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If a person, place, or thing is named after a different person, place, or thing, then one is said to be the namesake of the other. Using a namesake's name is a relatively common practice in naming children, hence the large number of "Jr.", "III", etc. Names are often used in tribute to older, related persons, such as grandparents.


There has been some discrepancy as to whether the first-named or the second-named person, place or thing takes the term namesake. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, a namesake is a person or thing named after another. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a namesake is a person or thing having the same name as another. This ambiguity may sometimes be resolved by the term namegiver, which clearly refers to the first-named person. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (AHD) is a dictionary of American English published by Boston publisher Houghton-Mifflin, the first edition of which appeared in 1969. ... The Oxford English Dictionary print set The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a dictionary published by the Oxford University Press (OUP), and is generally regarded as the most comprehensive and scholarly dictionary of the English language. ...


Generally, usage allows for either:


I was named after my grandfather. He is my namesake.


or,


I was named after my grandfather. I am his namesake.


Modernly, both are correct. Its first known recorded usage is in 1646.


Use of a namesake's name in a leadership position may indicate certain things, usually referring to certain traits of the namesake, such as in the use of papal regnal names. A regnal name, or reign name, is a formal name used by some popes and monarchs during their reigns. ...


Some commercial entities and products are named after their creators, such as the Trump Tower and Bose Corporation. Trump Tower Trump Tower Trump Tower is a 68 story skyscraper in New York City. ... The Bose Corporation is a privately held American company based in Framingham, Massachusetts that specializes in audio equipment. ...


Items are also named after people associated with them, such as the teddy bear. This is especially the case with scientific discoveries and theories, such as Gibbs free energy. The original Teddy bear (circa 1903). ... In thermodynamics, the Gibbs free energy is a thermodynamic potential which measures the useful work obtainable from a closed thermodynamic system at a constant temperature and pressure. ...


Some of these usages may more accurately be called an eponym. An eponym is the name of a person, whether real or fictitious, who has (or is thought to have) given rise to the name of a particular place, tribe, discovery, or other item. ...

Look up namesake in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

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Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... It has been suggested that French Wiktionary be merged into this article or section. ...

Examples of namesakes

Popular culture

Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, Jr. ... The original Teddy bear (circa 1903). ... Mario Segali owned the offices of Nintendo of Americas first location. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... Mario ), originally called Jumpman, is a popular video game character created by the company Nintendo, and is also the titular hero of numerous successful video games, many of the platforming genre. ...

Scientific items

Josiah Willard Gibbs (February 11, 1839 New Haven – April 28, 1903 New Haven) was one of the very first American theoretical physicists and chemists. ... In thermodynamics, the Gibbs free energy is a thermodynamic potential which measures the useful work obtainable from a closed thermodynamic system at a constant temperature and pressure. ... Leonor Michaelis (January 16, 1875 – October 8, 1947) was a German biochemist and physician famous for his work with Maud Menten in enzyme kinetics and Michaelis-Menten kinetics. ... Maud Leonora Menten (March 20, 1879 – July 26, 1960) was a Canadian medical scientist who made significant contributions to enzyme kinetics and histochemistry. ... Michaelis-Menten kinetics describes the kinetics of many enzymes. ...

Commercial products and entities

Amar Bose Amar Gopal Bose (born 1929) is the chairman and founder of Bose Corporation. ... The Bose Corporation is a privately held American company based in Framingham, Massachusetts that specializes in audio equipment. ... Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American business executive, entrepreneur, television personality and author. ... Trump Tower Trump Tower Trump Tower is a 68 story skyscraper in New York City. ... Trump Tower The Trump Tower viewed from the 5th avenue Trump Tower Trump Tower is a 58-story skyscraper in New York City located at 725 Fifth Avenue (Manhattan), at the corner of 56th Street. ... Trump Organization is the head company of Donald J. Trump American real estate developer. ... Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc. ... Harold Stanley (1885 - 1963) was an American businessman and one of the founders of Morgan Stanley in 1935. ... Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is an investment bank, retail broker, and credit card provider headquartered in New York City. ... Martha Stewart (born Martha Helen Kostyra on August 3, 1941) is an American business magnate, author, editor, former stock broker, model, homemaking advocate and a convicted felon. ... Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. ... Roy Disney can refer to two different people: Roy Oliver Disney was Walt Disneys brother and the financier of his efforts. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... David Kenneth Roy Thomson, 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet (born 12 June 1957) is a Canadian businessman. ... The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC TSX: TOC) is one of the worlds largest information companies, focused on providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. ... Michael Dell, the founder, CEO and chairman of Dell, Inc. ... Dell Inc. ... Samuel Moore Walton (March 29, 1918 – April 6, 1992), born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma was the founder of two American retailers Wal-Mart and Sams Club. ... Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... Sams Club is a membership-only warehouse club owned and operated by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... James Middleton Cox (March 31, 1870 – July 15, 1957) was a Governor of Ohio, U.S. Representative from Ohio and Democratic candidate for President of the United States in the election of 1920. ... Cox Enterprises is the successor to the publishing company founded at Dayton, Ohio, by James Middleton Cox, who began with the Dayton Daily News. ... Fred C. Koch born Quanah, Texas (1900-1967) was the father of both David and Charles Koch. ... Koch Industries, Inc. ... Franklin Clarence Mars (September 24, 1884 – 1934) was the founder of the American company Mars, Incorporated, which makes mostly chocolate candy. ... Mars, Incorporated is a world-wide manufacturer of confectionery. ... Gerard Adriaan Heineken (1841? - March 18, 1893) was the founder of Heineken. ... Heineken (or Heineken Brouwerijen) is a Dutch beer brewer, established in 1863 when Gerard Adriaan Heineken purchased a brewery in Amsterdam. ... Harold Ty Warner (born September 3, 1944) is a wealthy American toy manufacturer and businessman. ... Beanie Baby with its ty tag Ty Inc. ... Pirojsha Godrej(1882-1972) laid the foundations for what is today the Godrej Industries Group. ... Ardeshir Burjorji Sorabji Godrej (1868-1936) was the inventive half of the Godrej Brothers Company, the precursor of the Godrej Group of companies. ... The Godrej Group was founded by Ardeshir and Pirojsha Godrej in 1897. ... Prada, S.p. ...

Professional examples

The Pope (or Pope of Rome) (from Latin: papa, Papa, father; from Greek: papas / = priest originating from πατήρ = father )[1] is the Bishop of Rome and the spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church. ... A regnal name, or reign name, is a formal name used by some popes and monarchs during their reigns. ...

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Using a namesake's name is a relatively common practice in naming children, hence the large number of "Jr.", "III", etc. Names are often used in tribute to older, related persons, such as grandparents.
Use of a namesake's name in a leadership position may indicate certain things, usually referring to certain traits of the namesake, such as in the use of papal regnal names.
Items are also named after namesake people associated with them, such as the teddy bear.
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