The story of 16 men whose names are now in the Oxford English Dictionary

Did you know that the word Juggernaut comes from the name Jagannath? In this article we take a look at stories of 16 such folks whose names have now found their way to the English dictionary.

Names and nomenclatures are important, interesting and fun. It’s why we make it a point to put a lot of thought into the ideas for the products that showcase them. Happily, all this hard work has helped us become India’s most accomplished maker of name plates and, in the process, introduced us to hundreds of names, nicknames, family names, and stories connected to tens of thousands of names. Many of these stories are rather intriguing and we think worth sharing with you; something we are going to do in a series of blog posts centred around answers to quirky questions like ‘Are Dwivedis, Trivedis, and Chaturvedis related?’ or ‘Why do most Sindhi surnames ends with –ani?’ or ‘Why do some surnames have two capital letters?’, and more. And on that note, let’s get right into the history of name-calling.

In this article we take a look at stories of folks whose names have now found their way to the English dictionary.

1. Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi

2. Earl of Sandwich

3. Jagannath

4. Guy Fawkes

5. Giuseppe Garibaldi

6. Hassan-i-Sabah

7. Earl of Cardigan

8. Jules Leotard

9. John Mercer

10. Samuel A. Maverick

11. Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin

12. Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott

13. Jean Nicot

14. Edward “Grog” Vernon

15. Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

16. Marquis de Sade

Note: All the nameplates pictured above can be found here.

To read all our stories on names, surnames, and nomenclature, click here.

Nimish Adani

I am the founder & CEO of Engrave. I started off in 2011 with a workshop that engraved photos for customers on to wooden plaques. Soon, we were making plaques, nameplates, canvas prints, decals and dozens of other products for thousands of customers. To help us make these items, we engaged a group of dedicated craftsmen. By 2015, 3 of our dedicated craftsmen had built their own workshops, employing between 6-10 people. By showcasing their skills on a digital platform, these craftsmen had turned into successful entrepreneurs. This success motivated me to transform Engrave in to a platform which could help thousands of Indian artisans and craftspersons - and this lead to the launch of the maker's market in 2015.

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