Definitions

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  • noun A name that is aptly suited to its owner.

Etymologies

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Blend of apt and patronym

Examples

  • This installment is brought to you by the word "aptronym," which means a name that uniquely suits its owner.

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  • The P-roductivity, EN-ergy and I-dustry S-ecretary didn ` t like his acronym but I have a new word I want to try “aptronym”.

    In A Sentence

  • This is a perfect example of an aptronym, a name that is suited to the profession of its owner.

    Flushed

  • Perhaps it all calls for a helpfully reflective aptronym--or name--like that of tennis champion Anna Smashnova, the aptly titled Judge Learned Hand, or the former Archbishop of Manila, Jaime L.

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  • Perhaps it all calls for a helpfully reflective aptronym like that of tennis champion Anna Smashnova, the aptly titled Judge Learned Hand, or the former Archbishop of Manila, Jaime L.

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  • This is a perfect example of an aptronym, a name that is suited to the profession of its owner.

    Flushed

  • Outerbridge is an example of the perfectly well-suited name, or aptronym, and whether a person is eponym or aptronym can be a chicken-or-the-egg proposition.

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  • “The apt word you seek,” McQuain says, “is aptronym, said to be coined by the American newspaper columnist Franklin P.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • “The apt word you seek,” McQuain says, “is aptronym, said to be coined by the American newspaper columnist Franklin P.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • “The apt word you seek,” McQuain says, “is aptronym, said to be coined by the American newspaper columnist Franklin P.

    No Uncertain Terms

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  • a name aptly suited to its owner

    February 25, 2008

  • ...like the name of the inventor of flush toilets, Thomas Crapper

    July 19, 2008

  • The word crap actually comes from his name, I believe, so "Crapper" is less of an aptronym than it is an eponym.

    July 19, 2008

  • More examples in this article.

    March 28, 2009

  • JM is considering a name change to a more apt aptronym - perhaps IM Apun Ster.

    February 14, 2010