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Location Theme Naming is just what it sounds like - a group of characters all named after places. Like Edible Theme Naming, this tends to be done in less serious works, because a large group of people all named after locations is faintly ridiculous.

Characters whose names follow this theme tend to be named after locations in one area, such as streets in New York or restaurants in Tokyo. In some cases, different groups will be named after locations in different parts of the world, so one might end up with, say, a group of people named after Italian rivers fighting a group named after German towns.


A variant is to name characters after directions, such as up/down/left/right or north/south/east/west. This tends to be more common in Japanese works.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Each Martian Kataphrakts in Aldnoah.Zero is an Ace Custom and named after a specific geological landmark on Mars.
  • All the regular characters in Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! have Onsens for family names. The two Hakone brothers, Yumoto and Gora, are even named after the connected onsens of Hakone-Yumoto and Hakone-Gora.
  • Detective Conan has Theme Naming all over the place, but Shinichi's surroundings are named after other places. He called himself the modern Sherlock Holmes, and he lives in lot 2-21, Beika, Tokyo. Next to Beika we have Haido (Hyde Park), and the river that flows across the neighbourhoods is called Teimutsu (Thames). Is this still Tokyo, or is a London that happened to be inhabited by Japanese?
  • In Excel Saga, the members of ACROSS are named for hotel chains, and most everyone else is named for neighborhoods in the city of Fukuoka ("F City, F Prefecture" in which the anime takes place, even if the manga keeps it as "Fukuoka, Fukuoka"). "ACROSS" itself is named after a convention center (one translator said it was like a New York based cult being named "Javits").
  • The four denizens of Labyrinth from Fresh Pretty Cure! are each named for directions: Eas, Wester, Souler, and Northa. Their human alter egos use the Japanese word for the directions as their last names (Setsuna Higashi, Hayato Nishi, Shun Minami, and Nayuta Kita).
    • Similarly, Hibiki and Kanade's last names have the characters for, respectively, "North" (Houjou) and "South" (Minamino), reflecting their conflicting personalities. Meanwhile, two supporting characters named Waon and Seika have "West" and "East" respectively (Nishijima and Higashiyama).
  • Most of the characters in Kamichama Karin have surnames corresponding to a train line or station (Hanazono, KujyouKujo, Karasuma, etc.)
  • The characters of Kanamemo make use of the cardinal direction theme name motif. There's Hinata Azuma (east), Haruka Nishida (west), Yume Kitaoka (north), Yuuki Minami (south) and Kana Nakamachi (center). Their boss, Saki Amano has the character for "sky" in her name, since she is above them all.
  • Kotoura-san, per Word of God:
    • Haruka Kotoura comes from Kotoura, Tottori.
    • Dai'chi Muroto comes from Muroto, Kochi.
    • He also said claimed Yoshihisa Manabe comes from some toponym, but he forgot where it is.
  • Characters in The Pet Girl of Sakurasou have their surnames taken from railway stations in Tokyo:
  • The family of Sanosuke Sagara from Rurouni Kenshin has names that contain kanji relating to directions: Sanosuke has in his name the kanji for "left" (read as "sa" in this compound or "hidari" when alone), his sister Uki the one for "right" (u/ migi), his little brother Outa the one for "center" (ou), his father Kamishimoemon has both "up" (kami/ ue) and "down" (shimo/ shita) and the name of his mother Naname means "diagonal".
  • The four main girls of Strawberry 100% are named after the four cardinal directions: Toujou Aya (tou=East), Kitaouji Satsuki (kita=North), Nishino Tsukasa (nishi=West), and Minamoto Yui (minami=South). And, of course, the main character, Manaka Junpei (naka=middle).
  • Pretty much every character of note in Tenchi Muyo!. To begin with, almost all the names initially came from locations and landmarks in the Okayama area. But there are additional meanings within them depending on what variety of Japanese is used to translate them.
  • The main band of characters in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann are named for directions Kamina (above/up), Simon/Shimon (below/under), Yoko (beside), Nia (a play on near), and Rosshiu (an anagram of ushiro, behind). Darry and Gimmy use Theme Twin Naming to fit nicely into this. (Dari = hidari, or left, Gimi = migi, or right.) All of these relate to some parts of the main band's personality: Simon looks up to Kamina, Kamina sees Simon as something to help improve himself, Yoko is loyal, Nia is close, Rosshiu is somewhat untrustworthy, and Darry/Gimmy are siblings.
  • The girls of Tokyo Mew Mew are all named after plants or desserts, and their last names follow the pattern of Colour Place (Momomiya = Peach Shrine, Midorikawa = Green River, etc.)
  • My Hero Academia has a non-character example: All Might tends to name his attacks after the different states of America, such as "Detroit Smash". Midoriya sometimes does the same, due to being a huge fan of All Might. Fittingly, his ultimate move, used as the Finishing Move for his final battle with his longtime Arch-Enemy, is "United States of Smash".
  • Jojos Bizarre Adventure has a few, such as Noriaki Kakyoin (Kakyōin is a town in the Sendai ward Aoba-ku) and Koichi Hirose (named for the Hirose river).
  • The cast of Laid-Back Camp have names that come from different Japanese cities, but ironically none of these places are located in Yamanashi, where the story is based.
    • (Nadeshiko) Kagamihara, Ena (Saito) and (Chiaki) Oogaki are in Gifu.
    • (Aoi) Inuyama is in Aichi.
    • (Rin) Shima and (Minami) Toba are in Mie.
  • The agents of Labyrinth in Fresh Pretty Cure! are named after cardinal directions: Eas, Westar, Soular and Northa.

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    Fan Works 
  • "Shakedown Shenanigans": The USS Bajor is part of a production run of 28 Galaxy-class starships, all of which are named after Federation homeworlds. Andoria, Cait, Earth, Vulcan, Trill, Coridan, Benzar, and Zakdorn are also mentioned.
  • In a Kingdom Hearts fic "Re:Flection Scenario," the Heralds of Dawn are named after compass directions: Norius (North), Weselo (West), Easen (East), and Souzi (South). Their apprentice, Coera, seems to be named for a centre or "core." Ultimately subverted for Norius, whose real name is Asru.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In Cube, all the characters are named after prisons, complete with character traits modeled after the prisons'. Kazan (the autistic man) is a disorganized prison. Rennes (the "mentor") pioneered many of today's prison policies. Quentin (the policeman) is known for brutality. Holloway is a women's prison. Alderson is a prison where isolation is a common punishment. Leavenworth runs on a rigid set of rules (Leaven's mathematics), and the new prison is corporately owned and built (Worth, hired as an architect).
  • Lampshaded in Forrest Gump. Forrest's Army buddies in Vietnam were Dallas, Phoenix and Brooklyn. None of them came from the city they were named after.
  • The four main characters in Zombieland identify themselves by the names of their destinations (Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, Little Rock) so as not to form "personal attachments."
    • In a flashback, Columbus learns about the zombie virus when he's attacked by his neighbor. The two apparently didn't know each other well, as they refer to each other by their apartment numbers.
    • Zombieland: Double Tap continues the trend with Albuquerque, Flagstaff, Berkeley, Nevada... and one that could be the person's actual name, Madison.
  • All the characters at the motel in Identity have names like this, based on US States (Ed Dakota, Officer Rhodes, Paris Nevada, etc.) Though it isn't revealed at first until one character is flipping through everyone's IDs with a map on the wall nearby. Seems like just a coincidence until he also notices they also ALL have the same birthday. Turns out they are all separate personalities of a serial killer with a traumatic past tied to a motel
  • In Hotel Artemis, when a patient is admitted, they get assigned to a specific room, which all have names of different cities, and they take on that name as an alias as they're being treated. At the start of the film, there's already a Mr. Albequerque and a Ms. Nice (as in France). When the bank robbers are admitted, the one in the most dire straits is assigned the Honolulu room, and becomes Honolulu. His brother, in less trouble but still needing treatment, is dubbed Waikiki. Even the orderly is dubbed Everest (likely because he's a mountain of a man), but the lady in charge is just The Nurse.

  • The mystery of The Westing Game is unraveled when the Theme Naming is worked out: Windy Windkloppel, Samuel Westing, Barney Northrup, Sandy McSouthers and Julian Eastman are all the same person.
  • Tom Holt's Barking. The werewolf law firm is named Ferris and Loop (after Fenris and Lupine) while the vampire firm is named Crosswoods (cross: trans. Woods: sylvania).
  • In The Savannah Reid Mysteries, Savannah and her siblings are all named after Georgia towns: Savannah, Alma, Waycross, Jesup, Atlanta, Cordele, Vidalia, Macon, and Marietta.
  • Early in Discworld, gargoyles were named after the streets they were on (such as Cornice-overlooking-Broadway).
  • In North Of Beautiful 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Corner Gas, a comedy set and filmed in small-town Saskatchewan, Canada, the last names of all the recurring characters are towns in Saskatchewan.
  • Game of Thrones: In Westeros, noble bastards are given a particular surname based from the region where they were born: Snow (The North), Stone (The Vale), Rivers (The Riverlands), Hill (The Westerlands), Flowers (The Reach), Pyke (Iron Islands) and Waters (Crownlands).
  • Statler and Waldorf from The Muppet Show are named after hotels in New York City. One episode introduces Waldorf's wife Astoria.
  • All of the Wombles in The Wombles are named after locations in Great Uncle Bulgaria's atlas: thus we have Orinoco, Tomsk, and Wellington, to name but three. For the revival Bulgaria's maps must have shrunk in the wash from an atlas to an A-Z as the new wombles are named almost exclusively after London Boroughs.
  • Every season of Survivor is named after its locationnote , and the teams are often named after a feature of the place - in Tocantins, one is the region (Jalapao) and the other a local tribe (Timbira).
  • Kamen Rider Double is made up of two individuals merging together: Shotaro Hidari controls the left, physical side, while the right, elemental side is controlled by his partner...Phillip. (Whose real name is Raito Sonozaki.)
  • The trolls in Roger and the Rottentrolls are all named for places in Yorkshire. Even Blacksyke the evil witch - the name comes from a coal mine.
  • In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine all the runabouts assigned to DS9 were named for rivers on Earth, and the ship type itself is the Danube-class. After their third runabout gets blown up, Kira Nerys lampshades this with a snide remark that "it's a good thing Earth has so many rivers."
  • Ultraman Taro has four members of ZAT (Kitajima (N), Nanbara (S), Higashi (E), Nishida (W)) named after the cardinal points.
  • In La casa de papel, each of the robbers, except for The Professor, has a city as their code name. At the start of the series, the gang features Tokyo, Berlin, Nairobi, Moscow, Denver, Rio, Oslo and Helsinki.

  • All of the tracks of E.S. Posthumus' Unearthed are named after ancient cities/locations of varying significance.
    • Menouthis, a sacred city in Ancient Egypt, was submerged in the 8th century AD due to earthquakes or flooding.
  • The Compass EPs by Ego Likeness are named after the four cardinal directions.
  • Minami (south) of Confession Executive Committee was named that way because he was introduced in a music video with LIP×LIP, whose first video only had them identified as the "Prince of the East" and the "Prince of the West".
  • All of 48 group and Sakamichi Series names are based on the area or city for the former and the audition venue or streets in Tokyo for the later. For example, AKB48 is named after Akihabara district in Tokyo whereas Nogizaka46 came from SME Nogizaka Building where the final audition was held

    Newspaper Comics 
  • In Zits, we have Zuma, La Jolla, and Redondo, all named after beaches in California.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • LOTS of examples. These are merely a sampling.
  • "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton named his top-rope legdrop the "Alabama Jam." When he was teaming with Lord Steven Regal in the Bluebloods as Earl Robert Eaton, he renamed it the "Tower of London."
  • "Playboy" Buddy Rose called his DDT the "Las Vegas Jackpot."
  • Stan Hansen called his Boston Crab the "Brazos Valley Backbreaker."
  • Meng called his neck claw the "Tongan Death Grip."
  • Eddie Guerrero has a leg submission he calls "the lasso from El Paso".
  • Magnum Tokyo called his Diving Crossbody "Air Tokyo."
  • CM Punk has a double under hook back breaker he calls "Welcome to Chicago motherfucker."
  • WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio Jr.'s trademark moves are called "West Coast Pop", obviously named from West Coast of the United States, and "619", which is the area code of San Diego, California (Also, part of the west coast by the way), his hometown.
  • Ring of Honor's "The Panama City Playboy" Adam Cole calls his German Suplex "Florida Keys."
  • Ring Of Honor's first top prospect winner Mike Bennett uses an Anaconda Vice called "Go back to Japan." (the move was innovated by Hiroyoshi Tenzan, a Japanese man)

    Video Games 
  • KanColle has the American cruisers and battleships, who are named after American cities and States, respectively.
  • The first installment of the Disgaea series named quite a few of its primary characters after volcanos, including Etna, Vulcanus (From Vulcano, Italy), Maderas (La Madera), Krichevskoy (Kliuchevskoi), and Lamington. Laharl is named after a type of pyroclastic mudslide that occurs after eruptions.
  • According to her spellcards, Alice Margatroid of Touhou names all of her dolls after mountains, cities and countries. Her most well-known type of doll are the Eerily Luminous Shanghai Dolls, to the point that fandom likes to portray her has having a single, unique doll named Shanghai.
  • Kingdom Hearts has main heroes Sora (sky), Riku (shore), and Kairi (ocean village); their Generation Xerox predecessors Ventus (wind), Terra (earth), and Aqua (water); and Kairi's two offshoots, Naminé (wave) and Xion (tide).
  • Final Fantasy VIII has Laguna, who is either named from either a province from the Philippines or a place in California, both known for their beautiful beaches.
  • In the X-Universe, Terran capital ships are named for Japanese cities. We have the Yokohama frigate, the Tokyo carrier, the Osaka destroyer, and — in X3: Albion Prelude — the Kyoto battleship.
  • In Mass Effect, Systems Alliance dreadnoughts are named for mountains on Earth (Everest). Cruisers are named for Earth cities (New Delhi, Tokyo). Frigates are named after battles (Iwo Jima, Hastings, Agincourt, and of course, Normandy).
  • Them's Fightin' Herds names the cattle characters after USA states. In addition to the playable fighter Arizona, there's her father, named Texas, and mother, named Minnesota.
  • Shopkeepers in NetHack are all named after towns from various countries, depending on the type of shop.
  • The World Ends with You: The bosses (the three Game Masters and the Conductor) have last names relating to directions: Yodai Higashizawa (east), Sho Minamimoto (south), Mitsuki Konishi (west) and Megumi Kitaniji (north).

  • The members of the Jones family in the "Cliffhangers" theme in Irregular Webcomic! are all named after USA states (a parody of Indiana Jones), including Montana Jones, his father North Dakota Jones, and his grandfather Minnesota Jones.
  • Star Impact: Bondi is named for Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, Etna is named for Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy, and Sanfran is named for San Francisco in California, USA.

    Web Original 
  • Red vs. Blue has a bevy of Freelancer agents named after U.S. States.

    Western Animation 
  • In a mixture of Theme Naming and Meaningful Name, Gargoyles had the titular characters choose their names from landmarks and districts in New York City where they woke up in modern times, to suit their new lives there: Hudson, Brooklyn, Lexington, Broadway and Bronx. Traditionally, Gargoyles do not have names, though many of them have taken names in modern times and often employ a clan theme when doing so. Originally, Goliath was the only member of his clan with a name, which was given to him by humans who are so hung up on naming things.
    • And the Clone Clan are named after similar places in Los Angeles. Specifically Burbank, Malibu, Brentwood, and Hollywood for Hudson, Brooklyn, Lexington, and Broadway respectively (Bronx did not have a clone).
    • Three of the named members of the Ishimura Clan (Kai, Yama and Sora) are named after places found in nature. (Sea, Mountain and Sky, respectively.) It can be assumed the rest of the clan follows a similar convention.
  • José Carioca: His last name is a demonym for people from the state of Rio de Janeiro, which he is (so he's literally "Joe from Rio"). Brazilian writer Renato Canini decided to go with this when naming José cousins whose first names are all José, and their last names (mostly) describe where they are from.
  • In Fillmore!, a middle-school parody of '70s cop shows, the main characters are all named after streets in San Francisco — and The Streets of San Francisco was a classic '70s cop show.
  • The UK stop motion series The Adventures of Portland Bill was about a lighthouse keeper named Portland Bill and his assistants Ross and Cromerty. Portland Bill is a narrow promontory off the coast of Dorset, and at the other end of the country, Ross and Cromerty is an area of the Scottish Highlands. Both have notable lighthouses. Most of the other characters had names that would be equally familiar to listeners of the Shipping Forecast.
  • Many characters from The Simpsons are named after streets in Portland, where Matt Groening is from. These include the Flanders family, Mayor Quimby and Reverend Lovejoy. Groening notes that they dropped the theme fairly quickly, since finding good names took too long.
  • On Star Trek: Lower Decks, all California-class starships seen so far have been named after cities in California. In addition, all shuttlecraft aboard the Cerritos are named after national parks in California.

    Real Life 
  • The naming system of the US Navy used to name cruisers after cities, and battleships after states. Now the same seems to apply, respectively, to attack and ballistic missile submarines. Of course, the new Virginia class attack boats go back to being named after states, so who really knows.
    • This was done because the SSBN's were designated "Capital" class ships, like the old battleships were and Carriers (which get named after Presidents or similar persona) are. Now it seems someone decided the Virginia class would function as capital ships in the absence of new SSBN construction.
    • Some aircraft carriers have also been named for (the geographic location of) battles of the War of Independence (Saratoga, Bunker Hill, Lexington, Princeton, and Yorktown, for instance), although others used names of old US warships (e. g. Enterprise, Wasp, Ranger, Hornet). Many smaller carriers used for amphibious operations are named for battles that included amphibious landings, such as Tarawa, Tripoli, and Incheon.
    • Towards the end of World War II, the United States began construction of a new class of "Large Cruisers"note , which would have acted as dedicated cruiser killers. These were planned to be named for six US territories (two of which later became states): Alaska, Guam, Hawaii, The Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Samoa, though only the first two were completed before the program was cancelled. Had all six ships been completed, it could have resulted in an American cruiser bearing the name of a sovereign nation (the Philippine Islands were recognized as an independent nation in 1946).
  • In the Imperial Japanese Navy, battleships were named after provinces, battlecruisers and heavy cruisers were named after mountains, and light cruisers were named after rivers. Among battleships, Fuso was an Odd Name Out, being named after an old name for Japan. The Kongo class battlecruisers kept their names when they were reclassified as fast battleships. Likewise, Akagi, Kaga, and Shinano (laid down as a battlecruiser and two battleships, respectively) kept their names after being converted to carriers.
  • In the Imperial German Navy of World War I, roughly half the battleships were named after states (Bayern, Baden, Oldenburg, etc.), Prussian provinces (Schleswig-Holstein, Westfalen, Rheinland, Pommern, etc.), geographical regions of Germany (Ostfriesland, Thüringen) and one island (Helgoland). Most light cruisers were named after cities, a tradition that was continued by the Reichsmarine of the Weimar Republic and the Nazi Kriegsmarine using the names of light cruisers that had distinguished themselves and been sunk in action in World War I, i. e. Emden, Köln, Königsberg, Karlsruhe, Leipzig and Nürnberg.
  • The Royal Navy of World War II contained "County" class heavy cruisers (which also included the Royal Australian Navy's Australia and Canberra), while two slightly smaller heavy cruisers (Exeter, York) and several light cruisers (including H.M.S. Belfast, now moored off the Tower Bridge in London) were named after cities. Another class of British light cruisers was named after dominions of the British Empire (Jamaica, Kenya, Ceylon, Newfoundland etc.). Then there was the "Town" class of 50 ex-U.S.N. four-stack destroyers and the "Hunt" class of destroyers, also "Bay", "Loch", and "River" class frigates, and "Castle" class corvettes.
  • The heavy cruisers of the Royal Italian Navy of World War II were all named after provinces annexed by Italy at the end of World War I: Trento, Trieste, Zara, Pola etc.
  • The Royal Air Force named many of the bombers they flew in World War II after cities (Lancaster, Beaufort, Wellington, etc.). Bombers purchased from the United States were accordingly named after American cities (Baltimore, Boston, etc.) One British bomber, the English Electric Canberra, was built under license in the US by Martin and sold to the US Air Force as the B-57 Canberra.
  • The Ulsan-class frigates of ROK Navy, named after the first ship from the class, Ulsan, which itself is a name of a port city in South Korea, is this. The names include Ulsan, Seoul and Busan which are all names of cities, others being Chungnam, Kyeongbuk and Jeonnam, which are names of provinces.
  • The daughters of Spanish radio personality El Cucuy are Francia, Italia, and Irlanda, all Spanish names of countries in Europe.
  • The 1998 Name of the Year belonged to one L.A. St. Louis. Curiously, finishing in second the same year was Paris London.
  • Street naming in The United States:
    • Many streets in US cities are named after states, most commonly the state it's in plus a few others (Pennsylvania Avenue is a common one).
      • The biggest one on this front is Washington, D.C., which has a street named for each state in the Union plus Puerto Rico. These generally criss-cross DC's grid of lettered and numbered streets diagonally. The commonality of Pennsylvania Avenue nationally is possibly in large degree a reference to Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C., which is a major artery connecting the Capitol with The White House. (It may, however, also be an artifact of the large number of Pennsylvanians who settled in the states to the west of them early in the country's history.)
      • Another city to apply state-named streets is Atlantic City, New Jersey, which names most of its streets that run perpendicular to the sea after states. Streets parallel to the sea also have a location-based theme naming, with them being mostly named after bodies of water (with Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic, and Baltic being the most important—peculiarly, Pacific is closer to the actual Atlantic Ocean than Atlantic Ave.; it also has the back doors of all the casinos on the Boardwalk, which AC treats as a proper street for address purposes). These streets are today world-famous on account of the original Monopoly board (whose properties take their names from locations in A.C.).
      • In Santa Monica, the avenues running perpendicular to the sea were once all named after states, though Utah Avenue later became Broadway and Pennsylvania, Oregon and Nevada Avenues were absorbed into Olympic, Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards. The adjoining Los Angeles neighborhood of Sawtelle uses a similar but entirely inconsistent scheme of avenues named after states.
      • In Chicago's River North neighborhood, streets running east to west are named after Midwestern states or Great Lakes. Here again the pattern is slightly obscured by renaming: Hubbard Street and Grand Avenue were formerly Michigan Street and Indiana Street, though this also avoids confusion with the major thoroughfare of Michigan Avenue and its South Side neighbor Indiana Avenue.
    • Another common phenomenon, especially in state capitals and a state's largest city, is naming streets for counties in that state. For instance, in Philadelphia, 23 east-to-west streets in the northern part of the city (from Jefferson Street to Wyoming Avenue) are named after Pennsylvania counties, including all eighteen of the primary east-west thoroughfares between Susquehanna and Lycoming Street. An additional major street in that area, Cecil B. Moore Avenue, was originally named Columbia Avenue after (yes) Columbia County before being renamed after a local civil-rights activist, and a few other location-based streets are also found in the area (with Bristol Street probably being named for a major settlement in nearby Bucks County, and Ontario, Cayuga, and Rockland Streets possibly being named for counties in Upstate New York). Most of these counties are far away from Philadelphia; a major street, Erie Avenue, is named after the county at the literal opposite corner of the state.
      • Philadelphia has three additional streets that happen to share names with PA counties, being Lancaster, Delaware, and Washington Avenues. However Lancaster Avenue is so called because it eventually leads to the city of Lancaster, west of Philadelphia; Delaware Avenue is called that because it runs along the waterfront of the Delaware River; and Washington Avenue, being in South Philadelphia far from the county-themed streets, is almost certainly named directly after George Washington rather than for the county near Pittsburgh named after George Washington.
      • And true to American form, Philadelphia also has a Pennsylvania Avenue. This is a diagonal street running from the west end of Hamilton Street in the Callowhill neighborhood to the south end of 30th Street in the Brewerytown neighborhood. Confusingly, there was also historically a Pennsylvania Boulevard not far away in Center City, but it was later renamed John F. Kennedy Boulevard. note 
  • Much like the U.S., Brazil has a habit of geographic naming of streets. Brasil Avenue is common, and all sorts of regions are used to name streets: states (Minas Gerais, Paraná, Bahia), cities (Belo Horizonte, Curitiba) - São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro apply for both - or even foreign places (along with neighborhoods where all streets are named after foreign countries\cities, São Paulo has a neighborhood named Brooklin).
  • Three townships in Wayne County, Michigan west of Detroit were named "Pekin," "Nankin," and "Canton" after the old ways of spelling/pronouncing the Chinese cities of Beijing, Nanjing, and Guangzhou. Pekin and Nankin Townships were eventually dissolved into a lot of smaller municipalities, some of which are also named after foreign lands (e.g. Livonia, named after a region in the Baltic), while Canton has kept its name (although the pronunciation is different: it is pronounced "CAN-tun" not "can-TAWN").
  • Technology companies often go with a theme for codenaming their products and several companies have used the names of places.
    • Microsoft and Intel tend to name their parts after locations in the US and Canada, usually after some vacationing spot. And among other places used for codenames, Microsoft even referenced their own Halo series (Threshold).
    • Apple used to name Mac OS X versions after big cats before moving to locations in California (Mavericks (10.9), Yosemite (10.10), El Capitan (10.11), Sierra (10.12), and Mojave (10.13)).
    • AMD also used locations for a time, but later switched themes. One that deserves mention is the Opteron line using the racetracks or host cities of Formula One (the company sponsored Ferrari for a while).
  • Allen Paulson, late CEO of private jet manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace, aviation entrepreneur, and Thoroughbred breeder, named many of his racehorses after aviation checkpoints, with the most notable being Azeri and Cigar.
  • Ron Howard gave his children's middle names based on where they'd been conceived, e.g. his eldest daughter Bryce Dallas Howard was conceived in Dallas, Texas.
  • A lot of chemical elements were named after places they were found in, or the places that the discoverer was born or raised in: Scandium, Gallium, Germanium, Europium, Lutetium, Hafnium, Polonium, Francium, Americium, Dubnium, Darmstadtium, Nihonium, Moscovium, and Tennessine, all named after geographic regions.note 
    • Four chemical elements are named after the Ytterby mine near Stockholm where they were first discovered: Ytterbium, Yttrium, Terbium, and Erbium.
  • Someone at the KGB gave code names for American cities that included Carthage and Tyre (possibly for Washington, DC, and New York).
  • The city of Asheville, North Carolina was once a highly popular vacation and retirement destination for Wall Street bankers, who often traveled there to avoid New York's brutal winters. In recognition of this fact, many major streets and landmarks in the city are named after streets and landmarks in New York. There's a Broadway Street, a Lexington Avenue, a Market Street, a Battery Park, and a Federal Alley (which may be named for Federal Hall).
  • Anicient Chinese military had ranks/titles what some enthusiasts dub as "Directional Generals", which include general directions (front, rear, left, right) and cardinal directions (north, east, south, west). General directions-themed titles were usually related to the general's actual position in the military hierarchy while Cardinal directions-themed titles were usually related to where the general was stationed and what kind of job he was supposed to do there.
    • General directions-themed titles include:
      • General of the Front (Qián Jiāngjūn 前将军)
      • General of the Rear (Hòu Jiāngjūn 後将军)
      • General of the Left (Zuŏ Jiāngjūn 左将军)
      • General of the Right (Yòu Jiāngjūn 右将军)
    • Cardinal directions-themed titles include:
      • General who Conquers the North (Zhēngbĕi Jiāngjūn 征北将军)
      • General who Conquers the West (Zhēngxī Jiāngjūn 征西将军)
      • General who Conquers the East (Zhēngdōng Jiāngjūn 征東将军)
      • General who Conquers the South (Zhēngnán Jiāngjūn 征南将军)
      • General who Guards the North (Zhènbĕi Jiāngjūn 鎮北将军)
      • General who Guards the West (Zhènxī Jiāngjūn 鎮西将军)
      • General who Guards the East (Zhèndōng Jiāngjūn 鎮東将军)
      • General who Guards the South (Zhènnán Jiāngjūn 鎮南将军)
      • General who Calms the North (Ānbĕi Jiāngjūn 安北将军)
      • General who Calms the West (Ānxī Jiāngjūn 安西将军)
      • General who Calms the East (Āndōng Jiāngjūn 安東将军)
      • General who Calms the South (Ānnán Jiāngjūn 安南将军)
      • General who Subdues the North (Píngbĕi Jiāngjūn 平北将军)
      • General who Subdues the East (Píngdōng Jiāngjūn 平東将军)
      • General who Subdues the West (Píngxī Jiāngjūn 平西将军)
      • General who Subdues the South (Píngnán Jiāngjūn 平南将军)


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