namesake n : a person with the same name as another
EtymologyFrom the phrase "(one's) name's sake"; first recorded in the mid seventeenth century.
- , /ˈneɪmseɪk/, /"neImseIk/
person, place or thing named after another person, place or thing
person, place or thing having the same name as another
- Bosnian: imenjak
- Croatian: imenjak
- Estonian: nimekaim
- Finnish: (person with the same name as another person) kaima, nimikaima
- German: Namensvetter italbrac male person or place, Namensschwester italbrac female person
- Icelandic: nafni (used of men), nafna (used of women)
- Spanish: tocayo, tocaya
- Swedish: namne
- For the book and the movie with the same title, refer to The Namesake.
If a person, place, or thing is named after a 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.
Generally, usage allows for either:
I was named after my grandfather. He is my namesake.
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.
Some commercial entities and products are named after their creators, such as the Trump Tower and Ford Motor Company.
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.
Some of these usages may more accurately be called an eponym.
Examples of namesakes
Commercial products and entities
- Amar Bose (for Bose Corporation)
- Donald Trump (for the Trump Organization and Trump Entertainment Resorts)
- Henry S. Morgan and Harold Stanley (for Morgan Stanley)
- Martha Stewart (for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia)
- Roy and Walt Disney (for The Walt Disney Company)
- David Thomson, 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet (for Thomson Corporation)
- Michael Dell (for Dell, Inc.)
- Sam Walton (for Wal-Mart and Sam's Club)
- James M. Cox (for Cox Enterprises)
- Fred C. Koch (for Koch Industries)
- Franklin Clarence Mars (for Mars, Inc.)
- Gerard Adriaan Heineken (for Heineken)
- Ty Warner (for Ty Inc.)
- Pirojsha and Ardeshir Godrej (for Godrej Group)
- Mario Prada (for Prada)
namesake in Dutch: Naamgenoot
namesake in Russian: Тёзка
namesake in Swedish: Namne
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