Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Zhora from Blade Runner
Zhora was a character from the movie Blade Runner. She was a replicant and had superhuman endurance. She worked as a dancer in Taffy's Bar, and had a thing for snakes. She was used in murder squads and Deckard tracks her down, finding her at Taffy's bar. Zhora attacked him, but Deckard got away. She tried to escape, but Deckard shot her, 'retiring' her.

Some baby name sites list Zhora as a male Russian variant of George, but the only notable people I can find that bear the name are Armenian. It could also be a variant of the girl's name Zora. Zhora does not appear in the Social Security Administration's Name Database.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

August 2013 Roundup

British Baby Names profiled Archer, known to geeks as the surname of the first Captain of the Enterprise, and Malcolm, the tactical officer that served under him.

Baby Name Pondering gives us Atlas, which is a moon, a star, a comic book, a video game, and much more. They also profiled Axis, from the Wayfarer Redemption fantasy series.

Bewitching Names discussed Ceres, which is a dwarf planet.

Appellation Mountain looked in depth at Melody, the birth name of Doctor Who's River Song.

Nameberry has a post on names from the work of Neil Gaiman.

Once Upon a Time Baby names has a list of Magical Names.

Sunday, August 4, 2013


The identity of Theseus is revealed on Continuum
In the Canadian television show Continuum, Theseus is the alias of Liber8 leader Julian Randol. Along with his father, Julian has an anti-corporate agenda, believing that corporations are controlling our governments. Kiera, the protector from the future, has knowledge of horrific crimes committed by Theseus. When she learns of his true identity, she is faced with a Hitler murder paradox. In the end, she lets Julian live, but fears she may have helped create the monster he is to become.

In the Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Theseus was a boy who was sent by his mentor, Ceridian, secure Hercules aid in stopping another student, Cassius, who was about to begin a war. 

EAS Theseus was a Omega-class destroyer in Babylon 5.

The Theseus Morpho is a type of butterfly.

In Greek Mythology, Theseus killed the Minotaur in a labyrinth, using a ball of string given to him by King Minos' daughter to find his way out. In Doctor Who, the Fourth Doctor claimed that he had been the one to give the string to Theseus. 

In 2012, 41 boys were given the name Theseus.

Saturday, August 3, 2013


Chiana from Farscape
Chiana was a character on the television series Farscape. Chiana was a member of the Nebari race. She was targeted for 'reprogramming', by the Nebari government, but she escaped and became a passenger on Moya. Chiana was an adventurous thief, was agile and skilled at fighting. Over time she developed the ability to see visions of events happening in the present and in the future, but it had a downside of blindness which although temporary at first, eventually became permanent. She later received new eyes which enabled her to see energy sources.   

Chiana is a river in Italy, and there is also a valley named for the river, Valdichiana.  In 2012, 6 girls were given the name Chiana.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 2013 Roundup

It's time for my monthly roundup of other blogs that profiled geeky names for the month of July!

Appellation Mountain profiled Domino and Jubilee who are known to geeks as characters from X-Men.

NameFreak! has a great post on the characters from the movie Pacific Rim.

Naming the Fishes has a list of Names Worn By Elves.

Bewitching Names has a list of names inspired by the constellation Cancer.

Nameaholics Anonymous continues their Harry Potter Name series with H is for Hestia.

Histornamia has found a great name, Jaina, from Star Wars and World of Warcraft.

Sunday, July 28, 2013


Atom in Real Steel

An atom is a unit of matter that consists of a nucleus of protons and neutrons surrounded by a cloud of electrons.

Atom is a boxing robot in the movie Real Steel. Charlie Kenton and his son Max found Atom in a junkyard when they were salvaging parts for another robot. Max fell off a precipice, and was snagged on Atom's arm that was jutting out of the side of the cliff, saving his life. Max insisted on digging up Atom and bringing him home. Atom was a simple sparring robot, but with some creative maneuvers from Max and Charlie, he went on a winning streak. In their big showdown with Zeus, the voice controller was damaged. They used Atom's shadowboxing feature so that Charlie, an ex-boxer himself, could control him from the sidelines.

Captain Atom is a comic book hero that has been featured in his own series, but has also been part of the Justice League. Captain Atom was a scientist who was 'atomized' in an accident, which made him atomic powered.

A.T.O.M. or Alpha Teens On Machines, is an animated television series from France. It centers around a group of teenagers who use high tech gadgets and weapons to fight a criminal mastermind.

Arthur Thomson was a science fiction artist that used the name Atom.

Atom is a programming language. It is a domain-specific language (DSL) in Haskell, for designing real-time embedded software. Intel Atom is a name of an Intel CPU (Microprocessor). 

I think Atom can work as a name because it sounds similar to 'Adam', and could also be used as a variant of 'Tom'. In 2012, 52 boys in the United States were named Atom.  

Sunday, July 21, 2013


Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist. Hawking suffers from ALS, which caused him to lose his voice. He communicates via a computer that generates speech.

Hawking radiation is a type of radiation theoretically emitted by black holes. It was named after Stephen Hawking, who first theorized it's existance.

The is a main belt asteroid named 7672 Hawking, in honor of Stephen Hawking.
Robert Hawking was a student at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban video game.

In Star Trek, two different shuttlecraft were named Hawking after Stephen Hawking. 

Hawking Technology is a company that manufactures Wi-fi hardware. 

Hawking fits in well with the current surname trend, and can be shortened to the very cool nickname, "Hawk". It doesn't appear in the Social Security Administration's name database, but the name Hawk was given to 33 boys in 2012. For parents in love with the sound of Hawk... why not add a few letters for a more brainy formal name?