Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 19:09:24 -0500
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: names to nouns
I'm not sure what you mean by "converse." When someone or something is
given a name for "the name's sake," even when that name is an eponym or
toponym, it is still a "namesake" naming: Nevada Smith, "in a New York
minute," Pecos Bill, Tex Ritter.
If Little George is named for Uncle George, Little George is Uncle
George's namesake. Is Uncle George Little George's eponym? Say Little
George doesn't meet Uncle George until he's ten years old. When they
meet, you might say to Uncle George, "I'm happy to introduce you to your
namesake." Would you say to Little George, "I'm happy to introduce you
to your eponym"?
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)