Onomastic Variation By Don L. F. Nilsen and Alleen Pace Nilsen 1 Acronyms, Initialisms and Numbers O. J. Simpson ( was known as the juice and was a
spokesman for Orange Juice). Tony Dorset had the initials T.D. meaning touchdown. Note that Siddhartha Gautama and Jesus of Nazareth are known by their rolesBuddha and Christ or Savior. In Peanuts there are characters named 3, 4, and 5. 2
Jesus a.k.a.? 3 Aliases (a.k.a.) Barry Humphreys, Bruce Banner, Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, Peter Parker, Wolverine Dame Edna, The Hulk, Batman, Superman, Spiderman; Wolverines aliases depend on the situation
Note that Superman has to become Clark Kent to keep from being a superhero, while Bruce Wayne hides his identity by becoming Batman. Prince the artist formerly known as Prince. He is also known as The Love Symbol. 4 The Love Symbol a.k.a. ?
5 Hugh Jackman a.k.a. ? 6 Then there are the doppelgangers, like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
There are also secret-service names like POTUS for Barack Obama FLOTUS for Michelle Obama Broomstick One for Hillary Clinton Sawhorse for Al Gore Angler for Dick Cheney Evergreen for Hillary Clinton Phoenix for John McCain. 7
FLOTUS a.k.a. ? 8 Anagrams In the Lemony Snicket books, Count Olaf is an anagram of Al Funcoot
Foreman Flacutono and Dr. O. Lucafont. In the Harry Potter books, Tom Marvolo Riddle is an anagram of I am Lord Voldemort. 9 Aptronyms in John Bunyans
Pilgrims Progress Christian Faithful
Mr. Brisk Mr. Great Heart Mr. Honest
Giant Despair Giant Grim Madam Bubble Mr. Despondency Mr. Moneylove Mrs. Bats-Eyes
Danskin tights Allerest allergy medicine Slimnastics Mylanta antacid medicine 12
13 Associations Chevrolet Lumina Honda Acura Mitsubishi Precis Nissan Maxima Nissan Altima Sentra Car
Volkswagen Jetta 14 15 Chinese Names Timothy Wong says that traditional Chinese males with some social status used to be given at least three names, an
official name (usually linked to other male siblings), a nickname used by family members (where you may find the repeated syllable), and a "courtesy name" used by friends and people who want to give the person respect. He adds that this practice changed in modern times, and was sometimes extended to females, who also take on pen names in the twentieth century if they published something.
16 In todays China, parents often give their children double names as a mark of affection. Since Pandas are native only to China,
Pandas also receive double names. Mexico City Zoo: Ying Ying Washington D.C. Zoo: Ling Ling
Hsing-Hsing London Zoo: Chia-Chia 17 Misspellings Sunkist Oranges
Jello Dessert DieHard Batteries Evenflo baby bottles Klos kids clothing Mop & Glo cleaner Sew n Vac repairs 18
19 Shortened Phrases 20 Mrs. Malaprop from Richard Brinsley Sheridans The Rivals
21 X-Rated Brands Sinex medicine Sominex medicine Xerox Kotex Clorox Exxon
Kleenex Ford Ranger XLT Hyundai Excel 22 23 Character Names In Margaret Mitchells Gone with the
Wind she had a character named Pansy. On the advice of her editor she changed the name to Scarlett OHara. 24 Cryptonyms James Bond, Karl Malone
007, The Mailman (because of his number 32, the cost of a stamp at that time, and because he delivers!) In Get Smart Maxwell Smart was Agent 86 and his sidekick was Agent 99. 25 Karl Malone a.k.a. ?
26 Gender Identifications Authors like S. E. Hinton and J. K. Rowling use initials. And Mary Evans George Eliot. 27
Toward Ethnicity Cassius Clay, Daniel Michaeli, David Cornwell, Jerry Rivers, Lesane Parish Crooks, Lew Alcindor, Susan Weaver Muhammad Ali, Danny DeVito, John Le Carr, Geraldo Rivera, Tupac Amaru Shakur, Kareem Abdul Jabar, Sigourney Weaver 28
Cassius Clay a.k.a.? 29 30 Away from Ethnicity Aaron Chwatt, Avram Chomsky, Bernard
Schwartz, Carlos Estevez, Carlos Ray, David Kaminsky, Dino Crocetti, Doris von Kappelhoff, Enrique Martin Morales, Frederick Austerlitz, Gerald Silberman Red Buttons, Noam Chomsky, Tony Curtis, Charlie Sheen, Chuck Norris, Danny Kaye, Dean Martin, Doris Day, Ricky Martin, Fred Astaire, Gene Wilder 31
Frederick Austerlitz a.k.a. ? 32 Jacob Cohen, Jennifer Anastassakis, Joan Molinsky, Jonathan Leibowitz, Joseph Levitch, Larry Zeigler, Louise Ciccone Ritchie, Margarita Cansino, Melvin Kaminsky, Paul
Rubenfeld, Raquel Tejada, Salvatore Bono, Winona Horowitz Rodney Dangerfield, Jennifer Aniston, Joan Rivers, Jon Stewart, Jerry Lewis, Larry King, Madonna, Rita Hayworth, Mel Brooks, Pee-Wee Herman, Raquel Welch, Sonny Bono, Winona Ryder 33
Jacob Cohen a.k.a. ? 34 Toward Formality Andre Young, Dana Owens, Frances Gumm, Gary Keillor, James Bumbarner Dr. Dre, Queen Latifah, Judy Garland, Garrison
Keillor, James Garner NOTE: We dont normally go in this direction. We would prefer to be thought of as informal and maybe a bit off beat. 35 Frances Gumm a.k.a. ? 36
Away from Formality Aaron Chwatt, Allen Konigsberg, Caryn Johnson, Clerow Wilson, Cordazer Broadus, Dante Smith, David Atkins, Gordon Sumner, James Osterberg, James Smith, John Sanford, Joseph Keaton Red Buttons, Woody Allen, Whoopi Goldberg, Flip Wilson, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Mos Def, Sinbad, Sting, Iggy Pop, LL Cool J, Redd Foxx, Buster Keaton
The rapper Christopher Wallace Notorious B.I.G. and then Biggie Smalls. 37 Caryn Johnson a.k.a. ? 38
Away from Formality Curtis Jackson, Leonard Hackett, Louis Armstrong, Marshall Mathers, Marvin Aday, Milton Superman, Oshea Jackson, Otha Bates, Phyllis Driver, Robert Van Winckle, Salvatore Bono, Scott Thompson, Shelton Lee, Stanley Burrell, Tracy Morrow 50 Cent, Buddy Hacket, Satchmo, Eminem, Meat Loaf, Soupy Sales, Ice Cube, Bo Diddley, Phyllis Diller (note assonance), Vanilla Ice, Sonny Bono, Carrott Top,
Spike Lee, M. C. Hammer, Ice-T 39 Louis Armstrong a.k.a. ? 40 Away from Old Fashioned
Herbert Gleason, Goldie Studlendgehawn, Malcolm Little, Marion Michael Morrison (also away from gender ambiguity) Jackie Gleason, Goldie Hawn, Malcolm X, John Wayne 41
Thomas, William Don, Ed, Lizzy/Lisa/Beth/Betsy/Elsbeth, Frank, Jerry, Harry/Hal, Jackie, Johnny/Jack, Joe, Jo (in Little Women), Judy, Leo, Lucy, Maj/Margo/Maggie/Meg/ Marge/Peggy/Peg, Mel, Nick (this is his nick-name, Pat, Dick, Bob, Sal, Sam, Sue/Suzie/Suzie Que, Ted, Tom, Will/Bill/Billie 43
Patronyms (first names become last names) Brian, Casey, Connor, Donald, Gerald, Jack, John, Murry, Neil, Owen, Patrick, Reilly, Ryan, Will OBrian, OCasey, OConnor, McDonald/ODonald, Fitzgerald, Jackson, Johnson, McMurry, Neilsen/McNeil/ONeil, Bowen (Ap Owen), Fitzpatrick, OReilly, ORyan,
Wilson 44 Pen Names Charles Dodgson, Daniel Handler, Richard Bachman, Samuel Clemens Lewis Carroll, Lemony Snicket, Stephen King, Mark Twain And Theodore Seuss Geisel Dr. Seuss,
Theo Le Seig, and Rosetta Stone 45 Samuel Clemens a.k.a. ? 46 In the early 1800s, Louisa May Alcotts father, Bronson, changed their family
name. The name Allcox became Alcott. 47 Louisa May Alcott 48
When Ernest Hemingway was in high school (19161917) he used all of the following pen names:
B. S. E. H. Ernest Hemingway Ernest MacNamara Hemingway Ernest Michaelowitch
Hemingway Ernest Miller Hemingway 49 Ernest Hemingway 50
Pet Names These names tend to be mild insults. Please tell us the pet names of people you know. For example: I have a cat that I call Dipper Hips. Thats my cats pet name. My own name is Don Lee Fred Nilsen, so people used to call me Dolphin (DLFN). When people call me Donald, I correct them by saying, No, Donald is the
duck. In the army I went to German operas, so my buddies called me Fledermaus. 51 Die Fledermaus a.k.a. ? 52
Muppets: Waldorf & Astoria 53 Pseudonyms Mary Maria Marianne Ave Maria, marionnette Note that in the music industry most of the Pseudonyms are quite dark or
playful, like the following: Alien, Buck Satan, Hypo Luxa, Jello Biafra 54 Recycling of Names David Copperfield (Dickens Character), Dolly Parton (Country Singer), & Englebert Humperdink (Opera Composer), Yogi Berra (baseball catcher)
David Copperfield (magician, n David Kotkin), Dolly (sheep cloned from a mammary gland), & Englebert Humperdink (singer, n Arnold Dorsey), Yogi Bear (cartoon character) On Lost, the con-man James Ford takes on the alias of Sawyer from another con-man who goes by the name of Tom Sawyer. He is part capitalist (Ford) and part con-man Sawyer. 55
Who is it? A.K.A.? 56 The Name Jacques in France In France, the non-aristocrats were called La Jacquerie. Originally this referred to any peasant or non-aristocrat, but later it referred
to the peasant uprising that marched from Marseille to Paris and stormed the Bastille. In Charles Dickens Tale of Two Cities, three of the characters are named Jacques 1, Jacques 2 and Jacques 3. 57 Stage Names
In 1920, Alan Bolt became Americas first important sexy movie star. But first, he had to change his name to Rudolph Valentino. 58 Rudolph Valentino
59 In his first movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger went by the name of Arnold Strong. But he went back to
his original name, telling his agent, They can learn! His agent told him that Americans would never say Schwarzenegger. 60
Arnold Schwartzenegger 61 Symbolic Names Casanova, Don Juan, Sam, St. Patrick a casanova, Byrons Don Juan, and Mozarts Don Giovanni, *Uncle Sam, St.
Patricks Day *Note Uncle Sam United States. 62 United States a.k.a. ? 63
Place Names When settlers came to Arizona, they invented such place names as: Carefree Golden Valley Inspiration, Paradise Valley Phoenix Tucson 64
But people just passing through Arizona invented such names as:
Booze Crossing Contention Del Muerto Grasshopper Junction Hookers Hot Springs
Tombstone 65 Toponymic Names Cody, Montana, Tex, The Virginian Chevy Chase, Dakota Fanning, Indiana Jones, Minnesota Fats, Rock Hudson & Tennessee Williams
Cornelius Chase, Henry Deutschendorf, Janet Rasmussen, River Bottom Chevy Chase, John Denver, Janet Reno, River Phoenix 66 Harrison Ford a.k.a. ? 67
Names Web Sites American Name Society: http://www.wtsn.binghamton.edu/ANS/ Baby Names: http://nameberry.com/ 68
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