Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Mars is the fourth planet in our solar system. It is the second largest planet (excluding dwarf planets) in the solar system, after Mercury. It has two small moons named Phobos and Deimos. An abundance of iron oxide gives Mars its red color. Mars is home to the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons.

A list and description of the planet Mars in fiction can be found here.

The name Mars comes from the Roman god of War. In 2014 34 boys were named Mars in the U.S.

Monday, October 5, 2015


In The Legend of Zelda, Princess Zelda was the name of several members of the royal family of Hyrule. In some incarnations she was a child. In others, she was a young adult. Zelda possessed psychic and magical abilities. She often played the role of damsel in distress for the hero Link.

In X-Men, Zelda was a waitress who once dated Robert Drake, aka Iceman.

In the British Sci-Fi series, Terrahawks, Zelda was an android and the primary villain of the series.

In the Batman television series, Zelda the Great was a magician who robbed a bank every year on April Fool's day in order to pay Eivol Ekdol to make her escape devices for her.

Zelda is a diminutive of the Old German name Griselda, which means 'dark battle.' Zelda dropped out of the top 1,000 names for girls in the U.S. in 1967. In 2014, 212 girls were named Zelda.

Friday, October 2, 2015


In Andy Weir's science fiction novel, The Martian, Hermes was the name of the space ship that transported humans between Earth and Mars. Hermes did not land on either planet, however. It launched from earth's orbit and remained in orbit of Mars while the crew transported to and from the surface in other vehicles.

In Futurama, Hermes Conrad was a bureaucrat and accountant at Planet Express. He loved being a bureaucrat and was often concerned about his grade. He was once a professional limboer. He had a wife named LaBarbara and a son named Dwight. He did not like Dr. Zoidberg.

Hermes was the name of Percy Weasley's owl in the Harry Potter series.

In Kino's Journey, there was a talking motorcycle named Hermes.

69230 Hermes is a S-Type asteroid that crosses the orbits of Venus, Earth and Mars.

Hermes was the Greek God of transitions and boundaries. He was known as the messenger God, and was called Mercury by the Romans. In 2014, 8 boys were named Hermes in the U.S.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


In the Star Wars franchise, Obi-Wan Kenobi was a Jedi knight. He was Padawan to Qui-Gon Jinn, and later took Anakin Skywalker as his Padawan. He became a Jedi Master and served on the Jedi Council. After Anakin turned to the dark side and slaughtered the Jedi, Obi-Wan fought him, gravely wounding him and left him for dead. After Padmé died in childbirth, he took Luke Skywalker to Tatooine and watched over him. When Luke sought him out as an adult, he told Luke that Darth Vader killed his father, and taught him the ways of the Jedi. While on a mission to rescue Princess Leia, he was killed by Darth Vader.

There are many theories out there as to where Kenobi may have come from, but nothing definitive. I think that since you could shorten it to 'Ken', it makes it more wearable, but it might be better in the middle spot, or for a pet. Kenobi does not appear in the Social Security Administration's name database.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 2015 Roundup

I haven't posted much this past month, but other blogs picked up the slack! Here's my September 2015 roundup.

Appellation Mountain had a post on Alma, which appears in the Hunger Games series, and Yvaine, from Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel, Stardust.

Tulip By Any Name had a list of Moon names. Not to be oustdone, S My Name is Sophie had a list of Moon and Star names. 

Nancy's Baby Names had a story about a baby named Goku, and wondered about Chrome's T-Rex's name.

The Art of Naming talked about Oberon which is a moon of Uranus and a possible source for Oberyn, from a Song of Ice and Fire, aka Game of Thrones.

Friday, September 11, 2015


In Stargate Atlantis, Sora Tyrus was from the Genii homeworld. She served under Acastus Kolya, and was part of a raid the Genii conducted against Atlantis. Sora blamed Teyla for her father's death when she left him behind on a Wraith hive ship, and the two fought over it. Teyla won, and spared Sora's life, ending their feud. She disagreed with Kolya's ruthless methods, and preferred to spare lives wherever possible.

In the video game Kingdom Hearts, the main protagonist is a teenage boy named Sora. I know nothing about this game, so I won't attempt to explain it.. click the links if you want to know more!

Sora is a unisex Japanese name that means "sky." In 2014 it was given to 67 girls and and 25 boys in the United States.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


In Stargate SG-1, Adria was the half-human, half-Ori child or 'Orici' that Vala Mal Doran was forced to carry. She was genetically altered so that she grew to an adult in a few days. She was also implanted with the collective memory of the Ori race. Adria was created to lead the Ori armies to the Milky Way Galaxy and convert the humans that lived there. Adria was captured by the Goa'uld Baal, who implanted her with one of his cloned symbiotes.The Tok'ra managed to remove the symbiote, but not before it released a toxin. Adria was forced to ascend or die. After she ascended, she assumed the power of all the Ori, who had been killed by the Saangral. After SG-1 activated the Ark of Truth, her power diminished enough that Morgan Le Fay was able to stop her.

There is a main belt asteroid named 143 Adria. It was discovered in 1875 and was named after the Adriatic Sea, since the discovery was made on the coast.

Adria is a feminine form of Adrian, meaning 'from Hadria.' In 2014, 59 girls were named Adria in the U.S.