Kurandonosuke Motoyasu— the order is the same as above, but "Kurandonosuke" is less of a name but a title.
      In 1657, after switching allegiance towards Oda Nobunaga and claiming himself a Minamoto descendent, he again changed his name to Tokugawa Jirōsaburō Ieyasu, as the "moto" in his previous name came from Imamoto Yoshimoto. While the "family name" and the self-referring name remained constant afterward, in the subsequent years he'd more likely be referred to by his title of the time, which would be too long to list here.
      It should be noted that since he claimed to be a Minamoto (and Tokugawa is merely a cadet branch of Minamoto), and Minamoto is of the Kabane of ason, in some situations he'd call himself Tokugawa [Jirōsaburō or whatever he had at the time] Minamoto no Ason Ieyasu.
  • Chinese men used to (and perhaps still do) give themselves self-apportioned "style names".
  • Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese rulers had multiple "titles" in addition to names (of which there were several already, as noted above—actual names, boyhood names, style names etc). So, the Kangxi emperor of China (17th-18th century) may be known by his reign/era name "Kangxi," his posthumous name, which is very long, complicated, and rarely used, or his temple name, "Shengzu," among others. (but rarely any of his actual "names"—nobody dared call an emperor by his name.)
    • Of course, in case of some Chinese emperors, such as those of Yuan (Mongol) and Qing (Manchu) dynasties, they were also great khans of Mongolia (and in case of the latter, of Manchuria as well) which gave them additional names/titles. For example, Kangxi emperor was also the Enkh Amgalan Khan of Mongolia.
  • The Treaty of Westphalia uses up a significant portion of the first paragraph giving the full name of two leaders of the conflict and their two representatives. Look at that mess and realize it's mostly just saying, "X and Y were fighting, and it caused a lot of problems. A and B came to this conference for peace. Attached is the treaty."
  • Some users on share programs use multiple "tags" to be more recognized and have priority in some downloads.
  • Some practitioners of real-life magical traditions will use several names in order to get energy and power from all the name archetypes they tap into.
  • In the land of the Internet, people can have numerous nicknames, handles, email addresses, and aliases they might be known by, for whatever reason (changing whims, specific circumstances for being known by a certain name on a certain forum, or just to obfuscate their online identity).
  • In Real Life, many people will have nicknames they might be known by amongst certain groups of people. Depending on the people you hang out with, any normal person might collect a variety of names because of this alone.
  • Egyptian pharaohs had many names: a Horus name, a Nebty (two ladies) name, a Golden Horus name, a Throne name, and a personal name. So Thutmose III was fully known as:
    • Horus name Kanakht Khaemwaset meaning "Horus Mighty Bull, Arising in Thebes"
    • Nebty name Wahnesytmireempet — "He of the Two Ladies, Enduring in kingship like Re in heaven"
    • Horus of Gold name Sekhempahtydsejerkhaw "Horus of Gold Powerful of strength, Sacred of appearance"
    • Throne name Menkheperre — "He of the Sedge and the Bee, Enduring of form is Re"
    • Personal name Thutmose Neferkheperu — "Son of Re, born of Thoth, beautiful of forms"
  • The humble tomato (Solanum lycopersicum). The Convention on Biological Diversity organized a project to list every plant on the planet in a giant catalogue (they're still at it, as of 2010). Most of the plants were erroneously given 2 or 3 names around the world, which is no big deal if you are looking for information on a particular plant. On the other hand, the tomato was accidentally given 790 fricking names, making it the plant with most names in the world.
  • A vehicular variation is the World War 2 aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, known as "The Big E", "Lucky E", and "The Grey Ghost", among other titles.
  • Chairman Mao's fourth wife went by eight names during her life: she was first called Lǐ Jìnhái (a boy's name) because her father wanted a son; then renamed Lǐ Shūméng; then enrolled in school as Lǐ Yúnhè, a more dignified name; then shortened it to Lǐ Hè; went by the stage name Lán Píng; then adopted the Nom de Guerre Jiāng Qīng; wrote articles under the pseudonym Lǐ Jìn; was called Madame Mao by the Western media; called herself Lǐ Rùnqīng after being released from prison. Her tombstone bears her school name, Lǐ Yúnhè.
  • Ramses II had a couple of different names, the most well known being Ramses the Great, then there was Ozymandias, and User-Maat-Re-Setep-En-Re.
  • Presenting his Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular. Note that he gave all these titles to himself.
  • Germany has many different categories of names in different languages, such as Germany in English, Deutschland in German itself, Allemagne in French, Niemcy in Polish, and a few others.
    • The United States has this in spades, since "the United States" is not so much a name as a title made of actual words, which are often translated: die Vereinigten Staaten, États-Unis, los Estados Unidos, etc.
    • In South Africa it's literally played Up to Eleven, as the country has eleven official languages and each of them has its own name for nearly every major city. Example: Cape Town, a.k.a. Kaapstad (Afrikaans) or iKapa (Xhosa).
  • And then there is, of course, Britain Versus the UK.
  • Prince Rogers Nelson, or simply known as Prince, had quite a few aliases. Among them are The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, The Artist, Alexander Nevermind, Coco, Starr * Company, Christopher, Tora Tora, Camille, and his very own symbol.
  • Mandarin Chinese has several names in that language. The most common are Putonghua ("Common Speech") and Guoyu ("National Language"), used on the Mainland and Taiwan, respectively. In parts of the diaspora, Huayu ("Chinese Language", Hua being a name for Chinese culture) is common. Finally, the word "Mandarin" is a rendering of Guanhua, "the speech of officials", from a time when it was the language of government functionaries based around Beijing.
  • The dinosaur Plateosaurus engelhardti has been named over 20 times (all of them have turned out to be the same species).
  • Many Chinese and Koreans who live in Western countries are given two names, so they can feel a part of both cultures. Also, names might be harder to pronounce or look/sound funny in the other language, e.g. 혜나 (HyeNa) looks like Hyena, and Jill (질) sounds like the Korean slang word for the female genitals.
    • Actually, some children who live in China and South Korea are given Western names. Christianity is one of the most common religions so Christian children have an extra name for their religion, but most children who aren't Christian also have Western names as well.
      • And many of those children who do not have a Western name will choose one, usually to use to identify themselves to foreigners, usually because Westerners might have a hard time pronouncing their Chinese names. It is also standard procedure to use Western names in English classes and schools, even if all staff and students are Chinese.
      • These names are never taken seriously as they only apply when you're in an English class and as they grow up it gets forgotten and more people are referring themselves with their original names, at least in Korea.
  • The United States of America. Also known as America, The United States, The United States of North America, The States, The Union, US of A, USA, US, 'Murrica, among others. In the late 1700s to the early 1800s, it was sometimes called Columbia as well.
  • Seoul had names like Wiyresong, Namgyeong, Hanseong, Hanyang, Gyeongseong or Keijo, and of course, Seoul.
  • Similar to its capital city, South Korea has names like Hanguk, Daehanminguk (official name), Namjoseon (used by North Korea sympathizers) and Namhan.
  • The Browning Hi-Power is also known as the HP-35, GP-35, the King of Nines or the BAP depending on what country you're in.
  • Sports stadiums and arenas can go through several names due to corporate sponsors paying money to have their name on the facilities. The current home of the Miami Dolphins and University of Miami Hurricanes, for instance, began life as Joe Robbie Stadium in 1987. At various times since, it has been known as Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Land Shark Stadium, Sun Life Stadium, New Miami Stadium, and now Hard Rock Stadium (itself amusing to fans of Florida State Seminoles, due to the irony that Hard Rock Cafe is owned by the local Seminole tribe, but the stadium is actually the home of their rivals, Miami)
    • The current TD Garden (home of the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins) deserves a special mention; its Wikipedia entry says that it has had 33 different names. It was originally going to be named the Shawmut Center after Shawmut Bank (which had bought the naming rights); shortly before it opened, Shawmut was bought by Fleet Bank and the name changed to the FleetCenter, meaning that it changed names even before its first day! In 2004, Fleet merged with Bank of America and the latter decided not to continue the naming agreement. In 2005, a new agreement was reached with TD Banknorth to make it the TD Banknorth Garden, which was later changed to TD Garden after the bank changed names in 2008. During the period when the FleetCenter was searching for a long-term replacement, between February 10 and March 13, 2005, it decided to repeatedly sell the right to name the building for one day on eBay. For thirty days the building had a new name each day, though two names were rejected and changed:
      • One was the "Derek Jeter Center", after the New York Yankees shortstop (the Boston Red Sox's most fiercely hated rival). To prevent a riot from taking place, they eventually settled on "New Boston Garden, Home of The Jimmy Fund Champions" for the day. (The Jimmy Fund is a cancer research fund.)
      • The other was the " UFIA Center" because it's Fark. When this was rejected, "Boston Garden" (the name of the previous arena at that location) was used as a replacement.
    • A non sponsor-related version was the São Paulo stadium built for The World Cup in 2014: the names Arena de São Paulo (obvious reasons), Arena Corinthians (after the team that kept the arena after the Cup), and Arena Itaquera (the neighborhood the venue is located) were all being used in promotional material, traffic signs and media coverage. The press also kept the nickname coined during construction, "Itaquerão". All this drove away companies that could seek naming rights, making Corinthians lose a profitable opportunity.
  • A Japanese painter most commonly called Hokusai was known by at least thirty names in his lifetime.
  • The security firm formerly known as Blackwater is an infamous group of Private Military Contractors. They kept changing their name, so who knows what they call themselves today? By 2014, they called themselves Academi, and had an affiliate named Greystone Limited.
  • Atlanta's CBS affiliate WGCL changes its name at least once every few years: it got stuck with the CBS affiliation as part of the New World/Fox Disaster Dominoes incident of 1994, and due to the history of broadcasting mechanics, stations on the UHF band, let alone major network affiliates on it, are usually not treated as highly as those in the VHF band with lower numbers. As mentioned on said page, WGCL has changed branding so many times since 1995, it is an actual miracle when it keeps a logo and news direction for two years in a row.
    • Until 1999, it branded as just WGNX (though with occasional "CBS 46" references after getting the affiliation)
    • Then it changed to CBS Atlanta in 1999.
    • Then it changed its call letters in 2000 to WGCL, coinciding with the station's strange "Clear News" format (complete with "I Can See Clearly Now" as its theme music!), and adopting "Clear TV" as its on-air name.
    • Then it went back to CBS Atlanta again in 2002 (this time with a style aping the look of the CBS Evening News at the time)
    • Then it went back to CBS 46 for, actually quite a while (until 2009). Though this era had Early Installment Weirdness with the short-lived "Atlanta's Newschannel" tabloid era (complete with cheesy vocals on the news intros!)
    • Then they went back to CBS Atlanta once more in 2009. Make up your mind already!
    • Then they went back to "CBS 46" for the third time in 2014, coinciding with a new set and the same graphics as CBS owned and operated stations (though with a different logo design). They debuted new graphics and a new slogan in 2017, but the branding has gotten much more confident than usual.
  • L. Frank Baum also wrote books as Edith Van Dyne, Capt. Huge Fitzgerald, Floyd Akers, Schuyler Stanton, Laura Bancroft, Suzanne Metcalf, John Estes Cooke, and Anonymous. He also used the names George Brooks and Louis F. Baumnote  in his early theater work.
  • Binomial nomenclature arose because of this trope and disparate species sharing common names. When discussing species, it's important to be precise.
  • Lycaon pictus is a canid variously known as the African wild dog, African hunting dog, Cape hunting dog, painted wolf, painted hunting dog, painted wild dog, and various combinations of these words or similar.
  • ABC Family. When it started up in 1977 it was a spin-off of the Christian Broadcasting Network and was named CBN Satellite Network, later revised to CBN Cable Network at the dawn of The ’80s. In 1988 it was revised again to CBN Family Channel before being spun off two years later and now going by The Family Channel, having become too profitable for the nonprofit CBN to keep. In 1997, the channel was brought by Fox, who renamed it Fox Family; however, they didn't know what to do with it and sold it to Disney in 2001, who then gave it the name ABC Family. In 2015, Disney announced that the channel would be renamed again, this time to the more neutral Freeform, due for January 2016, making for a total of seven name changes in the channel's nearly 40-year history.
  • Happens whenever a stray dog sneaks into a school. Every group of children will give it a different name unless it gets shooed out on time. Likewise, a class pet that's relatively long-lived, like a rabbit or guinea pig, may accumulate several names if the teacher allows each incoming class to vote on what they'd like to call it.
  • Shopping malls can get renamed frequently, either as a means of re-identifying the property after a massive renovation or as part of the company's Theme Naming. For instance, Australian-based Westfield Group built many malls named "Westfield X", and if they purchased a mall from another owner, they would rename it "Westfield [part of the former name]". Sometimes, Westfield malls got sold back to another group who would assign a new name not related to the original or Westfield-ized name.
  • The McDonald's fast-food chain had picked up a lot of casual nicknames: Ronnie Mac's Steakhouse, Mickey D's, Scottish Food, Golden Arches, McDick's, Macca's, Mackey-D's, Impastato's, McDo / MacDoh, Mekkes / Mekki, Der Schotte, McDonaldos, McDonas, Makku / Makudo, Mak Kee, McDee's, McD's, Donken, Mackid?kan, Meki, Mec, MacDohNo, McDo, Pat Panepinto Mart, Ronchin Ronnies, and The Big M. Also a few derogatory ones: Starchy Arches, Rotten Ronnie Oddo's, Yucky McDucky's, Placcy-D's, DickDonald's, and McDoof.
  • The comics division of Magazine Management first used the brand Timely Comics, then Atlas, then Marvel, then Atlas again, before returning to Marvel for good, and that's ignoring the times when they went without any brand. As for the formal stuff, they published their works through a shitload of shell companies: Atlas News Company, Inc., Daring Comics, Inc., Humorama, Inc., Marvel Comics, Inc., Miss America Publishing Corporation, Mohawk Publications Corporation, Timely Publications, Warwick Publications, Inc. and some 100 more. No kidding.
  • The 64-bit version of the x86 instruction set used in the Central Processing Units of PCs has picked up many names over the years, owing to its relatively complicated and unusual history.
    • Unlike the previous version of x86, the 64-bit version was developed by AMD and not Intel, since the latter had decided to work on a completely different 64-bit architecture called Itanium that ended up flopping spectacularly. Because of this, it was originally called AMD64 (or amd64). Some operating systems (such as a few Linux distributions) use this name internally to this day.
    • However, AMD64 didn't sit well once other companies, including Intel, started manufacturing processors compatible with it. Rather than agreeing on a standard name, many of these companies came up with their own names. To make things worse, it seems that some of these companies couldn't agree on a single name internally. For Intel, these names included Intel 64, IA-32e (Intel Architecture 32 Extended, because IA-64 was already used for Itanium), and EM64T (Extended Memory 64 Technology).
    • Other, more neutral parties, (chiefly operating system developers) tried to come up with standardized names, but again they didn't get together to agree on anything. The most common of these names floating around are x86-64 (sometimes called x86_64), which was picked up mostly by Unix-like systems, and x64, which is used by Microsoft.
  • Anything considered impolite to mention in mixed or formal company - toilets, bodily functions, sexual organs - will invariably acquire a lot of euphemistic names.


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