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Baz: Imagine you're a pixie […] and you have a daughter, and you name her Trixie. Trixie the pixie. […] It's like being a fairy named Mary.
Snow: Or a vampire named Gampire.
Baz: Gampire isn't even a proper name, Snow. You're terrible at this game.
Penelope: In Trixie's defence, the pixies probably don't go around calling themselves "pixies." I mean, you could be a human named Newman or a boy named Roy, and no one would think twice.

An animal (or sometimes a monster/alien) character whose name is related to their species. It could sound similar (a leopard named Leonard or Leopold), or be related to some characteristic of the animal (a duck named Quack, a bee named Honey).

Since this can overlap with Alliterative Name, please only add examples that go beyond simple alliteration. Conversely, if someone has a name that is their species (whether in English or in another language), that's Species Surname or A Dog Named "Dog". Supertrope to Werewolf Theme Naming. Also closely related to Stock Animal Name, and sometimes Punny Name. Compare A Pig Named "Porkchop" for when an animal name follows this pattern, but based off of a meat or food product.

This trope name itself uses A Noun Referred to as X. See also Steven Ulysses Perhero, for characters whose name or surname allude to their occupation instead of species.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Aggretsuko has several examples:
    • Giselle the gazelle, Lucille the seal, Doug the prarie dog, Scatherine the Komodo dragon, Armadonna the armadillo, Amir the meerkat, Wolfgang the maned wolf, Carrie the caracal, etc. Some of these overlap with Bilingual Bonus (for instance, Eaglette is actually a secretarybird, but that's because the Japanese word for secretarybird literally translates to "snake-eating eagle") or Genius Bonus (For instance, Zelda, who's a fennec fox, has her name derived from Vulpes zerda, the fennec's scientific name). Yokosawa the axolotl, named after her voice actor, Natsuko Yokosawa, could also possibly be one of these, as the "sawa" in her name means "swamp" in Japanese.
    • The original Japanese names (and by extension, the Netflix names) had them too, just in different forms. Zelda was Fenneko, Giselle was Tsunoda ("tsuno" is Japanese for "horn" or "antler"), etc.
    • Retsuko herself, while likely named more because of her anger ("retsu" is Japanese for "furious"), may also be one of these, as she's a red panda. The other named red panda character in the series, Lester (Resasuke in the original Japanese TBS version and the Netflix version), gets his name from "lesser panda," another name for the red panda.
  • Azumanga Daioh has Mayaa, an Iriomote cat named after the Okinawan word for the species (yamamayaa).
  • BNA: Brand New Animal has several: Michiru Kagemori the tanuki (kage: shadow, mori: forest), Shirō Ogami the wolf (ōkami: wolf), Kuro the non-anthropomorphic crow (the name both sounds like "crow" and is Japanese for "black"), Marie Itami the mink (itachi: "weasel," which minks are related to and which Marie is often mistaken for), Nina Flip the dolphin and Giuliano Flip the beluga (their surname referring to flippers), etc.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers has Kumajirou, the talking polar bear that serves as Canada's constant companion; "Kuma" means "bear" in Japanese. Additionally, Word of God says that if Kumajirou had been named in English, his name would be Will-bear.
  • Demon Lord, Retry! has Eagle, Luna's childhood friend, who's a Falcon Demihuman.
  • Durarara!! has Celty, a dullahan of Celtic folklore.
  • In Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!, the eldritch abominations all have names that sound similar to their species. For instance, some of the Nyarlathotepians in the series are named Nyarko, Nyar-o, and Nyarue.
  • The characters in Wolf's Rain, who are wolves, have names which translate to "claw", "fang", etc.
  • Inu-Yasha is a dog demon... whose name in Japanese means "dog demon".
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Misato named her pet penguin "Pen-Pen."
  • Nurse Hitomi's Monster Infirmary:
    • Taiga Toura is a humanoid tiger. His given name is the Japanese transliteration of the English word tiger, and his family name is based on the Japanese word for "tiger", tora.
    • Nezu-kun is a mouse person who's name is based on the Japanese word for "mouse", nezumi.
    • Okutou the octopus girl has a name that's based on the Japanese transliteration of octo.
    • Kaneko the Cat Boy has a name containing the Japanese word for "cat", neko.
  • One Piece:
    • The Minks, a race of Beast Men, frequently have names relating to their species. Among a few we meet early in the arc that introduces them are the canine Wanda ("wan" is the Japanese onomatopoeia for "bark"), her rabbit colleague Carrot, a lion musketeer named Shishilian ("shishi" means "lion"), a squirrel girl named Tristan (playing off the Japanese for "squirrel", "risu"), and a goat doctor named Miyagi ("yagi" means "goat").
    • Several fishmen and merfolk have names relating to their species. Examples include Jinbe ("jinbeizame" means "whale shark"), Ikaros ("ika" means "squid"), and Hyouzou ("hyoumondako" means "blue-ringed octopus").
    • Tony Tony Chopper. "Tony" originates from tonakai, "reindeer" in Japanese, and "Chopper" was given in reference to his horns.
  • In Pokémon: The Series Meowth's backstory involved him falling for a female Meowth named "Meowzie" ("Nyadonna" in Japan). She was the reason he learned to speak and walk on his hindlegs. Meowzie rejected him due to that behavior being weird for a Meowth.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Kyubey, the Mentor Mascot to the protagonists, turns out to be this: He's from a race of aliens known as "Incubators". Making him an Incubator named Kyubey".
  • A Little Snow Fairy Sugar: Robby the Robin, although, he's actually a sparrow.
  • Superior has a bear demon named Umberto who also happens to be Angelica's grandfather.
  • All of the Yōkai in Mononoke Sharing have names like this (for example, the yuki-onna is named "Yuki").
  • Plus-Sized Elf:
    • The non-human women tend to have names referencing their race, usually as either homophones, Alternate Character Readings, or a direct play on the species name. Homophone-wise, Elfuda is a homophone in Japanese for "is an elf". Kuroeda's name combines "kuro" (dark/black) and "eda", which also sounds somewhat like "is an elf". Gonda's name is a homophone in Japanese for "is a dragon" and includes the kanji for "snake".
    • The first two Japanese characters in Kusohanada's name mean "flowering plant". Raika's name is similar to "raikansuroopu", the Japanese transliteration of "lycanthrope", and may also be a Shout-Out to Laika, a stray dog who became the first animal to orbit the Earth. Mero's name comes from either "merrow" or "mermaid". Honeda's name includes the character for "bone". Hitome literally means "One Eye".
    • Olga, Oku and Hobi's names all derive from their English species names of ogre, orc, and hobbit, respectively.
  • Any animal in Oumagadoki Doubutsuen that isn't already A Dog Named "Dog" qualifies for this trope. There's Shishido the lion (shishi), Chita the cheetah, Popo the hipopotamus, Toytoy the toy poodle, the list goes on. Even the humans cursed into animals get in on it: Shiina has a kanji in his name that means "mallet", an item associated with the Moon Rabbit of folklore, Isana is a play on the old Japanese term for whale (isa), and Shikuma turns into a brown bear (higuma).
  • Monster Musume: Most of the monster girls have names based on their species, though this may not be obvious to non-Japanese speakers
    • Each of the Cute Monster Girls in Kimihito's harem has her name derived from her species name — Miianote  from Lamia, Papi from harpynote , Centorea from Centaur, Suu from Slimenote , Meroune from Mermaidnote , Rachnera from Arachne, and Lala from Dullahan. Heck, even Kimihito himself has the word hito (person) in his name.
    • It isn't limited to the main cast either, see also: Zombina the zombie, Doppel the Doppelgänger, Draco the dragonet, Yukio the yuki onna and, yes they use the exact trope name with Liz the lizardwoman.
    • Even Ms. Smith qualifies, her given name is Kuroko (kuro meaning black and ko being a feminine suffix) and she is a female MIB.
    • An invoked trope for both Suu and Kii, who were named by Papi. She named them both, but was too bird-brained for more complicated names. "Suu" is the first part of the Japanese word for Slime, as with above, and Kii is the Japanese word for tree.

    Asian Animation 
  • In the Simple Samosa episode "Anda Bhatija", a fried egg alien lands in Chatpata Nagar and Samosa names it Yolky... in the original English version, at least. In the episode's English redub, he names it Bua instead since it only says "bua".

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    Films — Animation 
  • The Land Before Time:
    • Cera (pronounced "Sarah") the triceratops. The movie also gives us Petrie the Pterosaur, Spike the Stegosaurus (for its back spikes) and Ducky the Saurolophus (for its duckbill).
    • Most of the characters in the film's many sequels have names derived from their genus name, such as the third film's trio of bullies being a Hypsilophodon, Nodosaurus, and Muttaburrasaurus respectively named Hyp, Nod, and Mutt; the seventh film's trio of pterosaurs being a Pteranodon, Cearadactylus, and Rhamphorhynchus named Pterano, Sierra, and Rinkus; and the twelfth film's Microraptor being named Guido, for the specific name, Microraptor gui.
  • Joanna the goanna from The Rescuers Down Under.
  • Cathy the kitten, from the Hungarian animated film Cat City.
  • Sir Hiss and Lady Kluck from Robin Hood (1973); a snake and a chicken, respectively.
  • The Rugrats Movie has a character Stu created named "Dactar", a mutant pteradactyl.
  • The Lion King: Simba means "lion" in Swahili.
  • Zootopia: Many (if not most) characters have names like this. Lionheart, Otterton and Weaselton's surnames all puns on their species name. Judy Hopps and her parents are rabbits, known for their hopping. Chief Bogo's name comes from M'bogo, Swahili for cape buffalo. Bellwether is an expression for a sheep leading a flock. And there's also Finnick the fennec fox and Yax the yak.
  • Sing: Ms. Crawley is a lizard that crawls.
  • A non-animal example would be a frankfurter named Frank in Sausage Party.
  • Onward has a manticore nicknamed Corey.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • The title character of Arthur, who is an anthropomorphic aardvark.
  • In Castle Hangnail, the castle's handyman is a minotaur named Angus, which is also the name of a breed of cattle.
  • Drogon the dragon from A Song of Ice and Fire. (Although it's coincidental that they're similar; Drogon was named after a human character.)
  • Although most characters from Winnie-the-Pooh fall under A Dog Named "Dog", Kanga and Roo the toy kangaroos and Tigger the toy tiger are examples of this trope (although Tigger refers to his own species as "Tiggers", in plural).
  • Maggie from Firstborn is a magpie. The rest of her siblings and both of her parents also had names that started with "m". The fact that Maggie's name is this doesn't get lost by other characters or Maggie herself, who finds it embarrassing.
  • In The Baby-Sitters Club, the Papadakis pets are named Myrtle the Turtle, Noodle the Poodle, and Pat the Cat.
  • In Ratburger, when Sheila asks Zoe why her pet rat is named Armitage note , Zoe asks what Sheila would name a rat. Sheila comes up with "Ratty", which Zoe thinks is unoriginal.
  • Dragons Can Only Rust and Dragon Reforged by Chrys Cymri are about the robot dragon Gonard's quest to learn whether or not he has a soul. He's been on the quest for a long time before a mystical vision of his dead creator reveals, among other (mostly cruel) things, that his name is just an anagram of "dragon," and Gonard feels like a fool for not having realized it.
  • In the children's book Rocky, the Cat Who Barks by Donna Jo Napoli, the youngest of the five female cats who initially terrorize the titular canine is a calico kitten named Cally.
  • Run Wild features a fox vixen named "Vickey".
  • In the Redwall series, hedgehogs usually have last names like "Spike", "Quill", and "Stickle". Otters will sometimes have last names incorpating "dog", like Barbowla Boulderdog and Kroova Wavedog, (from the fact that otters sometimes get called 'riverdogs' or similar) or their watery habitats, like Streampaw, Boldstream, and Brookback.
  • The Faerie Queene: The first generations of elves all have elf in their name. They are all descended from Elfe, whose sons were Elfin, Elfinan, and Elfinine, who themselves had kids named Elfinell, Elfant, Elfar, and Elfinor. Then Elifcleos founded Faerie and the theme naming is finally broken with his son Oberon, who was special enough to get his own name. His brother Elferon didn't warrant such special treatment, and died young to add insult to injury.
  • In Fengshen Yanyi, the Seven Monsters of Mount Prune are all animal spirits disguised in human form. Most of them have names containing a hidden pun, usually based on homophony, to their real form. For example, their leader Yuan Hong is actually an ape demon (yuan in Chinese), or Wu Long, a centipede demon whose first ideogram sounds similar to Wu as in centipede. This is actually lampshaded by the text.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The show Grimm is kind of clever with this. Like a bee/wasp creature that was a woman named Melissa (Mellis meaning "honey"), a bear creature named Barry (whose last name, Rabe, is an anagram of Bear), and a goat creature named Billy (whose last name was Capra, Latin for "goat"). Grimm has also done the lion/Leo thing. It's even lampshaded.
  • In My Favorite Martian the eponymous, unnamed Martian uses the name Martin while stuck on earth.
  • In Knightmare, Lord Fear's lizardman sidekick is named Lissard.
  • Lizzie, a lizard which appears in an episode of Lizzie McGuire.
  • Many of the characters in Pee-wee's Playhouse have names that walk the line between this and A Dog Named "Dog" (e.g., Chairry, Globey, Floory, Clocky, etc.). The straightest example is Pterri the Pteradactyl.
  • Non-animal example: Ultraman Geed has an alien named Pega whose species are known as the Pegassa.
  • In Power Rangers Dino Charge, Tyler nicknames his T-Rex Zord "Rexy".
  • In Power Rangers Dino Fury, the talking cyborg dinosaur Solon identifies herself as a Solonosaurus.

    Puppet Shows 
  • In "A Plant Grows in Bear's House" from Bear in the Big Blue House, Pip and Pop are excited at a letter from the Otter World Magazine because they have entered the Otter World Name the Clam Contest with the name, wait for it, "Clammy," and are hoping to have won the grand prize of 100,000 clams. Unsurprisingly, they did not win. They receive a consolation prize of a packet of seeds.


    Video Games 
  • Animal Crossing
    • Among the recurring NPCs, there's Tom Nook the tanuki, Tortimer the tortoise, Pelly the pelican, the cats Katie and Kaitlin, Lottie the otter, Gulliver the seagull, Saharah the camel, Kapp'n the kappa, and Wisp the ghost (a pun on "will 'o the wisp").
    • The series does this all the time with villagers' names: Bob the cat, Bill the duck, Inkwell the octopus, Papi the okapi-looking horse, etc.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
  • Star Fox:
    • Names that aren't A Dog Named "Dog" fall into this. For example a frog named Slippy (for the slime), a rabbit named Peppy (intuitively because rabbits are fast/full of pep), monkeys named Andrew and Andross (the closest thing the series comes to Man) and the straightest example given the trope name, a Chameleon named Leon.
    • There's a subversion with Falco. He's supposed to be a pheasant.
  • Randle Sim Racing:
    • There's Slimyscaly and Lizzie, the longstanding Lizardman/woman couple; Shelly Tortuga the Tortoise; Stally N. Mustang the Ford dealer horse; Hawkton Bryant, a bird character; and Matt Drumsticks, the chicken.
    • There's a subversion with Daveybird. His name is a mix of the creator's real name and his species.
  • Mega Man:
    • In the Japanese version of Mega Man X, the name of the Maverick bosses are corruptions of their species name; examples include Wheel Alligates, Explose Horneck and Cyber Kujacker (from "kujaku" meaning "peacock" and "hacker"). Overseas version (with some exceptions) resort to Species Surname instead.
    • In Mega Man Zero series, some of the corrupted names refer to mythological creatures instead - e.g Burble Hekelot (Heket from Egyptian Mythology), Tretista Kelverian (Cerberus), and Heat Genblem (Genbu).
  • Rampage has a big Godzilla expy named "Lizzie".
  • Pokémon Red and Blue has only one of the wild duck Pokémon Farfetch'd in the game, and its name is Dux. Some bit-part-NPC-owned Pokemon also have nicknames based off their Pokemon species name, some quite cringe-inducing. This list covers quite a few of them.
  • Wild AR Ms 2 features a Goldfish Poop Gang duo named Liz and Ard, recurring villains who are humanoid lizards. The pun on their names even carries over from the Japanese version, where they were named Toka and Ge (tokage being the Japanese word for lizard).
  • Shantae and the Pirate's Curse has the boss named Dagron, which is revealed to be a Dragon who had its species misspelled by its owner.
  • Darkstalkers: The Cat Girl character is named Felicia, a pun on "feline".
  • One of Overwatch's playable characters is Hammond the hamster, who pilots a mech called Wrecking Ball.
  • Mother 3 has a monkey named Salsa, written in Japanese as 'Sarusa'. 'Saru' means monkey in Japanese and 'sa' means "it is", hence his name literally means "It's a monkey!"
  • The Other: Rosie's Road of Love: The baker's younger daughter has a pet tomato, Anthropomorphic Food, named Toma.
  • Splatoon has a lot of this: Callie and Marie (calimari) the squid idol duo, Crusty Sean (crustacean) the shrimp, Spyke and Murch the urchins, Annie and Moe the anemone and clownfish, Bisk (from bisque, a type of soup made with shellfish) the crab, DJ Octavio and Agent 8 the octopi, Iso Padre the deep-sea isopod, Jelonzo and Jelfonzo the jellyfish, C.Q. Cumber the sea cucumber, Mr. Grizz, who is represented by a radio shaped like a bear (Although given how rare mammals are in the setting, we don't know what species he actually is), and Sheldon the horseshoe crab, just to name a few.
    • A lot more examples are found in the Japanese version, some bordering on A Dog Named "Dog" territory: Callie, a bigfin reef squid ("aoriika" in Japanese), is named "Aori," Marie, a firefly squid ("hotaruika" in Japanese) is "Hotaru," Pearl, a northern pygmy squid ("himeika" in Japanese) is "Hime," and Marina, a webfoot octopus ("iidako" in Japanese) is "Iida."
    • Possibly subverted with Cap'n Cuttlefish: He might actually be a squid, and while he looks much different than the other Inkling characters, we don't know if it's because he's a cuttlefish or just because he's old. On the other hand, cuttlefish are more closely related to squid than other cephalopods, and the Japanese word for cuttlefish, 甲烏賊 (kōika), means "armor squid."
  • In Ring Fit Adventure, the antagonist is a dragon named Dragaux, which is an alternate spelling of "Drago" (a Stock Animal Name given to dragons that equally falls into this trope).
  • Harvest Farm features a Fox Folk and a Merman who are respectively named Foxy and Fisher.
  • In Ni no Kuni, when not a Punny Name, the default name provided by the game for a familiar is generally either this or A Dog Named "Dog".
  • Many characters in Bug Fables have their names related to their species. For instance, there are beetles named Kabbu (coming from "kabutomushi", a Japanese name for rhino beetles, which Kabbu heavily resembles) and Eetl, a mantis named Artis, a wasp named Zasp, moths named Mothiva and Hawk (a hawk moth), a cicada named Huscada, a cricket named Cricketly, and ants named Elizant, Zaryant, Ann and Janet. Bees especially stand out: there are Vi (whose name rhymes with "bee", according to Word of God), Queen Bianca, Malbee, Beette, Doctor H.B., Professor Honeycomb, Chubee (a chubby bee) and etc. The official artbook also reveals the names of several unnamed characters, and several of them also turn out to be species-related puns: the overseer of the Honey Factory is named Beena, a giant border guard bee is named Aebees, and the tarantula wizard's name is Tarantular.
  • Spyro the Dragon's name is a play on "pyro" because he breathes fire.

  • In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, all dragons have names relating to fire: Hibachi (a kind of barbecue), Zippobic (Zippo and Bic are two brands of cigarette lighter), Napalmo, Miss Briquette, and Lady Ember Acetylena.
  • Awful Hospital has Maggie and Magatha, both of whom are maggots.
  • Prequel: The main character, a female khajiit, is named Katia Managan. Because she's a cat.
  • Most characters in Kevin & Kell, including the eponymous couple. Kevin Kindle (a rabbit) gets his surname from the technical term for rabbit birth. Kell Dewclaw (a wolf) gets hers from a piece of canine anatomy.
  • Unsounded: Sette picks up a pymaric haunted by a ghost, and names her little ghost friend Boo.

    Web Original 
  • DSBT InsaniT: Chilly the chinchilla and Perry the parrot.
    • There is also Lizzie the lizard, whose name just barely dodges that of the trope.
  • Hector's World has Tortoisnapper Quince the tortoise (or possibly turtle) and Sprat the little fish.
  • Object Shows tends to have characters with "-y" suffix names as if being named after their species isn't enough.
  • Kid Time Storytime has Hooty the owl and Corny the unicorn.
  • StacheBros has a Spiny (a subspecies of Koopa with a spiked shell) named Spike.

    Western Animation 
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob himself, Patrick Star, Mr. Krabs, Sandy Cheeks the squirrel, Mrs. Puff, Larry the lobster, etc. Subverted with Squidward and Squilliam; their names are portmanteaus of "squid" and "Edward/William", but they're supposed to be octopi (but are sometimes called squid in the series) and are only called that because using "octo" would sound awkward. Played straight with Squidina, an actual squid who's shown up in more recent episodes.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • One scientific name for housecats (and wildcats) is Felis silvestris, which was used to name Sylvester the Cat.
    • Marvin the Martian is a non-animal, non-earthling example.
  • Woody Woodpecker has a first name referencing the wood woodpeckers dig through in conjunction with his Species Surname.
  • The Flintstones: Dino (pronounced DEE-no, not DAI-no) the Dinosaur.
  • Felix the Cat: Felix's name means "lucky", but also sounds like "felis" (Latin for "cat")
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Twilight Sparkle's pet owl is named Owlowiscious (a creative spelling of Aloysius).
    • Fluttershy's animal friends include Elizabeak the chicken and Hummingway the hummingbird.
    • Maud's beloved pet rock is named Boulder; later, her fiancé Mudbriar is shown to have a pet stick named Twiggy.
    • "Party of One": Pinkie's "guests" are a bunch of turnips in a bucket named Mr. Turnip, a pile of rocks called Rocky, a big lump of lint by the name of Sir Lintsalot and a sack of flour named Madame le Flour.
    • "A Horse Shoe-In": Starlight's new plant is a philodendron named Phyllis.
  • Bucky O Hare has the titular character's first name referencing their rabbitty buck teeth, and his family name sounds like "hare".
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe:
    • The duck Professor Ludwig von Drake. "Drake" is the word for a male duck.
    • Darkwing Duck has a handful of examples: Taurus Bulba the bull, Grizzlikoff the grizzly bear, and the title character's civil alias, Drake Mallard. Gosalyn's name seems to be a play on "gosling", even though she's a duck rather than a goose.
    • DuckTales (1987): Many characters who don't have an outright Species Surname (like Donald Duck and his nephews, or the Beagle Boys) often have names that are duck- or bird-related puns. We have Launchpad McQuack, Mrs. Beakley, Webbigail Vanderquack, Fenton Crackshell (a reference to eggshells), etc. Oddly averted with Duckworth, who has a duck-related name despite being a dog.
    • DuckTales (2017) naturally follows this trend like its predecessor, with names such as Mark Beaks, Roxanne Featherly, Zan Owlson, and Indigo and Tyrian Sabrewing (referencing shades of purple due to their species being violet sabrewing hummingbirds).
  • ThunderCats (1985): Most characters have names referencing their real-world animal equivalents. Lion-O looks like a lion, Panthro looks like a panther, Cheetara looks like a a cheetah, Tygra looks like a tiger... you get the pattern.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: The main characters are a non-animal example: Master Shake is a milkshake, Frylock is a box of French fries, and Meatwad is a meatball.
  • Littlest Pet Shop (2012): In one episode, Henrietta Twombly had a few pets with her who are trying to keep the evil Biskit Bandits out of her house. Their names are Dog the Dog, Mongoose the Mongoose, Skunk the Skunk, Monkey the Monkey, Hedgehog the Hedgehog Gecko the Gecko, and Panda the Panda. Not just A Dog Named "Dog", it's A Dog Named Dog: The Dog.
  • Futurama: During a war with the Decapodians, a Decapodian spy in a Paper-Thin Disguise calls himself Hugh Mann. There's also the bending robots Bender, Flexo, and Angleyne.
  • Dinosaur Train: Don the Pteranodon has as a name the last syllable of his genus' designation.
  • Wild Kratts: A running gag — Martin Kratt gives punny or alliterative names to most animals they meet. Like Elvis for an elf owl, baby crocodiles names Chompella, Munchette and Snappifer, beavers named Twig and Timber...
  • The Magic School Bus: The Trope Namer is Liz, Ms. Frizzle's pet chameleon.
  • Lizzie, a web short series from DreamWorks Animation, features a high school setting with a girl-turned-lizard named Lizzie Green as the protagonist.
  • Shaun the Sheep, apart from being an alliterative name, also sounds like "shorn" in British English, the passive form of "shear", the act of cutting a sheep's wool.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • Among Gumball and Darwin's schoolmates include Clayton, who is a blob of clay, Bobert (a robot), Ocho (an 8-bit spider), Carmen (a cactus), etc.
    • Richard's middle name is revealed to be Buckley in "The Roots". While normally associated with deer, "buck" can also refer to male rabbits (which Richard is).
  • Dinotrux has the bulk of its characters with names derived from their fictional species name, which is lampshaded when a pair of Dozeratops named Zera and Tops introduce themselves, the latter of which isn't sure where his name comes from and is stunned to learn it's short for Dozeratops.
  • BoJack Horseman: Several characters who are domestic animals follow a Formally Named Pet-style name (for example, Mister Peanutbutter, a dog, Princess Carolyn, a cat, and Officer Meow Meow McFuzzyFace, another cat). Additionally, most non-human characters are named after their species. The Horseman and Sugarman families are both made up of horses, Lenny Turtletaub is a turtle, Sextina Aquafina is a dolphin, Rutabaga Rabbitowitz is a rabbit, Queen Anthonia is an ant queen, and so on. However, averted with Vanessa Gecko, who after being mentioned a couple of times, she turns out to be... a human (though she may have taken her husband's surname; we never see her husband or kids onscreen).
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: The characters' stuffed animals (which themselves on the show are known as "stuffies") are named this way in three instances. Daniel has his stuffed tiger Tigey, Margaret has a stuffed panda named Pandy and Miss Elaina has the astronaut Astrid. Notably, the one of them that actually is a lizard, Prince Wednesday's stuffed animal, is actually called Mr. Lizard. However, Prince Wednesday does have a pet rock that he named "Rocky." Daniel also has a wooden duck toy named "Ducky."
  • The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: Two of the ghosts from the Chest of Demons have a name referring to their species.
    • "That's Monstertainment" has a zombie witch named Zomba.
    • "Scooby in Kwackyland" has a demon named Demondo.
  • Ben And Me: The main protagonist is a mouse named Amos Mouse.
  • Wander over Yonder: A rare non-animal example: one episode features a sapient planet named Janet.
  • Kaeloo features a duck named Quack Quack as one of its main characters.
  • Maisy has a squirrel named Cyril.
  • R.O.B. the Robot is about a robot named Rob.
  • Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Tolee's stuffed panda toy is named Pandy.
  • Tuca & Bertie: The titular characters are a toucan and a "birdie."
  • Tom and Jerry: Tom is a tomcat, i.e. a male cat.
  • Alfred J. Kwak: Alfred is a duck with the family name Kwak (i.e. "quack").
  • Defenders of the Earth has Zuffy the zuffoid, zuffoids being a species of small bipedal creatures native to the planet Mongo.
  • The Owl House has Hooty and Owlbert, who are both owls.note 
  • Animal Mechanicals has a dinosaur named Rex and a dragon lizard named Komodonote .
  • The Hair Bear Bunch featured denizens of Wonderland Zoo with names like Stretch the Giraffe, Stripes the Zebra, Furface the Lion, Giggles the Hyena and Pipsqueak the Mouse.
  • In "Flying Chip" from Chip and Potato, Chip and her family meet an armadillo named Armando and his mother, Dila.

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  • Sven, a Scandinavian boy's name, means "boy" or "young man".
  • The masculine name Andrew and its many foreign variants come from the Greek word "andros", meaning "man" (as in, male human). Averted with the variant "Andrea". It's still a masculine name in Italian, but feminine everywhere else.
  • The name Guy is actually an inversion: it became used as a noun to mean a generic man only after it had been in use in the English language for some time. The name itself is Germanic in origin and is cognate with names like Guido and Witold.