Names that Are ALSO Words

What names do you know that are also words, and what are those words' meanings? As well as what words CONTAIN names (ex: Maximum as in "Max.") 

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October 22, 2012 2:48 PM

I'll let other people get the easy ones, but two I know of are:

Noah: Australian (informal) word for shark.

Jake: Australian (informal) world for alright/satisfactory.

The funny thing is, I'm not Australian - I just looked up names and words came up, too. :)

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November 26, 2014 1:39 AM

Im Australian and ive never heard those as slang terms before.?? 

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October 22, 2012 10:15 PM

Well, I once knew someone who had an adorable little son named John Thomas. She called him by both names. She didn't run into anyone who clued her into the name's meaning in British slang until he was nine years old--and was utterly horrified.

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October 23, 2012 1:42 PM

Great--now I'm going to have to Google this...

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October 23, 2012 3:16 PM

The things I learn on this forum!  I've never knowingly heard the expression here in Britain; but then I've never finished Lady Chatterley either.

 

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October 24, 2012 3:16 PM

I just looked it up -- if the website's correct, the British slang's from "Lady Chatterley" 

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October 24, 2012 9:21 PM

This does make me wonder: are there other name-related slang terms for other things (and not just things for which we prefer to use euphamisms)?

Mickey comes to mind. And in the category of John Thomas, there's the common nickname for Richard.

Others?

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October 24, 2012 9:49 PM

Peter and Willie are two more that I've heard for the same thing. I had never heard of John Thomas!

-EB (formerly MelissaG)

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October 24, 2012 9:57 PM

In the John Thomas category, read Shakespeare and see how much fun he has with Will/Wilie.  Other names with similar colloquial meanings are Jock and Peter.  Back to Shakespeare there is Jacques and jakes (and john is in the same category).  There's Benjamin for the $100, adorned of course with Mr. Franklin's face.  And the paddy wagon (refer to The Gangs of New York and the recent BBC America show Copper for why it's called paddy).  Nellie for an effeminate man, also for someone very nervous.

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October 25, 2012 12:46 PM

A family with a Donny and a Brook could expect some mayhem!

 

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October 25, 2012 4:33 PM

Cf Jessie and Nancy with the same meaning as Nellie.

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October 25, 2012 9:54 PM

Wow! I'd heard of Nancy being used in that way, but not Jessie. Interesting.

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October 25, 2012 10:39 PM

I believe that Jessie is a Scottish expression and I've never heard it used in North America. Nancy (or Nancy-boy), on the other hand, I definitely have heard.

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October 27, 2012 11:20 PM

One of my sons is named Mark.  Sometimes we laugh when we inadvertantly tell him to "mark his page in his book" or to "mark somthing down".  What's funny is that we're firmly set on naming a future son Andrew and I'm sure he'll be called Drew some.  I pointed out to dh that we'd then have a "Mark" and a "Drew" but it won't be a deal-breaker.

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October 28, 2012 7:00 AM

I work with a librarian called Mark - he has a poster outside his office inviting people to "Question Mark"!

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November 2, 2012 7:39 AM

Wow, that's great.  I can't believe my Mark is 7 and we hadn't stumbled upon question mark.  My husband will love it.

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By jac_
February 19, 2013 5:57 PM

GIRLS:

Amber, Asha, Belle, Bryony, Charlotte, Daisy, Eden, Eiren, Ebony, Eve, Faith, Grace, Georgia, Harmony, Ivy, India, Jasmine, Jewel, Jade, Jae, Lily, Madison, Mae, Melody, Noelle, Pixie, Poppy, Piper, Ruby, Rose, Scarlett, Sapphire, Skye, Sahara, Savannah, Unity, Winter, Willow.

 

BOYS:

Carter, Miles, Mason, Preston, Parker.

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March 2, 2013 9:04 PM

I was reading the comments and forgot what the topic was.

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April 17, 2013 4:48 PM

Withycombe (E.G. Withycombe: The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names) has a section in back titled "Some common words derived from Christian names". Some of it is either outdated or strictly across-the-pond, 'cause I've never heard of it, but here's a selection:

abigail: lady's maid
Albert: a kind of watch-chain; also a frock-coat
Anthony: the smallest pig of a litter
Benedick: newly married man, especially a confirmed bachelor who marries
Benjamin: youngest child, darling
Bertha: frilly/lacy collar to a low-necked dress
Biddy: Irish-woman
billy: (Australian) tin-can used as a kettle etc. when camping
bob: a shilling
bobby: policeman
Boniface: innkeeper
Caroline: of Charlemagne
charlie: night watchman; fool; a pointed beard
Daniel: upright judge, person of infallible wisdom
derrick: a type of crane
Diana: horsewoman, huntress
Dorcas: meeting of ladies to make clothes for the poor
Geordie: Northumbrian
George: jewel forming part of Garter insignia
hector: bluster, bully
Isabel: greyish yellow
Jehu: furious driver
jemmy: crowbar used by burglars
jenny: locomotive crane
Jeremiah: doleful prophet or denouncer of the times
Jeroboam: extra-large wine bottle
Jerry: German soldier
Jezebel: impudent or abandoned woman; woman who paints her face
Jock: Highland soldier (Scottish equivalent of Jack)
joey: young kangaroo
johnny: fellow
Jonah: person who brings ill luck
joseph: chaste man; woman's long riding-cloak of the 18th c.
judas: traitor; peephole in a door
Lazarus: beggar
Lucretia: model of chastity
Magdalen: reformed prostitute
Mary: Australian slang for a native woman
micky: temper
moll: prostitute
Moses: Jewish money-lender
Neddy: donkey
nelly: largest kind of petrel
oliver: foot-operated drop hammer
Paddy: Irishman
Penelope: chaste wife
Reynard: the fox
robin: a small red-breasted bird
Samson: a person of great strength
Sandy: Scotsman
Sukey: kettle
Taffy: Welshman
timothy: a fodder grass
toby: jug or mug, usually in the form of an old man with a three-cornered hat
tommy: private in the army
veronica: an herb or shrub

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April 17, 2013 6:57 PM

Oh, I love that book!  The somewhat grumpy comments always make me smile - e.g., under Hamish, "The use of this pseudo-Gaelic form is to be discouraged."

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November 12, 2014 5:55 PM

Modesty, Charity, Patent, Taylor

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January 26, 2015 7:16 PM

Rain and Wren are the first two that popped up into my head. Felicity. 

There was this person on Yahoo Answers saying she wanted to name her daughter Lively.

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May 14, 2019 6:57 AM

Boys:

Bishop

Chase

Chance

Dusty 

Frank

Hunter

Kai - hawaiian for Ocean

Max

Matt/Mat

Pat

Will 

 

Girls:

April

Charity 

Destiney 

Emerald 

Flora 

Faith

Grace

Hope

Indigo

Ivy

Iris

June

May

Summer

Sky/Skye

Violet

Winter